Myers Takes Over Lafayette Men's Lacrosse
2003 Ohio State graduate served as top assistant at Penn, North Carolina and Bucknell. "Lafayette men's lacrosse will be a program built on hard work, toughness and brotherhood," Myers continued. "We will focus on improving daily and creating an environment in which we chase the best versions of ourselves with relentless effort. Lafayette lacrosse has an extremely bright future and I'm looking forward to getting started."
Myers Retains Bieda as Assistant CoachFormer Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year will return with new Leopards' coaching staff. "I am thrilled to officially welcome Coach Bieda back to the Leopard family for a new era," Myers said. "His passion, positive energy, determination and enthusiastic approach were evident immediately during discussions over the past week. He is committed to helping Lafayette Lacrosse become a winner both on and off the field, and is truly invested in building relationships that will help the program execute on that vision."
Patrick Myers begins his first season as the head coach of the Lafayette men’s lacrosse program.
Myers spent the last four seasons as the associate head coach at Penn. During his time in Philadelphia, Myers served as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. He helped oversee a Quaker program with six All-Ivy league selections (two each in 2015, 2016 and 2017) and an Ivy League Rookie of the Year (Simon Mathias in 2016) laurel during his time. In 2018, Penn beat No. 1-ranked Duke for the first time in school history and made its third straight appearance in the Ivy League Tournament. In 2016, Myers worked as an assistant coach with the United States Under-19 team for the 2016 FIL U-19 World Cup in Canada.
Prior to joining the Penn staff, Myers served as an assistant at North Carolina from 2009-14. While there, the Tar Heels posted a 69-30 overall record and qualified for the NCAA Tournament each season, including quarterfinal appearances in 2010 and 2013. North Carolina claimed the ACC title in 2013, the program’s first championship in 17 years, earning Myers a promotion to the Associate Head Coach role for the 2014 season. UNC held the No. 1 ranking in three different polls at the end of the 2013 campaign, the school’s first top billing in two decades.
As North Carolina’s offensive coordinator, Myers coached two Atlantic Coast Conference Players of the Year (Billy Bitter in 2010, Marcus Holman in 2013) and two ACC Rookies of the Year (Holman in 2010, Nick Galasso in 2011). During his time in Chapel Hill, Myers saw four offensive players earn All-America honors (Jimmy Bitter, Ryan Creighton, Joey Sankey, Chad Tutton) on three separate occasions. UNC was fourth in the nation in scoring in 2013 (13.5 gpg) and 2014 (13.0 gpg).
As UNC’s recruiting coordinator, Myers oversaw the signing of two classes that were ranked No. 1 by Inside Lacrosse (2010 and 2012), and a third class in 2011 that was ranked No. 2. His 2010 and 2012 recruiting classes included eight Under Armour All-Americans each.
Before arriving at North Carolina, Myers earned Patriot League experience while serving as an coach assistant at Bucknell University from 2006-08. The Bison went 10-5 and were ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation during the 2008 season following a 2007 campaign during which the Bison were 11-4 and peaked at No. 11. In Myers’ first year in Lewisburg, the Bison knocked off No. 1 Maryland to become the first Bucknell team in any sport to defeat a top-ranked team.
His first full-time assistant coaching gig came at Cornell in 2005. That season the Big Red won the Ivy League title with an 11-3 record, advanced to the NCAA quarterfinal round and were ranked as high as No. 3.
Myers’ coaching career started in 2004 as a volunteer assistant coach at Ohio State. The Buckeyes were 12-4, captured the Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) title and held a No. 6 national ranking on their way to the NCAA Champion first-round appearance. From 2002-03, Myers’ brother, Nick, was a volunteer assistant coach at Ohio State where he has been the head coach since 2008.
Myers graduated from Ohio State in 2003. He was the GWLL Rookie of the Year in 2000, a two-time All-GWLL selection and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Following graduation, he played professionally for four seasons with the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.
A native of Kennebunk, Maine, Myers and his wife, Lauren, have two daughters, Ava (6) and Mackenzie (3)
Scott Bieda is in his third season with Lafayette men’s lacrosse team. This year he will be the offensive coordinator under Coach Myers in the 2018/19 season.
“I am thrilled to officially welcome Coach Bieda back to the Leopard family for a new era,” Myers said. “His passion, positive energy, determination and enthusiastic approach were evident immediately during discussions over the past week. He is committed to helping Lafayette Lacrosse become a winner both on and off the field, and is truly invested in building relationships that will help the program execute on that vision.”
Bieda will enter his third season on College Hill in 2018-19 following a stellar four-year playing career at Rutgers. The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, he was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection in 2015 and 2016 and was named to the All-Tournament Team three times during his career.
Off the field, Bieda exemplified the student-athlete role as a Dean’s List honoree in 2014 and a member of the National Honors Society. Additionally, he was an Academic All-Big Ten selection all four years of his collegiate career.
“Lafayette has a special place in my heart and I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to return,” Bieda added. “Coach Myers has a relentless dedication and enthusiasm that is contagious to the people he surrounds himself with. I want to thank Coaches Rogalski and Williams for giving me an opportunity and for their support over the past two seasons, as well as Coach Myers for allowing me to be a part of this new era for Lafayette Lacrosse.”
Since graduation, Bieda has also entered the professional ranks as an attacker for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse the past two seasons. In 2017, he scored seven goals and added 15 assists for 22 points on the year, good enough for a tie for fifth on the team.
Director of Strength and Conditioning
Stephen Plunkett is in his sixth year at Lafayette as the Director of Strength and Conditioning. He will be working 10 of Lafayette’s 23 Division I athletic teams.
Prior to joining the Leopards’ staff, Plunkett served as a sports performance coach at Velocity Sports Performance in Allentown. Plunkett received his Bachelor ‘s Degree in Business Management from Moravian College in 2007 and his Bachelor ‘s Degree in Sport and Exercise Science from DeSales University in 2010.
In addition to his professional experience, Plunkett completed the 140.6 mile Ironman Louisville Triathlon in August 2011.