Men's Lacrosse Coach Bio
|Title:||Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
Brendan Callahan is in his fifth season with the Mountain Hawks as an assistant coach. Callahan came to Lehigh following a very successful career at Stony Brook University. In his first season as defensive coordinator, Callahan has led the unit to new heights. Each one of Lehigh’s close defensemen was named All-Patriot League: Ty Souders (First), Mike Noone (second) and Lukas Mikelinich (second) while freshman Matt Poillon became Lehigh’s first-ever Patriot League Goalie of the Year.
The Mountain Hawks own the nation’s #2 scoring defense (only behind Notre Dame), holding opponents to only 6.61 goals per game. Lehigh picked up its first shutout in 40 years with a 13-0 triumph over Manhattan, allowed only two goals to VMI and five or fewer to Penn State, Navy, Holy Cross, Penn and Saint Joseph’s. The squad extended its shutout streak to an incredible 90:14 before the Quakers scored with 5:04 remaining in the second quarter. The streak spanned from the fourth quarter against Villanova, through the entire Manhattan contest and the first 24:56 at Penn.
Callahan has helped guide Lehigh to a school-record 14 wins, a program record nine-game winning streak and its highest-ever national ranking (#7) along with its first Patriot League Tournament Title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Callahan helped lead the Mountain Hawks to eight wins in 2010, their most since 2006. He also worked with a defense and man-down unit that ranked ninth nationally a season ago.
“I am excited for this opportunity to coach at a school like Lehigh with such an outstanding tradition, both in the classroom and on the athletic field,” said Callahan. “We have tremendous young men, alumni and support for the program and enjoy working hard to help take the Lehigh program to new heights on the Division I landscape.”
“I am proud to have Brendan Callahan on our staff as an assistant coach" explained head coach Kevin Cassese. "Brendan had an outstanding collegiate career as a goaltender at Stony Brook University, garnering numerous awards and accolades for his on-field achievements. His qualifications on the lacrosse field speak for themselves. However, Brendan's true value can be found in his eagerness to teach and his innate ability to lead."
At Stony Brook, Callahan served as captain of the Seawolves in 2007 and garnered Second-Team All-America East laurels as a goaltender. He was also selected for the North/South All-Star Game, was named the team MVP and led the America East in save percentage. A member of the 2007 America East All-Academic Team, Callahan 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.
A native of Hanover, Maryland, Callahan graduated from Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook in Health Care Management in the spring of 2007 and later earned his master’s degree in Education from Lehigh.