John Haus, former head coach of the University of North Carolina and Johns Hopkins University who also led Washington College to the 1998 NCAA Division III Championship, finished his second season at Lebanon Valley College in 2011 after leading the College's re-introduction of men's lacrosse in the spring of 2010. Haus, a 1983 graduate of North Carolina, holds a 133-103 career record in 15 years as a head coach at Washington, Johns Hopkins, UNC, and LVC. In that span, he led those teams to eight NCAA tournaments - including five NCAA semifinal or final appearances - and coached 55 all-Americans. In his first season with the Dutchmen, Haus assembled his team from scratch, and they made history as they won their first two games as LVC played lacrosse for the first time since 1985. The young program blossomed in 2011, winning six games and proving they could be contenders in the Middle Atlantic Conference, competing for a playoff spot up to the final week of the season.
Prior to coming to Annville, Haus spent eight seasons at his alma mater, turning around a struggling Tar Heel program by going 58-52 with three NCAA Tournament appearances, including back-to-back bids in 2007 and 2008, including the program's first top-4 seed in the NCAA tournament since 1996. Playing in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Haus mentored 19 all-Americans, including 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Jed Prossner.
Before returning to Chapel Hill, Haus was the head coach of lacrosse's most storied program, Johns Hopkins, where he led the Blue Jays to a 20-7 record and two NCAA semifinal appearances in his two seasons there.
No stranger to Division III, Haus led Washington College to unprecedented success in the late 1990s. After taking over the program and going 6-8 in his first season, Haus installed his first recruiting class and led the Shoremen to a 13-5 record and the NCAA championship game a year later in 1996, earning Division III National Coach of the Year honors in the process. His team returned to the final in 1997 with seven all-Americans and the national goalkeeper of the year; the third time was the charm in 1998 as the team won the NCAA championship.
Before his stint at Washington, Haus was assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Hopkins, helping the team to seven straight NCAA appearances, including the 1989 national final and two other semifinal appearances. He twice coached the national defensemen and goalies of the year.
Haus found just as much success as a player, leading North Carolina to two NCAA championships as an all-American defenseman. The Tar Heels made it at least as far as the NCAA semifinals during each of his four years, and went an undefeated 26-0 during his sophomore and junior seasons. He earned all-America and all-ACC honors as a junior and senior.
Haus resides with his wife, Lisa, and their four boys, Luke, Will, John, and Grant.
Justin Kieffer (High School Elite Coach), 7th Year
Justin Kieffer enters his ninth season as an assistant under head coach John Haus at Lebanon Valley College in 2019-2020.
Since joining the program in 2012, he has been a part of all day-to-day lacrosse operations, with duties that include opponent scouting reports, recruiting, travel logistics, team meals, fundraising, social media, practice construction, and film exchange and breakdown. On the field, Kieffer primarily works with the offensive personnel players, goalies, and face-off players.
In 2019, Kieffer helped coach five All MAC Commonwealth selections in Kevin Beaver (1T), Cam Epple (2T), Luke Tamberino (2T), Matt Torrence (2T), and Nick Mowry (HM). During this season Kevin Beaver became only the third player in program history to score 100 career goals. Kevin also became only the 2nd ever Dutchmen to earn the MAC Men's Lacrosse Scholar Athlete award for his work in the classroom and on the field.
In the 2018 campaign saw Kieffer help lead the Dutchmen to the MAC
Commonwealth Championship Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. Five players in Coleman Wagner (1T), Kevin Beaver (2T), Blake Weaver (2T), Cam Epple (2T), and Nick Mowry (2T) picked up
all-conference recognition. Wagner and Beaver were recognized with Academic All-MAC accolades for their success in the classroom, while Wagner also became just the second player in program history to
earn IMLCA All-Region honors (HM).
In the spring of 2017, LVC returned to the MAC Commonwealth Tournament after Austin Minnich (1T), Klayton Garman (2T), Wagner (2T), Epple (2T), and Barrett Campbell (HM) turned in all-conference seasons. Minnich was especially strong in earning IMLCA All-Region recognition for the second year in a row to go along with a spot in the USILA North/South All-Star Game. The senior also became LVC's first player to be named a USILA/Nike Scholar All-American. Garman was named the USILA National Player of the Week after setting a program record by scoring nine goals in a game and he joined Minnich as Academic All-MAC honorees.
In 2016, he helped the Dutchmen to another appearance in the MAC Commonwealth Championship Tournament before earning a berth in the ECAC Tourney. Five players in Koty Keefer (1T), Minnich (1T), Wagner (2T), Epple (2T), and Mowry (HM) picked up all-conference recognition, while Minnich was named IMLCA Second-Team All-Region for the first time in his career. Keefer and Minnich also excelled in the classroom and were pegged Academic All-MAC
In 2015, Justin helped coach the MAC Commonwealth Rookie of the Year and second-team all-conference midfielder Koty Keefer, and MAC Commonwealth Honorable Mention attackmen Klayton Garman. He oversaw one MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week, two ECAC Players of the Week, and a pair of USILA Players of the Week. The Dutchmen reached the quarterfinals of the MAC Commonwealth and ECAC championship tournaments.
In 2014, Kieffer helped coach the program's first ever USILA All-American and ECAC All-Star in long pole midfielder Ryan Lanigan. During the season, he was a part of a staff that produced three MAC Commonwealth First-Team selections (Malik Pedroso, Ryan Lanigan, and Andrew Kruter) and an all-conference honorable mention (Scott Travers). Malik Pedroso was twice named the MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week during the spring. The Dutchmen ended their season in the ECAC quarterfinals.
