Curtis Gilbert was hired as Berry's head men's lacrosse coach in September 2013 and enters his fourth year at Berry College. Over his three seasons, Gilbert has compiled a record of 31-18 including an SAA record of 18-9 and looks to return to SAA Championship weekend for a fourth time in a row under his guidance.
The 2016 season was a rebuilding year while also boasting a schedule that featured four USILA Top 20 teams and six NCAA National Tournament qualifiers. The team finished with an 8-9 record, but it certainly set the tone that Berry is beginning to establish a lacrosse presence on a more national level. The young squad fell in the SAA semifinals.
In the 2015 season, Gilbert improved his overall Berry College record to 23-9, losing only one game in the Southern Athletic Association. The Vikings came up one goal short in the SAA Championship game, and earned seven All-SAA honors in the process, including the Offensive Player of the Year in Cory Hall. Hall and Jack Chase also earned USILA Scholar All-American for their success both in the classroom and on the field, additionally Hall was invited to play in the the annual USILA North/South All-Star Game.
In Gilbert’s first year at Berry, he led the Vikings to an 11-4 record and another SAA semifinal appearance. The Vikings were 5-2 in the SAA and had nine student-athletes earn All-SAA honors.
Gilbert arrived from New England College in Henniker, N.H. where in 2013, he led the Pilgrims to a record of 10-7 and a runner-up finish in the North Atlantic Conference. In 2012, he led NEC to a berth into the NCAA DIII Men's Lacrosse Tournament after winning the program's first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship.
Over his six seasons at NEC Gilbert had an overall coaching record of 59-49 and a conference record of 37-19. Gilbert's teams played in four championship games over his six years at New England College and produced two All-Americans, the first in NEC's history. Prior to Gilberts arrival at NEC the team was coming off of a 1-13 season.
During the 2011 season, Gilbert led the Pilgrims to an impressive 13-6 overall record, including a 9-0 record at home, and an appearance in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) semifinals.
In 2010, the Pilgrims boasted an overall record of 10-9 and an appearance in the TCCC Championship game for the first time since 2002. In 2009, the Pilgrims earned a trip to the ECAC New England Championship game.
At NEC, Coach Gilbert placed sixteen players on the All-Conference team, eight All-Academic athletes, four ECAC New England All-Stars, two All-Americans, two USILA North/South game participants, one Scholar-Athlete of the Year, one Offensive Player of the Year, and two others drafted into the NLL Professional league.
Prior to New England College, Gilbert was an assistant lacrosse coach at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. While at Denison, Gilbert helped lead the Big Red to an impressive 20 wins, two NCAC Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Before Denison, Gilbert had stints as an assistant lacrosse coach at Washington College and Whittier College. Over two seasons at Washington College Gilbert led the Shoremen to a record of 28-8, a school-record 15-game winning streak, and an NCAA semifinal appearance.
At Whittier, over two years he helped the Poets to a record of 21-3 and two national tournament appearances, including one NCAA quarterfinal and one NCAA semifinal appearance.
Gilbert is a graduate of Washington College, where he was a four-year member of the men's lacrosse team. While at WC, Gilbert was a member of the 1998 NCAA Division III national championship team and garnered All-Conference accolades.
In addition to coaching lacrosse, Gilbert serves on various committees including the USILA Top 20 poll and All-American Committee. He graduated with a master's degree in management and strategic leadership from NEC.
Gilbert currently resides in Rome, GA with his wife, who also works at Berry, and his two daughters.