LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – In his first year as head coach of the Lyndon men's lacrosse program, Kevin Pezanowski has been named Coach of the Year in the North Atlantic Conference.
"I am certainly honored to be selected for this award by my fellow coaches," said Pezanowski. "This honor is a reflection of the team's effort. They have worked hard and were excited coming into the season. We set our sights on making the playoffs and they did a great job of keeping that goal in their sights and working toward it."
He led the Hornets to a respectable 3-7 mark overall, with two games left to play, and a mark of 3-5 in NAC play. Under his guidance, Lyndon earned a playoff berth in the 2015 NAC playoffs where they were eliminated by Husson University this past Saturday.
"I was very excited to come to Lyndon and take over the program," said Pezanowski. "The program is now going in a positive direction and we will have a good number of players returning next season. We will try to finish the season strong and get ourselves prepared for next season."
A veteran of more than two decades on the sidelines, Pezanowski has been coaching men's lacrosse at the collegiate level with successful tenures at Franklin Pierce University, Curry College, MIT and the Ohio State University. In addition to his collegiate experience, Pezanowski has also coached at several prep schools throughout Massachusetts and New York.
"Kevin as clearly changed the culture of the team while at the same time raising the bar of the team's vision," said Lyndon Director of Athletics Chris Ummer. "His successes this year have been a reflection of his and his team's hard work as well as how they conduct themselves day-in and day-out as student-athletes. He is without doubt steering this group of student-athletes in the direction of a winning program."
In addition to Pezanowski's honor, the Hornets were also presented the 2015 NAC Team Sportsmanship Award.
Lyndon closes out its season with a pair of home matches at the Lyndon Athletics Field. On Thursday, they host Albertus Magnus at 3:30 p.m. and will entertain Wheelock Sunday at 1 p.m. in the season finale.