February 5, 2011

Mercy Adds Two Assistants to Staff

from press release

Mercy College Director of Athletics Patricia Kennedy announced that Matt Nealis and John Hague have been added to the men's lacrosse coaching staff, serving under second-year head coach Steve Manitta.

There is strong familiarity among the three, as both Nealis and Hague played under Manitta at Chatham (N.J.) High School. The pair join second-year assistant coach Jordan Levine on staff.

"Bringing in two individuals with the knowledge and understanding of our defensive philisophy will only benefit the program," said Manitta. "I am excited that these additions will bolster the defensive side of the field."

A four year member of the Mount St. Mary men's lacrosse team, Nealis helped the Mountaineers capture the 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, its first since 2003. The Chatham, N.J. native was named First Team All-MAAC at defense in 2009 and 2010, as well as Second Team All Northeast Conference in 2010. Additionally, he was selected to participate in the 2010 North-South All-Star game. A business major with a concentration in marketing, Nealis graduated from Mount St. Mary in 2010.

Hague played three seasons on defense for Widener (Pa.) University, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2006. The 2006 team advanced to the second round, earning the school's first win in the Tournament.

He then coached at Chatham High, serving as the defensive coordinator for three seasons, including appearances in the N.J. state championship games in 2008 and 2009.

A keen evaluator of talent, Hague helped select and coached the 2010 New Jersey Under Armour Underclassmen All-America team. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 2007 with a B.A. in Business Management.

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