Date Posted:10/27/2006, 3:30PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Former Bowdoin College All-American lacrosse player Tom Ryan '93 has been named as the head coach for the U.S. Indoor Lacrosse National Team. Ryan, the school's all-time leading scorer, is a nine-year veteran of the National Lacrosse League and will lead the United States team at the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
"This is a great opportunity for me to help promote the indoor game in the United States," said Ryan. "It's always an honor to represent your country, and I am looking forward to taking on the world's best in Halifax."
The 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship takes place at the Halifax Metro Center in Canada on May 14-20. Teams represented at the championship will include the United States, Canada, Australia, Czech Republic, England, Ireland, Iroquois Nationals and Scotland.
At Bowdoin, Ryan finished his career with the most goals (169), most assists (146) and points (315) in school history. His 315 points are still a New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse record and Ryan led the Polar Bears to ECAC Championships in both his freshman (1990) and senior (1993) campaigns. He was the Polar Bears' leading scorer his final three seasons on the squad and his 97 points in 1993 still stand as the program's single-season record.
As a professional lacrosse player, Ryan accumulated 202 points in 95 career games in the National Lacrosse League, last playing for the Philadelphia Wings in 2002. He also enjoyed a brief stint in Major League Lacrosse and was on the United States team that upset Canada in the 2002 Heritage Cup.
"We're very excited to welcome Tom as our Head Coach," USIL General Manager Graham D'Alvia said. "He has an extensive career as both a coach and player, including on the international level. We are looking forward to building a world championship-caliber team together with Tom."
Ryan graduated with a major in Psychology and minor in Government. He received a Master's Degree in Psychology from Connecticut College, where he also served as a coach for the men's lacrosse team. He also has coached as an assistant for the women's teams at Towson University and Loyola.
For more information, visit the official website of the U.S. Indoor Lacrosse National Team: