Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/17/20
From Press Releases
The Philadelphia Barrage announced the hiring of three assistant coaches, following the announcement last week that Philly legend Brian Dougherty was named an assistant coach.
Barrage Head Coach Spencer Ford announced the hiring of Kevin Keenan (Springfield-Delco, Penn State) as an Assistant Coach, overseeing the goalies; the hiring of Brian Harrington (Germantown Academy) as an Assistant Coach; and the hiring of Jamie Hanford as the Associate Head Coach overseeing the Barrage defense.
“Kevin is different than others, as he has the great ability to save the day whenever his number is called,” said Ford. “During his playing days he found success, whether or not he was given time to prepare. He has stepped up in the pivotal moments, including coming in the middle of the MLL Championship to make the game-winning saves. Managing the demands of his position were Kevin’s greatest challenges, as being an incredible teammate and person always came easy to him. He dove deep to support the Barrage in their Championship endeavors in the past, and we know he will do the same for us this season and into the future.”
Keenan joined the Barrage during his first year of Major League Lacrosse play, in 2006. He played with the Barrage from 2006 to 2008. During that time Keenan won two championships with the Barrage. In 2007 he played an instrumental role in the Championship game, coming in as the backup goalie and saving the day. After his time with the Barrage, Keenan went on to play for the Lizards in 2009 and 2010.
Keenan was a multi-sport athlete in high school, acting as a two-way starter on the 1994 football team that was undefeated in the regular season, winning the Central League title and qualifying for the Pennsylvania State Playoffs. He then played Goalie and was captain of the lacrosse team, recognized as team MVP and received All Delco and All State honors his junior and senior years. In 1995, he was recognized as Male Athlete of the Year for Springfield. Due to his decorated career with Springfield and after graduating, Keenan was inducted into the Springfield High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
After graduating from Springfield in 1995 Keenan went on to serve as a goalie for Pennsylvania State University where he finished second on the All Time Save list. Keenan was elected team MVP at PSU three times and was Captain his senior year. He finished his career second all-time for career saves, and he currently sits fourth. (Fellow Springfield alumnus and MLL goalie, Austin Kaut, currently sits in second for the Nittany Lions.)
Keenan is a founder and current Board member of Springfield Cougars Lacrosse Club. He also volunteers his time to the Club as a Head Coach and has volunteered his services as Head Coach of a local G5 team.
“I was a 14th round draft pick; end line cones got picked before me!” said Keenan. “But I scrapped and fought for a roster spot, then battled every day for my teammates and the fans of Philadelphia. As a Philly guy, we have the most passionate fans, and Philadelphia deserves to have a Major League Lacrosse team to rally around. I am excited to be back with Spencer and Doc and can promise you that we will take the field with that same fire and passion.”
Ford said Harrington brings strong Philly ties.
“Brian has been an active member of the Philadelphia community both on and off the field, thus bringing local knowledge of how this city and this sport work best together” said Ford. “He has established himself as a leader in the sport through a decorated career, then coaching at La Salle, all while managing his local business ventures. His personal and professional values align with the goals of the Barrage and MLL. We are excited to welcome Brian to the staff and to work together to integrate the Barrage into the fabric of Philadelphia.”
Harrington began his career locally at Germantown Academy, where he was a two- year starter. During his with the Patriots, he earned First Team All Inter-AC, First Team All-State player, and MVP of the 1990 PA State Championship Game.
Harrington went on to play at the collegiate level for Loyola College from 1991 to 1994. He saw 41 games with the Greyhounds, which included four NCAA playoff appearances. He closed his playing career post-collegiately with MAB and Quaker Lacrosse Club from ’94 to ’03.
Eventually, Harrington took to the sidelines where he has remained active in the lacrosse community. He has spent considerable time as an Assistant Coach for LaSalle College High School’s varsity lacrosse team.
Off the field, Harrington is a local business owner and entrepreneur. He has 20 years of experience as a restaurateur and as a hospitality executive. He is the co-founder of Table 95 Hospitality, which is a management company that provides administrative and marketing services to local restaurants, including: City Tap House, Pennsylvania 6, Field House and Bedford Hall.
“I am excited to be joining the Barrage!” said Coach Harrington. “Lacrosse and community involvement have been a large part of my professional career, both on and off the field. Spencer and the whole coaching staff are dedicated to serving the Philadelphia community to the best of our ability. We all have roots here, we all know the passion of the fans here and we all want to bring them the best lacrosse has to offer. I am honored to work with the players and coaches as a part of the Barrage’s first season Back.”
Ford also announced Monday the hiring of Hanford.
“Jamie has been coaching lacrosse for nearly two decades,” said Ford. “Before coaching, he had one of the most illustrious careers as a player. He called me when the Barrage rumors started swirling and shared his interest in getting involved. A guy who has thirteen years of professional playing experience, won MLL and NLL Championships, was Assistant Captain of Team USA and has a deep love for the game brings a great deal of value to the Barrage. We are honored to have him join the staff.”
Hanford has deep roots in Major League Lacrosse. He played in the 2000 Major League Lacrosse Showcase and then went on to play for the Bayhawks, New Jersey Pride, Cannons and the Barrage. In 2002, with the Bayhawks, Hanford won the Major League Lacrosse Championship. After retiring, Hanford returned to Major League Lacrosse action, this time as a coach, in 2018 for the Atlanta Blaze.
Outside of his time with Major League Lacrosse, Hanford impacted the field and box game. He served as the Assistant Captain of Team USA. He led Team USA to win the Heritage Cup in 2002. He played in the NLL for the Philadelphia Wings and the Colorado Mammoth. He won the NLL Championship in 2001 with the Philadelphia Wings and then again in 2006 with the Mammoth.
Before turning pro, Hanford had an impressive amateur career. In college Hanford gained national exposure with the Loyola Greyhounds as a 3x All-American. He still holds a number of records for the Greyhounds. He is ranked second all-time in ground balls, ninth all-time in faceoff wins, sixth for single-season ground balls and seventh for single-season faceoff wins. In high school Hanford was a 3x All FCIAC player, 2x All-State, All-American, and Connecticut Player of the Year in 1994. He helped Darien win its first two FCIAC championships in 1992 and 1994. He earned All-FCIAC honors in three sports – football, ice hockey, and lacrosse.
In 2012 Hanford was inducted into the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is the founder of Force 5 Lacrosse. He and his wife Stephanie have two sons, Hunter (8) and Finn (6) already training to be the next generation of Barrage players.
“I am excited to be joining the Barrage again!” said Coach Hanford. “Having been a part of the founding group of guys to play in MLL and then to come back and join such a decorated franchise who is committed to the city, the lacrosse community and the players is a really special opportunity. Spencer and I have been competitors and friends since ’94 and we are in lock-step on how to develop a championship team. It’s exciting that the Barrage are Back and I am honored to be back with them!”