Kyle Hannan

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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.

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.