Bill Tierney

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Bill Tierney
— Lacrosse player —
Coaching career University of Denver 2009 - present
Princeton University 1988 - 2009
Johns Hopkins University 1985-1987 (Asst)
Rochester Institute of Technology 1982-1984
Nationality US
U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame

William "Bill" Tierney is a Hall of Fame lacrosse coach who currently heads the men's lacrosse team at the University of Denver.

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]

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]


  1. ^ a b "Bill Tierney's National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Bio". Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Bill Tierney's Princeton Tiger Bio". 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". Retrieved 2008-05-12.