Mark Hundhammer said he wanted to return as the women’s lacrosse coach at Husson University.
But, instead, he wound up resigning Tuesday due to philosophical differences with the athletic administration.
“They didn’t want me back. I was surprised. They said I didn’t fit in philosophically. I didn’t fit in with the culture,” said the 51-year-old Hundhammer, who became the school’s first women’s lacrosse coach three years ago.
“They wanted me to do more recruiting and fundraising but I’m super-stretched (time-wise) with my academic responsibilities,” said Hundhammer. “I teach eight to nine anatomy and physiology labs at Husson. Most years, I have 300 students. I thought I did well to do what I could. The players raised $3,000.”
Hundhammer will keep his teaching position at the school but won’t return as women’s assistant soccer coach or campus intramural coordinator, either.
Hundhammer guided his Eagles to a 26-17-1 record and they won the North Atlantic Conference’s East Division tournament championship the past two years before losing to North Eastern Athletic Conference and NAC West champ Keuka (N.Y.) in the crossover title game.
His Eagles went 18-3 against conference opponents during his tenure. Like Husson, several of the other programs in the conference were in their infancy.
Though Hundhammer readily admits he knew virtually nothing about lacrosse when he began the program, he was named the conference’s coach of the year all three seasons.
Husson athletic director Bob Reasso said Hundhammer submitted a letter of resignation and wouldn’t comment on Hundhammer’s issues of recruiting and fundraising.
“I want to thank Mark for his service and I wish him the best of luck with his next opportunity,” said Reasso.
“We’re going to name a new coach very quickly. We want a coach who will give our student-athletes a chance to take the program to the next level,” Reasso added.
Last June, when Reasso took the AD’s job after a successful career as the head men’s soccer coach at Rutgers University, he said he intended to take Husson to the “next level” and build an “infrastructure that more closely assimilates to a Division I infrastructure than a Division III infrastructure.”
That would imply that his coaches would be expected to devote significant time to recruiting and also be involved in fundraising.
Hundhammer said he will miss coaching lacrosse, particularly the players, and that “our record and accomplishments as a team speak for themselves.
“I definitely grew as a coach. The kids were great. They were very supportive. They were patient with me,” said Hundhammer, who formerly coached the Bangor High School boys soccer team and a variety of other soccer teams.
He said the new coach will inherit a “gold mine.
“The new coach will be able to take it and run with it. There’s a good corps of kids coming back,” said Hundhammer. “It was a time of tremendous growth for me. I got a chance to start a program from square one. Now it’s time for someone to take it to another level.
“I want to thank Husson for giving me the opportunity to initiate the women’s lacrosse program,” added Hundhammer, who intends to focus more on his teaching but said he would also like to find another job in coaching either soccer or lacrosse.