August 19, 2013

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St. Lawrence Adds Tom Ryan to Men's Staff

from press release

CANTON, N.Y. - The St. Lawrence University men's lacrosse team has added former professional lacrosse player and All-America Tom Ryan to the coaching staff for the 2014 season. Ryan, who had a nine-year professional career, played for the 2001 world champions Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League and the New Jersey Pride of Major League Lacrosse. Prior to turning pro, he was an All-America attackman at Bowdoin College where he remains the school's all-time leading scorer with 315 points.

"We're excited to add Tom to our coaching staff as he's a tremendous teacher of the game," said St. Lawrence head men's lacrosse coach Mike Mahoney. "He has a wealth of lacrosse knowledge built over his playing and coaching career and I look forward to working with Tom as we get preparations underway for the upcoming year."

A native of Canton, NY, Ryan earned his Bachelor's Degree from Bowdoin in psychology in 1993. He followed by earning his Master's Degree at Connecticut College, where he served as an assistant coach under St. Lawrence University Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Fran Shields '79.

Ryan's coaching career also includes four head coaching stops, including at Mount Ida College in 1997 and professionally with the Boston Blazers of the NLL. He was also the head coach of Team USA's Indoor squad from 2006-2011. Most recently, he was with Belmont Abbey College, a Division II school in Charlotte, NC.

Ryan will join Coach Mahoney and Assistant Coach Kyle Benton '09 on the sidelines. He amassed 202 points in 95 career professional games and was on Team USA's Heritage Cup winning team in 2002 as they defeated Canada. He was inducted into both the Canton High School and Bowdoin College Hall of Fames.


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