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Greg Raymond - Head Coach 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Raymond was named the 20th head coach of the Hobart lacrosse team in July of 2013. In his first eight seasons, he has led the Statesmen to six NEC Tournament appearances, an NEC regular season championship, an NEC Tournament championship and an NCAA tournament appearance.
 
Raymond is 56-50 at Hobart. He has more career wins than any other Statesmen head coach in the program’s Division I era. On the school’s overall wins list, Raymond trails only four Hobart legends, B.J. O’Hara ’76 (97 wins), Dave Urick (129), Jerry Schmidt (143) and Babe Kraus (208). Raymond has mentored 31 All-NEC selections, including Frank Brown ’17 who was named the NEC Player of the Year and NEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2017. The attackman also earned USILA All-America honorable mention.
 
Raymond’s Statesmen have also excelled in the classroom. Hobart has been recognized with 159 NEC Academic Honor Roll selections and three USILA Scholar All-Americans.

Last season, Hobart played a conference-only schedule that saw the Purple and Orange post a 6-3 record that including six games decided by two goals or less. The Statesmen earned the No. 2 seed in the NEC Tournament, but lost 14-12 in the semifinals to the eventual league champion.

The 2020 pandemic-shortened campaign saw Raymond's Statesmen post a 4-1 record and lead the nation in scoring offense. Hobart averaged 19.6 goals per game, a record in the program's Division I era and the highest average by any Hobart team since 1986.

In 2019, Raymond guided Hobart to an 11-5 overall record, the most wins in the program’s Division I history and the most by any Statesmen team since 1994. The 2019 team’s turnaround from a 4-10 season in 2018 was tied for the best improvement in Division I with High Point, Penn State and Marist. As a team, Hobart also broke the program’s Division I era season records for goals (223), assists (148) and points (371). Individually, Eric Holden ’20 and Chris Aslanian ’19 finished 1-2 on the Statesmen Division I era season points list with Holden raising the standard 11 points to 67 (45g,22a). Faceoff specialist Matthew Pedicine ’19 shattered the season records for faceoffs won (269) and ground balls (173). He eclipsed the NCAA Division I record for faceoffs won in a game with 32 at Siena.

In 2017, Raymond and the Statesmen won the Northeast Conference regular season championship with a 5-1 record. Hobart avenged its only league loss with a 15-9 victory over Sacred Heart in the NEC Tournament semifinals. The Statesmen finished the season with a 9-7 overall record, playing in the NEC Tournament championship game for the third time in four seasons in the league. Eight of Raymond’s players earned NEC postseason recognition, including NEC Player of the Year Frank Brown ’17. The attackman also earned All-America honorable mention and was chosen in both the MLL and NLL collegiate drafts. The 2017 Statesmen ranked in the top 20 in the nation in scoring offense (13th, 11.94 gpg), points per game (20th, 17.69) and saves per game (20th, 11.69).

In 2016, Raymond led Hobart to its first 10-win season since joining Division I in 1995. The Statesmen finished third in the NEC regular season standings, but upset No. 20 Bryant and top-seeded Saint Joseph's in the NEC Tournament to capture its first conference championship since winning the Patriot League in 2002. The 2016 Statesmen made the program's 26th NCAA tournament appearance, falling at No. 10 Towson in the first round. Hobart led the nation in man-down-defense, ranked seventh in clearing percentage, and was 25th in winning percentage.

With a 7-7 record in 2015, Hobart posted a two-game improvement in the win column and a three-game improvement in the loss column over 2014. The strength of the 2015 team was its defense, which sported a 9.24 goals against average, and its extra-man unit, which scored on nearly 40 percent of its chances.

Raymond joined the Statesmen following four seasons as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Princeton University. Raymond’s Tiger defenses ranked first or second in the Ivy League three times and twice led the conference in man-down defense. Princeton won the Ivy League and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament in 2010 and 2012. The Tigers' D achieved its highest national statistical ranking in 2012, climbing to No. 6 in scoring defense, allowing just 7.25 goals per game, and No. 2 in man-down defense, killing off 85 percent of the opposition's man-up opportunities.

With the Tigers, Raymond mentored nine All-Americans and nine All-Ivy League student-athletes.

Raymond spent the 2008-09 academic year serving as the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Drexel University. He helped the Dragons earn a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament thanks in part to a 9-8 win over nationally ranked Villanova. Raymond coached the league's Rookie of the Year, goalie Mark Manos, who is currently a member of the MLL's Charlotte Hounds' practice squad.

Raymond got his start in collegiate coaching in 2006, serving as an assistant for legendary Head Coach Bill Tierney at Princeton. In 2006 and 2007, the Tigers earned NCAA tournament bids, reaching the quarterfinal round in 2006.

Raymond graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. On the lacrosse field, he was a long-stick midfielder for the Blue Jays, serving as a team captain in 2003, 2004, and 2005. After losing most of his first two years on campus to a knee injury, Raymond saw his first significant playing time in 2003, appearing in 12 games as Hopkins reached the NCAA national championship game. The following season, he played in all 15 games helping the Blue Jays advance to the NCAA semifinals. As a senior, Raymond and his classmates penned a perfect ending to their collegiate careers, posting a 16-0 record and winning the national championship. He played in every game that year, recording 28 ground balls and scoring his first goal. Following graduation, Raymond played three seasons for the MLL's New Jersey Pride.

