Carroll (WI) Announces Michael Hodge as Lacrosse Coordinator

(Waukesha, Wis.) - Following a nationwide search, Carroll University has tabbed Michael Hodge as the school's first-ever women's lacrosse coach.

"I want to thank Athletic Director Joe Baker and the Carroll University athletic staff for this opportunity," said Hodge. "I am honored to be named the first lacrosse coach at Carroll and look forward to building a quality program in a great community."

Hodge, originally from Antioch, Ill., will be the head coach of the Carroll women's lacrosse team and will also serve as the lacrosse coordinator. As the coordinator, Hodge will lead the search for a head men's lacrosse coach and will assist in all facets of that program.

"We are very happy and excited to have Michael join our staff. Michael comes to us with a solid lacrosse background having coached both men and women during his coaching career," said Baker. "He has also worked in new lacrosse programs which will be very helpful and important as Carroll begins our new lacrosse programs".

Baker also feels the new coach's familiarity with the Midwest and East coast will pay dividends in the recruiting process. "Michael is a native of the Midwest with contacts in the Chicago area down into Indiana, and he has spent the past year coaching in the East where lacrosse is a very popular and competitive sport. He comes to us with a great background and knowledge in the sport of lacrosse, and he has a plan with a student-first philosophy at its core."

Following a three-year playing career at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana, Hodge jumped right into his coaching career after being named head coach at his alma mater in 2008.

Hodge remained as the head men's lacrosse coach at Holy Cross from 2008-2012 then decided to broaden his coaching horizons. He moved east and became the assistant women's lacrosse coach at the State University of New York in Canton, New York, a position he held for two years before being offered the Carroll job.

Hodge earned a liberal arts degree from Holy Cross in May of 2008 then went on to obtain his master's degree in sports administration from Valparaiso University in December of 2011.

The Pioneers announced in October of 2013 they would be adding women's and men's lacrosse to their list of NCAA-sponsored sports. The lacrosse programs will represent the 21st and 22nd NCAA-sponsored programs at Carroll.

"Lacrosse is a quickly emerging sport in the Midwest and we are excited to add it to our existing intercollegiate sports," said Baker back in October. "We have investigated the potential for athletic growth over the past few years and believe now is the right time to add men's and women's lacrosse. We are confident we will provide a quality athletic environment to current and future student-athletes."

Carroll's lacrosse programs will begin NCAA competition in the spring of 2015.

2014-02-18



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