Mike Hilton Hired to Lead the Lacrosse Program at Urbana

URBANA, Ohio (September 19, 2013) Urbana University Athletic Director Doug Young announced the hiring of new head lacrosse coach Mike Hilton this week. Hilton takes over the NCAA Division II program before its fourth season of intercollegiate competition kicks off in the spring of 2014.

"Coach Hilton has over 25 years of experience coaching lacrosse, dating back to when his son and daughter started playing. He fell in love with the sport when he played at Towson University and returned to lacrosse with his kids," explained Young. "It was evident immediately that his lacrosse experience and knowledge energized the team during the interview process. We're excited to see where Coach Hilton can take the program."

Hilton played four years of football, while playing a season of lacrosse and wrestling at Towson University in Baltimore in the early 1970's. After graduating with a degree in business in 1974, he entered the private sector. Most recently, Hilton was employed as a mortgage planning specialist at Fifth Third Mortgage in nearby Fairborn.

Despite his full-time career in the mortgage business, Hilton always maintained his coaching ties to the sport of lacrosse. He attended clinics, conventions and coaching courses with the hope to one day become a full-time lacrosse coach. From 2002-05, Hilton served as an assistant girls' lacrosse coach at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia. He also assisted the men's lacrosse team at CHS in 2006, and later that year, after relocating to Fairborn, he began his relationship with the University of Dayton's women's club lacrosse program.

Hilton remained with the UD club team through this past spring, when he led the Flyers to their third straight WCLL South Division Championship. Each of the past two seasons, Hilton's squad finished the year ranked 10th in the country in the WCLA Division 2 Coaches' Poll. The team received three All-American nods over those two seasons.

In addition to reviving the new club program at UD, Hilton also established the girls' lacrosse program at nearby Centerville High School, where he served as the Head Coach during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

"It has been a long-time dream of mine to coach at the collegiate level and help build a successful program," said Hilton upon his hiring. "I want to thank Doug Young and Urbana University for the opportunity to make that dream come true. For my part, it just proves the old adage that you are never too old to pursue your dreams."

Hilton's new Blue Knight squad will compete in one tournament this fall, but the primary season begins in early March. The team returns ten starters from a 3-11 season this past spring. An associate member of the GLIAC, Urbana finished in 7th place with a 2-6 conference record, just missing out on a spot in the six-team post-season conference tournament.

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