Wednesday, December 16, 2015

MLAX: Hofstra's Seth Tierney Named To 2018 U.S. National Team Staff

Hofstra Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Seth Tierney
Men's Lacrosse |  | By Jim Sheehan

MLAX: Tierney Named To 2018 U.S. National Team Staff

Hempstead, NY -  Hofstra University Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Seth Tierney has been named as assistant coach on the 2018 United States Men's National Team coaching staff, US Lacrosse announced Wednesday.

In addition to Tierney, Marquette University Head Men's Lacrosse Coach and Hofstra alumnus Joe Amplo and Tony Resch, the 2015 Team USA Indoor Coach, have also been named as assistant coaches for the 2018 national team that will be led by Duke University Head Men's Lacrosse Coach and former Pride head coach John Danowski, who was announced last month.

Seth Tierney is entering his 10th season as head coach at Hofstra Pride in 2016, where he has led the Pride to 78 victories, the 2008 CAA Championship, the 2009, 2011 and 2014 CAA regular-season titles and berths in four consecutive NCAA tournaments from 2008 through 2011. Tierney, who has seen Hofstra lacrosse players earn 43 All-CAA honors including five who won received Player, Defensive or Rookie of the Year honors, has also been named CAA Coach of the Year twice during his tenure.

Tierney began his coaching career at Hofstra as an assistant from 1995-2000 under Danowski, after a five-year tenure with the NLL's New York Saints as a player and assistant coach. During that time the Pride recorded six consecutive winning seasons with a combined overall record of 61-28 and a conference mark of 29-2, captured five league titles, received five top 15 final national rankings and competed in four NCAA Championship tournaments.

A former team captain at Johns Hopkins University ('91), Tierney served as assistant and later associate head coach for the Blue Jays from 2001-06, winning a national title in 2005 as the Jays led the nation in scoring offense.

"I want to thank John Danowski and U.S. Lacrosse for this great honor to be selected to the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team coaching staff," Tierney said. "To represent your country for a chance at a world championship is an honor like no other. In addition, I look forward to working with my colleagues and friends, John (Danowski), Joe (Amplo) and Tony (Resch) as we pursue U.S. Lacrosse's 10th World Championship in 2018."

Amplo, a 2000 graduate of Hofstra, is in his fourth season as head coach of Marquette University, where he started the university's Division I program in 2011. Prior to Marquette, Amplo spent 10 of his 11 years as a college assistant coach at his alma mater, Hofstra University (1999-2001, 2002-11) in addition to a one-year stint at the University of Pennsylvania (2001-02). While at Hofstra—where he coached and played under Danowski and Tierney—Amplo helped lead the Pride to eight NCAA tournament appearances and four conference championships.

Resch was an assistant coach for the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. men's national team, and recently led the 2015 U.S. men's national indoor team to a bronze medal at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.

"This was one of the toughest set of decisions that I have ever been involved with," Danowski said. "We received applications from 31 dynamite professionals who were all so deserving. In the end, since we don't have a lot of time together, the committee has chosen three men who I know well and who know me well. They all love and respect the game. We will hit the ground running in January."

The U.S. National Team will be in pursuit of a record 10th gold medal at the 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England.

The Team USA staff will begin their tenure at the Team USA Spring Premiere, Jan. 9-10 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where the U.S. will face defending NCAA champion University of Denver in an exhibition game. The Team USA roster will be announced later this month. Tryouts for the 2018 U.S. men's national team will be held in summer 2017.

The U.S. men's national team has amassed a 59-4 all-time record in international play, claiming gold at nine World Championships (1967, 1974, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010).