St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s Head of Upper School Ben Courchesne and Director of Athletics Jeff McCrary jointly announce the hiring of Chris Delfausse as the next 5th-12th grade Boys Lacrosse Program Director. In addition, Delfausse will serve as the Learning Support Assistant.
Delfausse replaces Josh Blumenthal, who served as the Boys Lacrosse Program Director for the past five years. Blumenthal was recently named the Athletic Director and Head Boys Lacrosse Coach at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
"I am thrilled that Chris has decided to join the St. Andrew's family," McCrary stated. "From the moment I first talked with him, I knew that Chris would be a tremendous fit for the lacrosse program and St. Andrew's. He appreciates that our kids are not one-dimensional. One of the many strengths of St. Andrew's is that our kids are involved in various parts of school life, and Chris not only understands that, but supports and encourages it. His experience building multiple programs at the Division III level, followed by running two top-notch local programs, made Chris a no-brainer hire."
Most recently, Delfausse has served as the Lake Travis Varsity Head Coach and Youth Director from 2018 through the 2021 season. His 2021 team achieved the #7 ranking in the State and also made the State quarterfinals.
Prior to his time at Lake Travis, Delfausse headed up the Westlake program from 2013 to 2018, working as both the Varsity Head Coach and Youth Director. While at Westlake, Delfausse took the team on the deepest playoff run in school history, reaching the State semifinals in 2016. That same year, Delfausse was named the Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) Coach of the Year. In addition, the 2016 team received the Central District Sportsmanship Award, which was voted on by the officials.
Between his stints at Westlake and Lake Travis, Delfausse has coached 10 All-Americans and 12 Academic All-Americans.
"I would like to thank Jeff McCrary, Ben Courchesne, and the entire search committee for this opportunity to join St. Andrew's," Delfausse stated. "I am excited to continue the great work Coach Blumenthal started in growing the lacrosse program. Even more than that, I am excited to engross myself in the St. Andrew's community while working with all students campus-wide. The belief in the development of the whole student, across disciplines, is a core value of mine and how I knew St. Andrew's was the right place for me. I can't wait to get started."
Prior to his arrival in Texas, Delfausse was the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach for five years at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. He built and developed the new Varsity lacrosse program there, and in the process, guided the program in a transition from NAIA to NCAA Division III play. In just the third season of Berry College's existence, Delfausse led his team to the SAA Conference Co-championship in 2013. In addition, Berry College was awarded the James "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award, which is voted on by the US Lacrosse Men's Division Officials Council, in 2011.
Before his time at Berry College, Delfausse started a new lacrosse program at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. In his three years at Adrian College, Delfausse's offenses twice were ranked in the top 15 in the country. During each of the first two years in the history of the program, his teams had a record of 8-6. In only the fourth year of the program's history, they made an NCAA tournament appearance. While at Adrian College, Delfausse also helped found a new NCAA Lacrosse Conference, the Midwest Lacrosse Conference.
"It was important to us to find a coach with national experience and local ties who could mentor our boys, promote a culture of excellence, and serve the school in other capacities," said McCrary. "Coach Delfausse brings all of these criteria to the table in addition to deep connections in the club lacrosse world. No doubt he will build on the enthusiasm Coach Blumenthal instilled in his players."
In addition to his strong success leading multiple school programs, Delfausse has also served as the Director of Iron Horse Lacrosse in Austin and Houston since 2014. During that time, the club has grown to over 400 student-athletes, with a coaching staff of 20 coaches. In six years, Iron Horse has seen 61 of its players commit to play lacrosse in college.
From 2016 to 2020, Delfausse was the Head Coach of the Southwest Region team for the Under Armour All-American Games. The All-Star group of players represented the region, playing against other top teams from around the country.
Coach Blumenthal stated of his replacement: "Having helped build up the entire 5th-12th Boys Lacrosse program for the past five years, I am excited to see the upward trajectory continue with Chris at the helm. His knowledge and skill-set, student-centered approach, and NCAA coaching experience will be huge benefits to the entire Highlanders' community."
Delfausse played lacrosse collegiately at Connecticut College, a member of the prestigious New England Small College Athletic College (NESCAC). In his senior year, he was joined on the team by a freshman named Ben Courchesne. Delfausse continued his education at Wake Forest University, where he received his Masters of Arts in Counseling. During his time in graduate school, he was an academic tutor for athletes.
A meet-and-greet for Coach Delfausse will be held in the near future.