CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Gerry Byrne, The Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse, has announced the hiring of Neil Hutchinson as the program's new assistant coach today, August 5.
"Neil Hutchinson is one of the top young coaches in lacrosse today," stated Byrne. "His in-game and on-field coaching IQ, creativity in game planning and ability to connect one-on-one with players made him the ideal choice to assist me in helping lead Harvard men's lacrosse back to Ivy League and national prominence."
Hutchinson joins the Crimson from Notre Dame where he spent the past season with the Fighting Irish as their assistant coach. Working primarily with the midfielders and face-off specialists, Hutchinson helped develop the ACC Face-Off Player of the Year, Charlie Leonard. Assisting with game planning, film breakdown and scouting reports, Hutchinson helped lead Notre Dame to its 24th NCAA Championship appearance in 2019.
"I am extremely excited to begin here at Harvard University," said Hutchinson. "Thank you to The Frisbie Family Head Coach Gerry Byrne, Bob Scalise and the entire administration for the opportunity to work at a place with such tradition and heritage. I look forward to providing unparalleled effort to the student-athletes to ensure that Harvard men's lacrosse achieves excellence on and off the field."
Prior to his stint with the Irish, Hutchinson served as an assistant coach at UMBC for two seasons. As the offensive coordinator, Hutchinson worked with the extra man offense and was primarily responsible for player development, film breakdown and scouting reports.
Beginning his coaching career at his alma mater Towson, Hutchinson served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Tigers for two seasons where he worked closely with the Tigers' goalkeepers and man-up unit. Hutchinson transferred to Towson prior to the 2013 season from CCBC-Essex where he was the 2012 Maryland Junior College Offensive Player and Midfielder of the Year. A native of Baltimore, Md., Hutchinson earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Towson in 2014.