HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth College Director of Athletics & Recreation Harry Sheehy announced Monday that Brendan Callahan has been named head coach of men’s lacrosse. Callahan becomes the 10th head coach in the program’s 89-year history.
“It is my great pleasure to welcome Brendan and his family to the Upper Valley and the Dartmouth community,” Sheehy said. “As we talked with key people in the lacrosse world, Brendan’s name kept coming up as a rising star. He impressed us as a terrific recruiter and a person of integrity. I know the players will love playing for him as he has great passion for teaching not only lacrosse, but also the life lessons attached to the student-athlete experience. I look forward to working with him as he helps Dartmouth take the next step in the program’s development.”
An All-American goalkeeper at Stony Brook, Callahan comes to Hanover after spending the last seven years as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Lehigh.
“I want to thank Harry Sheehy, Executive Associate Athletic Director Brian Austin and the members of the search committee for their time and effort throughout the process,” Callahan said. “We certainly have a great team of support with a clear vision, direction, and the commitment to do what it takes to be successful. I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the next coach here at Dartmouth.”
Since 2011, Callahan has served as Lehigh’s first assistant, defensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator. During that time, he has helped guide Lehigh to three consecutive league championship game appearances (2012-14), back-to-back Patriot League Championships as well as berths in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013. From 2007-11, he served as the second assistant under head coach Kevin Cassese. His primary duties with the Mountain Hawks were as defensive coordinator, including overseeing the goalkeepers.
“My mission as a coach is to inspire others to remove the obstacles that prevent them from reaching their maximum potential,” Callahan continued. “My vision for the program is to create a culture that allows and encourages us to strive for greatness together on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. We are in pursuit of maximizing our group and its members’ potential by striving to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be.”
Before arriving at Lehigh, Callahan enjoyed a successful four-year career at Stony Brook, serving as captain of the Seawolves and garnering Second-Team All-America East laurels as a goaltender. He was an All-Rookie Team selection in 2004, as well as an STX/USILA All-American after leading the nation in save percentage and goals against average.
Off the field, Callahan was involved in a number of activities, including the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Inter-Collegiate Athletic Board and he was selected by the NCAA to represent Stony Brook at the 2005 NCAA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Callahan earned his bachelor’s degree in health care management in 2007 and later earned his master’s degree in education from Lehigh.
What others are saying:
Kevin Cassese, Head Coach, Lehigh: “Brendan Callahan has been a part of the coaching staff for all seven of my years at Lehigh. He started as a graduate assistant and worked his way up through the chain of command and I am extremely thankful for his hard work, dedication, and loyalty over the years. I am incredibly proud of Brendan and genuinely happy for him and his family. On behalf of the entire Lehigh Lacrosse Family and the Cassese Family, I wish him nothing but great success in his new position at Dartmouth.”
Rick Sowell, Head Coach, Navy: “I'm excited to learn that Brendan has been named the next head coach at Dartmouth College. I coached Brendan my first year at Stony Brook and we've maintained a close relationship since. I have no doubt that he will do a great job in leading the program.”