Brian Gerrity, deputy athletic director and executive director of the Mercer Athletic Foundation, announced Aug. 5 the hiring of veteran lacrosse coach Ryan Danehy to head the Mercer men’s program.
Jim Cole, director of athletics at Mercer, said: “We are excited to announce Ryan as the next head coach for Mercer lacrosse. His passion, enthusiasm and energy were evident during his interview, and I look forward to watching him take Mercer men’s lacrosse to the next level.”
“This was a true national search with a fantastic pool of candidates ranging from sitting head coaches to top assistants to professional coaches,” Gerrity said. “Ryan’s personality, his coaching philosophy, his resume as a high-level player and his vision for the program set him apart through the hiring process.”
Danehy, who has spent more than 15 years coaching at the collegiate, professional and international levels, joined the Bucknell men’s lacrosse staff as an assistant coach in August 2018. Danehy spent the past two seasons at the University of Pennsylvania, first as a video coordinator and then as an assistant coach who primarily worked with the face-off unit and goalkeepers. During that time, he was also the offensive coordinator for the New York Lizards, a Major League lacrosse squad.
“I want to thank Jim Cole and Brian Gerrity for this incredible opportunity,” Danehy said. “When asked ‘Why Mercer?’ it couldn’t have been an easier answer; excellence. When I met Jim and Brian, it was clear that this was more than just an athletic department; it is a family that will support me and my vision for the program. Everything they do is in the best interest of the student-athlete, whether it’s academically, personally or athletically. There’s a great foundation within the lacrosse program and I’m excited to continue to build, both on and off the field, starting this fall.”