Editor’s Note: Please welcome University of Georgia Junior midfielder and Team President, Conner Reed to MCLA Fan. He will be writing about the Bulldogs throughout the 2013 season as they compete in the SELC D1 and make a run for the National Tournament. See all of Conner’s exploits on the season here.
University of Georgia Hires New Coach
The University of Georgia Bulldogs have hired a new coach for the 2014 season. Billy O’Haire will take the reins of the 2013 SELC Champions, effective immediately.
UGA parted with coach Bill Lewandowski in May. Lewandowski was 33-15 as the Dawgs’ head coach over 3 years, winning SELC Coach of the Year in 2012 and leading the team to a conference championship this past year.
“The program felt like it was time to go in a different direction. We appreciate everything that Coach Lewandowski has done for the Georgia program,” said former President Conner Reed. “Over the past three years, we have moved from a .500 team to a championship caliber program. As we continue towards our goal of becoming a much more nationally recognized and competitive program, we felt it was in our best interest to part ways with Coach Lewandowski.”
Billy O’Haire played 4 years at New York Tech where he won 2 national championships. He also played internationally for two years. O’Haire is a native of Long Island, New York and currently lives in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
“I feel Coach O’Haire will bring a passion and knowledge of the game that is unequaled within the SELC coaching ranks,” says current President Peter DeWispelaere. “His hiring shows UGA’s dedication and desire to put forward a consistently competitive men’s lacrosse team – not only within the SELC, but at the national level as well.”
Athens and the University of Georgia proudly welcomes Billy O’Haire to the UGA Men’s Lacrosse program.