Atlanta GA: Chris joined Georgia Tech in the fall of 2013 as an accomplished student athlete from Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. "I had a number of options in high school, my priority was to choose a school based on all the criteria outside of athletics in the case lacrosse was taken away from me early due to injury", said Chris looking back. "I was surprised that is what ultimately happened in my case. I choose Georgia Tech for the top Industrial Engineering School, the opportunity to play lacrosse at a high level, and the college life experience".
"Chris demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and a strong teamwork mentality right from the start", observed Head Coach Ken Lovic, "He was a highly motivated and positive force that helped to contribute to our team's emergence on the Lacrosse Field, just a pleasure to coach!" Chris became an immediate starter for the 2014 season, then in 2015 he earned 2nd Team All Conference, ALL SELC Tournament and Scholar athlete Honors as the Yellow Jacket Lacrosse team achieved its first ever undefeated regular season. unfortunately Chris sustained a serious Knee Injury in the last minutes of the SELC Championship game in a loss to Virginia Tech which caused him to miss the entire 2016 Season.
"That was a low point, particularly when my rehab was not complete and I learned I had to miss the sport I love for an entire year. When Oliver "Tuna" Gregory hurt his ankle in the Fall and also would miss the upcoming season we committed to stay with the team and help the guys out in whatever way we could. It was gratifying to see my teammates go on to win the SELC Championship and advance to the the National Championship Final Four, afterwards I committed myself to make an on field impact in 2017". Lovic remarked, "Chris's leadership in 2016 was all about supporting his team mate and it was inspirational, but how he came back in 2017 is a testimony to his grit, determination and unwillingness to let the team down".
Chris in the 2017 season returned from his injury to help drive the team to a second SELC Championship and second Final Four appearance while earning 3rd Team All American, First Team All Conference and Scholar Athlete honors surpassing his 2015 season achievements!
Ken quote "In building our 2018 staff I have always sought out dedicated and knowledgeable coaches who can help us grow our program on and off the field. We also have a unique student athlete that requires an appreciation for their workload. It is rare to find someone who can come from within but it was an easy decision for the staff to welcome Chris to our staff. Chris was held in high regard by his teammates and even during some tough time during injuries Chris stayed dedicated to the team helping in any manner he could. We welcome Chris to the coaching ranks and know he will help us continue our progression towards future successes"
All the while Chris carries a 3.8 gpa in Industrial Engineering and has participated in the Co-oP program where he has worked semesters at LMI and Capital One in McLean, VA. During the spring 2017 lacrosse season Chris was a team member on the "Bacon and Eggs" team in the annual Georgia Tech Capstone Design Expo.
Two teams from Industrial Engineering tied for the top prize of the night: Chris's "Bacon and Eggs" team and "Team 16 Emory Risk" shared the spotlight and $3,000 cash prize. This is the first time in the 10-year history of Capstone that two teams shared the top prize over 130 teams in the competition!
The"Bacon and Eggs" team, focused on system improvements for Waffle House to help the chain uphold their commitment to 24/7/365 quality customer service. The team optimized four areas for the restaurant, including restructuring the maintenance van inventory model, modifying geographic assignment of maintenance technicians, reprioritizing preventative maintenance procedures, and recommending a centralized maintenance management platform.
"Waffle House is one of those places where every time you go there, you can tell how much they care about their customers, and it's really been an honor to help them out with that," said Chris. "All in all, winning feels like an absolutely amazing experience. Everyone talks about how hard it is for industrial teams to win Capstone, and we set out to defy that." Quite a year!
Chris plans to graduate after spring semester 2018. With one final lacrosse season to go Chris was expected to lead the team to perhaps another Final Four. Unfortunately medically, due to wear and tear on his knee, he was not cleared to play. "When Lacrosse was taken away from me after two injuries, that sense of community with the team never left me, and when Coach Lovic offered me the opportunity to be a student assistant coach I jumped at the chance to continue my career even though my playing days are over". Chris commented.
Said Lovic, " Just an outstanding young man! In building our 2018 Coaching Staff I have sought out dedicated individuals to help grow our program both on and off the field. We also had a very unique student athlete in our midst, who both has an appreciation for the workload at Georgia Tech and outstanding teamwork skills in addition to the respect of his teammates. It is unusual to appoint someone from within in this manner but with Chris it is an easy decision, we welcome on board to the coaching ranks for his final year and wish him all the best professionally in the future!"