SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Samuel Vogel-Seidenberg has been named head coach of the Dominican University of California men’s lacrosse team, Acting Director of Athletics Amy Henkelman announced on Wednesday.
“I am happy to have Coach Vogel-Seidenberg join the team,” said Henkelman. “He has experience coaching in both the MCLA and the NCAA and understands what it takes to win at this level. Additionally, he has a strong fundraising and recruiting background.”
Vogel-Seidenberg joins Dominican from the University of Idaho, where he was head coach of the MCLA Division I program since 2013. While in Idaho, he oversaw coaching duties, recruitment, video coordination, and fundraising. He twice led the Vandals to the most wins in school history and to a playoff berth in 2015.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to take over as head coach at Dominican. There is a lot of support from the university for this team to be successful in the MCLA and a lot of potential for growth as well,” said Vogel-Seidenberg. “There is a great group of returners and I look forward to bringing the team back to an elite level.”
Vogel-Seidenberg had additional stints at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania as assistant coach, head recruiter, and video coordinator for the NCAA Division III Presidents (2012-13); at Oak Park High School as junior varsity head lacrosse coach (2011-12); OP Starz head lacrosse coach (2011-12); and head women’s lacrosse coach at Humboldt State, where he helped start the program (2009-10).
A four-year player at Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, California, Vogel-Seidenberg went on to play four seasons at Humboldt State (MCLA D2), where he was captain and starting goalkeeper. There, he earned a film degree in 2010. He is scheduled to earn his M.S. in Recreation and Sports Sciences with a concentration in coaching from Ohio University in 2016.
“Dominican is a great university with great academics, facilities, and staff, which makes it a great place to build a successful lacrosse program,” added Vogel-Seidenberg. “My family and I are very excited about being Penguins and helping this program grow into the future.”
Vogel-Seidenberg is the fourth head coach in the history of the Dominican lacrosse program, which debuted in 2005. The Penguins finished the 2015 regular season ranked No. 19 in the country and went 8-3 in their first year in the MCLA, good for second place in the WCLL.