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."    

 

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The motto for the Men's Lacrosse team in 2018 is Doesn't Matter, Get Better. Pat Myers has more.

    Another great addition to the staff as Ian Moore joins the family! Full release: https://gopards.co/MLAX81718  #RollPards #DMGB    

 

Myers Retains Bieda as Assistant Coach

Former 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."        

Myers Adds Hall to Men’s Lacrosse Coaching Staff

  "I’m thrilled to welcome Jud Hall to the Lafayette lacrosse family,” Myers said. “His Patriot League experience, coupled with his time at Ohio State, will prove invaluable as he assists with all aspects of our program. Jud is a proven recruiter and evaluator of talent, is relentless in his attention to detail when it comes to coordinating the defensive side of the ball and, most importantly, is a good person. I’m excited for Coach Hall to join Coach Bieda and me in the revitalization of our program." Hall moves across the Patriot League after three seasons at Colgate where he was charged with running the team’s defensive unit as well as responsibilities with the goalies. During his tenure, he oversaw a team that made it to the Patriot League quarterfinals a year ago and assisted in the development of Brandon Burke ’17, a Second-Team All-League selection between the pipes in 2017.

Pat Myers

Head Coach

 

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

Offensive Assistant Coach

 

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.

 

 

 

Jud Hall

Defensive Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

 

Jud Hall begins his first season with the Maroon and White in 2018, charged with the responsibility of the defensive side of the ball.

 

Hall moves across the Patriot League after three seasons at Colgate where he was charged with running the team’s defensive unit as well as responsibilities with the goalies. During his tenure, he oversaw a team that made it to the Patriot League quarterfinals a year ago and assisted in the development of Brandon Burke ’17, a Second-Team All-League selection between the pipes in 2017.

 

Prior to his time at Colgate, Hall spent four seasons as a volunteer assistant and director of player development at Ohio State, working under Myers’ brother, Nick. With the Buckeyes, Hall was responsible for the goalies, as well as man down, running the box and scout offense duties. Hall’s accolades while in Columbus include NCAA quarterfinal appearances in 2013 and 2015, a regular-season ECAC championship in 2014 and an ECAC Tournament championship in 2013.

 

Hall was a four-year standout at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he graduated with a Sociology & Anthropology degree in 2011. He was a team captain his final two seasons and made NCAA Tournament appearances in all four years. A North Coast Athletic Conference champion in 2010 and 2011, he was a First-Team All-NCAC selection in 2010 and an All-NCAC Honorable Mention in 2009.

 

 

 

Ian Moore

Volunteer Assistant Coach/Faceoff Coach

 

Head coach Pat Myers of the Lafayette men’s lacrosse program announced the addition of Ian Moore as the team’s volunteer assistant coach on Friday afternoon.

 

“Ian is a bright, young coach and we’re extremely excited to have him as part of our family,” Myers said. “It’s clear that his core values align perfectly with those of our program and he’ll be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes.”

 

Moore comes to College Hill after a stint at Ursinus College where he served as an assistant coach and the interim head coach over the past two seasons. During that span, he coached four all-league performers, including two on the first team.

 

“I would like to thank Coach Myers, Sherryta Freeman and the entire Lafayette athletics administration team for providing me this outstanding opportunity,” Moore said. “I could not be more excited to be a part of this new era of Lafayette lacrosse dedicated to hard work, toughness and brotherhood. I am grateful to have the chance to positively impact the lives of young men at one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the country, and I am ecstatic to work with and learn from such a phenomenal group of coaches.”

 

Prior to his time at Ursinus, Moore was the top assistant at Arcadia during the 2015-16 season and worked with United Lacrosse from 2013-16. He graduated from Ursinus in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology.

 

 

 

Stephen Plunkett

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.

 

 

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