T.W. Johnson Leaves Hobart for Position at Nansemond-Suffolk

After nine seasons serving the Hobart lacrosse program, including the past five as head coach, T.W. Johnson will return to his alma mater to serve as athletic administrator and lacrosse coach. A search for Johnson's replacement will begin immediately with the intention of hiring a new coach this summer.

"T.W. has served Hobart College and the Hobart lacrosse community with commitment and integrity," says Vice President for Student Affairs Robb Flowers. "He has dedicated himself to his student-athletes, cultivating an environment that emphasizes a balance between academics and athletics, and that rewards diligence, scholarship and character. He will be greatly missed."

Johnson will be the new Director of Boys' Athletics and Boys' Lacrosse Coach at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in Suffolk, Va., an independent K-12 school from which he graduated.

"Through his actions on and off the field, T.W. has shown that he is a man of character who leads by example," says Athletic Director Mike Hanna '68. "I have been impressed by his skill as a coach, his mentorship to his assistant coaches, and his dedication to the sport. Certainly, the young men he has mentored have benefited greatly from his dedication and insight into the game. He will be missed by staff, faculty and student-athletes alike. Along with them and our fans, I offer him our gratitude for a job well done and best wishes for this special leadership opportunity."

As head coach at Hobart, Johnson's influence on the Statesmen is reflected in the 28 ECAC All-Academic, 10 All-ECAC, six North-South All-Star, two USILA Scholar All-American, and two USILA All-American awards earned by his student-athletes. A strong recruiter, Johnson's Class of 2016 was rated among the top 20 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse, and featured two of the top 40 attackmen in the nation and a defenseman rated in the top 25. After eight seasons as a head coach (including three seasons at Limestone College), his career record stands at 66-51 (.564).

"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve one of the most impressive lacrosse teams in the country," explains Johnson. "It has been an honor to coach these young men for nine seasons, to witness the investment that HWS alums have generously made in the facilities and in the team, and to see the wonderful progress that has resulted. My family and I will miss the Colleges, the community and most especially the students, parents and alums."

Hobart played a highly competitive schedule in 2013, facing six teams ranked in the Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Yearbook top 20. The Statesmen finished the year with a 6-8 record, a two-win improvement over 2012. Hobart scored impressive upsets of No. 15 Colgate, No. 20 Bellarmine and No. 3 Syracuse. On March 5, the Statesmen trailed the Raiders 8-7 in the fourth quarter, but scored late to force overtime and won in extra time for the first time since 2004. In Louisville, Ky., a month later, Hobart weathered a late Bellarmine rally that tied the game and necessitated OT. A goal with 49 seconds left marked the Statesmen's first ever double overtime win. Just three days later, Hobart overcame the Orangemen in overtime for a 13-12 win.

"Thanks to T.W., the coaching staff and Mike Hanna, we have another strong recruiting class due to arrive on campus this fall and an impressive nucleus of returning players," says Flowers. "We will capitalize on the momentum and energy the program is experiencing as we immediately begin the search for a new head coach, with a planned hire date of mid-summer."

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2013-06-19



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