Jamie Munro returns for his 11th season as head coach of the Denver Pioneers in 2009. He has a career record of 84-62, Denver’s all-time winningest lacrosse coach. Munro is a two-time Great Western Lacrosse League Coach of the Year, earning the award in 2000 and 2006.
Munro led Denver to its sixth consecutive winning season in 2008. The Pioneers made their second NCAA Tournament appearance and finished with a 10-7 overall record. Denver tied for first in the Great Western Lacrosse League regular season standings at 4-1 and placed six players on the All-GWLL team, including GWLL Newcomer of the Year Jamie Lincoln.
LaxBuzz asked Coach Munro two questions:
LAXBUZZ: What is your outlook for the 2008-2009 season?
Coach Munro: “We return most of our players from last year’s NCAA qualifying team. Our expectations are very high, but we have a long way to go. So far this fall has been challenging and rewarding. We have made important strides and continue to push the team forward.”
LAXBUZZ: What do you look for in recruits?
Coach Munro: “Obviously we need great character and serious students. Athletically we recruit players that bring something special in terms of speed, quickness, size, skill, playmaking ability, and we look for intangibles such as competitiveness, toughness and coach-ability.”
In his 10 years at DU, Munro has coached four All-Americans in Mike Law, Scott Davidson, Geoff Snider and Corey Vann.
Prior to coming to Denver, Munro spent eight seasons at Yale as the top assistant coach. As the Bulldogs offensive coordinator from 1991-97, Munro designed an attack that helped the team achieve five Top 20 national rankings in eight seasons and reach the NCAA quarterfinals in 1992. Yale’s offense averaged 13 goals per game in 1996, which lead to a No. 14 ranking in the final NCAA Division I poll.
In Munro’s final year at Yale, he assumed the defensive coordinator role. The 1998 Bulldog squad yielded 9.1 goals per game and ranked among the nation’s Top 10 teams in scoring defense. Two members of Munro’s defense earned All-America honors, while the team’s goaltender and two defensemen earn All-Ivy honors.
Munro also worked with the goaltenders in his eight seasons with the Bulldogs. During his tenure, Yale netminders earned All-America and/or All-Ivy league accolades six times. Munro also served as the recruiting coordinator, handling all scouting, evaluating and contacting high school prospects, along with arranging official and home visits.
Munro’s first coaching experience came at Colorado College. Serving as the top assistant, he helped the Tigers to a 14-2 overall record, a Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Lacrosse League title and the first national ranking in school history. Munro was also the architect of a Tiger offense that averaged 14 goals per contest.
As a player, Munro was a four-year member of the Brown University lacrosse team. He garnered All-Ivy league honors from 1987-89 and capped his collegiate career by being named an All-American in 1989. Munro captained the Bears squad as a senior and played in the North-South College All-Star Game. Munro played professionally for the Boston Blazers of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League and was named to the USILA Club All-Star Team in 1993.
Munro and his wife Sara, along with their son Colin and daughters Emily and Lucy, reside in Highlands Ranch.