Charlotte Hounds

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Charlotte Hounds
Charlotte Hounds logo.png
League Major League Lacrosse
Founded 2012
Stadium American Legion Memorial Stadium
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina
Colors Royal Blue, Black, Tan, White
                   
General manager Mike Cerino
Head coach Jim Stagnitta
Mascot Blue the Plott Hound
Website www.charlottehounds.com
Current season

The Charlotte Hounds are a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) semi-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.[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][2] The team is headed by Jim McPhilliamy, a former Charlotte Bobcats marketing executive.[3] 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.[4]

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.

2013: Quick start[edit]

On August 3, 2013, the Charlotte Hounds clinched a playoff spot in just their second season after defeating the Hamilton Nationals, 14-11.[5] On August 24 in the semifinals, Charlotte defeated top seed Denver, 17-14 for their first playoff win and championship berth in team history.[6] Before that, the Denver Outlaws were the first team in league history to complete a perfect 14-0 regular season. On August 25, the Hounds took on the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the Steinfeld Cup. The Hounds lost 10-9 to the Bayhawks, who won their league-record fifth championship.

2014-15: Team struggles[edit]

The Hounds struggled out of the gate in 2014 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.[7] Charlotte would finish 4-10 in 2014 for the worst record in the team's three-year history. Things didn't get better in 2015, the Hounds actually posted a worse record: 3-11, the worst record in 2015.

Road to recovery[edit]

Before the 2016 season, the Hounds announced head coach Mike Cerino would take more of a front office role for the team. Jim Stagnitta was announced as the team's new head coach. The Hounds would also benefit from starting the year out with three straight home games against the Boston Cannons, Rochester Rattlers, and Florida Launch. As a result, the team got off to a 3-0 start for the first time in franchise history.

On August 6, the Hounds came back from an 11-6 deficit to defeat the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 15-13 to clinch not only their second playoff berth in franchise history, but their first winning record in franchise history at 8-6. On August 13 in Minnesota, the Hounds' season would be ended after a 16-10 loss to the top-seeded Ohio Machine.

In 2017, things would hit a speed bump. The Hounds would get off to an 0-3 start thanks to two meetings with the defending champion Outlaws. Despite being able to win five of their next eight and put themselves in the top four in the league, the Hounds were not able to finish the season strong. Charlotte posted a 6-8 record in their 2017 campaign, finishing in seventh place. One highlight from the year including drafting of Maryland attackman Matt Rambo, who led the Terrapins to their first NCAA championship since 1975 and won the 2017 Tewaaraton Award.[8]

The Hounds began the 2018 campaign at home against the Boston Cannons. Charlotte scored 16 of the first 17 goals and never looked back, setting many team records in a 25-7 win including most goals in a game and largest margin of victory, and tied the team record for fewest goals allowed in a game.[9] Head coach Jim Stagnitta became the team's all-time leading wins leader on June 9 with a 19-13 victory over Atlanta.[10]

Season-by-season[edit]

Charlotte Hounds
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
2015 3 11 .273 8th in League Didn't Qualify
2016 8 6 .571 4th in League Lost semifinal 16-10 to Ohio Machine
2017 6 8 .429 7th in League Didn't Qualify
Totals 33 51 .393 Total Playoff Record 1-2
Playoff Win % = .333

Roster[edit]

2018 Charlotte Hounds
# Name Nationality Position Height Weight College
1 Matt White United States M 5 ft 11 in 180 lb Maryland
3 Brendan Fowler United States M 6 ft 0 in 210 lb Duke
6 Will Haus United States M 6 ft 1 in 185 lb Duke
9 Matt Rambo United States A 5 ft 10 in 210 lb Maryland
11 Joey Sankey United States A 5 ft 5 in 160 lb North Carolina
21 Kevin Crowley Canada M 6 ft 4 in 200 lb Stony Brook
22 Joe McCallion United States M 5 ft 11 in 200 lb Penn
25 Charlie Cipriano United States G 5 ft 11 in 185 lb Farifield
26 John Haus United States M 6 ft 0 in 190 lb Maryland
28 Michael Ehrhardt United States D 6 ft 5 in 210 lb Maryland
33 Pierce Bassett United States G 6 ft 3 in 200 lb Johns Hopkins
41 Kevin Massa United States M 5 ft 10 in 200 lb Bryant
44 Brett Schmidt United States D 6 ft 0 in 181 lb Maryland
  • Off-season 23-player protected roster updated 2017-11-26

Head Coaching History[edit]

# Name Term Regular Season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 Mike Cerino 20122015 52 19 37 .339 2 1 1 .500
2 Jim Stagnitta 2016 28 14 14 .500 1 0 1 .000


Award Winners[edit]

Coach of the Year[edit]

  • Jim Stagnitta: 2016

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Most Improved Player[edit]

  • Mike Chanenchuk: 2016

Draft history[edit]

First round selections[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]