University of Denver Head Men's Lacrosse Coach / LXTC Lacrosse Owner and CEO
One of collegiate lacrosse’s legendary coaches, Bill Tierney took over the reins of the University of Denver men’s lacrosse program in July 2009 after serving as the head coach at Princeton since the 1988 season. Since his arrival, Tierney has amassed an impressive 50-20 overall record (.714) and an even more impressive 22-4 conference mark.
In his 28 years of coaching, Tierney has amassed a resume that includes six NCAA Championships, eight NCAA championship final appearances, 12 NCAA Final Four appearances, 19 quarterfinal appearances, 14 Ivy League Championships and two ECAC Championships and three ECAC Regular Season Titles. He compiled a career record of 238-86 at Princeton and has a career collegiate record of 322-113 for an impressive .740 winning percentage.
THE PRINCETON YEARS
In the 20 years prior to his arrival, Princeton did not win an Ivy League championship, did not play in an NCAA tournament and did not have a first-team All-America. His impact on the student-athletes at Princeton has resulted in 26 first-team All-Americans, 73 first-team All-Ivy League selections, seven Ivy League Players of the Year, six Ivy League Rookies of the Year and over 20 USILA Scholar All-Americas. He has recruited and coached two winners of the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the national player of the year (David Morrow in 1993 and Scott Bacigalupo in 1994).
Tierney’s ability to win close games in the NCAA tournament is legendary. He is 30-12 all-time in NCAA Division I tournament games, including 14-4 in one-goal NCAA games. Four of his six NCAA championship games wins have been in overtime. Princeton was 12-46 in the four years prior to Tierney’s arrival, and his first team, in 1988, went 2-13. His first recruiting class, the Class of 1992, arrived the following fall.
The 1989 season saw Princeton improve to 6-8, and the Tigers broke though in 1990, reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time ever and defeating Johns Hopkins before losing to Yale in the quarterfinals. The 1991 season ended in heartbreaking style, as the Tigers lost 14-13 to Towson in the quarterfinals in three overtimes.
Princeton defeated Syracuse 10-9 in double overtime to win the 1992 national title, and the Tigers gave Tierney his second championship on Memorial Day 1994 with a 9-8 overtime win over Virginia. The Tigers again defeated Virginia in overtime in 1996 and then tied the largest victory margin in the championship game in 1997’s 19-7 win over Maryland. Title No. 5 was a 15-5 win over Maryland in 1998. Tierney then led Princeton to the NCAA championship game each year from 2000 to 2002, each time against Syracuse, including title No. 6 with a 10-9 overtime win in 2001.
THE EARLY YEARS
After helping Cortland State to the USILA college division championship as a senior in 1973, Tierney began his head coaching career at Great Neck South High on Long Island in 1976. He moved to Levittown High in 1980, and he went from there to his first college stop, Rochester Institute of Technology. Tierney won 10, 12 and 15 games at RIT, taking the school to its first two NCAA tournaments in 1983 and 1984. His next stop was Baltimore, where he served as an assistant at Johns Hopkins for three years. Tierney helped Hopkins to the national title in 1985 and 1987 and the national semifinals in 1986. He also coached the Blue Jay’s men’s soccer team, guiding the team to the 1986 NCAA Division III tournament for its first NCAA bid in 11 years.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Tierney won the Morris Touchstone Award as the Division I Coach of the Year in 1992 while at Princeton. He also was named the 1983 Division III Coach of the Year while at RIT, and he earned Nassau County Coach of the Year honors at both high schools. He was elected to the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1995 and the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2009, Tierney was named US Lacrosse Magazine’s Person of the Year and then followed that with back-to-back ECAC Coach of the Year honors.
Tierney has recruited and coached two winners of the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award as the national player of the year (David Morrow in 1993 and Scott Bacigalupo in 1994). Outside of his collegiate coaching honors, Tierney has coached the United States to the World Championship in 1998, and was inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame as part of the 2002 class.
THE TIERNEY FAMILY
Tierney and his wife Helen have four children. Trevor Tierney was a first-team All-America and the national goalie of the year before graduating from Princeton in 2001 with two NCAA championship rings. He won championships with the U.S. team at the 2002 World Championships and with the Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse, and he was also a member of the 2006 U.S. national team.
Brendan Tierney, who graduated in 2002, was an attackman/middie for the Tigers who scored the game-winning goal in Princeton’s 12-11 win over Virginia in the 2000 NCAA semifinals. He earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke and now works for Nike in Portland. Courtney Tierney played basketball at Franklin & Marshall and now is the head girls’ basketball coach at Pennington Prep in Central New Jersey. Brianne Tierney, who played lacrosse at Colgate, joined the Pioneers’ staff in August of 2012 as the Director of Lacrosse Operations and also serves as the head women’s lacrosse coach and assistant field hockey coach at Cherry Creek High School.
