Montclair State Head Coach Loses Battle With Cancer

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The Montclair State community and Lacrosse community mourns over the passing of Mike Schambach. He passed away Thursday after nearly a year long battle with colon cancer. He was diagnosed in July of 2017.

The 38 year old had lead the Red Hawks lacrosse program for four season as he compiled a 47-37 record. Schambach also lead Montclair State to three NCAA DIII tournament appearances during his tenure. From 2015-2017 the Red Hawks went undefeated in the Skyline Conference. The IMLCA had just rewarded Montclair State with their DIII coaching staff of the year award on Thursday.

Schambach was the head coach at DeSales for three seasons and an assistant at FDU-Florham for seven years. He played all four years at Rutgers and started two of those seasons.

Mike Schambach is survived by wife, Lindsay, son, Cameron, and one-month-old daughter, Chloe, who just born May 7th of this year.

Statement From Montclair State Athletic Director Holly Gera
"We are tremendously saddened by Mike Schambach's passing. He was a special member of our Montclair State family. Mike loved his student athletes and he loved coaching lacrosse.  He showed true courage over this past year and his strength and positivity was inspiring.  We will miss him dearly and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and to all who have been touched by his generous spirit."

You can contribute to the Go Fund Me in his honor