Charlotte Hounds

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Charlotte Hounds
Charlotte Hounds logo.png
SportLacrosse
Founded 2012
Folded 2020
League Major League Lacrosse
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina
Stadium American Legion Memorial Stadium
ColorsRoyal Blue, Tan
    
Head coachJoe Cummings
General managerMike Cerino
MascotBlue the Plott Hound
Website www.charlottehounds.com

The Charlotte Hounds were a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) field lacrosse franchise on hiatus until 2021 that began play in the 2012 MLL season and played their home games at American Legion Memorial Stadium. [1]

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Franchise history

In January 2011 the MLL voted to grant expansion franchises to Charlotte and Columbus, Ohio for the 2012 MLL Season. [1] [2] The team's first hire was Wade Leaphart, also a former Charlotte Bobcat, who was instrumental in establishing the team's identity, sales, marketing and operations, among other things. McPhilliamy and Leaphart launched a Name the Team Campaign, sponsored by OrthoCarolina, the official team physician of the Hounds, and was heavily run via social media – 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 by a mere 21 votes over the Legion. On June 21, 2011, the team name was announced to be the Charlotte Hounds and their colors to be royal 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. [3]

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

On August 3, 2013, the Charlotte Hounds clinched a playoff spot in just their second season after defeating the Hamilton Nationals, 14–11. [4] On August 24 in the semifinals, Charlotte defeated top seed Denver, 17–14 for their first playoff win and championship berth in team history. [5] 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

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. [6] 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

Before the 2016 season, the Hounds announced head coach Mike Cerino would move to general manager, a role held by Leaphart since 2012. Jim Stagnitta was hired as the team's new head coach. They started 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. [7]

The Hounds began the 2018 campaign at home against the Boston Cannons. Charlotte scored 16 of the first 17 goals, setting many team records in a 25–7 win including most goals in a game, largest margin of victory, and tied the team record for fewest goals allowed in a game. [8] Head coach Jim Stagnitta became the team's all-time leading wins leader on June 9 with a 19–13 victory over Atlanta. [9]

Despite the hot start, Charlotte would fizzle down the stretch. Charlotte played their last "home game" on June 30 against the Atlanta Blaze at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina, also the site of the year's championship game. They lost the game, 16–10. Charlotte played the Cannons in their last game of the season and lost, 14–7, a point differential of 25 goals compared to Week 1's 25–7 thumping. The Hounds were eliminated that week from postseason contention.

Season-by-season

Charlotte Hounds
YearWL%Regular season finishPlayoffs
2012 59.3576th in LeagueDidn't Qualify
2013 77.5004th in LeagueWon semifinal 17–14 over Denver Outlaws
Lost championship 10–9 to Chesapeake Bayhawks
2014 410.2868th in LeagueDidn't Qualify
2015 311.2738th in LeagueDidn't Qualify
2016 86.5714th in LeagueLost semifinal 16–10 to Ohio Machine
2017 68.4297th in LeagueDidn't Qualify
2018 77.5006th in LeagueDidn't Qualify
Totals4058.408Total Playoff Record 1-2
Playoff Win % = .333

Roster

2018 Charlotte Hounds
#NameNationalityPositionHeightWeightCollege
0Bill Milone Flag of the United States.svg G5 ft 11 in185 lb Pfeiffer
1Mike Chanenchuk Flag of the United States.svg M5 ft 11 in180 lb Maryland
2Charlie Cipriano Flag of the United States.svg G5 ft 11 in185 lb Fairfield
4Ryan Brown Flag of the United States.svg A5 ft 10 in190 lb Johns Hopkins
5 Connor Fields Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg A5 ft 11 in160 lb Albany
6Will Haus Flag of the United States.svg M6 ft 1 in185 lb Duke
7Danny Sweeney Flag of the United States.svg D6 ft 3 in230 lb Villanova
8Michael Howard Flag of the United States.svg D6 ft 5 in220 lb Virginia
9 Matt Rambo Flag of the United States.svg A5 ft 10 in210 lb Maryland
11Joey Sankey Flag of the United States.svg A5 ft 5 in160 lb North Carolina
13Tim Rotanz Flag of the United States.svg M6 ft 1 in210 lb Maryland
14John Scheich Flag of the United States.svg A5 ft 10 in180 lb Catawba
17Adam Osika Flag of the United States.svg SSDM6 ft 3 in205 lb Albany
18Jake Withers Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg FO5 ft 11 in192 lb Ohio State
19John Crawley Flag of the United States.svg M6 ft 0 in205 lb Johns Hopkins
20Brendan Hynes Flag of the United States.svg LSM6 ft 3 in185 lb Richmond
21 Kevin Crowley Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg M6 ft 4 in200 lb Stony Brook
22Joe McCallion Flag of the United States.svg M5 ft 11 in200 lb Penn
25Dylan Maltz Flag of the United States.svg A5 ft 8 in170 lb Maryland
26John Haus Flag of the United States.svg M6 ft 0 in190 lb Maryland
27Jake Richard Flag of the United States.svg M6 ft 0 in180 lb Marquette
28Michael Ehrhardt Flag of the United States.svg D6 ft 5 in210 lb Maryland
32Adam DiMillo Flag of the United States.svg M5 ft 11 in190 lb Maryland
33Pierce Bassett Flag of the United States.svg G6 ft 3 in200 lb Johns Hopkins
40 Kevin Cooper Flag of the United States.svg A6 ft 4 in190 lb Maryland
41Kevin Massa Flag of the United States.svg FO5 ft 10 in200 lb Bryant
43Noah Rak Flag of the United States.svg FO6 ft 0 in203 lb Massachusetts
44Brett Schmidt Flag of the United States.svg D6 ft 0 in181 lb Maryland
45James Barclay Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg D5 ft 11 in195 lb Providence
48Tom Noell Flag of the United States.svg LSM5 ft 10 in215 lb UNCW
50Morgan Cheek Flag of the United States.svg A6 ft 1 in200 lb Harvard
55Scott Hooper Flag of the United States.svg D6 ft 1 in200 lb Virginia
91Matt McMahon Flag of the United States.svg D6 ft 4 in225 lb Penn

Head Coaching History

#NameTermRegular SeasonPlayoffs
GCWLW%GCWLW%
1Mike Cerino 20122015 521937.339211.500
2Jim Stagnitta 20162018 422121.500101.000
3Joe Cummings 2019--------


Award Winners

Coach of the Year

Rookie of the Year

Most Improved Player

Draft history

First round selections

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