Rob Koehler

recruiting coordinator, coach

Rob Koehler grew up on Long Island, NY and played high school lacrosse at Ward Melville High School.  A 1985 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Rob was honored with the General George Ruhlen Award (Most Improved) in 1984 and the General James V. Hartinger Award (Most Valuable Player) in 1985. Rob was also an honorable All-America goalkeeper in his senior campaign.

 Following his graduation from West Point, Rob was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery.  Rob was stationed at various assignments inside the US as well as in Germany throughout his Army career.  Rob earned his master's degree in kinesiology at Indiana University in 1995 and then returned to West Point to teach in the physical education department. While at West Point, he also served as the volunteer assistant lacrosse coach for three years.

Rob moved to Colorado Springs, CO in June, 2000 to work as an assistant lacrosse coach and physical education instructor at the United States Air Force Academy. The 2014 season was one of the most successful seasons in Falcons' history, as the team compiled an 11-6 overall record and 3-1 mark in the ECAC Lacrosse League, to secure its first winning season since 1997 and highest win total since 1988. The Falcons were able to clinch a share of the regular season conference title before going on to win the ECAC Tournament title, earning their first NCAA bid since 1988. Air Force went on to host Richmond in the NCAA play-in game, capturing its first NCAA tournament win in program history, before dropping a first-round match-up to top-seeded Duke, the reigning national champion. Rob also coached the U11-U17 Thunderbolt Lacrosse Club team from 2006-2013.

Rob enjoys all outdoor activities, especially running marathons and competing in endurance races such as the Leadville 100.  Rob is married to his wife, Chris, and they have two sons; Alex (22) and Kevin (20). 

Accolades:

  • Long Island Championship in 1980
  • All County Goalie 1981
  • Honorable Mention All American Goalie 1985
  •  4X NCAA tournament participant (Army)
  • General Ruhlen Award (Most Improved Army Lacrosse Player) in 1984
  • General James V. Hartinger Award (Most Valuable Army Lacrosse Player) in 1985
  • 14 year assistant coach at Air Force
  •  ECAC Champions in 2014 (Air Force)

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