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MCCC Announces Start of Men’s Lacrosse Program and Appointment of Head Coach Rob Siris

8/24/17


Rob Siris is MCCC's new head coach for men's lacrosse. The first full season for this new intercollegiate team will be Spring 2019.

West Windsor, N.J. -- The Athletics Department at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) has announced the appointment of Robert Siris, former head coach of lacrosse at Hopewell Valley Central High School, as the coach of a new men’s lacrosse program to start at MCCC.

According to MCCC Athletics Director John Simone, the first phase for the new program will be player recruitment, which Siris will oversee during the 2017-18 academic year. “There has been huge growth in lacrosse at the high school level, but not as many programs available at the college level. We believe there is a strong interest in the region among lacrosse players and we are happy that Mercer will be providing this new opportunity for area athletes,” Simone said.

Siris says that depending on the number of students who are already enrolled at Mercer and are interested in joining the team, the Vikings may have a practice season in Spring 2018. The first full season for this new intercollegiate team will be Spring 2019.

Siris comes to Mercer with a strong lacrosse resume. A Social Studies teacher at Hopewell Valley High School, Siris was head coach for boys lacrosse since joining the teaching staff there in 2003. During his tenure, he more than doubled participation on the team, compiling 162 wins, five conference championships, and two Mercer County championships. He was named Coach of the Year four times. Prior to coaching at Hopewell, Siris was the assistant boys lacrosse coach at Montclair Kimberley Academy and was honored as the Waterman Conference Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003. He is the current U.S. Lacrosse Central New Jersey chairman and also works with club teams, camps and clinics throughout the tri-state area.
    
Noting that he has coached and mentored many All-Conference, All-State and All-American high school players, Siris says he looks forward to working with players at the college level. “Mercer will be an excellent option, providing players with a high quality academic and athletic experience. My goal is to help each and every player advance his lacrosse skills and achieve his academic goals, especially students who seek to transfer to four-year colleges to continue playing lacrosse.”

Siris earned his bachelor’s degree from Drew University, where he was a standout member of Drew’s lacrosse team, serving as team captain, earning MVP honors, and twice being named an All-Conference goalie. He received his Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University.

Current or prospective students interested in playing men's lacrosse at Mercer should fill out the online recruiting form and also follow Mercer Men's Lacrosse @MercerMLAX on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. For more information, call the MCCC Athletics Office at (609) 570-3742 or email simonej@mccc.edu.

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