Tom Ryan (lacrosse)

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Tom Ryan is a lacrosse coach and former professional player. He is the current head coach of the Charlotte Copperheads of the North American Lacrosse League. Ryan is the former head coach of the Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League.

Playing career[edit]

Ryan played his High School ball at Canton Central in NY. Ryan attended Bowdoin College where he was an All-American attackman. He amassed 97-points in his senior year to become the leading scorer in school history. [1]

Ryan played in the National Lacrosse League where he was known as the "Dude" due to his long dreadlocked hair. [2] He scored 202 total career points (82 goals and 120 assists) while playing for the Boston Blazers, Baltimore Thunder and the Philadelphia Wings. In addition, he played in the Heritage Cup for Team USA in 2002.

Ryan played in Major League Lacrosse's inaugural season in 2001 with the New Jersey Pride.

Ryan's playing career was cut short by a series of concussions. [3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2006, Ryan was named Head Coach of the U.S. Indoor Lacrosse team playing in the 2007 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. [4]

Ryan has served as a coach for the women's lacrosse teams at Towson University [5] and Loyola College. In addition, he has coached the men's lacrosse team at Connecticut College and Mount Ida College.[1][5]

On May 9, 2007, the NLL announced that an expansion franchise had been granted to the city of Boston, and that Ryan had been named head coach.[6] The team, which was named the Boston Blazers, was scheduled to begin play during the 2008 NLL season, but after a labour dispute that saw the season temporarily cancelled, the Blazers opted to sit out the 2008 season and begin play in 2009.[7] Ryan was dismissed as the head coach of the Blazers on December 23, 2010.

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM GP G A Pts LB PIM
1995 Boston 4 2 1 3 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
1996 Boston 10 17 15 32 54 8 1 1 1 2 5 2
1997 Boston 10 15 8 23 34 10 - - - - - -
1998 Baltimore 12 8 19 27 58 6 3 1 5 6 11 2
1999 Baltimore 10 2 11 13 26 24 1 0 0 0 5 0
2000 Philadelphia 11 6 12 18 38 23 1 0 1 1 6 2
2001 Philadelphia 14 10 22 32 70 18 2 1 4 5 11 7
2002 Philadelphia 16 15 25 40 110 22 1 0 2 2 8 0
2003 Philadelphia 8 7 7 14 35 2 - - - - - -
NLL Totals 95 82 120 202 436 113 10 3 13 16 46 15

MLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2ptG A Pts LB PIM GP G 2ptG A Pts LB PIM
2001 New Jersey 14 9 0 7 16 15 2.5 - - - - - - -
MLL Totals 14 9 0 7 16 15 2.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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