Chris Wojcik ’96 has returned Harvard to the national stage in his six years as the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse.
Harvard reached the title game of the Ivy League Tournament in 2016 after knocking off top-seeded and second-ranked Brown in the semifinal, 13-12. That victory was one of three for the Crimson over a nationally ranked opponent, with Harvard also defeating then No. 4 Duke, 14-9, and then No. 20 Villanova, 13-12. The win over the Wildcats came in the season opener in overtime as the Crimson became just the second team in NCAA history to win three-consecutive games in overtime. At the conclusion of the year Bobby Duvnjak (third team), Devin Dwyer (third team), and Joe Lang (honorable mention) were named to the USILA All-America teams, with a total of six individuals garnering All-Ivy League honors.
In 2014 the Crimson did what no other team had done in 24 years, winning the program’s first Ivy League championship since 1990 with a 5-1 conference record. By virtue of its regular season title, the Crimson earned the right to host the Ivy League Tournament at Harvard Stadium, where it advanced to the tournament final for the second time in program history. The feat helped earn Harvard an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament, its first since 2006 and sixth overall, while elevating the Crimson to a ranking of 11th in the nation. Harvard finished the year off with a 10-7 overall record, an impressive 7-1 mark in Cambridge, four wins over ranked opponents, and seven selections to the All-Ivy League teams, the second most in program history. Additionally, Devin Dwyer and Bobby Duvnjak garnered USILA All-America honorable mention honors, and Wojcik was tabbed as the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year.
During his six seasons at the helm of the Crimson, Wojcik has directed Harvard to a 47-44 overall record, including a pair of 10-win campaigns and 15 wins against ranked opponents. Five individuals have collected a total of eight USILA All-America accoloades, while 31 have been named All-Ivy League.
Harvard posted a 7-7 record in 2015 while playing the ninth toughest schedule in the nation. The Crimson faced off against seven programs ranked in the national polls, and picked up three victories versus top-20 opponents. Six individuals received All-Ivy recognition, with five individuals garnering All-New England honors.
Wojcik led the Crimson to a 6-8 overall record in 2013 after against playing the ninth toughest schedule in the nation, including games against seven ranked opponents throughout the course of the season. Wojcik saw five players earned All-New England and All-Ivy League honors highlighted by Devin Dwyer’s NEILA Rookie of the Year selection.
In his first season on the Harvard sideline, Wojcik guided the Crimson to a 10-6 overall record, marking the most wins for the program since 1998. Harvard, which earned a spot in the Ivy League tournament final, finished tied for third in the Ancient Eight with a 3-3 mark and earned four all-conference selections, led by Dean Gibbons and Kevin Vaughan who were named to the All-Ivy first team.
During the 2012 campaign, Wojcik led Harvard to as high as a No. 14 national ranking, and the Crimson began Ivy League play 2-0 for the first time since 1998. Harvard finished the season 5-2 at home and saw three players earn All-Ivy honors, most notably Jeff Cohen and Kevin Vaughan who were tabbed to the All-Ancient Eight first team.
Wojcik, who was an All-American in lacrosse and All-Ivy League selection in soccer for the Crimson before serving as an assistant coach, returned to Cambridge after a two-year stint as the top assistant coach at Penn from 2009-10. In addition to serving as offensive coordinator with the Quakers, Wojcik worked as the team’s recruiting coordinator and was able to recruit an outstanding class that included two Under Armour All-Americans.
During the 2010 season, Wojcik helped Penn earn five All-Ivy League selections, the most for the program since 2004. The Quakers averaged 10.2 goals per game, the highest average at Penn in 10 years, and the team’s extra-man offense ranked first in the Ivy League and third in the nation at 53 percent.
Prior to his stint at Penn, Wojcik was the offensive coordinator at Bowdoin College in 2008, aiding in the Polar Bears’ run to their first NCAA tournament appearance, finishing the season ranked No. 20 nationally and 12-7 overall. Bowdoin’s offense ranked first in the New England Small College Athletic Conference that spring.
Previously, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach in Cambridge under former head coach Scott Anderson. As the program’s offensive coordinator in 2006, Wojcik oversaw an offense that helped the Crimson earn its first NCAA Championship berth since 1996. Wojcik also spent three years as the team’s recruiting coordinator from 2005-07 and was the offensive coordinator from 2006-07.
As a two-sport standout with the Crimson, Wojcik earned lacrosse All-America honors in 1996, captaining Harvard to the NCAA tournament. He led the Crimson to a 15-12 victory against Hofstra in the first round of the tournament before the team fell to Virginia in the national quarterfinals. He completed his career with 134 points on 89 goals and 45 assists, placing him first among midfielders and 15th overall on the program’s all-time scoring list.
In addition to his honors on the lacrosse field, Wojcik served as captain of the Harvard soccer team, earning two All-Ivy League honors and leading the team to an Ivy League title and an NCAA tournament appearance in the fall of 1994. Prior to graduation, Wojcik was named the winner of Harvard’s Bingham Award, presented to the top male student-athlete in the senior class.
In 2008, Wojcik was a featured speaker at the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association convention in 2008 for developing offensive personnel and in 2009 for shooting. A member of the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Westfield (N.J.) High School Athletics Hall of Fame, Wojcik graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also earned a master’s of education in secondary education/social studies from Boston College in 2007.
Wojcik and his wife, Kathryn, have three children, Jack, Clare and Emily.