As first reported by Inside Lacrosse, Harvard is set to hire Notre Dame defensive coordinator Gerry Byrne as the Crimsons’ next head coach. This hire comes after Harvard fired Chris Wojcik back in late May.
Notre Dame has now lost two assistants over the past year with former offensive coordinator Matt Karweck leaving after the 2018 season to take the head coaching position at Colgate.
Byrne comes to Harvard after spending 13 years at Notre Dame as an assistant, running and developing the Irish’s defense which has become one of the most synonymous units and identities in college lacrosse.
During his time in South Bend Byrne helped lead the Irish to two ACC tournament championships (2014,2018), four NCAA Final Four appearances, and two NCAA championship game appearances. Byrne has been key in building Notre Dame into the program they are today and has been named in multiple other head coaching searchers in the past, including Harvard in 2010.
Byrne was an assistant at Notre Dame from 1989-1991 before take the head coaching position at Saint Anslem College. He returned to Notre Dame in 2007 for his second and most recent stint with the Irish.
He played at UMass where he graduated in 1986 and was a two-year starter and named All-New England Defenseman as a senior after helping the Minutemen reach the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Byrne takes over a Harvard squad that went 5-8 last season and hasn’t made the Ivy League tournament since 2016. The Crimson have a lot of young talent with rising sophomores like Austin Madronic, Isiah Dawson, and other returning.