By Jill Behan
During the Fall 2014 semester, the Georgian Court University Athletic Department announced the addition of a men’s lacrosse program. The program, which will start in Fall 2015, will add to the department’s growing male population, and will be the fifth men’s sports team at GCU.
Mickey Hover has been appointed the new program’s head coach. Hover is an alum of Southern New Hampshire University, and graduated with a degree in Sports Management. He was a goalie in the highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference during college, and after graduation he played professional lacrosse for the New Jersey Jesters and the Philadelphia Wings. In addition to an impressive career, Hover is an experienced coach. He was an assistant coach at Gwynedd-Mercy University, where he helped develop the school’s first men’s lacrosse team. He then was the head coach at Immaculata University. While there, he recruited 39 players and his team had the second highest GPA in the conference.
What’s to Come
Hover is excited about starting the new men’s lacrosse program. He was drawn to GCU because of the campus environment. He likes the close-knit campus community, the commitment to the Mercy Core Values, and the energetic and optimistic atmosphere. Starting a new program is an exciting challenge, and Hover is enthusiastic about the future. He hopes to foster a competitive spirit on the field, and an environment of service, commitment, and community amongst his players off the field. His hope is that his players will be involved on campus, excel in the classroom, and have a successful first season.
Hover stated, “Successes won’t be measured in wins and losses, they will be measured in the direction program is going.” The GCU community is looking forward to seeing the men’s lacrosse program shine in the future.
By Jill Behan During the Fall 2014 semester, the Georgian Court University Athletic Department announced the addition of...