After returning to his alma mater in the fall of 2001, Dave Webster '88 has built one of the top programs in all of Division III lacrosse.
In the last eight seasons, the Red Devils have won four Centennial Conference Championships and have advanced to the “Elite Eight” of the NCAA Tournament on three separate occasions.
In addition to success on the field, one of the hallmarks of the Dickinson lacrosse experience is the commitment to service and to community. The Red Devils have received numerous accolades for their off the field commitment to service. Both the American Red Cross and the National Association of Athletic Administrators have recognized the program for their outreach and service.
Dickinson lacrosse players also consistently earn All-CC and All-American honors. In addition, multiple players have competed in the Division III North-South All-Star game. In 2013, Brandon Palladino '13 became the first player in conference history to be named First-team All-Centennial, all four years of his career. He was a two-time USILA National Long-Stick Midfielder of the Year, and named the USILA Player of the Year in 2013 as well. Following the successful 2018 season, eight (8) Red Devils were named to the USILA All-American team.
Coach Webster is most proud of the recent graduates who have also earned Scholar All-American honors.
Lacrosse began at Dickinson in 1952 and there is a tremendous network of successful alumni who actively support the current program and players. Connecting current players with this network is a priority for Webster. Every Fall, the coaches and seniors travel to New York City for an alumni networking event. In addition, a large group of alums return to campus every fall for the much-anticipated Alumni game and Alumni Networking Day.
Prior to coaching the Red Devils, Webster enjoyed the challenge of starting a program at Marymount University in 1991. The Marymount program quickly grew into a much-respected program, and Webster was twice named Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
After seven seasons at Marymount, Webster was hired by Centennial Conference (CC) rival Franklin & Marshall College. In three seasons at the helm of the Diplomats, Webster was able to recruit and coach several All-Americans and led his 2001 team to a postseason ECAC playoff game.
The opportunity to return to Dickinson and lead this program was a dream come true for Webster. Early in his fifth season at the helm of Dickinson, Webster recorded his 100th career win and soon after became Dickinson’s all-time win leader.
In the spring of 2019, Webster entered his 28th season overall and his 18th season at the helm of the Red Devil program. He has an overall record of 247-162 and has a mark of 96-56 in Centennial Conference play, including his time at F&M.
Webster is an active member of the lacrosse coaching profession and has served in various leadership roles for his sport. Besides serving as a longtime member of the NCAA Lacrosse Rules Committee, Webster also served as vice president to the USILA and as treasurer to the Men’s Division Coaches Committee of U.S. Lacrosse. Webster was honored by his peers in 2008 for his service to the college game. Webster resides in Carlisle with his wife Megan, daughters Grace and Lilly, and son Luke.