University of Scranton men's lacrosse head coach Michael Hofmeister announced on Monday that Andrew Hauk has joined the team as an assistant coach. He will begin his duties with the Royals immediately.
Hauk comes to Scranton after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Western Connecticut State. While there, he helped the Colonials improve their win total by five from 2016 to 2017 while earning a Little East Conference (LEC) playoff berth last season.
"I am incredibly honored and humbled to be named the assistant men's lacrosse coach at The University of Scranton," Hauk said. "I would like to thank Coach Hofmeister and the entire search committee for this opportunity. I would also like to thank Coach (Ryan) Cavanagh at Western Connecticut State University for everything that he has done for me.
"I am excited to join the Royals and to help these young men attain their goals, both on and off the field. I look forward to working with Coach Hofmeister as we continue to grow this program into a nationally competitive program while developing outstanding young men The University of Scranton will be proud of."
Hauk's on-field responsibilities at Western Connecticut State included defense and goalies, man-down situations and running the substitution box. Off the field, he played a key role in recruiting, monitoring team academics, practice planning and team-building exercises.
With the Colonials, Hauk recruited and coached four players who received all-conference honors in 2017, including three freshmen, as well as the LEC Rookie of the Year
"We are excited to welcome Andrew to The University of Scranton and have him as a part of our program," Hofmeister said. "Andrew has terrific experience at our level and is a hard worker and excellent recruiter, and those attributes will make him a great addition to helping our program reach our goals. Andrew will bring great energy to our defense which he will lead this season."
Hauk is a 2014 graduate of SUNY-Plattsburgh, where he also served as a volunteer assistant coach in 2015, serving as the goalie coach and assistant defensive coordinator.
On the field, Hauk was a three-year starter in goal at Lycoming College before transferring to SUNY-Plattsburgh for his senior year. In his senior season, Hauk helped the Cardinals go 13-6 and reach the State University of New York Athletic Conference championship game. He finished the season with a 13-6 record, a .552 save percentage and a goals-against average of 7.84 in 1,056 minutes.
Hauk has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from SUNY-Plattsburgh.