The coaching carousel continues to spin unabated as Peter Lawrence stepped down as head coach of the Hartford Hawks today. (Ed. Note: H/T @Horton1733.)
The Hawks just played in the play-in round of the Big BBQ on Wednesday and though they lost to Quinnipiac, the America East champions went down swinging. While the Hawks seem to have a bright future ahead, they will no longer have Lawrence to lead them. Lawrence was hired in 2006 and led the team for 11 full seasons. The school announced that Associate Head Coach Ryan Martin was promoted to Interim Head Lacrosse Coach.
Though the news itself was a bit surprising, it was great to see that this was an amicable separation. Both university officials and Lawrence lavished praise and kind words on one another in a press release posted on the team's website. Indeed, Hartford Athletics Director Anton Goff stated that:
"While I am sad to see a close friend and treasured member of Hawk Nation leave our department, I could not be happier for Pete, Meghan, Finn, Rowan and Emery as they begin a new chapter in their lives that will bring them closer together as a family,"
In the release the school stated that Lawrence would be relocating to Philadelphia to help run a sports education and management company he co-founded in 2009.
Lawrence and his family will be relocating to Philadelphia, Pa., as he will be assuming the position of chief operating officer of NXT Sports, a sports education and management company based out of the Naval Yard in Philadelphia and Chicago. Co-founded by Lawrence in 2009, the mission of NXT Sports is to create the most innovative sports education programs and execute industry-leading events at exceptional venues.
While Lawrence won't be leading the team in the future, he is still clearly a valued member of the Hawk family. The release stated that Lawrence plans on returning to campus in the fall to serve as coach of the Alumni Team during Hawktober Weekend. Additionally, the release stated that Lawrence will attend the Hawk team annual banquet when the squad is awarded their 2016 America East Championship rings.