Bill Tierney

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Bill Tierney
Sport(s) Lacrosse
Biographical details
Born (1952-09-26) September 26, 1952 (age 62)
Playing career
1973–1977 Cortland State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1984
1985–1987
1988–2009
2010–present
RIT
John Hopkins (assistant)
Princeton
Denver
Head coaching record
Overall 290–96
Accomplishments and honors

Championships

Awards
As player:

As coach:

William "Bill" Tierney (born September 26, 1952) is an American lacrosse coach who currently heads the men's lacrosse team at the University of Denver.

Player[edit]

Tierney played collegiate lacrosse at Cortland State, where in 1973, he played on the USILA national championship team.[1] Following college, Tierney pursued a master's degree at Adelphi University, and coached high school lacrosse at Great Neck South High School, then Levittown Memorial High School.[2]

Coach[edit]

In 1982, Tierney's took his first collegiate coaching position with the Rochester Institute of Technology. He took the team to its first NCAA tournaments in both 1983 and 1984. In 1983, he earned the Division III Coach of the Year.[3] Following this success, Tierney joined the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays as an assistant lacrosse coach (winning two national championships), and also served as head coach of the soccer team from 1985 to 1987.[2]

In 1988, Tierney accepted the position as head coach of the Princeton Tigers. He acquired a program that was underdeveloped, and quickly turned it around. Tierney's Tigers won six NCAA championships (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2001) in nine years, and have appeared in eight NCAA championship games, nine NCAA Final Fours and 11 Ivy League championships.[2] In 1992, Tierney was awarded USILA Coach of the Year honors.[4]

Internationally, Tierney coached Team USA in the 1998 World Lacrosse Championships[2]

In 2002, Tierney was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame with the distinction of being "a truly great coach."[1]

In 1998 and 2001, Tierney and his sons Trevor (a goaltender) and Brendan (midfield/attack), became the first father-sons combination to win a NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship together. His daughter, Brianne Tierney is currently the head lacrosse coach at Lebanon Valley College.

Coach Tierney began coaching the men's lacrosse team at the University of Denver on July 1, 2009. Coach Tierney called the change a "wonderful opportunity to start this new chapter in my life."[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

University of Denver
Season Wins Losses Win Pct. Postseason
2014 16 3 Lost in semifinal of NCAA Division I tournament
2013 14 5 .737 Lost in semifinal of NCAA Division I tournament
2012 9 7 .562 Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division I tournament
2011 15 3 .833 Lost in semifinal of NCAA Division I tournament
2010 12 5 .706 Lost in 1st round of NCAA Division I tournament
Princeton University
Season Wins Losses Win Pct. Postseason
2009 13 3 .812 Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division I tournament
2008 7 6 .538 --
2007 10 4 .714 Lost in 1st round of NCAA Division I tournament
2006 11 5 .688 Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division I tournament
2005 5 7 .417 --
2004 11 4 .733 Lost in semifinals of NCAA Division I tournament
2003 11 4 .733 Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division I tournament
2002 10 5 .667 Lost in finals of NCAA Division I tournament
2001 14 1 .933 Won NCAA Division I Championship
2000 12 3 .800 Lost in finals of NCAA Division I tournament
1999 9 4 .692 Lost in 1st round of NCAA Division III tournament
1998 14 1 .933 Won NCAA Division I Championship
1997 15 0 1.000 Won NCAA Division I Championship
1996 14 1 .933 Won NCAA Division I Championship
1995 11 4 .733 Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division III tournament
1994 14 1 .933 Won NCAA Division I Championship
1993 13 .832 Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division III tournament
1992 13 2 .867 Won NCAA Division I Championship
1991 11 3 .786 Lost in 1st round of NCAA Division I tournament
1990 11 4 .688 Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division I tournament
1989 11 3 .786 --
1988 10 2 .833 --
Rochester Institute
Season Wins Losses Win Pct. Postseason
1984 11 3 .786 Lost in Semifinals of NCAA Division III tournament
1983 11 3 .786 Lost in 1st round of NCAA Division III tournament
1982 10 2 .833 --

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bill Tierney's National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Bio". USLacrosse.org. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bill Tierney's Princeton Tiger Bio". Princeton.edu. Retrieved 2008-03-13. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Denver Athletics: Bill Tierney Named Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Denver". University of Denver. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  4. ^ "US LAcrosse Division I Awards". USLacrosse.org. Retrieved 2008-05-12.