HTHC Hamburg Lacrosse, Home of the Warriors and the Braves, are very proud to announce that Mr. Kyle Hawkins has signed on as our Director of Men’s Lacrosse and Head Coach, Men’s 1st Team. With Kyle, we firmly believe we have found a dedicated and completely professional men’s lacrosse coach to lead our program, from the youth to the adult level, and to help us reach the level of play that has eluded us thus far.
Hawkins was born in 1970 and brought up in the St. Louis, Missouri (USA) suburb of Kirkwood. He attended Arizona State University. After college, he spent time as a high school teacher at Hazelwood Central High School and began his lacrosse coaching career with their brand new lacrosse team. After helping Hazelwood to a 52 and 21 record over four years, he was then hired by the University of Missouri to coach their men’s lacrosse team. He compiled a record of 127 wins and 58 losses in his nine years of coaching Mizzou in the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC), which spans 11 U.S. states. During his reign, Mizzou also chalked up a conference championship in 2004 that gave the team a berth to the league’s national tournament, and in that same year he was selected as the coach of the year. Under his coaching, over 80 athletes were selected All-Conference and over 25 All-American.
Beyond his duties at Mizzou, Kyle has been described as “a huge advocate for the growth of the sport” talking to literally “everyone who would listen to him about lacrosse”. He helped to start 13 High School teams in his area and over 20 University teams (both male and female), while also running Mizzou Summer Lacrosse camps which trained over a thousand young players over many years.
Hawkins was Commissioner of the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference from 2001to 2005, which has grown to become the largest in the USA both in terms of membership and geography. According to several prominent sources from the area, Kyle Hawkins “laid the foundation for the league’s structure and administration. While others participated, he was the architect and primary driving force.”
Kyle also served on the Board of Directors, US Lacrosse Men’s Division Intercollegiate Associates (2000-2005) and the US Lacrosse Budget Committee (2003-2004) which is a hand-picked group of 12 persons who are collectively responsible for setting the entire budget for US Lacrosse in all it does. HTHC Hamburg Lacrosse is excited to have such a strong lacrosse pioneer on board and fully expects Kyle to have a significant impact not only on our own program, but also hopes others in northern Germany and Europe will benefit as a result.
HTHC Hamburg currently has five teams competing in league play in Germany and our membership represents 1/10th of the complete German Lacrosse Association. The HTHC Hamburg Warriors women’s 1st team are back-to-back German National Champions and our 1st men’s team has placed second or third for the last four years. HTHC Hamburg Lacrosse also run a non-profit, professionally run lacrosse camp structure for players camps, and even ref training and coaches education. We recently worked with the International Committee for Lacrosse Development to put on two international coaches clinics here in Europe.
The second largest European lacrosse association, the DLaxV e.V. enjoys double-digit growth and runs six leagues with over 50 teams, plus a seventh brand new youth lacrosse league as well. On the international stage, we now field German National Teams in four ILF and IFWLA categories, both seniors and juniors.
Lacrosse in Germany is a growing pioneer sport, no if’s, and’s, or butt end’s about it. Now with Kyle Hawkins teamed with one of Germany’s strongest clubs, HTHC Hamburg Lacrosse, we have an even brighter future on the horizon.