T.J. Buchanan joined the Hood College men's lacrosse staff in 2010 after a successful nine-year career as head coach of South Western High School in Hanover, Pa.
During his tenure at South Western, Buchanan coached his team to several YCLL tournament appearances, two of those being championship games, as well as multiple Central Pennsylvania tournament appearances. He has coached three players to High School All-American status as well as one Academic All-American.
In the off-season, Buchanan coaches the Meltdown York Select club team and has been on staff at numerous lacrosse camps.
In June 2012, Buchanan was hired by U.S. Lacrosse as the content manager for the Coaching Education Program (CEP). In this role, Buchanan is in charge of the development of curriculum, content and other educational tools for the CEP which will then be distributed to a nationwide network of trainers to deliver at coaches clinics across the country. He will also be working closely with the officials training program and the men's game director to assist in developing instructional materials that are consistent with those of the CEP.
Buchanan holds a bachelor's degree from Millersville University, a master's degree from Mount St. Mary's University and is currently pursuing a masters in Exercise Science and Physical Education at McDaniel College.
Buchanan currently resides in Hanover with his wife, Kasi, and daughter, Eryn.
Kris Miner '11
Hood's career scoring leader Kris Miner '11 returned to his alma mater following graduation to serve as an assistant on Jeremy Mattoon's men's lacrosse coaching staff.
A native of Clinton Township, Mich., Miner earned a bachelor of arts degree in management at Hood. A four-year starter for the Blazers, Miner appeared in 60 games in the blue-and-grey and was instrumental in the Blazers' rise to prominence in the Capital Athletic Conference.
After a winless campaign in 2008 when he scored seven goals and assisted on three others as a freshman, Miner led the team in scoring as a sophomore in 2009 with 27 points on 19 goals and eight assists. He also had a goal and an assist in Hood's first-ever victory over Gwynedd-Mercy on Feb. 24, 2009. As a junior, Miner appeared in 11 games and started eight before suffering a season-ending injury. He finished the season with the team's fourth-best scoring total of 20 points (14 goals, six assists) as the Blazers enjoyed a breakout season with a record of 6-11.
During his collegiate farewell in 2011, Miner set a single-season school record for goals with 26. His 32 total points ranked second on Hood's single-season chart. One of Miner's most memorable moments came on March 26 when he scored the game-winning goal 49 seconds into the first overtime period to secure Hood's first-ever CAC win at Wesley College. The victory ended a string of 31 straight conference setbacks dating back to the 2006-07 season, the year before Miner joined the Blazers. Miner and the Blazers would go on to post an overall record of 8-9, which including three CAC wins and the program's first-ever trip to the postseason for a first-round matchup with the University of Mary Washington.
During his four years at Hood, Miner scored 66 goals and collected 23 assists for 89 career points. He also ranks fifth all-time in ground balls with 134.
Miner played his high school ball for the De La Salle Collegiate Pilots in Warren, Mich.
Brad Barber joined the Hood College men's lacrosse staff as a graduate assistant coach after graduating from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, Pa., in May 2011. Barber earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from RMU.
A native of Frederick, Barber was a four-year starter for the Tuscarora Titans. He continued his career as a reserve on defense at RMU where he contributed to the growing success of the Colonials' program. In 2011, the Colonials posted a record of 9-7 and advanced to the inaugural Northeast Conference tournament as the No. 3 seed. RMU fell to second-seeded Quinnipiac University, 12-11 in double overtime.
Barber has been actively involved in the lacrosse community, giving private lessons and volunteering with the Western Maryland Youth Lacrosse organization to help young athletes learn the game of lacrosse and grow interest around the area.
Throughout the years, Barber has coached with many high school level club programs to help young athletes work towards their goal of playing at the collegiate level. Most recently, Barber was a speaker at the 2013 U.S. Lacrosse Convention, where he spoke to over 150 youth and high school coaches about team and individual defense.
In 2012, he established the Maryland Lacrosse Showcase based out of Frederick, Md., which is one of the largest recruiting events of its kind on the East Coast. Going into its second year, the showcase has attracted over 550 athletes from 37 states, five Canadian provinces and one European country.
Barber has also developed one of the largest club programs in Western Maryland for high school athletes. Athletes travel from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and all regions of Maryland to play for his program.
Barber will graduate with a masters in business administration from Hood College in May 2013.
Hood's dominant goalie Will Lane will serve as a student coach on Jeremy Mattoon's men's lacrosse coaching staff for the 2013 season.
A native of Walkersville, Md., and a two-sport athlete in lacrosse and soccer, Lane is a senior at Hood and will graduate in May 2013. His Blazer career was cut short due to multiple concussions after three seasons.
On the lacrosse field, Lane appeared in 33 games for the Blazers, starting 25 of them in the cage and ranks in the top five for multiple individual goalkeeping records. Lane ranks second place in both saves (305) and save percentage at (53.6). He is also tied for first in goals against average at (10.6). His 153 saves in 2010 rank him fifth all-time for saves in a season and his goals-against average of 10.44 in 2011 is first in the Hood record books. Lane was also goalkeeper for the Blazer men's soccer team for three seasons where he was a standout performer as well. His 229 career saves are second all-time and his 7.5 shutouts are tied for first.
Lane will bring a certain element of goalkeeping prowess and knowledge that should bring immediate benefits to Coach Mattoon's staff. Lane has the background and first-hand knowledge of the college game to not only help the goalkeepers on the practice field, but also help them with in-game situations and adjustments that the Blazers have not had in the past. With the addition of Lane, Hood will have a coach who can teach and guide the Blazers goalkeepers and hopefully bring success to the defense as a whole.
Lane will graduate in May with a degree in environmental science and policy with a concentration in environmental biology and a minor in chemistry.