Patrick Hart Named Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach
AMHERST, MA – Jonathon Thompson, who was named Amherst College’s head coach of men’s lacrosse this past July, is pleased to announce that Patrick Hart has joined his coaching staff for the 2011 season. Hart graduated in 2005 from the College of the Holy Cross, where he was a four-year member of the lacrosse team and spent the past two springs as an assistant coach.
“I am very excited about joining the men's lacrosse program here at Amherst College,” Hart says. “Amherst is a fantastic school. The opportunity to work with our student-athletes and contribute to the vision that Coach Thompson and [athletic director] Suzanne Coffey have for our team is something I am really looking forward to.”
Thompson is equally excited about Hart joining the staff. “I am thrilled to work alongside a man of integrity like Patrick. He has proven time and again that his moral compass points true, and rarely waivers. He will be a terrific role model for the young men of Amherst lacrosse, an outstanding addition to the lacrosse tradition at Amherst and a wonderful addition to the athletic department.”
In two years with the Crusaders' coaching staff, Hart coordinated the team's defense and recruiting. In 2010 he led the Holy Cross defense to the program’s second lowest goals-against average (9.7) since 1988, also ranking 26th in the category among Division I schools. He also worked with the team’s face-off and goaltender units on a daily basis, helping the Crusaders increase their face-off win percentage from 30 percent (2009) to 44 percent (2010).
Hart’s first coaching stint was at the Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, R.I., where he was an assistant for the varsity lacrosse team for two years. He has served as a field director for the Holy Cross Lacrosse Camp and Central Bergen Lacrosse Camp in Oradell, N.J., also working as a counselor at Portsmouth’s New England Top 150 Lacrosse Camp, one of the top high school recruiting camps in the nation.
As a midfielder for the Crusaders, Hart scored four goals and assisted on 12 others in 43 career games. In 2005 he received the program’s John H. Price Award, which is given to a member of the team who best exemplifies the ideal set forth by former captain John H. Price, as “a man for others.” Hart was also a member of the Patriot League Honor Roll and was a mentor in the Worcester Big Brother Program.
A native of Wyckoff, N.J., Hart majored in economics at Holy Cross. After serving as a math teacher at the Portsmouth Abbey School from 2005-07, Hart worked as a financial recruiter at Michael Page International until returning to Holy Cross.
“Patrick has proven that he is passionate about both academics and athletics,” Thompson adds. “Having succeeded at the highest level in the world of academia, Patrick has also proven that he is a very talented tactician in the game of lacrosse. We are excited to move into this new era of Amherst lacrosse with such a qualified assistant as Patrick Hart.”