Kyle Hannan - a veteran coach with over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience - is in his fifth season as the Mercer men's lacrosse head coach, after being introduced as the second head coach in program history in August 2012.
The 2014 Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year, Hannan has transformed the Bears' men's lacrosse program since taking over in 2014, leading Mercer to the 2014 Atlantic Sun Championship as well as a 12-6 league record over the past three seasons.
Hannan joined an exclusive group in 2016, becoming one of just nine other active NCAA Division I coaches who have 200+ wins in their career. The group consists of Dom Starsia (Virginia), John Danowski (Duke), Bill Tierney (Denver), Mike Pressler (Bryant), Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware), Kevin Corrigan (Notre Dame), Scott Nelson (Binghamton), Don Zimmerman (UMBC) and John Desko (Syracuse).
Under Hannan's watch Mercer finished 5-8 and 3-4 in the Southern Conference in a tough slate the featured contests agains three nationally-ranked programs. The Bears placed three players on the SoCon's all-conference teams, as Chris Baxa and Mike Nugent were named to the league's second team while Lucas Wittenberg took home all-freshman team honors. Baxa and Nugent were in unchartered territory in 2016 with Baxa became the first player in program history to score 100 career goals, while Nugent ranked among the NCAA Div. I's active career leaders in saves.
In 2015, Hannan led the Bears to the Southern Conference tournament in their first season in the league, finishing the year with a 5-8 overall record and an impressive 5-1 in league play en route to the No. 2 seed. Mercer was honored for that success, as four players (Chris Baxa, Tim Geran, Colin Massa and Mike Nugent) All-SoCon recognition while Jackson Kleintz and Matt Quinn were named to the all-freshman team.
Since taking over the program that had just two wins in its first two years of existence, Hannan has engineered a remarkable turnaround with 11 victories in two seasons, highlighted by the team’s claim to a share of the 2014 Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championship.
The 2014 season saw Hannan’s squad notch a program record seven victories and go 4-1 against league opponents in its first season of conference affiliation. The Bears were duly rewarded for their landmark season, as six players earned A-Sun All-Conference recognition while Hannan was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
In his first season on the Mercer sidelines, 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.
During his 22 years as a head coach, he has compiled an impressive 200-153 record including a pair of NCAA Tournament berths while the head coach at Goucher College.
He posted 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 Hannan Era
2014: 7-7 (4-1 A-Sun)
2015 : 5-8 (5-1 SoCon)
2016: 5-8 (3-4 SoCon)