Dana Lindstrom

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Head Coach Dana Lindstrom is now entering his 10th season at the helm of the Griffins Men's Lacrosse Program.

Head Coach Dana Lindstrom is now entering his 10th season at the helm of the Griffins Men's Lacrosse Program. During his first eight years, the Griffins compiled a record of 70-51 and qualified for the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Playoffs all eight years of the program's existence, including three conference championship appearances in 2010, 2012, and 2016. Lindstrom was also honored by his fellow coaches during the 2010 season as the CSAC Coach of the Year.

Under his tutelage, 67 Griffin players have received all conference honors. Zach Richter became the first Griffin to be selected to the CSAC All-Conference First Team in 2010 as a sophomore, and repeated that selection in 2011 and 2012. At the completion of the 2013 season Roy Bakeoven joined Richter as the only Griffins to become three time All-CSAC selections. Nick Coan and Richter have both represented the Griffins on the Philadelphia Inquirer Men's Lacrosse All-Area Academic Team. Coan received the honor in 2010, and Richter in 2011 & 2012 respectively. In order to be eligible for Academic All-Area, an athlete must be in his or her second year at the institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better. The team is made up of athletes from the Philadelphia area, and covers Divisions I, II, and III.
In 2015 Tony McCraw became the first Griffin to be named an All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. McCraw also became the first programs first player to receive the Colonial States Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Year, and was named an ECAC All Star for the second straight year. McCraw repeated as the CSAC Player of the Year in 2016. The previous year Marc Bushong became the first Griffin to be names the Colonial States Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
The 2015 season was the best to date for the Griffins despite an increase in their strength of schedule. With a record of 11-5 they set a program record for wins in a season, besting the previous record of 10 wins in 2010 and 2012. At the end of the season the Griffins found themselves ranked 11th in the NCAA in scoring defense(6.44 goals per game), 12th in clearing %, 19th in scoring margin, 26th in face off win %, and 50th in scoring offense (11.94 goals per game). All of these are program records for a season.

In 2009 Lindstrom surpassed any expectation of a first-year program, guiding Gwynedd Mercy University men's lacrosse team to a 7-9 record and qualifying for the conference playoffs in 2009, before losing in the CSAC semi-finals in their first season of NCAA competition.

The 2010 season saw the continued growth of the program. They ended their season with an overall record 10-5 and won its first CSAC Playoff Game by defeating Marywood University in the semifinals, 9-7. Lindstrom led the Griffins into their title game appearance against the reigning 10-time CSAC champions, the Cabrini Cavaliers, who were ranked in the top 10 in the country at the time. The Griffins came up short, but the team had made the next step in the development of the young program. During that season the Griffins defense was ranked in the top 20 in D-III in goals against average.

In 2012 Lindstrom led the Griffins back to the CSAC Championship game for the second time in four years. The Griffins compiled a record of 10-6, and ranked 28th in the country in man up scoring, 35th in man down defense, and in the top third of D-III in scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, win percentage, assists per game, and points per game. The 2012 season saw the Griffins Men's Lacrosse program graduate its first class. The class consisted of Ryan Bracalenti, Benjamin Brown, Nicholas Coan, Michael Henry, Jon-Eric Lane, Robert Lutts, Zach Richter, and Craig Trueblood. These eight young men were part of the inaugural team in 2009 and helped put the Griffin lacrosse program on the map.

Before Lindstrom became the head coach of the Griffins he spent several seasons as an assistant coach at King's College. While at King’s, he was the Monarchs defensive coordinator, and was heavily involved in the recruiting of potential student-athletes to the Monarchs program, and day-to-day operations of the program.

Prior to King's, Lindstrom served as the head boy's lacrosse coach at The Pennington School in New Jersey from 2003-2005. In 2004, he led the team to the New Jersey State Tournament Prep B semi-finals before guiding the squad to a Prep B finals appearance in 2005. He also spent the 2002 year at Pennington as an assistant coach before assuming the head job the following season. While at The Pennington School, Lindstrom also served as an assistant ice hockey coach as well as an assistant football coach.

Lindstrom is a graduate of Orchard Park High School in New York where he was an All-Western New York selection in 1993 as a goaltender. During the 1993 season he led the Quakers to the New York State Class A quarterfinals, and was named the MVP of the Exceptional Senior All-Star Game as a member of the South team. Lindstrom continued his playing career at Elmira College, where he graduated from in 1997.