|Home stadium||American Legion Memorial Stadium|
|Based in||Charlotte, North Carolina|
Royal Blue, Tan, Navy Blue, White
|Head coach||Mike Cerino|
|General manager||Wade Leaphart|
|Mascot||Blue the Plott Hound|
The Charlotte Hounds are a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) professional men's field lacrosse franchise that began play in the 2012 MLL season. The team's home games are played at American Legion Memorial Stadium.
In January 2011 the MLL voted to grant expansion franchise to Charlotte and Columbus, Ohio for the 2012 MLL Season. The team is headed by Jim McPhilliamy, a former Charlotte Bobcats marketing executive. The team names had been narrowed down to the Hounds, Legion, and Monarchs with the Hounds eventually winning the fan vote by a mere 21 votes over the Legion. The Name the Team Campaign was heavily supported by OrthoCarolina, the official team physician of the Hounds, and was heavily run via Facebook. First, fans pitched in ideas for the team name and location identity (Charlotte, Carolina, Queen City, etc.) Then, fans voted on the location ID, choosing Charlotte easily over Carolina. The next stage was mostly on the team staff, in choosing 6 finalists for team names and logo prototypes. Fans then voted on those, narrowing it down to the final three, Hounds, Legion, and Monarchs. A final vote was held, and Hounds won. On June 21, 2011 the team name was announced to be the Charlotte Hounds and their colors to be navy blue and tan. On September 29, 2011 the team announced the hiring of head coach Mike Cerino. On February 10, 2012, the team announced the hiring of assistant coaches J.B. Clarke, Chris Phenicie, and Brad Touma.
The Hounds announced on February 7, 2012 that they had signed a landmark deal with WMYT (MyTV12) Charlotte to broadcast 7 of the 14 scheduled games. The TV broadcasts will alternate with the Radio games on WFNZ, with the exception of the home opener and season finale, which will be covered by both stations. WFNZ will air all home games, while WMYT will broadcast the away games as well as the home opener and season finale. The local TV deal with WMYT is the first of its kind in major league lacrosse, as WMYT will be the only local broadcast station in the nation to offer Major League Lacrosse Broadcasts.
On May 12, 2012 the Charlotte Hounds beat the Ohio Machine 18-15 at American Legion Memorial Stadium to earn their first win in franchise history.
On August 3, 2013, the Charlotte Hounds clinched a playoff spot in just their second season after defeating the Hamilton Nationals, 14-11. On August 24 in the semifinals, Charlotte defeated top seed Denver, 17-14 for their first playoff win and championship berth in team history. Before that, the Denver Outlaws were the first team in league history to complete a perfect 14-0 regular season.
On August 25, 2013 the Hounds took on the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the MLL Championship game, in just their 2nd season of existence and 1st playoff appearance. In a close game the young Hounds lost 10-9.
The Hounds struggled out of the gate in 2014, however, starting 1-4. But on June 7, the Hounds defeated the Outlaws again, 18-15 at home. The loss for Denver snapped a 25 regular season game win streak for the Outlaws.
|Year||W||L||%||Regular season finish||Playoffs|
|2012||5||9||.357||6th in League||Didn't Qualify|
|2013||7||7||.500||4th in League||Won semifinal 17-14 over Denver Outlaws
Lost championship 10-9 to Chesapeake Bayhawks
|2014||4||10||.286||8th in League||Didn't Qualify|
|Totals||16||26||.381||Total Playoff Record 1-1
Playoff Win % = .500
Stephen Berger scored the first goal in Hounds history.
|2014 Charlotte Hounds|
|1||Matt White||M||5 ft 11 in||180 lb||Maryland|
|3||Josh Hawkins||M||6 ft 0 in||205 lb||Loyola|
|4||Mike Sawyer||A||6 ft 0 in||180 lb||Loyola|
|7||Jake Tripucka||M||6 ft 2 in||200 lb||Duke|
|8||Adam Ghitelman||G||5 ft 9 in||186 lb||Virginia|
|11||Tim Fallon||M||5 ft 9 in||203 lb||Hartford|
|12||Dean Gibbons||A||6 ft 0 in||185 lb||Harvard|
|15||Justin Ward||A||5 ft 10 in||185 lb||Loyola|
|17||Geoff Snider||M/FO||5 ft 10 in||210 lb||Denver|
|19||Kevin Drew||M||6 ft 2 in||192 lb||Syracuse|
|23||Brendan Fowler||M||6 ft 0 in||210 lb||Duke|
|24||Ryan Flanagan||D||6 ft 6 in||213 lb||North Carolina|
|26||John Haus||M||6 ft 0 in||190 lb||Maryland|
|27||Ryan Young||A||6 ft 0 in||175 lb||Maryland|
|32||Nico Capron||D||6 ft 5 in||210 lb||Canisius|
|33||Pierce Bassett||G||6 ft 3 in||200 lb||John Hopkins|
|34||Pat Laconi||M||5 ft 9 in||185 lb||Loyola|
|40||Matt Danowski||A||6 ft 0 in||205 lb||Duke|
|44||Brett Schmidt||D||6 ft 0 in||181 lb||Maryland|
|55||Mason Poli||D||6 ft 0 in||225 lb||Bryant|
|77||Henry Lobb||D||6 ft 4 in||205 lb||Duke|
|88||Thomas DeNapoli||A||5 ft 11 in||185 lb||Towson|
|91||Joe Cummings||A||6 ft 0 in||195 lb||Maryland|
|96||Tom Noell||D||5 ft 10 in||235 lb||University of North Carolina Wilmington|
- updated 2014-09-08
Head Coaching History
First Round Selections
- 2013: Tucker Durkin, Johns Hopkins (3rd overall); Mike Sawyer, Loyola (8th overall) 
- 2014: Michael Ehrardt, Maryland (7th overall) 
- 2015: Will Haus, Duke (3rd overall)
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- Hounds punch ticket to postseason with 14-11 win over Nationals
- Hounds stun Outlaws in Semifinals, 17-14
- Charlotte 18, Denver 15