Brian Kelly, hired five years ago to be the top offensive assistant on Kyle Hannan's staff at Goucher, is succeeding Hannan as head coach at Goucher, the school announced Friday.

"We are genuinely excited by the prospect of Brian Kelly taking over our men's lacrosse program," athletic director Geoffrey M. Miller said in announcing the hiring. "Following a national search, we feel we found the person internally who can sustain the progress made in recent years and propel us forward to an even higher level. He is, without a doubt, the best fit for Goucher and the intercollegiate athletics department. 

"We have observed Coach Kelly's work teaching, mentoring and developing the players in our program since Coach Hannan brought him on board, and Brian has been a big part of this lacrosse program's success. He has a proven business track record as a leader and salesperson. He is well-connected in the lacrosse community, particularly the Baltimore lacrosse community. And he knows the players on our team, as well as many of our prospects, well. This, we trust, will make the transition a relatively seamless one."

Kelly attended Johns Hopkins and while there played on two teams that advanced to the national semifinals of the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse playoffs. In addition to being named an honorable mention Division I All-American by the USILA in 1993, he was the recipient of the Turnbull-Reynolds Award, given to a men's lacrosse player for outstanding character and leadership.

"I am extremely humbled and honored to have been selected as the next men's lacrosse coach at Goucher College," Kelly said.  "I am grateful to President (Sanford) Ungar, (Dean of Students) Gail Edmonds, and Geoff Miller for providing me the opportunity to continue my association with this highly regarded academic institution and its first-class athletics department.

"I am excited to go to work on continuing and furthering the legacy of success at Goucher College established most recently by Kyle Hannan. Also, I need to thank my family, most specifically my wife, Holly, son Will and daughter Grace for their support during this process. We are all extremely excited to be Gophers!"

Kelly becomes only the fourth head coach in the 21-year history of Goucher's men's lacrosse program.

Hannan resigned in August to become the head coach at Mercer, a Division I school in Macon, Ga. In 2012, Goucher captured its second Landmark Conference championship in three years and defeated Washington College, 5-4, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III playoffs on the way to an 18-2 record.