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Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
The Hanover College Athletic Department officially announced Jeff Roberts as its next head men’s lacrosse coach Wednesday, July 11.
Roberts will be the second head coach in program history, as he replaces former coach Skip Lichtfuss, who took on a leadership role with the U.S. Lacrosse national organization.
“I am extremely honored for the opportunity at Hanover College and to serve as the head men’s lacrosse coach,” stated Roberts. “I would like to thank Vice President and Director of Athletics Lynn Hall, Associate Athletic Directors John and Molly Jones, along with the entire search committee for giving me this opportunity.
“Additionally, I would like to thank Dr. Robert Barnhill and Joe Amplo for guiding me over the past few years, which helped prepare me to take on this new role.”
Roberts comes to the College after a multi-year stint as the head lacrosse coach at Coppell High School near Dallas, Texas. During his time at Coppell, Roberts compiled 25 wins over a three-year span with the Cowboys. The program also received seven all-conference and one all-state honor during Roberts’ time at the helm. While in the Dallas area, Roberts also worked two years for 3D Lacrosse and served as its Director for the Dallas area, and spent the last 12 months with Iron Horse Club Lacrosse as well.
Prior to his time at Coppell, Roberts consumed over 15 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including stops at NCAA Division I institutions Marquette (Wis.), Vermont and Dartmouth (N.H.). His most recent collegiate experience came at Marquette, where the Golden Eagles posted a 16-16 overall record in two seasons, while making it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals in both 2014 and 2015.
Roberts does have head coaching experience at the collegiate level as well, guiding Concordia University-Wisconsin from 2009-2013. Roberts helped create a Division III-level program, which started in 2011, as his teams amassed 26 wins over a three-year period. The Falcons also garnered 10 all-conference awards, while Roberts was named Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC) Coach of the Year in 2012.
To go along with his stops at Vermont and Dartmouth, Roberts was also an assistant coach at Mercyhurst (Pa.), Colorado College and Skidmore (N.Y.).
“Hanover men’s lacrosse will be a program built on hard work, toughness and brotherhood,” added Roberts. We will focus on improving daily and creating an environment in which we chase the best versions of ourselves with relentless effort.
“I am excited for the opportunity to continue building Hanover into a conference championship contender and look forward to building relationships within our campus community and alumni base.”
A native of Upstate New York, Roberts is a 1994 graduate of Springfield College (Mass.), where he was a member of the lacrosse program. He also recently received his master’s degree in athletic administration and coaching from Concordia University-Irvine (Calif.).
Head Women's Lacrosse Coach
Brandon Allwood enters his third season as the Hanover women’s lacrosse coach during the 2018-19 academic year.
Allwood’s first campaign with the Panthers was a successful one, as he led the team to its best overall record in the program’s three-year history at 9-8. Hanover also appeared in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Tournament, another first for the program in 2017.
For his efforts, Allwood was named the ORLC Coach of the Year. A pair of Panthers in Mallory Fogus and Abby Shroyer also earned first team all-conference accolades in Allwood’s first season with the College.
Following a record-setting first year, Allwood's Panthers achieved higher laurels in 2018. Hanover finished 11-7 overall and 8-3 in conference play, both of which were new program highs. The Blue and Red once again appeared in the conference tournament semifinals in 2018.
Overallt, through two seasons at HC, Allwood has directed the newly-minted program to a 20-15 record, including a 14-6 mark in conference action. The women's lacrosse program has also received seven all-conference awards since Allwood's arrival.
Allwood, a native of New Buffalo, Mich., has spent the past two seasons at his alma mater Albion (Mich.), where he was an assistant coach and the goalkeeper coach. Over the past two years, the Britons have posted a 25-10 overall record, as well as a 15-1 mark in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Albion recorded one regular season and one MIAA postseason tournament championship during Allwood’s stint with team, as he helped guide the Britons to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015.
In two season’s Allwood helped coach 14 all-MIAA selections, four all-region choices, two MIAA Offensive and one Defensive Player of the Year winners.
Prior to joining Albion’s staff, Allwood spent the 2014 season as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator for the boy’s lacrosse team at Harper Creek High School in Michigan. In the program’s second year of existence, Allwood assisted in guiding the team to a 6-6 record, a program best at the time.
A four-year letter winner on defense for the men’s lacrosse team at Albion, Allwood graduated with a degree in History and English with an emphasis on Secondary Education in 2013. Allwood was also a part of the Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach
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