Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin was elevated to head coach of the University of Hartford Hawks men’s lacrosse team on June 2, 2016.

Martin, who spent the previous two seasons on the Hawks’ coaching staff as the program’s top assistant, played a key role in leading Hartford to the program’s second America East Tournament title in 2016.

Martin became the 14th coach in program history, stepping into the role vacated by Peter Lawrence, who resigned after 11 seasons to pursue an opportunity with NXT Sports. Brought on to Lawrence’s staff as the Hawks’ offensive coordinator and goalie coach prior to the start of the 2015 season, Martin was quickly promoted to Associate Head Coach by Lawrence in 2016. That season, he helped pilot the Hawks to a historic run in the America East Championship as the Hawks became the first No. 4 seed in America East history to win the conference championship and earn an NCAA Tournament berth.

“It is truly an honor to be named Head Coach of the Men’s Lacrosse Team at the University of Hartford,” exclaimed Martin. “I am beyond thankful to Director of Athletics Anton Goff and President Walter Harrison for their trust and confidence.”

The Hawks have seen strong growth on both ends of the field since Martin joined the coaching staff. Under Martin’s watch, Ryan Vanderford, a rising junior, has become one of the top goalies in the America East and in program history, ranking third in career wins (18) and ninth in saves (336).

Martin is also responsible for the growth of Dylan Jinks, who was named the 2016 America East Rookie of the Year after scoring a team-best 58 points. Rising junior Justin Huggins also saw significant improvement with Martin’s guidance, as he netted a career- and team-best 35 goals while leading the nation in shot percentage (.603). As a unit, the Hawks offense ranked just outside of the nation’s top-10 in assists (11th – 7.22 per game) and points (17th – 18.06 per game) in 2016.