Hodgson Hired as New Head Lacrosse Coach at Lycoming

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. After three years at conference rival Manhattenville, Todd Hodgson is now set to take over the reigns of the Lycoming College men's lacrosse program, Director of Athletics Scott Kennell announced on Tuesday.

"I am very excited to come here to Lycoming," Hodgson said. "I would like to thank President [James] Douthat, Dr. [Sue] Gaylor, Scott Kennell and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to lead the men's lacrosse program. Lycoming College is a great institution that has fostered many young people to do great things with their lives. I am especially energized about the support we are getting from the president and his administration."

With nearly a decade of experience in the Middle Atlantic Conference, Hodgson has spent time as an assistant at former MAC schools Susquehanna and Scranton before taking over as head coach Manhattenville.

Hodgson was hired as the first full-time coach in the history of the program in 2008 and he went about rebuilding the Valiants' tradition. Along the way, he mentored goalkeeper Andrew Predun to three all-conference accolades, including helping him earn first-team honors the last two seasons.

In 2010, the team showed marked improvement despite a 5-11 (4-7 MAC) record. After nearly knocking off Drew in overtime in the season opener, the Valiants came back to defeat Vassar College before registering a huge 11-7 victory over FDU-Florham. The win marked the second straight season that the Valiants took down the perennial Middle Atlantic Conference frontrunners.

In 2009, the team posted a 6-9 overall record, just missing a spot in the Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament. He produced one of the best wins in program history toward the end of the year, when the Valiants handed undefeated FDU-Florham its first conference loss of the year in a double-overtime thriller on the road.

The Valiants finished 8-8 in Hodgson's first season at the helm, the most wins by a first-year coach in program history. The team advanced to the semifinals of the ECAC Division III Metro/South Championship, marking the program's second postseason appearance since 1992.

"Todd Hodgson a great addition to our athletic program," Kennell said. "He has a deep knowledge of the game of lacrosse and he has some great experience in the Middle Atlantic Conference. We feel Todd is going to be someone that will continue to foster the growing tradition of Lycoming lacrosse and that he will keep us in position to win a MAC title in the near future."

Hodgson came to the Valiants after spending 2007 as the defensive and recruiting coordinator at Scranton. With Hodgson's guidance, the Royals posted their most wins in five years, doubling their win total from 2006 and dropping their goals against average from 11.8 to 9.1 while advancing to the Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament. He coached one all-conference selection at Scranton.

Prior to his time at Scranton, Hodgson spent two seasons as the recruiting coordinator at Williams in the powerhouse New England Small College Athletic Conference. With the Ephs, Hodgson oversaw the offensive unit, boosting the team's goals per game average from 6.7 in 2004 to 10.1 in 2006, a year that was highlighted by a regular season win over eventual NCAA Division III semifinalist Wesleyan.

Hodgson began his coaching career in the Middle Atlantic Conference at Susquehanna, serving as the Crusaders' offensive coordinator from 2001-04. Joining the team in 2001, just the program's second year in existence, Hodgson helped the program grow from fledgling to a contender in the MAC. In 2004, he helped coach the team to a school-record six wins and five MAC wins while the team narrowly missed out on a spot in the playoffs. During Hodgson's stay, the team produced three All-MAC selections and the 2004 MAC Rookie of the Year, goalkeeper Dan Kotch.

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