University of Denver Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach / LXTC Lacrosse President
Trevor Tierney was born in 1979 with a lacrosse stick in his hand and was constantly involved in the game of lacrosse and other sports from a young age. At five years old, he started playing youth lacrosse and quickly learned that he wanted to be a goalie. Every day after school, he would go to his father's team practices to watch and play the game he loved. His athletic dream as a child was to play for his father at Princeton University, win a NCAA National Championship and be a great lacrosse player, himself.
Those dreams ended up panning out for Trevor with a lot of hard work and determination. He is the only goalie in the history of the game to have won an NCAA Championship, an ILF World Championship, and an MLL Championship.
Trevor was a two-time All-American, Academic All-American and 2001 NCAA Goalie of the Year at Princeton University, where he won two Division I National Championships.
Trevor then went on to be named All-World Goalie in the 2002 ILF World Championships in Perth, Australia. He also played for Team USA in 2006, when the team won a silver medal in the ILF Championships.
Trevor also played in the MLL for seven years for the New Jersey Pride, the Baltimore Bayhawks and the Denver Outlaws. In 2005, he won a MLL Championship with the Baltimore Bayhawks. Trevor finished his playing career in 2007 after playing two seasons with the Denver Outlaws and being named to his fourth MLL All-Star game.
In 2009, Trevor joined his father Bill Tierney at the University of Denver and coached there for four seasons. He was instrumental in helping lead the Pioneers to two NCAA Final Fours as he worked with the defense and goalies.
In 2012, he was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Trevor currently lives in Boulder, CO with his girlfriend, April. He is the President and Co-Founder of LXTC and is also currently studying to obtain his masters degree in Psychology through Harvard University.
University of Denver Associate Head Men's Lacrosse Coach / LXTC Lacrosse Vice-President
Former DU men’s lacrosse stand-out Matt Brown joined the Pioneers’ coaching staff in 2007 as the volunteer assistant coach and has since move from assistant coach to his current position as associate head coach, effective July 2011.
After three seasons under the former coaching staff, Brown was asked to join the legendary head coach Bill Tierney’s coaching staff, upon his arrival to DU in June 2010. During his seven seasons at DU, Brown has helped the Pioneers to a 76-42 overall record, transition from the Great Western Lacrosse League to the Eastern College Athletic Conference to the BIG EAST; and break into the national spotlight with the program’s highest-ever national ranking of No. 1 during the 2013 season.
In his four seasons under coach Tierney, Brown has served as the offensive coordinator. Under his guidance, the Pioneers’ offense has consistently been ranked within the top -10 in scoring offense, even ranking as high as No. 4. Brown has also helped the Pioneers to make it to the NCAA Tournament for the past four consecutive seasons as well as help DU claim its first-ever NCAA Tournament win and trip to the Semifinals in 2011.
This past season, Brown helped the Pioneers advance to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals for the second time in the last three seasons, eventually falling to tournament runner-ups Syracuse in Philadelphia, Pa.
In the past four seasons, Brown’s impact on the student-athletes at Denver has already resulted in one USILA First Team All-American (program’s first ever), three USILA Second Team All-American, one USILA Third Team All-American, nine USILA All-America Honorable Mention selections, five USILA Scholar All-Americans, one ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, two ECAC Rookie of the Year award winners, one ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and Specialist of the Year, 12 All-ECAC First Team selections and 11 All-ECAC Second Team selections.
Denver has a 76-42 record during Brown’s seven years as a member of the DU coaching staff.
Brown also serves as the one of the founders and directors of Denver Elite Lacrosse. Brown’s coaching experience extends beyond the collegiate sphere, as he served this past summer as an assistant coach for the Canadian National Lacrosse team. Brown served as the offensive coordinator for the 2012 Under-19 Canadian Men’s Field Team and was an assistant coach for Canada when it defeated the USA 11-9 at the Duel in Denver in September of 2012. In Oct. of 2012, Brown was named the offensive coordinator once again for the 2014 team.
Brown also directs the Denver Elite Box Lacrosse Program, which is a founding member of the US Box LA.
Brown was a four-year starter for the Pioneers from 2002-04. While at DU, Brown played 56 games and accumulated 137 points, the sixth-best total in Pioneers’ history, and 113 goals, fourth on the DU’s career goal list. As a senior, he was named First Team All-Great Western Lacrosse League at attack, earned Preseason All-American honorable mention honors and was named GWLL Player of the Week.
Brown was a three-time Face-Off Classic All-Tournament team member. Brown was named the GWLL Newcomer of the Year in 2002 after leading the team in points and goals and was named to the All-GWLL Second Team as a junior.
Led by Brown, the Pioneer lacrosse program gained national attention, tying for the GWLL title in 2003 and 2005 and finishing with a then school-high ranking of No. 18 in 2005.
Upon completing his DU career, Brown was drafted fifth overall by the Arizona Sting of the National Lacrosse League, where he played in all 18 games and accumulating 40 points. Brown has spent the last two summers playing for the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, recording 63 goals and 72 points.
A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Brown graduated from DU with a B.S./B.A. in finance/marketing in 2005. He resides in Denver with his wife Jewel and daughters Mackenzie and Peyton.