Former Muhlenberg ('11) standout goalkeeper Mike Horowitz enters his fifth season on the Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse coaching staff in Spring 2019 and was promoted to defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator on January 11, 2019.
"Mike Horowitz has shown incredible loyalty and demonstrated the ability to make an impact coaching at both end of the field, as well as the specialty positions," said Saint Joseph's head coach Taylor Wray upon the announcement of Horowitz's promotion. "Mike has been a jack of all trades these last few seasons, and I think that has helped him become a very well-rounded coach. He served as the defensive coordinator with both the Israeli U-19 National Team and the Israeli Senior Men's National Team this past summer at the FIL World Championships. He has proven he is ready to handle the added responsibility of being the defensive coordinator here at SJU."
After serving as a volunteer assistant coach in 2014-15, Horowitz was promoted to assistant coach for the 2016 campaign and assisted in all facets of the program, with a specific focus on mentoring SJU's goalkeepers, face-off unit and coordinating the riding and clearing game. In his first two seasons ('15, '16), he assisted at the defensive end, scouting and organizing the scout team offense. In 2017 and 2018, he worked at the offensive side in the the opposite roles.
In the four seasons Horowitz has been on Hawk Hill, Saint Joseph's produced the 2016 Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year in T.J. Jones in addition to eight All-Conference defensemen, two All-Conference face-off specialists, and a two-time All-Conference First Team long stick midfielder and saw the Hawks earn 13 NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
In 2018, Horowitz worked directly with redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mike Adler, who turned in a rookie campaign for the ages. Under Horowitz's eye, Adler put together an 8.11 goals against average and .596 save percentage on 167 saves vs. 113 goals allowed to rank third in the nation in save percentage, sixth in the nation in goals against average, and second in the Northeast Conference in both. Adler backstopped a defensive unit that ranked fourth nationally in scoring defense (8.00) and seventh nationally in man-down defense (76.6 percent). Horowitz guided Adler to NEC Second Team and Rookie Team accolades as well as two NEC Defensive Player of the Week accolades and four NEC Rookie of the Week honors.
For three seasons (2015-17), Horowitz directly worked with 2017 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American Honorable Mention goalkeeper T.J. Jones, who capped his career on Hawk Hill in Spring 2017 as the program's recordholder in career victories (31), single-season victories (12), career goals against average (8.38), and single-season goals against average (7.47) and ranked third in career saves (502) and sixth in career save percentage (.551).
In 2016, Saint Joseph's ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (7.88), eighth in face-off winning percentage (60.8%), and 12th in man-down defense (69.4%). Additionally, under Horowitz's direction, Jones set program records in single-season victories (12) and single-season goals against average (7.47), while SJU's goalkeeper group combined for the lowest single-season goals against average in program history (7.83).
In 2015, the Hawks led the nation in man-down defense (.800) for the second consecutive year and ranked in the top 15 in scoring defense, and caused turnovers per game.
Horowitz joined the Hawks' staff from Pfeiffer University, where he coordinated a defense that ranked sixth in Division II in caused turnovers as part of the #14th-ranked team in the country. Horowitz coached one goalkeeper to All-America honors, along with three defensemen to the All-Conference Carolinas team.
Before joining Pfeiffer, Horowitz was the defensive assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University for two seasons. During his short time at FDU, Horowitz coached one goalkeeper and two defensemen to All-Conference accolades. In his first season, Horowitz helped guide the team to an 8-8 record, including a 6-1 mark at home. While a member of the Devils' coaching staff, Horowitz earned his Master's Degree in Corporate and Organizational Communications.
Horowitz served as the defensive coordinator for the Israeli National Team at the 2018 FIL Men's Lacrosse World Championship in Summer 2018 and also serves as the assistant coach for the U-19 Israeli National Team. He played with both the field and box Israeli National Teams and collegiately at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. He was a starting goalkeeper for three years and was an All-Centennial Conference selection both as a junior and a senior. Horowitz still ranks fifth all-time in career saves (405) and sixth in single-season saves (164).
Horowitz and his wife, Alexandra, reside in Philadelphia.