October 11, 2011

Johansmeyer Named Amherst Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst men's lacrosse head coach Jon Thompson recently announced the hiring of Bryan Johansmeyer as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2012 season. A four-year letterwinner at Division I Stony Brook, Johansmeyer joins the Lord Jeff staff after a two-year stint as an assistant at Haverford College.

"I couldn't be more pleased to welcome Bryan on board," said Thompson. "He has learned from his experience at an elite institution like Haverford, while working alongside head coach Colin Bathory. Bryan has proven he can recruit high-level student-athletes and has embraced the idea of coaching inquisitive scholars like those found here at Amherst."

While at Haverford, Johansmeyer primarily worked with the Fords defense, coaching a man-down unit that surrendered the fewest goals (6) in Division III, successfully killing off 89.3 (50-of-56) of man-down situations last season en route to a 11-4 mark and Centennial Conference tournament appearance.

Prior to his arrival at Haverford, the Fords ranked last in the conference in caused turnovers (3.76) and eighth in penalty-killing (.629) while allowing 8.16 goals per game. In his first season in 2010, Haverford lowered its goals-against average (7.85), while causing the second-most turnovers per game (10.17) and successfully shutting down .732 of man-down opportunities en route to a 12-6 record, the program's first league championship and a run to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

Johansmeyer's defense continued to progress in 2011, ranking second in the Centennial in goals-against average (7.26) while earning the NCAA statistical championship in man-down defensive efficiency. During his tenure at Haverford, the Shelburne Falls native aided in the development of 15 all-conference selections and seven USILA All-America honorees.

"I am excited to be part of an elite institution, with a lacrosse program that has already proven it can win," said Johansmeyer. "I would like to thank Coach Thompson for the opportunity to be a part of the Amherst College staff and family."

A defensive midfielder for the Sea Wolves, Johansmeyer graduated from Stony Brook in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He has also served as a lacrosse coach for Indoor Action Sports and the Bement School in Deerfield, Mass.

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