Brian Hobart named to 2019 Team USA coaching staff

Gary Pinneo
Brian Hobart

The Penn Yan Mustang boy’s lacrosse team has been diligently preparing for another lacrosse season and their annual pursuit of a New York State High School Lacrosse crown. The Orange and Blue crew have battled the unpredictable Upstate New York spring weather by honing their game skills with a couple of scrimmages. They are looking forward to next week’s regular season game opener. For a high school lacrosse program that has racked up 27 Section V titles since 1987 and are accustomed to playing late into the spring in the New York State tournament, it is pretty much business as usual for the Mustang laxers. Head Coach Brian Hobart and longtime lacrosse coaching legend Harry Queener will have their team ready to play and geared to succeed. It is all about expectations. This is generally the standard press release for this time of year for the talented Mustang lacrosse program. But this spring there is some additional, exciting news coming from the Mustang camp. In a press conference last Tuesday in Sparks, Md., the home of U.S. Lacrosse, Penn Yan Head Coach Brian Hobart was introduced as the Assistant General Manager for the Team USA Indoor team that will compete in the 2019 Federation of International Lacrosse World Games to be played in Langley, British Columbia Canada. He will be part of Head Coach Regy Thorpe’s coaching staff. Thorpe currently is the Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach at Syracuse University.

Brian Hobart was chosen for this Team USA position because of his knowledge and coaching skill of the game he loves. Of course in Penn Yan, New York, they weren’t telling us anything we didn’t already know. He has been Head Lacrosse Coach at PYA since 2004, winning 12 Section V titles and producing yearly trips to the finals of the New York State Tournament. Hobart has recorded over 240 wins during his tenure.

Before that, he was Harry Queener’s assistant coach, helping to guide the Mustangs to a New York State Class B crown in 2001. This coaching tandem has built one of the most respected High School lacrosse programs in the country. Scores of Penn Yan players have gone on to play in college programs around the nation. Several have played professionally. The Mustang lacrosse program has produced 27 Lacrosse All-Americans.

Brian Hobart’s lacrosse resume goes well beyond his high school accomplishments. He has experience in both professional lacrosse leagues, (the MLL and NLL). He is an assistant coach for the Rochester Rattlers in the summer. Hobart also served as an assistant coach for the Hamilton National team and the Team USA team in 2012. In the winter months, Brian is the Head Scout for the Indoor League’s Rochester Knighthawks. He was chosen for the Team USA position because of his wealth of lacrosse knowledge and experience. “Brian is an expert at pin-pointing player talent,” Coach Thorpe stated. “He will help assemble the best USA possible and search the nation for its best talent.” He is one of the best lacrosse scouts and talent assessors in the country.

Next week it will business as usual in Penn Yan. The games of 2017 will begin and the community excitement level will build with each game. It is a rite of spring in our town. In 2019, the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Championships will be played in British Columbia from Sept. 19 - 28. The local lacrosse stage will get bigger and the Penn Yan community will watch and cheer. One of our own will be on that stage. And that is pretty special. Congratulations Coach Hobart.