September 4, 2013

Skidmore Names Patrick Hart As Head Men's Lacrosse Coach

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — 2005 Holy Cross graduate Patrick Hart has been named the head men's lacrosse coach at Skidmore College. Hart was a four-year member of the Holy Cross men's lacrosse team and was also an assistant coach at the school in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. 

"We are excited to have Patrick join our Skidmore team as he will be a great addition to our department," said Gail Cummings-Danson, Skidmore athletics director. "His understanding of blending a rigorous academic experience with a successful athletic experience make him a perfect choice to lead our men's lacrosse team.
 
"Patrick comes to us with the passion, enthusiasm and coaching knowledge necessary to take over our men's lacrosse program. He is a tremendous fit both as a mentor and knowledgeable coach and we feel fortunate to have him guiding the young men in our program."

"I would like to thank Gail Cummings-Danson, Rochelle Calhoun, the search committee and the entire administration at Skidmore College for providing me the opportunity to become a head coach at an academic institution that values so many of the core principles that I believe in." Hart said. "Skidmore's mission to inspire, challenge and support the pursuit of excellence in all its students is something that I am proud to represent.

"I am excited to begin working with the student-athletes from the Skidmore men's lacrosse family who are passionate about competing athletically and excelling in the classroom. With my previous experience as a student-athlete and assistant coach at liberal arts institutions, I couldn't be more excited about the academic model that Skidmore has created. When you combine the academic prestige of Skidmore with the ability to compete in one of the finest lacrosse conferences at the Division III level, I could not ask for a better opportunity."

Hart recently completed his third year as an assistant coach at Amherst College. Amherst compiled a 29-20 overall record in Hart's three years, including three consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament appearances and the team's first NCAA tournament appearance in 2011. Amherst also set a program record for wins in 2011 (15)and was ranked as high as second nationally in 2012. Hart played a key role in recruiting the Amherst Class of 2016 that was the most productive in the history of the program, producing 110 points and two defensive first-year starters.

After graduating from Holy Cross as an Economics major, Hart earned valuable coaching experience at the Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, R.I., where he was an assistant varsity lacrosse coach, an assistant varsity football coach and the head junior varsity basketball coach in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. During his time at the school, the lacrosse team played for the conference championship in 2006 and the football team played for the conference and the New England championships in 2005. For three years, Hart was a member of the staff at the Holy Cross Lacrosse Camp where he was promoted to the position of field director in 2007. He also had the experience of being a counselor at the New England Top 150 Lacrosse Camp in Portsmouth, R.I., which is one of the top High School recruiting camps in the nation, while he also spent six years as a counselor at the Central Bergen Lacrosse Camp in Oradell, N.J., where he was also promoted to field director.

A native of Wyckoff, N.J., Hart played four years at Holy Cross. As a senior in 2005, he was recipient of the John H. Price Award which is given to a member of the lacrosse team that 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. As a midfielder for the Crusaders, he recorded four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 43 games. Hart came to Holy Cross from Bergen Catholic.

After serving as a math teacher at the Portsmouth Abbey School from Sept. of 2005 to the summer of 2007, Hart became a financial recruiter at Michael Page International in Sept. of 2007 until returning to Holy Cross as an assistant coach in 2009 and 2010.