Men's Lacrosse Staff

Chris Panos

Chris Panos

Title: Head Men's Lacrosse Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2812

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Panos was named head coach in the summer of 2018 after serving as an assistant coach for the Royals for  two years. He also spent the summer as an assistant coach for the Greece Men’s Senior National Team as they finished 19th out of 46 teams in the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships.

“Chris has been instrumental in the process of elevating our program in every way,” Swarthout commented. “His commitment to Queens, work ethic, and attention to detail is noticed daily in his efforts on campus and with our students. We look forward to continued success in the classroom, within our community, and on the field under his leadership.”

The Royals have recorded winning records each of the two seasons with Panos on staff. In 2017, Queens recorded upset victories over nationally-ranked Wingate, Mount Olive, and Lenoir-Rhyne en route to reaching the South Atlantic Conference Championship game. They went on to close the year ranked 18th nationally. In 2018, the Royals defeated a nationally-ranked Trojans squad again before upsetting perennial powerhouse Limestone College. The win over the Saints was just the second in program history for the Royals.

“I am honored and humbled to be named the new head coach at Queens University of Charlotte and would like thank director of athletics Cherie Swarthout for showing confidence in my abilities to lead the program,” Panos stated. “This is a great opportunity, and I can’t wait to get back with the players in the coming weeks. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I embrace the challenge as we continue to build a strong program on and off the field.”

Prior to joining the Royals, Panos was an assistant coach for three seasons with the Spartans at the University of Tampa. During that time, the Spartans won three Sunshine State Conference titles and ranked top five nationally.

In addition to working in collegiate athletics Panos is the president and owner of Panos Lacrosse, a premiere lacrosse organization specializing in superior training for young aspiring athletes. His camps, clinics and teams have been highly sought after throughout the United States since 2009. Panos has also been the West Florida Lacrosse Club Director of Coaching while serving as the head coach of the U-13 and U15 teams since 2014.

Prior to entering the collegiate coaching field, Panos coached at the high school level taking a struggling Nathan Hale High School team to the state championships in just three seasons leaving the team ranked top-five in the state of Washington. He also coached Eastlake High School to a top-10 Washington state ranking in two seasons.

A former collegiate athlete himself, Panos attended Hoftstra University helping lead the Pride to two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1995 and 1996. He was named to the NCAA All-American East team both seasons as well. Hofstra was also an NCAA Division I East Conference top-10 team with the four-year starter. Panos received a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Hofstra in 1996.

Following his collegiate playing career, Panos spent 12 years competing in the National Lacrosse League after going No. 4 in the draft. The 1997 NLL First Round Draft Pick became an NLL World Champion and NLL All-Star as a nine-year Team U.S.A. Indoor Veteran as well. He was also a two-time Team U.S.A. Indoor Bronze Medalist, Team U.S.A. Bowhunter Cup Champion, Team U.S.A. Heritage Cup Champion and three-time Mann Cup Champion.

Panos’ professional playing experience includes time with the Boston Blazers, Brooklyn Redmen Baltimore Thunder, Buffalo Bandits, Victoria Shamrocks, New York Saints, Calgary Roughnecks, Anaheim Storm, Peterborough Lakers, Colorado Mammoth and Chicago Shamrox. Panos retired from the National Lacrosse League in 2011, ranking seventh all-time in goals scored for an American born player. In the fall of 2017 he was rated the No. 19 all-time American born player in the NLL by U.S. Box Lacrosse.

Kevin Wahl

Kevin Wahl

Title: Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2812

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Kevin Wahl joined the Royals in January of 2017. 

“Kevin will be an excellent addition to our program,” Coach Kivlen stated. “He brings a tremendous enthusiasm for the game with him to Queens.”

Wahl began his collegiate career at Adelphi University before transferring to Hartwick to play both lacrosse and football. Following his junior season where he started in all 13 games for the Hawks, he was named Defensive MVP. That season, he registered 42 ground balls and totaled 12 caused turnovers. Additionally, Wahl earned team captain honors during both his junior and senior seasons.

Kivlen added, “Kevin will focus his efforts training our goalies and defensemen as well as organizing our practice and game film. His past playing experience at a high level will allow him to share those experiences with our players which they will immediately benefit from.”

Since graduation, Wahl has been heavily involved in coaching at the youth level. He was the head coach of the Daler Nation travel lacrosse program, and volunteered as an assistant with the Farmingdale youth football team.

Wahl holds a degree in history from Hartwick College, and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Arts and Teaching program at Queens.

 
 
 
 
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