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.
THE BUZZ ABOUT MERCER'S KYLE HANNAN
"As a former Division I coach, I watched in amazement with the job that Kyle Hannan did at Goucher. When he first took over the program and I had the opportunity to watch his team practice, and it was obvious that he was a special coach. He built an outstanding program that has had great success over time, turning Goucher into a top-ten program. He will be a tremendous fit at Mercer and he will make a great impact immediately."
"Mercer University has made a major statement in the world of lacrosse by hiring Kyle Hannan. His success at Goucher College speaks for itself. He is one of the most respected coaches in collegiate lacrosse, and I am sure that he will bring a new prospective to Mercer that will very quickly turn them into a winning program. What he did with the lacrosse program at Goucher is amazing in itself, and I find it hard to believe that he won't do the same at Mercer. Congratulations to Director of Athletics Jim Cole for his foresight in selecting Kyle to lead his program. He is much more than a winner, he is an educator and role model.
NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee, Member
"Mercer University hit an absolute home run with Kyle Hannan. They not only have a great coach that will lead them towards conference championships, but they have a leader that will mentor the Mercer locker room into student athletes who will reach their fullest potential."
Loyola University of Maryland
2012 National Champions
"It is with mixed emotions the we say goodbye to Kyle Hannan. While we are happy for him and his family over the new challenge they are taking on, but we are losing a bright and accomplished coach and an even finer person. His impact on our department, and the lacrosse program, over the past twelve years was significant. He created a family atmosphere around this program, and he mentored and developed the members of his team into men of integrity. His work ethic always served as an example to all of our young coaches, and Kyle was a fierce and tireless recruiter. That is why we were in the Landmark Conference championship game in four out of the past five years. Goucher's loss is Mercer's gain. We genuinely hope and pray that he will find the kind of success, and good friends, that he made working for us here at Goucher."
Director of Athletics
"Kyle Hannan created a standard in the Landmark Conference that the men's lacrosse membership, players, and coaches will continue to emulate. His Goucher teams played with discipline, savvy, and intensity. He leaves the Gopher program in tremendous position for a new coach to continue the legacy of success that he and his players sustained. He is an innovator and motivator. There is no doubt that Mercer University will benefit from having Kyle Hannan as a member of their athletic staff, and that the players will learn from his creative teaching and coaching skills."
Men's Lacrosse Coach
Chair, Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse Committee