Longtime Titan and former student-athlete Megan Callahan '13 was named the head coach of the Detroit Mercy women's lacrosse program on Sept. 4, 2018.
She enters her first season as head coach of the Titans in 2018-19 after spending each of the past two seasons as the assistant coach of the program. Callahan is the fourth head coach in program history.
"I am excited about Megan overseeing the women's lacrosse team," Detroit Mercy Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. said at the time of her hiring. "She is organized, understands the game offensively and defensively and has been a part of the program as a student-athlete and assistant coach. She knows that student-athletes must succeed academically and athletically and was an integral part of the team's championship season in 2017-18."
As the assistant coach in each of the past two seasons, Callahan has helped coach the Titans to new heights. Detroit Mercy earned a share of its first-ever regular season championship in 2018 and across the past two seasons, won a combined 16 victories, while putting 10 Titan student-athletes on All-League teams.
Detroit Mercy went 4-1 in Southern Conference play in 2018 and earned the No. 1 seed in the inaugural SoCon Championship. The Titans swept the postseason awards, winning the Offensive, Defensive, Freshman and Coach of the Year honors. Detroit Mercy set 11 new program records in 2018 -- including in goals, assists, points, shots and shots on goal.
The Titans have performed well in the classroom and in the community in the two years since Callahan was named an assistant coach. The women's lacrosse program had a 3.49 GPA during the 2017-18 academic year with 22 players earning SoCon Academic Honor Roll laurels and 11 of those players earning Academic All-Conference distinction and eight student-athletes receiving Commissioner's Medals for sporting a 3.80 GPA or better.
The Titans went on a four-game win streak to finish the 2017 season, Callahan's first season as the assistant coach. Detroit Mercy finished the season with six victories overall and earned a Senior Day win over Old Dominion, the defending ASUN Conference tournament champions.
As a team, Detroit Mercy surpassed 200 goals for the fifth time in school history. The Titans scored 59 free-position goals, which ranked second in the Titan record books and led the ASUN Conference during the 2017 season. The squad also ranked No. 25 in the NCAA in free-position percentage (46.1) and 38th in the nation in ground balls per game (18.9).
Detroit Mercy had a standout season in the classroom with 23 student-athletes earning a 3.0 GPA or better in 2016-17. The Titans earned the IWLCA Academic Team Squad accolade for the eighth-straight season and received the Team Excellence Award from the Athletic Department for its 3.45 GPA during the academic year. In season, the team GPA was 3.59.
Three Titans earned All-League honors following the 2017 season with attack Lexie Kinmond earning First Team laurels. Midfielder Kelsi Pritchard and defender Emma Mucci were each voted to the Second Team. Five Titans earned IWLCA Academic Honor Roll laurels and Morgan Girardi was voted to the ASUN Conference All-Academic Team.
"I am exceedingly thankful and honored to be the next head coach for the Detroit Mercy women's lacrosse program," Callahan said. "I would like to thank Robert Vowels, Mike Miller and Teri Kromrei for this opportunity. Without their support and those of my mentors, I would not be the coach I am today. This program is very special to me and I cannot wait to continue to be apart of the success in the future."
Callahan has spent the past seven years as a student-athlete of staff member within the University of Detroit Mercy Athletics Department. She spent the last three years in the position of Student Athlete Welfare Assistant as she officially joined the Titan Department of Athletics in the summer of 2014. In that role, she assisted the compliance and academic department in all areas of need.
While working in Titan Athletics, Callahan was the varsity girls lacrosse coach at West Bloomfield High School. She spent three seasons as the coach at West Bloomfield and mentored Audrey Shaw, who is playing collegiate lacrosse at Robert Morris University in Chicago.
Callahan played for the Titans from 2010-13, starting all 73 games during her career. She finished her career sixth all-time with 87 draw controls and second in games started. She tallied 17 goals and 45 draw controls as a senior captain in 2013, when the Titans earned a spot in the Atlantic Sun Championship game.
She received the Coaches Award and the Reverend Norbert Hubert Award as a senior for her leadership and was president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a senior. During her tenure, Detroit Mercy made the conference tournament in all four years.
After graduation, she stayed with the University as an Academic Coordinator for the 2013-14 season, where she helped with the organization of all student athletes files and coordinated all student athlete study table hours. She also supervised SAAC and aided in the organizing of various student athlete events hosted by the athletic department.
While working with Titan athletics, she was also a coach with All-American Lacrosse, mentoring young lacrosse athletes from ages ranging 4-12. Her education background also saw her work as a tutor with University Academy Services, where she provided tutor services for mathematics, economics, and education courses, worked as a teacher’s assistant in algebra, and assisted clients with physical and learning disabilities.
Callahan, a native of Lake Worth, Florida, graduated twice from the University of Detroit Mercy, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2014 and a Master of Arts in Education Administration in June 2016. She was a four-year member of the Detroit Mercy Athletic Director's Honor Roll during her career.