Athletics: Men's Lacrosse
Head Coach Chris Bissinger
In his nine years at Muhlenberg, Chris Bissinger has turned the Mule program from one that went winless in the Centennial Conference to one that qualified for the CC playoffs and received national attention.
Muhlenberg went 10-5 in 2008, reaching the playoffs in one of the strongest men’s lacrosse conferences in Division III. The Mules received votes in the national poll for the last third of the season and produced their first two first-team All-CC selections, both of whom went on to receive All-America honorable mention.
The 2009 team tied for third place in the CC and produced the first two-time All-American in program history. The program made more history in 2010 by scoring its first-ever wins against perennial national power Washington and eventual CC champion Haverford, and in 2011 the Mules beat Gettysburg for the first time.
In 2013, Muhlenberg posted two wins against teams ranked in the top 20 for the first time ever.
In Bissinger’s first year at Muhlenberg, the Mules set a school record with seven wins. In his second season, he led the team to its first victories over established Centennial programs. His nine-year record is 53-72.
Bissinger was hired in December 2004 after five years as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Hampden-Sydney. During his tenure, the Tigers earned three straight bids to the NCAA Tournament from 2001 to 2003. They were ranked third in the final 2002 regular-season poll and reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2003.
Bissinger is a 1995 graduate of Hampden-Sydney, where he was a Division III All-America midfielder as a senior and a three-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection. Following his graduation, Bissinger stayed on to serve a year as an assistant coach. After a stint in the business world, he returned to his alma mater in 1999.
Assistant Coach Preston Ketchum
No stranger to Centennial Conference lacrosse, Preston Ketchum joined the Muhlenberg coaching staff for the 2013 season.
Ketchum played the previous four years as a defenseman at McDaniel College. As a senior in 2012, he started four games and helped the Green Terror to a CC playoff berth and the ECAC Mid-Atlantic championship.
A native of Lititz, Pa., and graduate of Manheim Twp. High School, where he played lacrosse and football, Ketchum has coached U19 teams with Blue Mountain Lacrosse since 2010. He led the Blue Mountain U19 squad to the gold medal at the 2010 Keystone State Games.
Assistant Coach Michael Sullinger
Michael Sullinger is in his first season as an assistant coach at Muhlenberg. A four-year letterwinner as an attackman at Eastern Connecticut State University, Sullinger was named to the Little East Conference first team in 2012 after leading the league in points (81) and assists (36). He also led the Little East in assists in 2011, earning second-team honors.
Sullinger finished his career in the top 10 on ECSU’s all-time list with 176 career points and was selected to participate in the 2012 East-West All-Star Game.
A native of Brookfield, Conn., Sullinger served as a student assistant coach at Eastern Connecticut while finishing up his degree in 2013, coaching two All-Americans and helping the Warriors win the conference championship and earn an NCAA Tournament bid.