Lyndonville, VT - After four years of growth for Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University - Lyndon) men's lacrosse, head coach Kevin Pezanowski has resigned.
"Coach Pezanowski lifted our young program to new heights in the NAC," says Lyndon Dean of Students Jonathan Davis. "His energy and enthusiasm for teaching the game and recruiting student-athletes who were eager to learn and compete showed itself on the field and in the classroom. Lyndon could not have asked for more."
Coach Pezanowski, fondly referred to by students as "Pez," arrived at Lyndon after the 2014 season that saw a 2-13 record. In his first season, the team doubled the number of wins from the previous season, improving to 4-8 (3-5 in the North Atlantic Conference [NAC]) and earning Pezanowski NAC Coach of the Year honors.
The men's lacrosse team continued to improve under Pezanowski's leadership. In the 2016 campaign the team went 7-8 (5-3 NAC), played in the first NAC conference championship semi-final game in school history, and Pezanowski repeated as NAC Coach of the Year. In the 2017 (10-7, 5-2) and 2018 (7-9, 3-4) seasons, the Hornets returned to the semi-final game of the conference championship for three years in a row. A dozen players were named to the All-Conference team during his tenure.
"It has been my pleasure to be part of the Lyndon Community for the last four years," Pezanowski said. "It is with mixed emotions that I leave the men's lacrosse team at Lyndon. I am proud of the development of the program during the last four seasons and the commitment and talent of the players. I have no doubt that our returning players and new recruits will continue to break records for Hornets Lacrosse!"
Kevin also served as the director of Intramural programs in the athletic department. An excellent instructor, Kevin mentored several student interns with the intramural program and taught courses for the Sport Management program.
"Kevin has been an excellent role model, mentor, and coach to many students at Lyndon," said Interim Director of Athletics Kate Roy. "His contributions to the men's lacrosse program are obvious and long lasting. Kevin also added tremendous value to the athletic department in many ways off the field. We will miss his friendly and thoughtful approach to education through athletics, and wish him well in his new adventure."
A search for a new head men's lacrosse coach will begin immediately.