Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/2/09
From Press Releases
Lacrosse Magazine, a publication of US Lacrosse, announced that Bill Tierney, the University of Denver’s men’s lacrosse coach, is the magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year.
In June Tierney shocked the lacrosse world and announced that he would be leaving Princeton, his home for the past 22 years, to head to the University of Denver. Tierney, who took Princeton to eight NCAA finals and won six NCAA titles as the head coach of the Tigers, has turned down several job offers in the past, but the one in Denver he says “felt right.”
“Bill Tierney’s move to Denver was just what lacrosse needed as it continues to growth from coast to coast,” said Paul Krome, editor of Lacrosse Magazine. “The best part of us naming Tierney the Lacrosse Magazine Person of the Year is that he considers the distinction a call to action — that’s an encouraging perspective for lacrosse fans everywhere coming from a six-time NCAA champion and National Hall of Fame coach.”
“The lacrosse world, as you know, is taking huge steps out west,” said Tierney in a letter to Princeton alumni. “The chance for me to be a part of that growth, as an ambassador for the game, as well as for Denver, is very appealing. If we are truly going to make lacrosse a nationwide sport, we need for some programs out there to become great. I think I can help Colorado lacrosse become the launching pad for that movement.”
“I think Denver has the richest lacrosse community in the country,” said Peg Bradley-Doppes, University of Denver athletic director. “They’re passionate about the sport and you see the interest at all socioeconomic levels. I think it’s a perfect time to tap into that with Coach Tierney.”
Tierney went 238-86 as Princeton’s head coach, including 13-3 in 2009, the last of his 22 seasons at Princeton. Including his three seasons as RIT, Tierney is 272-93 as a college head coach. His resume also includes leading the United States national men’s lacrosse team to the 1998 world championship and being inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002.
Lacrosse Magazine’s Person of the Year was initiated in 2007. John Danowski, Duke men’s head coach, was the inaugural recipient in 2007 and Kelly Amonte Hiller, Northwestern women’s head coach was Person of the Year in 2008. The Person of the Year is an annual honor reserved for the person who has had a tremendous positive influence on the sport on a national scale. A complete 2009 year in review, including the cover feature on Tierney, will run in the December issue of Lacrosse Magazine.