Charlotte Hounds

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Charlotte Hounds
Charlotte Hounds logo.png
Founded 2011
Home Stadium American Legion Memorial Stadium
City Charlotte, North Carolina

Royal Blue, Gold, Navy Blue, White

Mascot Blue
General Manager Jim McPhilliamy
Head Coach Mike Cerino
Steinfeld Cups None

The Charlotte Hounds are a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) professional men's field lacrosse franchise that began play in the 2012 MLL season along with Ohio Machine as part of the league's plan to have 16 teams by 2020.[1] The team is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.[2] The team's home games are played at American Legion Memorial Stadium.[1]

Franchise history[edit]

In January 2011 the MLL voted to grant expansion franchise to Charlotte and Columbus, Ohio for the 2012 MLL Season.[1][3] The team is headed by Jim McPhilliamy, a former Charlotte Bobcats marketing executive.[4] 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.

All home games in 2012 will air on WFNZ-AM.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] On August 24 in the semifinals, Charlotte defeated top seed Denver, 17-14 for their first playoff win and championship berth in team history.[8] 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.[9]


Charlotte Hounds
Year W L  % Regular season finish Playoffs
2012 5 9 .357 6th in League
2013 7 7 .500 4th in League Won semifinal 17-14 over Denver Outlaws
Lost championship 10-9 to Chesapeake Bayhawks
2014 0 0 .000 TBD
Totals 12 16 .429 Total Playoff Record 1-1
Playoff Win % = .500

Stephen Berger scored the first goal in Hounds history.


2013 Charlotte Hounds
Number Player's Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
0 Jake Tripucka United States M 6 ft 2 in 200 lb Duke
1 Matt White United States M 6 ft 1 in 195 lb Virginia
2 Chris Schiller United States M 6 ft 1 in 195 lb Penn St.
3 Josh Hawkins United States M 6 ft 0 in 205 lb Loyola
4 Mike Sawyer United States A 6 ft 0 in 180 lb Loyola
5 Casey Cittadino United States M 5 ft 10 in 187 lb Towson
6 Sean Aaron United States G 6 ft 0 in 237 lb Union
7 Jovan Miller United States M 6 ft 0 in 205 lb Syracuse
8 Adam Ghittleman United States G 5 ft 9 in 186 lb Virginia
12 Eric Lusby United States A 5 ft 11 in 195 lb Loyola
13 Owen Blye United States M 5 ft 2 in 195 lb Maryland
17 Geoff Snider Canada M/FO 5 ft 10 in 210 lb Denver
19 Kevin Drew United States M 6 ft 2 in 192 lb Syracuse
24 Ryan Flanagan United States D 6 ft 6 in 213 lb North Carolina
27 Ryan Young United States A 6 ft 0 in 175 lb Maryland
36 Brian Carroll United States M 6 ft 0 in 217 lb Virginia
40 Matt Danowski United States A 6 ft 0 in 205 lb Duke
42 Michael McCormack United States D 5 ft 9 in 170 lb Yale
44 Brett Schmidt United States D 6 ft 0 in 181 lb Maryland
54 Mark Manos United States G 6 ft 2 in 295 lb Drexel
55 Mason Poli United States D 6 ft 0 in 225 lb Bryant
57 Peet Poillon United States M 5 ft 9 in 175 lb UMBC
77 Tim Fallon United States M 5 ft 9 in 203 lb Hartford
84 Joe Cinosky United States D 6 ft 3 in 235 lb Maryland
88 Steve Dircks United States D 6 ft 1 in 190 lb Loyola
90 Tom Noell United States D 5 ft 10 in 230 lb UNCW

  • updated 2013-08-25

Head Coaching History[edit]

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
1 Mike Cerino 2012- 28 12 16 .429 2 1 1 .500

Draft History[edit]

MLL Collegiate Draft[edit]

First Round Selections[edit]


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