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Former Australian player, coach Hiron promoted to head boys’ lacrosse coach at C.R. South; assistant sought

Monday, 24th January 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 1/24/11

John Hiron, a player and coach for the Australian National team, has been promoted to head boys’ coach at Council Rock South.

Hiron, from Perth in Western Australia, was the captain of the Australian U19 team in 1981, played for the Australian National team from 1989-93 and was a member of the National team that took third in the 1990 World Cup.

He also played and coached at the Australian club and state level, and was an assistant coach for the 2002 World Cup team. Hiron also was a player selector for the 2002 and 2006 teams.

He moved to Pennsylvania four years ago and served one year as an assistant coach at New Hope-Solebury and three years as an assistant at Council Rock South.

Hiron has seen US lacrosse since he came to the state in 1981 with the U19 team, the first Aussie squad to play in the United States.

Hiron takes over for Paul McGovern, who guided the Hawks to their first winning season ever (10-8) in 2010.

“We had our first winning season and this year we’d like to make it to the playoffs,” said Hiron, who also seeks an assistant coach. “We have some good kids this year, and 10 or 12 returning seniors.”

Hiron listed midfielder/face-off specialist Matt Finor (committed to Scranton), Matt Curry (attackman) and twin brother Kyle Curry (defenseman) and Zach Warden (defenseman) as the top returnees.

Hiron said the differences in lacrosse from Australia to the United States are minor. Either way, he enjoys coaching and teaching.

“I enjoy coaching kids,” he said. “You wouldn’t be doing this if you didn’t enjoy it. You’re doing it for the love of it. It’s good watching them progress to being men – and the values are what you’re trying to teach.”

Those interested in the position of assistant coach, should contact Hiron at (215) 906-8636 or E-mail:



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