Tom Ryan Named Head Coach of Team USA for 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships
Haddonfield, NJ -- U.S. Indoor Lacrosse has announced Tom Ryan as the Team USA Head Coach for the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Ryan returns for his second straight stint behind the Team USA bench, having guided the Americans to a bronze medal at the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"I am honored to once again be representing the United States as head coach of the 2011 World Team. I am excited to get the process started," said Ryan. "We've got an impressive pool of players to choose from. I'm confident we will assemble a group that can compete for gold."
Ryan will lead the U.S. Men's National Indoor Lacrosse Team that will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in May 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic.
"Tom Ryan is the right man at the right time. His professional record speaks for itself. His loyalty and commitment to his country is more than self evident and his success as a leader of men is a part of who he is," said USIL President and General Manager Graham D'Alvia. "I am excited and look forward to the process of building a championship team with Tom."
Ryan has spent the past two seasons as the head coach for the East Division Boston Blazers. Ryan has registered an 18-14 record and two straight berths in the NLL Playoffs.
The nine-year NLL veteran, who last played for the Philadelphia Wings in 2002, has amassed 202 points (82 goals, 120 assists) in 95 career games. Tom previously played in Boston and Baltimore, before being dealt to Philadelphia, where he was a member of the 2001 World Championship team. Ryan was also a member of Team USA in 2002, playing for the team that upset Canada in the Heritage Cup.
Tom has served as an Assistant Coach for the women's lacrosse teams at Towson University and Loyola College - as well as the men's lacrosse team at Connecticut College, where he earned a masters degree in psychology.
A 1994 graduate of Bowdoin College, Ryan was an All-American attackman and holds the school's record as the all-time leading scorer, which includes a 97-point senior season (56 goals, 41 assists). He also played in Major League Lacrosse, scoring nine goals and seven assists in 14 games for the New Jersey Pride.
Information regarding tryouts for the 2011 World Team will be released shortly. For more information, please visit www.usindoorlacrosse.org
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