Hobart and William Smith Colleges announced today that Matt Kerwick, a 1990 graduate of Hobart College and the head coach of the Hobart lacrosse team, has stepped down from his position. Citing his desire to do what is best for his family, Kerwick leaves the Statesmen after seven years of service to his alma mater. “I’d like to thank President Mark Gearan and Hobart College for allowing my family and me to be a part of the Hobart lacrosse tradition,” says Kerwick. “It’s been a privilege to work with so many great Hobart student-athletes in my seven years in Geneva. I’m extremely proud of the young men who have put on the Statesmen jersey each day and all of their accomplishments. Most importantly, I’m grateful for the friendships I have made that will last a lifetime.” “Matt has done an admirable job in guiding our student-athletes through Division I play,” says Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Robb Flowers, who oversees the Hobart and William Smith athletic departments. “On behalf of all of the students he has coached, his colleagues and our alumni, I thank Matt for his service to the Colleges.” “In seven seasons as head coach, Matt has demonstrated the kind of teamwork and sportsmanship that all Hobart students and alumni should emulate,” says Dean of Hobart College Eugen Baer. “We will miss his presence on and off the field and wish him the best for the future.” Hobart lacrosse was 46-53 during Kerwick’s tenure. He led the team to their 24th and 25th NCAA Tournament appearances and a second conference championship. During the 2008 season, the Statesmen posted an 8-6 record, including a 4-3 mark in the ECAC Lacrosse League. Hobart finished the regular season 15th in the nation in scoring defense (7.7 gpg), a Statesmen Division I season-record. Under Kerwick’s leadership, Hobart’s offense achieved a top 25 NCAA ranking in each of the past six seasons, finishing 14th in the country this season (10.5 gpg). Hobart finished the year with 147 goals and allowed 109. Kerwick shared the 2008 ECAC Coach of the Year award with Loyola Head Coach Charlie Toomey. While a member of the Patriot League, the Statesmen made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2004, winning the conference championship in the former season. In recognition of his efforts, Kerwick was named the 2002 Patriot League Coach of the Year. In addition to his duties on campus, Kerwick was an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team at the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Championship, where the Americans brought home the silver medal. Kerwick returned to his alma mater following three seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown University. He previously spent three seasons as the head coach at both Alfred University and Randolph-Macon College and was an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania for one season. Kerwick’s overall coaching record stands at 98-84. As a player for the Statesmen, Kerwick was a member of four Division III National Championship teams, was a two-time USILA All-American, and earned the 1989 NCAA Tournament MVP Award. He was also a four-year letterwinner on the Hobart hockey team, serving as a captain for both squads during his senior year.