University of Scranton director of athletics Dave Martin announced on Wednesday that Michael Hofmeister has been hired as the University's head men's lacrosse coach.
Hofmeister comes to Scranton after spending the past six seasons as an assistant at two of the top programs in the region. He spent last season as an assistant at Roanoke, helping the Maroons go 12-4 and finish tied for first in the regular season in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). Prior to that, he was an assistant at York (Pa.), where he helped the Spartans go a combined 66-29 and win the Capital Athletic Conference title in 2016.
"I would like to thank Dave Martin, the search committee and The University of Scranton for the terrific opportunity to be the next head coach of the men's lacrosse team," Hofmeister said. "I am looking forward to this opportunity to lead the team and become a part of The University of Scranton community. And I'm excited to begin working with our team and helping these young men achieve their goals, as they grow as individuals on and off the field."
A 2010 graduate of Eastern University where he was a team captain and an all-conference selection on the lacrosse field, Hofmeister has extensive experience both on and off the field. At Roanoke, he ran the team's office and man-up units as the Maroons averaged 15.88 goals per game last season. He also served as the recruiting coordinator and helped prepare scouting reports for each opponent.
During his time at York, Hofmeister worked with the offense on a daily basis and ran the substitution box during games. He was also instrumental in recruiting, scouting, practice planning and alumni and parent relations.
"Michael's experience both as a student-athlete and as a coach at two premier lacrosse programs will serve him well here at Scranton," Martin said. "He knows what it takes to be successful on the field, and he has the ability to recruit student-athletes who can be successful on the field, in the classroom and in life. We look forward to having him join the Scranton family."
Last season at Roanoke, Hofmeister was part of a program that produced five United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans, one USILA Scholar All-American, one North/South All-Star, 11 all-ODAC players and the ODAC Rookie of the Year. The Maroons also spent eight weeks ranked in the top 20, climbing as high as 15th at one point.
In his five seasons at York, Hofmeister helped the Spartans go from 9-7 in his first season to 18-4 and a CAC championship by 2016, a season that included a trip to the NCAA quarterfinals, eight wins against nationally ranked opponents and a school record for wins in a season.
During Hofmeister's time there, York advanced to the CAC semifinals each season and had four of its six winningest seasons in program history, its first two NCAA Tournament appearance and its first NCAA Tournament victory. He coached the CAC Rookie of the Year three times as well as 11 All-Americans, five USILA Scholar All-Americans, five North/South All-Stars, one CAC Player of the Year, one CAC Scholar Athlete of the Year and 24 all-CAC honorees.
"I have been fortunate to have coached at two of the top Division III programs and would like to thank Roanoke College and York College of Pa. for everything that they did for me the last six years to prepare me for this challenge ahead," Hofmeister said.
Hofmeister graduated from Eastern with a bachelor of science degree in business management. He has extensive experience as a coach and presenter at numerous lacrosse camps and was the director of the Nike Lacrosse Offense Defense Challenge Camp in Texas and Virginia this summer.
The Scranton men's lacrosse team is coming off a 2017 season in which the Royals went 8-7 overall and reached the Landmark Conference playoffs for the seventh straight season and eight out of 10. The team's top six scorers all return this coming spring, as does senior faceoff specialist Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who was a USILA Scholar All-American and honorable mention All-American last season.