 


Stephen Brundage - Offensive Coordinator

Stephen Brundage joined the Hobart coaching staff prior to the start of the 2019-20 academic year. He serves as the program’s offensive coordinator after spending the previous seven seasons at Marquette University, including the five as the Golden Eagles’ associate head coach.

Last season, Brundage mentored two All-NEC attackmen as well as two NEC All-Rookie Team offensive midfielders. The Statesmen offense averaged 12.22 goals per game which is fifth highest since Hobart reclassified to Division I.

In his first season with the Statesmen, Brundage guided Hobart's offense to new heights. The Statesmen finished the pandemic shortened season first in the nation in scoring offense, producing 19.6 goals per game. It's the highest scoring average in Hobart's Division I era. Individually, two of the Statesmen's three starting attackmen ranked in the top 16 in the nation in goals per game. Eric Holden '20 was a fifth round draft pick of the MLL's Denver Outlaws.
 
At Marquette, Brundage helped lead the program through its first seven varsity seasons, compiling a 52-53 record. The Golden Eagles earned a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament five times over the past six seasons. Brundage mentored six players to USILA All-America awards and 27 players to All-BIG EAST honors.
 
MU posted its first winning season in 2015, going 10-6, a four-game improvement over the previous season. In 2016, Marquette earned a program best 11 wins, won the BIG EAST Tournament and was the No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament. A year later, the Golden Eagles repeated as BIG EAST Tournament champions.
 
The hiring reunites Raymond and Brundage who both served as assistant coaches on Chris Bates’ staffs at Drexel and Princeton universities. They helped the 2010 Tigers post an 11-5 record that included an Ivy League Championship and an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
 
A two-time All-America honorable mention attackman at Loyola University Maryland, Brundage produced 88 goals and 55 assists for 143 career points. He helped the Greyhounds to a 10-4 record and an NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 2001. Brundage led the team in points three times and was twice named the team MVP. He graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
 
A native of Camillus, N.Y., Brundage was a two-sport star at West Genesee High School. He graduated second on the Wildcats’ career scoring list in both lacrosse and hockey.


Chris Fisher - Defensive Coordinator

Chris Fisher joined the Hobart lacrosse coaching staff for the 2023 season. He will be the defensive and goalie coordinator for the Statesmen.
 
Fisher comes to Hobart with seven seasons of coaching experience across all three NCAA divisions. He spent last season on the coaching staff at St. John’s University, working with the Red Storm’s goalies, defense and faceoff specialists.
 
In 2021, Fisher was the defensive coordinator at Division II Limestone University. His Saints led the Southern Atlantic Conference and ranked 16th in the nation in scoring defense. During his season in Gaffney, South Carolina, he mentored one All-American and six All-SAC selections.
 
From 2018 to 2020, Fisher was the volunteer assistant coach at Georgetown University, working with the Hoyas’ faceoff specialists. In each of his first two seasons in the Nation’s Capital, he helped Georgetown win the Big East Championship and earn an invitation to the NCAA tournament. In 2018, Fisher and the rest of the Hoyas coaching staff were recognized as the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year. In 2020, Fisher’s faceoff men were ranked fourth in the nation in winning percentage before the pandemic halted the season after just six games.
 
Fisher’s collegiate coaching career began as a graduate assistant coach at Wesley College. He was the Wolverines’ defensive coordinator, oversaw student-athlete academic progress and developed the team’s strength and conditioning program. Fisher earned a master’s in sport leadership from Wesley in 2017.
 
A graduate of St. John’s with a bachelor's degree in sports management, Fisher was a long-stick midfielder for the Red Storm. A two-time Big East All-Academic Team selection, he appeared in 51 career games, amassing 66 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers, and five points (2g, 3a).


Adam Hardy '16 - Volunteer Assistant Coach

Adam Hardy joined the Hobart lacrosse coaching staff for the 2018 season. The 2016 Hobart graduate began his coaching career at the University of Tampa in 2017.

Last season, Hardy helped the Statesmen make a dramatic turnaround from 4-10 in 2018 to 11-5 in 2019 while finishing second in the NEC regular season standings and the NEC Tournament. The 2019 team broke the program's Division I era season records for wins, goals, assists and points.

Hardy spent his first season as a fulltime collegiate coach as the head coach of the Tampa junior varsity lacrosse team while also assisting with the varsity team. Thanks in part to his contributions, the Spartans offense ranked first in the nation in man-up offense and assists and ranked second in shooting percentage, sixth in scoring offense and seventh in scoring margin. Tampa’s dynamic offense lead the team to a 15-5 record, a Sunshine State Conference Championship and a trip to the Division II national semifinals. Hardy also guided the JV team to a 10-2 record, the program’s most successful season.


Sam Mueller '21 - Director of Operations

Sam Mueller '21 was named the director of lacrosse operations in January 2022. He is responsible for the management of the team's travel, nutrition, game day and practice logistics.

On the lacrosse field, the defenseman appeared in 47 career games, including 27 starts, recording 104 ground balls, 48 caused turnovers, a goal and an assist. Mueller earned first team All-NEC honors last season, helping Hobart to a second place finish in the conference standings. He twice led the Statesmen to a runner-up finish in the NEC Tournament (2017, 2019). The 2017 Hobart squad won the NEC regular season championship and the 2019 team won 11 games, the most in a season by the Statesmen in their Division I era.

A native of Jamesville, New York, Mueller graduated from Hobart in May with a bachelor’s degree in history.