The 2013 season was the most successful campaign of LVC's modern era. The team finished with a program-record 12 wins and reached the MAC Commonwealth and ECAC semifinal rounds. Kieffer helped guide five All-MAC Commonwealth selections during this season in first-teamers Ryan Lanigan and Malik Pedroso, second-teamers Andrew Kruter and Mike Moll, and honorable mention selection Ian Schmid. Three Dutchmen were named MAC Commonwealth Players of the Week that spring.
The 2012 season was Kieffer's first with the Dutchmen. LVC finished 9-6 and reached the MAC Commonwealth semifinals for the first time in the program's modern era. Kieffer helped coach three First-Team All-MAC Commonwealth selections in Pedroso, Kruter, and Scott Sutton. That spring, the Dutchmen garnered three MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week awards between Pedroso and Moll.
Prior to joining the coaching staff, Kieffer played four years at Alfred University as a two-way midfielder under head coach Jason Lockner. During his career, Kieffer scored 45 goals and added seven assists, earning the the team's offensive MVP award as a freshmen. He was also a member of the club ice hockey team and earned his degree in sociology.
At Middletown High School (Md.), Kieffer was a standout midfielder where he was a three-time Frederick News Post All-Area selection, earning first-team honors as a senior. He was a three-time first-team All-MVAL Piedmont Conference selection and a second-team All-Washington Post selection. As a senior, Kieffer was chosen a team captain and named offensive MVP. Kieffer was also a standout for the ice hockey team, as he was a two-time MSHL All-Star selection, two-time captain, and a member of two Frederick In-House league championship teams. Kieffer also played football.
Justin earned his Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration form Concordia University-Irvine (CA) in 2017. He and his wife, Lyndsay, live in Hummelstown with their son, Max. They are expecting another child in the fall of 2019.
Charlotte Hounds 2015 The Hounds selected Haus with the third overall pick in the 2015 MLL Collegiate Draft, reuniting him with his older brother John. In 10 MLL games, the rookie posted 3 goals, 3 assists and 13 groundballs.
Duke Career: A four-year standout as a defensive midfielder … 2015 USILA All-America first team and All-ACC … 2015 Team Captain … Played in 79 career games and was a crucial part of the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Championship teams … Registered 24 goals and 12 assists for 36 points in his four seasons … Collected 186 ground balls and forced 33 turnovers … 2015 USILA Scholar All-America … Three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll … Three-time All-ACC Academic Team.
2015: Played in all 18 games as a short stick midfielder … USILA All-America first team … All-ACC … USILA Scholar All-America … Team Captain … Key component of the faceoff midfield that won 56 percent of the draws for the year … Finished the season with 57 ground balls and a career-best 13 caused turnovers … Added three goals and an assist for four points … Picked up at least one ground ball in all 18 games … Had four-plus GBs seven times … Corralled a career-high six ground balls in win at Georgetown (3/14) and in 15-14 loss at North Carolina (3/29) … Also scored a goal against the Hoyas … Grabbed four ground balls in ACC win over Virginia (4/12) to clinch a spot in the ACC Tournament … Tallied a goal and picked up two ground balls in ACC Semifinal win over No. 1 Notre Dame (4/24) … Added four ground balls and a caused turnover to his total in ACC Championship loss to Syracuse (4/26) … Caused two turnovers in three games … All-ACC Academic Team … ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2014: Played in all 20 games as a defensive midfielder … USILA honorable mention All-American … Named to NCAA All-Tournament team … Tallied 11 goals and four assists for 15 points … Picked up 44 ground balls … Key member of Duke’s faceoff midfield on the wing … Scored a crucial goal in the NCAA Championship win over Notre Dame (5/26) … Also had two ground balls in the title game … Had two goals in the win over Virginia (4/11) and in the NCAA Tournament first round victory over Air Force (5/11) … Handed out an assist in the NCAA semifinal victory over Denver (5/24) and in the NCAA quarterfinal versus Johns Hopkins (5/18) … Picked up a season-high four ground balls three times – Maryland (2/26), Virginia (4/11) and Rutgers (4/19) … Had at least two ground balls in 14 games … All-ACC Academic Team … ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner ... played two seasons at Palmyra Area ... a three-time all-conference first team selection ... finished his senior season with 47 goals and 34 assists after registering 47 goals and 23 assists as a junior with Palmyra ... earned All-America recognition as a junior and senior ... named first team all-district in 2010 and 2011 for the Cougars ... selected to The Patriot News lacrosse all-star first team as a junior and a senior ... also a standout football player for Palmyra ... team MVP and named all-conference and all-county first team
John Haus IV is entering his first year as an assistant coach at Furman in the 2015-16 season.
Haus spent the 2015 season as an assistant at High Point University and helped the program earn its first NCAA Tournament berth, as the Panthers went 10-7 and won the Southern Conference Tournament.
After completing his collegiate career at the University of Maryland, Haus was selected as the 15th overall pick in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse draft and currently plays for the Charlotte Hounds, where he participated in the 2013 MLL Championship game, was a 2015 All-Star Game participant, and was named team captain in 2015.
Prior to spending one season (2014) as an assistant at Dickinson College, Haus was a standout performer at Maryland. He was a USILA All-American three times, earning first-team honors in 2013. He earned First-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) honors in 2012 and 2013, was named to the All-ACC Tournament team in 2010 and helped lead the Terrapins to an ACC title in 2011.
The Terps earned bids to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons, advancing to the National Championship game in both 2011 and 2012.
In addition to his playing experience, Haus has developed a strong coaching background, working at a number of lacrosse camps, as well as with the Lebanon Valley Lightning Lacrosse Club.