Men's Lacrosse Staff

Chris Kivlen

Chris Kivlen

Title: Head Men's Lacrosse Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2811

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Chris Kivlen joins the Royals as the second coach in history to lead the program from Cornell University.

“We are confident that all of Chris' professional experiences have positioned him perfectly to be our next head coach at Queens,” said interim athletic director Cherie Swarthout. “With his experiences comes a wealth of success at the student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach levels that will raise the bar for Queens men’s lacrosse.”

Kivlen served as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Cornell during the 2015 and 2016 seasons assisting the staff on both ends of the field, playing an important role with the face off unit. The Big Red captured their 29th Ivy League title in 2015 after posting a 10-6 overall record going 4-2 in league play. With key victories over Princeton, Yale and Albany, Cornell ranked in the top 10 of the USILA Coaches Poll in 10-of-13 weeks during the season, rising as high as No. 7. They would go on to make their 27th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

Under Kivlen’s direction, Cornell had one of the top face-off units in the nation as one of his players broke the school record for face-off win percentage that stood for nearly 30 years. He also set the Cornell lacrosse records for ground balls and face-offs won.

"I couldn't be more excited to be named the head men’s lacrosse coach at Queens,” said Kivlen. “I have followed and respect the success of the program over the last 12 seasons and look forward to building upon a strong foundation."

Prior to joining the Big Red, Kivlen had a successful three year stint as head coach of the Montclair State University Red Hawks. Kivlen earned Skyline Conference Coach of the Year honors each year he was with the Red Hawks after leading Montclair State to a perfect 18-0 conference record, three league championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Montclair State posted a 41-13 overall record during Kivlen’s tenure.

In 2014, Kivlen helped Montclair earn its first USILA Top 10 ranking during the team’s best campaign in program history. The Red Hawks posted a 16-2 record which included the program’s first-ever wins over Dickinson, ranked sixth in the nation at the time, and St. Mary’s, ranked 16th. At the close of the season, Montclair State appeared in the top 10 in the nation for scoring offense, scoring margin, points per game, caused turnovers, clearing percentage and winning percentage.

Under Kivlen’s tutelage, the Red Hawks swept the Skyline Player and Rookie of the Year honors in each of his three seasons as he coached 30 all-conference selections and eight all-Americans.

Prior to his time at Montclair State, Kivlen spent six seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the State University of New York at Albany. Kivlen coached 25 America East All-Conference selections, including 10 first-team selections and 14 all-rookie team picks, helping the Great Danes to become a perennial contender in the America East Conference as well as a fixture in the USILA Coaches’ Poll.

In 2007, Albany enjoyed their finest season in program history, winning its first 11 contests, including victories over four-ranked teams. They reached the No. 2 spot in the USILA poll remaining there for eight consecutive weeks. Albany would capture the America East title that season, advancing to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Loyola in the opening round before falling to Cornell in the quarterfinal round.

Kivlen received a degree in communication with a minor in business administration from the State University of New York at Albany in 2005. During his time there, he also competed on the men’s lacrosse team helping them grab America East Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Kivlen added, "I would like to thank Cherie Swarthout, James Bullock and the entire search committee for this opportunity. I also want to thank Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse, Matt Kerwick, and Meakem Smith Director of Athletics, Andy Noel, for the opportunity to be an assistant coach at Cornell the past two seasons. Their leadership has been invaluable."

Chris Panos

Chris Panos

Title: Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2812

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Panos joins the Royals after serving as the assistant men's lacrosse coach at the University of Tampa.

"I am thrilled to be named assistant coach at Queens University of Charlotte," said Panos. "This is a tremendous opportunity to join a program committed to academic and athletic success, as well as having high character and respectful integrity. With that said, I'm more than excited to be joining the Royals family. I want to thank President Pamela Davies, Director of Athletics Cherie Swarthout, Assistant Athletic Director Tim Burke and Head Coach Chris Kivlen for this opportunity. I'm very honored and will continue to focus on creating a positive, winning atmosphere for the program through teamwork, dedication, commitment and discipline."

Panos has spent the past three seasons with the Spartans helping the program become a national powerhouse ranked in the top-five nationally each season. In three seasons, Tampa accumulated a 46-10 overall record, while going 21-0 in the Sunshine State Conference. Tampa's scoring offense also ranked top-20 in the nation each season. The Spartans picked up three SSC Championships with Panos on staff, while making three NCAA Championship appearances with the first in program history coming in 2014. The Spartans reached the quarterfinals in 2015, while going to the Final Four in both 2014 and 2016.

During his three years with Tampa, Panos coached 30 All-SSC Team honorees, eight all-Americans and two SSC Players of the Year.

"I would like to thank University of Tampa Athletic Director Larry Marfise and Head Coach Rory Whipple for allowing me to be the offensive coordinator and recruiting director at UT for the last three seasons," Panos added. "It has been a great experience and I am very thankful for the knowledge and success gained over my time there. I remain grateful for the support of all the Tampa Spartans players and fans, and wish them all the best in their future endeavors."

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. He took 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.

His professional 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 a U.S.-born player.

"I am very excited to have Chris join our staff," said Kivlen. "As a player he had a tremendous career at both the collegiate and professional levels. The last three seasons at Tampa he has proven he can be equally successful on the sideline. He also has tremendous positive energy, and an uncanny ability to connect with people. The Queens men's lacrosse program and the entire athletic community will instantly benefit from having him on board."