Former Virginia All-America goalie Adam Ghitelman, who won a national championship with the Cavaliers in 2011, joined head coach Chris Wojcik's '96 staff as an assistant coach on Jan. 24, 2012.
In his third season in Cambridge, Ghitelman helped the Crimson do what no other team had done in 24 years, as Harvard won the program’s first Ivy League championship since 1990 with a 5-1 conference record. 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 the highest ranking in program history at No. 11. 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, while Ghitelman helped mentor a defensive unit which allowed 9.76 goals per game overall, a league-low 8.63 in conference, while holding 11 of its 17 opponents to fewer than 10 goals.
During Ghitelman’s second season the Crimson netminders combined for a 9.97 goals-against average and held two opponents to five goals or less. Harry Kreiger, who earned All-New England second team and All-Ivy League second team accolades, owned a 53.6 save percentage and 9.95 goals-against mark.
In Ghitelman's first season with the Crimson in 2012, Harvard goalies posted a combined goals-against average of 9.77. Harvard held two opponents to five goals or less, with Harry Kreiger owning a .510 save percentage and an 8.42 goals-against mark.
Ghitelman, who is in his third season playing for the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse, was named to the 2012 MLL All-Star Game and helped lead the Hounds to the MLL championship game in 2013. He was drafted by the Denver Outlaws in the eighth round (45th overall) of the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft.
During his playing career in college, recorded 586 saves during his 62-game career at Virginia, posting a 8.94 goals-against average and a save percentage of .533. During Virginia’s run to the national championship last spring, Ghitelman, who served as one of the team’s captains in 2011, started 17 games and stopped 178 shots, to go along with a 9.54 goals-against average. He concluded his collegiate career second in Virginia history in career saves.
A native of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Ghitelman played for the Denver Outlaws during the 2011 MLL season.