NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Mitchell has named John Keysor as head coach of the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs, as announced by director of athletics Maureen White on Wednesday.

Keysor will make his collegiate head coaching debut with the Mariners. He previously spent time as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Dartmouth.

“I am thrilled to add John to our coaching staff,” White said. “Over the course of the interview process, it became very apparent that he’s got a great mind for the game. I expect that he’ll continue to grow our men’s program while also building up and developing our women’s program.”

Keysor takes over a men’s program that went 9-4 last season and won the New England Collegiate Conference Championship. The Mariners also earned an ECAC Championship berth for the second time in three years. The women’s program, which competed as a club team during its inaugural season, will be elevated to varsity status for the 2014 season.

“I would like to thank president Mary Ellen Jukoski and athletic director Maureen White for this opportunity,” Keysor said. “I’m very excited and honored to join the Mitchell College family, and I look forward to helping take the lacrosse programs to the next level.”

A native of Setauket, N.Y., Keysor graduated from perennial lacrosse powerhouse Ward Melville High School before moving on to Hofstra, where he was a four-year starter for the men’s lacrosse team and tallied 124 career points. In his senior season he helped lead the Pride to a 17-2 record, a Colonial Athletic Association Championship, a No. 2 national ranking and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. He also led all Division I midfielders in scoring that season and earned second team All-America honors.

After graduating from Hofstra in 2007 with a degree in business marketing, Keysor was selected 15th overall in the Major League Lacrosse draft by the Baltimore Bayhawks. He played two seasons in the MLL with the Bayhawks and the San Francisco Dragons. Following his professional career, Keysor spent time in the coaching ranks at both the high school and collegiate levels.