WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2008
Matt Kerwick named JU's first men's lacrosse coach
With a vast amount of knowledge and experience in and around lacrosse, JU named Matt Kerwick as the school's first men's lacrosse coach on Wednesday.
After going through nearly 200 resumes to find the first head coach of the only Division I men's program in Florida, Kerwick's passion and vision to build the JU men's lacrosse program from scratch was infectious. Kerwick will have a year and a half to build the program in anticipation of the varsity team's first game in 2010.
"We are excited to name Matt Kerwick as our men's lacrosse coach," said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. "We had a lot of interest in the position, but we were very fortunate to be able to hire someone with Matt's experience and connection in the world of lacrosse.
"Matt knows what it takes to build a successful program and we believe that with his experience, he will be able to mold the program into a nationally respected program."
Known as one of the rising stars in lacrosse coaching circles, Kerwick comes to JU with 13 years of head coaching experience at Randolph- Macon, Alfred and his alma mater, Hobart College, where he spent the last seven years.
"I would like to thank President Romesburg and Alan Verlander for giving me the opportunity to run the first men's Division I program in the state of Florida," Kerwick said. "With the growth of the game across the country, Jacksonville University will offer a tremendous option for the great group of young men who will put on the first Dolphin uniform in the spring of 2010. I am looking forward to building a top flight schedule and bringing championship lacrosse to the South."
During his time at Hobart, Kerwick led the Statesmen to the Patriot League championship in 2002 and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2002, 2004). After leading Hobart to the championship in 2002, he earned Patriot League "Coach of the Year" honors. This past spring, Kerwick was selected East Coast Athletic Conference "Co-Coach of the Year" after guiding Hobart to an 8-6 record including a win over No. 15 Loyola.
Entering last season, Kerwick ranked in the top 25 among active lacrosse coaches in both career wins and career winning percentage, sporting a 98-84 career record. JU will be his second stint as a head coach at the Division I level.
While known as an outstanding coach, Kerwick also had a stellar playing career. He was a first team All-America selection in 1990 and a second team All-America honoree in 1989. He earned NCAA Tournament MVP honors in 1989 while leading the Statesmen to the Division III national championship four straight years.
An all-around athlete, Kerwick was also a four-year letterwinner on the hockey team, serving as captain of both teams during his senior season. He finished his career by being named the William C. Stiles Award winner, giving to the Hobart senior student-athlete for leadership, determination and character.
Following his collegiate career, Kerwick played in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League from 1991 through 1996, earning the Baltimore Thunder's "Unsung Hero" award twice and was an All- Star selection in 1992.
With pursuing his playing career, Kerwick began his coaching career as the head coach at Randolph-Macon for three seasons before being named an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania. He revived the program at Randolph- Macon, leading the lead Yellow Jackets to a 27-14 record, at the time the three most successful seasons in the program's history.
After one season at Penn, Kerwick took the head coach position at Alfred University and in his three seasons he led the Saxons to the postseason each year, earning a spot in the 1997 NCAA Tournament field as well as berths in the 1996 and 1998 ECAC Upstate Tournament. Alfred was 25-17 (.595) in his three seasons. Following his 1996 Super Six Lacrosse League "Coach of the Year" Award, Kerwick was named the 1997 "Babe" Kraus Division III Coach of the Year.
Kerwick moved on from Alfred to Georgetown as an assistant coach. During his three seasons with the Hoyas, Kerwick helped lead the program to a 36-9 record and the Final Four in 1999 before returning to his alma mater as head coach.
Kerwick and his wife Mary have two sons, Thomas and Sean.
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