Ned Webster enters his third year as head coach of the Cal Men's Lacrosse program. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, playing three years of varsity lacrosse at the Boys’ Latin School before heading to South Bend, Indiana to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The University of California-Berkeley advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 MCLA National Championships for the first time since 2000, helping Ned Webster earn Division I Coach of the Year sponsored by the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA).
Webster will receive his award at the annual IMLCA convention held in Baltimore in December, where he will be honored with coaches from all levels of collegiate lacrosse.
The Golden Bears started the season with a 12-0 mark and spent two weeks as the No. 1 team in the MCLA weekly poll. Cal finished as the runner-up in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League, earning a sixth seed at nationals and a date in the semifinals.
In his three years in Berkeley, Webster has amassed a 32-14 record with two trips to the MCLA National Championships.
Webster comes from a lacrosse family: his father Mickey is in the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame and won two National Championships with Johns Hopkins, while his brothers, Jim and John, played lacrosse at University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina, respectively.
Last spring, the Golden Bears ended the regular season on a seven-game winning streak and returned to the MCLA Tournament for the first time since 2012, finishing the year ranked #13 in the final poll.
Prior to Cal, Webster spent nine seasons as head coach at Dominican University, transforming a winless club team into a nationally ranked NCAA DII program, leading his teams to back-to-back Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA) Championships in 2013 and 2014, the same two seasons he was named WILA Coach of the Year.
Webster also led his team to two NCAA DII Statistical Titles for Man-Up Offense in 2012 and 2013 and three times finished in the top 5 for scoring offense.
Webster spent two years as an assistant coach for the San Francisco Dragons, the Bay Area’s former professional Major League Lacrosse franchise, coaching the offense and working with the goalies.
Coach Webster married his wife Megan in Berkeley in 2011, and they currently reside in Marin with their daughter Ella who will be 2 this spring.