BALTIMORE – UMBC head men's lacrosse coach Ryan Moran announced today that Jamison Koesterer and Neil Hutchinson have been added to his staff as assistant coaches.
Koesterer just completed his fourth seasons on the Ohio State men's lacrosse staff (2013-16). A two-time NCAA champion at Johns Hopkins, he spent two seasons as the volunteer coach of his alma mater before joining the Ohio State program.
In 2013, his first season with the squad, Koesterer guided Buckeye faceoff specialist Trey Wilkes to Second Team All-ECAC honors after he won a league-best 58 percent of his face-offs, ranking 13th nationally. The Buckeyes won the ECAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. In 2014 the Buckeyes shared the ECAC regular-season title and freshman faceoff specialist Jake Withers was second in the conference in faceoff winning percentage and groundballs per game, earning ECAC All-Rookie Team honors. In 2015, when the Buckeyes reached the NCAA quarterfinals, Christopher May was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten pick and ranked in the Top 11 in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage and groundballs per game. In 2016 Withers was tabbed the Big Ten Specialist of the Year and was a First Team All-B1G selection. He was sixth in the NCAA in groundballs per game (7.33 - the most for a Buckeye since at least 2001) and was 12th nationally in faceoff winning percentage (.607), leading the conference in both categories.
Koesterer was on the Blue Jays' staff for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns and directed the faceoff personnel. The team made the NCAA tournament each of his two years, with an 11-3 overall record and No. 2 tournament seed in 2012. His faceoff staff won 58 percent of its draws in 2012 and ranked fourth nationally (.649) in 2011, with Matt Dolente second in the nation in winning percentage (.667) en route to picking up first team All-America accolades.
Prior to joining the JHU staff on the sideline, Koesterer worked for walax.com in Seattle, serving as the director of operations. The organization is the largest content site for northwest lacrosse and home to the Seattle Starz lacrosse program. While an undergraduate, he spent two summers coaching at All-American Lacrosse Camps in Colgate, N.Y.
On the field, Koesterer was a part of the Blue Jays' 2005 and 2007 NCAA championship squads. He won 55.3 percent (176-of-318) of his face-offs during his career, with 101 groundballs, along with seven goals and 12 assists. He claimed the 2010 NLL Championship with the Washington Stealth after playing with the Portland Lumberjax in 2009. With the Stealth, Koesterer won 265-of-446 (59.4%) face-offs and collected 101 loose balls.
A native of Cazenovia, N.Y., Koesterer earned his bachelor's degree in political science, with concentrations in business management and marketing in 2007.
"I am very excited to welcome Jamison to UMBC community and men's lacrosse staff," said Moran. "I have been able to watch Jamison from afar over the past few years and his engaging spirit, work ethic and passion for coaching have always been at the forefront of his coaching identity. He will have an immediate impact on the development of our defense and face-off game."
Hutchinson just completed his second season at his alma mater, Towson University, as the volunteer assistant coach.
In his first year fully on the Tiger staff in 2015, Hutchinson worked closely with the team's three goalkeepers, with duties including warm-ups and technique drills. The work paid off as Hutchinson saw senior Tyler White earn third team All-America honors, as well as being tabbed Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Player of the Year, just the second Tiger to earn that honor.
In 2016, White finished with the best goals against average (6.89) in the nation, backing a defense that allowed a national-best scoring defense (7.26).
Hutchinson also worked with the Tiger man-up unit, which executed at 43 percent in 2016, good for 20th-best in the country.
Hutchinson transferred to Towson prior to the 2013 season from CCBC-Essex where he was the 2012 Maryland Junior College Offensive Player and Midfielder of the Year. He played 11 games as a senior at Towson before an injury cut short his campaign. He totaled four assists as part of the Tigers' second midfield unit. Hutchinson spent 2014 as a student assistant with Towson before taking the volunteer assistant position that summer.
The Baltimore native prepped at Loyola-Blakefield and earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Towson in 2014.
"I am very excited to begin working with Coach Hutchinson," Moran said. "Above his knowledge of lacrosse and tireless work ethic is his selfless nature. I feel this quality will be most valuable for our student-athletes to see first-hand. Neil puts others before himself, is accountable and doesn't complain. These are all characteristics and attributes of the young men we intend to recruit to UMBC. His background in offensive skill development and goaltending play will benefit our team greatly."