July 15, 2014

Kolon Tabbed As Head Coach Of Detroit Mercy 

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The search for a head coach to lead Detroit Mercy's men's lacrosse team ended Monday after director of athletics Robert C. Vowels Jr. removed the interim tag off Chris Kolon, who will now take on full coaching duties, guiding the Titans in the 2015 season.

"I have always believed in Detroit as a city and I believe in this school and the kids that choose to come here," said Kolon in a press release. "I am looking forward in a positive direction and want to keep building a championship program."

Known for his defensive expertise, Kolon takes over as head coach of a team that once was a winless start-up program, but then earned a 2013 NCAA tournament appearance. (Detroit Mercy Athletics)

Prior to serving as the interim head coach for the past two months following Matt Holtz's resignation on May 30, Kolon spent the last six years as the Titans assistant coach, defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.

As a member of the coaching staff, he helped transition Detroit Mercy from a Division I start-up to MAAC Conference Tournament Champions in 2013, which landed them their first appearance in the NCAA tournament as a 5-9 squad against then-No. 2 Notre Dame (10-4). The Irish topped Detroit by only two goals in a 9-7 matchup on their home turf in South Bend, Ind.

With his prowess as a former defenseman at Rutgers, Kolon has built a defensive unit that has finished in the top three in the nation in caused turnovers in four of the last five seasons, most notably leading the nation in back-to-back years in 2011 and 2012.

Thanks to Kolon, three-time MAAC LSM of the Year Jordan Houtby still sits at the top of the charts as No. 1 in NCAA history with 158 caused turnovers. In conference play alone, Detroit boasted the top man-down defense at 67.3 percent.

Next season, Kolon will be looking to revamp a team that finished 6-8 in 2014, losing to Marist in the MAAC tournament semifinals. However, the team will return MAAC Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year goaltender Jason Weber, who finished out the season breaking two school records with 16.27 saves per game and a .642 save percentage.

Kolon graduated from Rutgers in 1999 where he was a four-year letter winner for the Scarlet Knights before going on to become an defensive coordinator/assistant coach at Michigan State (2000-01), Detroit Country Day School (2003-04) and Birmingham Seaholm High School (2006-07). As a former collegiate lacrosse official as well, Kolon continues to spearhead efforts to grow the game in the Metro Detroit area.

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