Michael Hofmeister was hired as the University’s head men’s lacrosse coach on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. In his first two seasons at Scranton, he has led the Royals to 20 wins and back-to-back appearances in the Landmark Conference playoffs.
In 2019, Hofmeister guided Scranton to a 10-8 overall record including a 5-1 mark in conference action. The Royals secured the #2 seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs and a home semifinal contest after suffering the only conference loss during the regular season to eventual league champion Elizabethtown. Following the season, five Royals collected All-Landmark Conference honors highlighted by junior midfielder Michael Elefonte, who was named the Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year before being honored as an IMLCA All-South Region Honorable Mention selection and a USILA Honorable Mention All-American.
During his first season at Scranton in 2018, Hofmeister led the Royals to a 10-7 record and a Landmark Conference playoff appearance. The Royals went 4-2 in conference games during the regular season before dropping a 13-7 decision to top-seeded Susquehanna in the conference semifinals. Scranton placed seven players earned All-Landmark Conference honors while seniors Conor Carey, Adam Drury, and Adam Maiale earned All-South Region accolades from the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Association.
Hofmeister came to Scranton after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant at two of the top programs in the region. He spent the 2017 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.) for five seasons, where he helped the Spartans go a combined 66-29 and win the Capital Athletic Conference title in 2016.
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.
In 2017 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.
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.
Record at Scranton (2 seasons)
Overall - 20-15 (.571)
Landmark Conference - 9-3 (.750)
Landmark Conference Playoff Appearances (2)
Winning Seasons (2)
2018 (10-7), 2019 (10-8)
United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-American Selections (3)
Conor Carey (2018)
Adam Drury (2018)
Adam Maiale (2018)
Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) All-American Selections (1)
Michael Elefonte (2019, honorable mention)
Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) All-Region Selections (4)
Conor Carey (2018, honorable mention)
Adam Drury (2018, 2nd team)
Adam Maiale (2018, honorable mention)
Michael Elefonte (2019, honorable mention)
Landmark Conference Player of the Year Selections (1)
Michael Elefonte (2019, Offensive)
All-Landmark Conference Selections (10)
Conor Carey (2018, 1st team)
Tim Dolan (2018, 2019 2nd team)
Adam Drury (2018, 1st team)
Michael Elefonte (2019, 1st team)
Connor Kirkwood (2018, 1st team; 2019, 2nd team)
Adam Maiale (2018, 1st team)
Mike Modesti (2018, 1st team)
Gordon Paul (2019, 2nd team)
Kieran Pues (2018, 1st team)
Collin Purdy (2019, 1st team)