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Winter Combine Coaches Profiles: Chad Surman

12/12/2017, 3:45pm CST
By HypeMan

Get to know Coach Surman (Mercer University) as he joins this year's Winter Combine staff.

Get To Know Coach Surman

Current Position:

Associate Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator - Mercer University

Positional Expertise:


What excites you about coming down to Texas?

Texas is an emerging hotbed for lacrosse. Many athletes are investing in the sport the same way that they have for football, basketball, and baseball. Its paying off and every year some of the top players in Texas move on to have great careers at the collegiate level.

Coaching Path

Coach Surman’s coaching career began as a graduate assistant coach for his alma mater, Division III Powerhouse, Salisbury University. He joined the Sea Gulls’ coaching staff in 2012 following his senior season. As a graduate assistant he assisted Hall of Fame head coach Jim Berkman in all areas, including player development, film & scouting, recruiting, and more. 

After spending the 2013 & 2014 seasons on the sidelines for the Sea Gulls, Coach Surman got to return home when he became an assistant coach for Division I Lehigh University. For the 2015 season Coach Surman worked closely with Lehigh's offense players, emphasizing on skill development and film break down. 

Coach Surman is currently the Associate Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator for Division I Mercer University. Since joining the Bears' coaching staff as an assistant in the fall of 2015, Coach Surman has gotten right to work. Along with duties as Associate Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator, Coach Surman is very active in the recruiting process for the Bears. 

I'm a big fan of this drill from Coach Surman.

Playing Resume

Coach Surman had a pretty remarkable collegiate career; He played for a championship all 4 years he was in college and he won 3 of them. Coach Surman began his college lacrosse career as a member of the 2009 Le Moyne squad that played for the Division II National Championship before transferring to Onondaga Community College for his sophomore year. As a sophomore at OCC, Coach Surman’s Lazers won a national championship defeating Nassau CC 9-8 following a perfect 16-0 season.

As a junior, for a third and final time, Coach Surman transferred to Division III Salisbury University. In 2 seasons for the Sea Gulls, Coach Surman won 2 National Championships. He competed in 45 games, recording 50 ground balls & 28 caused turnovers. During his time playing at Salisbury the team celebrated a 30-game win streak and was ranked the #2 defense in the nation for both his junior & senior seasons.


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