Kyle Hannan, a veteran coach with 20 years of experience under his belt, enters his second season as Mercer men’s lacrosse head coach after being introduced by Director of Athletics Jim Cole on August 6, 2012.
In his first season on the Mercer sidelines, Hannan inherited a team that had posted two wins since the program’s establishment in 2011. Hannan’s leadership paid immediate dividends, as the Bears won their first game under his direction and continued to exceed expectations en route to four wins during the 2013 season.
Mercer’s 4-8 record also included five losses by three goals or less – an indicator that Hannan’s squad was turning the corner by season’s end. The campaign also saw Hannan help develop a pair of freshmen - goalkeeper Mike Nugent and forward Chris Baxa - into two of the best players at their specific positions in the country. Nugent finished the year ranked sixth nationally in saves per game (13.42) while Baxa was 10th nationally at 2.75 goals per game.
In 2014, Hannan will preside over the team’s first year as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, a newly formed lead with an automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament.
In 20 years as a head coach, Hannan has procured an impressive 183-130 record, including a sterling 129-71 mark in his previous post at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland. Hannan’s 12-year career at Goucher was capped by an 18-2 (9-0 Landmark) record in 2012, highlighted by the school’s first NCAA Division III Tournament win in 21 years of program history. After reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA National Tournament, the team finished the year ranked No. 10 nationally in the USILA Coaches poll.
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.
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.
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
Men's Lacrosse Coach
Chair, Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse Committee