Richie Moran

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Richie Moran
Sport(s) Lacrosse
Playing career
1958–1960 Maryland
Position(s) Defenseman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969–1997 Cornell
Head coaching record
Overall 257-121, 29 Years, .680 Winning Pct.
Accomplishments and honors

Championships

Awards

Richard M. "Richie" Moran (born c. 1937) is a Hall of Fame lacrosse player and coach.

Playing Career[edit]

His playing career began as an All-County midfielder at Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, New York from 1951–1955 and helped his team to four consecutive undefeated seasons before heading to the University of Maryland where he was a key performer on the 1959 Terrapins National Championship team.

Head Coaching Career[edit]

Moran's head coaching career began in 1961 at Manhasset High School, where he compiled a 67-5 record over five seasons, winning the Long Island Championship from 1962 to 1964. In 1966, Moran became the first lacrosse coach at Elmont Memorial High School and promptly posted a 29-3 record and won two league championships in two seasons. He was also the head coach of the Long Island Athletic Club from 1966–1968, leading the team to a 31-4 record and capturing the 1968 club championship, the first-ever United States Club Lacrosse Association (USCLA) club title won by a northern team. In 1969, he succeeded the legendary Ned Harkness as the head men's lacrosse coach at Cornell University and went on to lead the Big Red for 29 seasons, winning three national championships (1971, 1976, 1977). His teams won 15 Ivy League championships, including ten straight from 1974 to 1983, and turned in three national runner-up performances, losing in the title game in 1978, 1987 and 1988. Moran also set an NCAA record as he guided his teams to 42 consecutive victories from 1976–78 and an Ivy League record 39 straight conference wins from 1973-1979.

During his tenure with the Big Red, Moran was named the USILA Coach of the Year three times (1971, 1977, 1987) the USILA Man of the Year (1975), and served as the head coach of Team USA in the 1978 World Lacrosse Championship. He currently serves as the President of the Irish Lacrosse Foundation and recently coached Team Ireland in the World Lacrosse Championships in 2010 in Manchester, England, finishing 9th, in 2006 in London, Ontario, where the team took a seventh-place finish, in Perth, Australia in 2002, where the team went undefeated (5-0) en route to winning the Green Division title. Richie has also been involved in two European Lacrosse Championships with Team Ireland and is now preparing the team for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, CO.

Post Coaching Career[edit]

Moran has been inducted into the Manhasset, Long Island and Upstate New York Lacrosse Halls of Fame, as well as the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame and most recently, the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. His 1976 and 1977 Cornell teams featuring players Mike French and Eamon McEneaney are frequently cited as among the top college lacrosse teams in NCAA history. Moran is also considered a lacrosse innovator by introducing the game to a greater pool of talented lacrosse players, specifically by recruiting box lacrosse players from Canada as well as high school talent from upstate New York.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Wins Losses Postseason
1969 8 3 na
1970 11 0 No tournament, ranked Fifth in the nation
1971 13 1 Won NCAA Division I Championship
1972 10 3 -
1973 8 3 -
1974 12 2 Lost in semifinal of NCAA Division I tournament
1975 15 2 Lost in semifinal of NCAA Division I tournament
1976 16 0 Won NCAA Division I Championship
1977 13 0 Won NCAA Division I Championship
1978 13 1 Lost in Championship game of NCAA Division I tournament
1979 10 3 Lost in first round of NCAA Division I tournament
1980 8 5 Lost in first round of NCAA Division I tournament
1981 8 4 -----
1982 11 2 Lost in Semifinals of NCAA Division I tournament
1983 8 4 Lost in first round of NCAA Division I tournament
1984 6 6 ------
1985 8 4 -----
1986 7 6 -----
1987 13 1 Lost in Championship game of NCAA Division I tournament
1988 9 6 Lost in Championship game of NCAA Division I tournament
1989 9 4 Lost in first round of NCAA Division I tournament
1990 7 6 -----
1991 8 5 -----
1992 7 5 -----
1993 4 7 -----
1994 1 10 -----
1995 8 6 Lost in first round of 2001 NCAA Division I Tournament
1996 3 11 -----
1997 3 11 -----
Overall Record: 29 Years 257-121 .680

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