|MACON, Ga. – Kyle Hannan, a veteran coach with 19 years of experience under his belt, has been named the next Mercer men's lacrosse head coach in an announcement made by Director of Athletics Jim Cole on Monday.|
"I am extremely excited and proud to announce the hiring of Kyle Hannan to lead our men's lacrosse program," Cole said.
"Kyle quickly rose to the top of our search list because of his reputation in the lacrosse world, not only as a coach but more importantly as a person of high character. Kyle, his wife Angie, and their two children are a welcome addition to the Mercer family and the middle Georgia area."
Cole's announcement tabs Hannan as the program leader on the cusp of the team's move to the Tony and Nancy Moye Family Football and Lacrosse Complex, set to open in early September. Hannan indentifies the state of the-art facility as a key piece in the puzzle of building a winning program.
"I was very impressed by the new facility," Hannan said. "To be honest, it caught my attention by word of mouth and looking online. Once I got on campus and got the real feel, it was eye-opening. My time in Macon and on campus during the process really solidified my desire to be the next Mercer head coach."
In 19 years as a head coach, Hannan has procured an impressive 179-122 record, including a sterling 129-71 mark in his most recent post at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. Hannan's 12-year career at Goucher was capped by the school's first NCAA Division III Tournament win in 21 years of program history.
Goucher's appearance in the NCAA Tournament was its second in a three-year period, earned by virtue of Landmark Conference Tournament Championships in 2010 and 2012. Following the 2010 campaign, Hannan was selected as the C. Markland Kelly Award winner for the top collegiate coach in Maryland while the Landmark Conference honored Goucher with Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
"Obviously Mercer is a very good academic school, and that's my background so I'm comfortable in that atmosphere," Hannan said. "This opportunity is intriguing because of the commitment the university has shown to program with the facility, funding and other resources they provide. I believe Mercer lacrosse can be a competitive Division I program, and that's what makes this exciting for me."
Prior to his 12-year tenure at Goucher, Hannan was the head men's lacrosse coach at Colorado College from 1998-2000 and Virginia Wesleyan College from 1993-1998.
"I want to thank Director of Athletics Jim Cole and President William D. Underwood for providing this opportunity to my family," Hannan said. "I'm excited to continue developing my relationship with them and the entire middle Georgia community."
A 1986 graduate of Salisbury University, Hannan was a four-year starting midfielder for the Sea Gulls. His playing career saw the team advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament three times and yielded an individual accolade in the form of the 1985 Charles B. Clark Award for Salisbury's best all-around men's lacrosse player.
After spending two years as a graduate assistant at Salisbury from 1986-1988, he went on to assume the top assistant role on the men's staff at Hobart College. His efforts at Hobart helped the Statesmen win Division III National Championships in 1990, 1991 and 1993.
Hannan is an active member of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and has two children with his wife Angie.