John Haus, a 1983 graduate of the University of North Carolina and for the last four years the head men's lacrosse coach at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., has been named the head coach of the men's lacrosse team at Johns Hopkins.
Haus becomes the 21st coach in the 115-year history (110 seasons) of the Hopkins lacrosse program and takes over from Tony Seaman, who resigned last month after eight years as the head coach at Homewood.
"John Haus possesses all the qualities the search committee and I were looking for in trying to fill this position," said Tom Calder, director of Athletics. "I have known him for nearly 20 years as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach, and he is the right person to lead our men's lacrosse program."
An innovative defensive coach with a proven track record of success, Haus in May guided Washington to its first-ever NCAA Championship with a 16-10 title-game victory over Nazareth at Rutgers University. The Shoremen were making their third straight trip to the NCAA III title game under Haus, who took over the program prior to the 1995 season after eight years as an assistant coach at Hopkins. In four years at Washington, Haus guided the Shoremen to a 47-21 (.691) record, the three trips to the NCAA III championship game and a pair of Centennial Conference Championships.
The 1996 recipient of the Morris Touchstone Memorial Award as the NCAA III Coach of the Year, Haus coached 18 All-Americans at Washington, including five first team honorees. In addition, under his guidance, Andy Taibl won the 1997 Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the top goalie in the nation in Division III.
From 1988 to 1994, Haus served as the defensive coordinator at Hopkins, helping the Blue Jays to the 1989 NCAA title game. During his tenure as an assistant at Home-wood, Hopkins posted a 62-27 record, appeared in the '89 title game and made two other appearances in the NCAA semifinals.
Under his guidance, nine Blue Jay defensemen and goalies earned All-America honors, including defensemen Dave Pietramala and Brian Voelker and goalie Quint Kessenich, who all earned first team honors. In addition, Pietramala was named the Lt. Raymond Enners Memorial Award winner as the top player in the nation in 1989 and the William C. Schmeisser Memorial Award winner in 1988 and 1989 as the nation's top defenseman. Kessenich won the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award as the top goalie in the nation in Division I in 1988 and 1989.
"I feel very fortunate to be the men's lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins," Haus stated. "It's still hard to believe that I'm back after having been an assistant here for seven years, but through my experience I think we'll be able to accomplish everything that we set out to achieve."
A standout defenseman at North Carolina, Haus helped the Tar Heels to the 1981 and 1982 NCAA Championships, the first two in the history of the program. He guided the team to a 12-0 record in 1981 and a 14-0 record in 1982, when he earned First Team All-America honors and received the Turnbull Trophy as the team MVP. A two-time All-ACC performer, Haus garnered Third Team All-America honors as a senior and earned the Jay Gallagher Award as Carolina's top freshman in 1980.
During his career, he helped the Tar Heels to four NCAA appearances, the two NCAA championships and an overall record of 43-8 (.843). The Tar Heels' 26-game winning streak from the start of the 1981 season through the 1982 title game is the fourth-longest in NCAA I men's lacrosse history. At the conclusion of his career, Haus was selected to play in the annual North-South All-Star game.
Haus prepped at Loyola High School in Baltimore and served as an assistant football and lacrosse coach there from 1984 through 1987. He has been a featured instructor at numerous lacrosse camps during his career, including the prestigious Top 205 camp and the Bob Scott Lacrosse Camp. He also runs the John Haus Five Star Lacrosse Camp, in Baltimore.