CORNING – The Corning connection for the Hobart men’s lacrosse team will soon double, as first-year head coach Greg Raymond will welcome Corning Hawks senior Spencer Passmore to the Statesmen next season.
Raymond, a graduate of Corning East, made his head coaching debut with Hobart on Feb. 15 after a four-year stint as the defensive coordinator at Princeton.
Passmore, who verbally committed to the Div. I program last year, celebrated the next step in his lacrosse future at a ceremony on Wednesday.
"I’ve always looked forward to this day – ever since I was a kid," Passmore said.
Along with the head coach, Passmore will join another area standout – Bath’s Zach Reed, who is just getting his junior season with the Statesmen under way. But the connection with Raymond is the one that stands out for the Hawks senior.
"I grew up watching (Raymond). That was a big selling point for me," Passmore said.
According to Randy Holden, who coached Passmore and the Hawks last season, the move is a good one for Passmore, as well as the Statesmen.
"Hobart’s getting a heckuva lacrosse player," Holden said. "He has every tool to be a success at the Division I level – size, speed and he’s coachable. His biggest asset is that he’s left-handed.
"I think the sky’s the limit for Spencer. I think what we see from him this spring will be a testament to that. He’s still got one year left on the high school team."
Hobart has also joined the Northeast Conference, joining the likes of Bryant, Robert Morris, Saint Joseph’s, Sacred Heart, Mount St. Mary’s and Wagner.
Currently, Passmore has not declared a major.