John Uppgren, one of the top offensive players in Division III lacrosse history, is in his third season as an assistant coach on the Jumbo men’s lacrosse team.
Coach Uppgren is third all-time in NCAA Division III scoring with 418 points on 237 goals and 181 assists during four seasons with the Jumbos from 2013-16. He was a member of two NCAA championship teams at Tufts in 2014 and 2015. His 129 points in 2015 (76 goals, 53 assists) is the ninth-best single season in Division III history. He had 124 points (65 goals, 59 assists) for the 2014 season which is 12th-best in DIII.
A part of a four-year era at Tufts when the Jumbos accumulated a 78-12 record, Coach Uppgren and the team won four NESCAC Championships. They also played in the 2016 NCAA final.
In his senior season, Uppgren was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Co-Player of the Year and the LT. COL. J.I. (Jack) Turnbull Award winner for Most Outstanding Attackman in DIII. He was selected a First Team All-American for three straight years. Uppgren was named the NESCAC Player of the Year as a senior as well as to the All-NESCAC first team for the third time.
Uppgren was selected in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse draft by the Boston Cannons. He played there for two seasons before being traded at the end of the second season to the Atlanta Blaze, and then later returned to the Cannons in 2018.