"I'm staying home" - Chris Kolon (@Chriskolon ). Proud to announce Chris Kolon as head coach #UDMLax— Detroit Lacrosse (@UDMLAX) July 14, 2014
Kolon replaces Matt Holtz -- the only head coach that Detroit has known -- who abruptly resigned his post at the end of May. Prior to getting a fancy name plate on his desk, Kolon had been operating as the Titans' interim head coach for a little over a month.
This is Kolon's first head coaching gig at the Division I level. Prior to his elevation to his current position, Kolon served as an assistant at Detroit, looking after the Titans' free-wheeling defense. Prior to Detroit, Kolon held positions at Michigan State, Detroit Country Day School, and Birmingham Seaholm. Kolon played his college ball at Rutgers.
Kolon inherits a unique situation with the Titans. Losing 10 seniors from the program's 2014 roster (including Alex Maini, Tom Masterson, Troy Dennis, and Nick Garippa), Kolon will attempt to push Detroit back to the NCAA Tournament after a somewhat disappointing campaign this past spring. The team will return four of its top six point generators from a season ago while also featuring frequent defensive starters in Paul Betitti, Jason Weber, Chris Shivens, and Joe Gifford. The Titans may have the goods to rattle some skulls in the MAAC next spring.
Kolon's elevation leaves just one current head coach vacancy in Division I -- Dartmouth.