In June of 2012, Jason Archbell was named head coach of the
Bowdoin men's lacrosse program. In first year at the helm, Archbell
led the Polar Bears to an 8-7 campaign and fifth-place finish in
Most recently an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania, Archbell became the seventh coach in the history of the Polar Bear men's lacrosse team and just the third since 1970. He assumed the helm from 22-year head coach Tom McCabe, who retired following the 2012 campaign.
Archbell spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Penn, where he served as a defensive assistant and recruiting coordinator. The Quakers enjoyed one of their finest seasons in 2011, posting an 8-7 mark and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. In 2012 Penn played one of the most difficult schedules in Division I and, despite a losing record, earned wins versus ranked North Carolina and Harvard.
He comes to Bowdoin with extensive Division III experience. A 2002 graduate of Hampden-Sydney, his coaching resume includes stops at Washington & Lee, Denison, Kenyon and Virginia Wesleyan.
Archbell arrived at Penn from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he spent two years as the Generals' assistant coach and defensive coordinator. During his time at W&L, the Generals went 27-10 overall and won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship in 2009.
As the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Denison University in 2008, Archbell helped the Big Red to a 14-3 record behind a defense that allowed a nation-low 5.34 goals per game. As coach of the goalies, he oversaw goalkeeper Alex Baruch who was the national Division III Goalie of the Year. Archbell also spent two years as the defensive coordinator at Kenyon College, helping the Lords to a 23-6 record during that time and a spot in the 2006 NCAA Division III Championship. Archbell got his coaching start at Virginia Wesleyan College, where he spent three seasons as a defensive coordinator.
Archbell played his college lacrosse at Hampden-Sydney College, captaining the squad his senior year. The Tigers made three NCAA Championship appearances and won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) once during his career. Archbell was a two-time All-ODAC defenseman and earned honorable mention All-America as a senior.
Max Silberlicht was named assistant coach of the Bowdoin men's
lacrosse team in the summer of 2012.
Silberlicht comes to the Polar Bears from Lynchburg (Va.) College, where he was an offensive assistant for the last two seasons. He joined the Hornets in 2010 after an outstanding career at Division I Hobart (N.Y.). A three and a half year starter for the Statesmen between the pipes, he climbed the ranks of the school's record books. For his career, he posted a 9.24 goals against average with 18 wins, both program records. He recorded 553 saves with a .576 save percentage, both of which are second all-time at the school. In 2008 he broke the Hobart single season goals against average (8.05), and then broke his own record the following year (7.91). Max is also a two time recipient of the C.R.A.G. Outstanding Defensive Player award ('09 and '10), while also being recognized as the senior co-Athlete of the Year for Hobart College.
Silberlicht earned his Masters' degree in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg. In addition to his duties with the men's lacrosse program, Silberlicht will also assume additional duties in the Bowdoin Sports Information Office.
Matt Johansmeyer joined the Bowdoin men's lacrosse program
in the spring of 2012. Most recently at Clark University,
Johansmeyer served an assistant for the Cougars, helping lead the
team to its second-most wins in a season in both 2011 and 2012. At
Bowdoin he will work with the midfielders and assist with
A 2010 graduate of Plymouth State University, Johansmeyer was a four-year letterwinner as a midfielder for the Panthers, captaining the 2010 squad. He also served as the men's lacrosse representative on the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is a native of Shelburne Falls, Mass.