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Hannum steps down as boys’ lacrosse coach at Downingtown West after successful run

Thursday, 21st June 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/21/12

Tommy Hannum, who started the program at Downingtown West and guided the Whippets to their second straight Ches-Mont League championship this year, has resigned to spend more time with his family.

Hannum led Downingtown West to a 22-2 mark this season, including an undefeated run through the Ches-Mont. The Whippets placed third in the District 1 tournament and advanced to the state playoff where they fell in the second round to La Salle.

Hannum said he will miss working at Downingtown West and coaching high school in the Philly region.

“Coaching was all about giving back and giving young men a positive environment to develop in,” Hannum said.

Hannum said wanted to spend more time with his three children. He also is coaching youth lacrosse.

Hannum was 139-56 in his nine years at Downingtown West, which opened in 2004 after Downingtown High split into two schools.

Before that, Hannum went 41-24 in three seasons as coach at West Chester East, his alma mater. He also was 136-51 in a long stint at Marple Newtown, where he was named the Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association coach of the year in 1998, when the Tigers reached the PSLA Final Four.

Hannum played collegiately at San Diego State and professionally for the Philadelphia Wings from 1988-1992.

Hannum, owner of Hannum’s Harley-Davidson of Media and Chadds Ford, has sponsored Master’s and Grand Master’s lacrosse teams that have been dominant forces in major events such as Vail Shootout, Lake Placid, Ocean City and the Florida Lacrosse Classic.



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