Oneonta St. Announces New Men's Lax & Field Hockey Coaches

By Sports WKTV

    ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Oneonta State graduate Dan Mahar has been selected as the new men¹s lacrosse coach.
    Mahar will take over the men¹s lacrosse program from Stewart Moan, who left the college last week to become the head men¹s lacrosse coach at Susquehanna University.  Mahar most recently was a senior admissions counselor at the college while working with the men¹s program as a faculty mentor.
    "I want to thank everyone involved in the search process for their confidence and support in offering me this opportunity," said Mahar.  "The College at Oneonta has been a wonderful place for me as a student-athlete and as a professional.  I¹m excited about the chance to continue the success that we¹ve enjoyed over the past several seasons."
    He continued, "The team has a talented group of young men returning as well as a strong freshman class whom I expect to help us compete for a SUNYAC title right away."
    Mahar is certainly no stranger to the Oneonta State men¹s lacrosse program having played and coached for the Red Dragons from 1994 to 2001. Mahar, who transferred from St. Lawrence University in the fall of 1994, was a three-year starter and two-year team captain during his three years as a player.  As a senior he helped lead the Red Dragons to its first winning season ever and its first postseason birth.  He was selected as an All-Empire Lacrosse League midfielder while being an alternate for the USILA
North/South Senior All-Star game. Mahar was an assistant coach under Jim Nagle in 1999 when the program made its only appearance in the NCAA tournament.
    In the fall of 2001, Mahar began an advanced degree program at Endicott College in Massachusetts where he completed a master¹s degree in organizational management in August of 2003.  While at Endicott he spent the fall season of 2001 and the spring season of 2002 as the defensive coordinator for the men¹s lacrosse team.  In the fall of 2002 he was the offensive coordinator and introduced the "dice" offense.
    Mahar moved back to Oneonta in January of 2003 where he took a job on campus as a residence hall director.  He also became an assistant coach with the Hartwick College men¹s lacrosse program, where he stayed for the 2003 and 2004 spring seasons.
    Mahar inherits a program that completed a 12-5 season this past spring while qualifying for the ECAC tournament four out of the last five years.
    ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Michele (Shelly) Behrens has been chosen as the new field hockey coach at Oneonta State.
    Behrens comes to Oneonta having spent the last five seasons as the head field hockey coach at Div. I Virginia Commonwealth University.  During her tenure, she led the program to an overall record of 37-57 in five seasons.
    In 2003 and 2004 Behrens guided her team to back-to-back 10-win seasons. The double-digit win total for the Rams had not been seen in over a decade. The 2004 team went 10-9, which was the first winning season for VCU since 1992.  In 2003, the squad recorded six straight wins - the longest for Rams field hockey since the 1992 season that included an 11-game streak. The 2003 season culminated with Behrens being selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year honor along with having the first of two consecutive conference Rookie of the Year awards.
    Prior to her tenure at VCU, the Elizabethtown, Pa. native spent four years as the head coach at the University of Richmond, from 1997 to 2001.  In her inaugural season with the Spiders, Behrens guided the team to its first-ever victory in the CAA tournament and twice led the team to the semifinals of the league championships.
    Prior to becoming the head coach of Richmond, Behrens was a Division I assistant for eight years and participated in the NCAA tournament three times.  She began her collegiate coaching career in 1989 as an assistant at national power Penn State and helped the Nittany Lions to an 18-3-1 record and an NCAA berth that season.  The following year, Penn State compiled a
21-4 overall mark and advanced to the Final Four.
    Behrens then joined the staff at CAA-member James Madison University for a two-year stint before becoming an assistant at Northeastern University, where she was part of the 1994 Huskies squad that finished 16-5-1 and captured the America East championship.
    Behrens has also been heavily involved in USA Field Hockey at both the national and developmental levels over the past decade.  She served as an assistant coach on the U.S. team that won a silver medal at the 1999 Pan American Games and the national squad that competed in the 2000 Olympic Qualifier Tournament in Milton Keynes, England.  A 1988 graduate of Old Dominion University, she received a bachelor¹s of science degree in education.  Behrens was a four-year starting goalkeeper for the Monarchs and received first team All-South Region honors during her junior and senior seasons.  She was a member of four ODU teams that reached NCAA tournament play, including the Monarchs¹ 1984 national championship squad and the 1985 group that reached the finals of the NCAA Championships, and also competed on the United States¹ Under-21 Junior National Team.
    "I am excited and thrilled to join the athletics department at Oneonta as its field hockey coach," said Behrens.  "Upon meeting Tracey Ranieri and the other staff, I felt the great passion that they all have for the student-athletes and for their success on-and-off the field.  To me it is a great and unique opportunity to be part of that vision of success.  I look forward to the upcoming season and leading the field hockey program."
    Behrens will inherit a Red Dragon field hockey program that finished 9-10 in 2006 with many newcomers.

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