Tuesday, June 16, 2009

David Metzbower To Leave Princeton Men's Lacrosse Program

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

David Metzbower has turned down an offer to become the head men’s lacrosse coach at Princeton and will be leaving the University.

Metzbower has been the top assistant at Princeton for the last 20 years under Bill Tierney and has spent the last seven with the title of Associate Head Coach. Tierney left Princeton earlier this month to become the head coach at Denver.

“The reason I’m leaving is because of the fact that I’m always on the road and have very little time to spend with my family,” Metzbower says. “I feel like I’m at an important juncture of my life. When Bill decided to leave, it shocked me so much, it made me take stock in my life and take a look at what I was or wasn’t able to do for my family. I don’t know my kids’ teachers. I don’t know what they do. I’ve been to about three of their sporting events. I hear other people talk about time they spend with their family, and I get jealous. I feel like I was putting Princeton lacrosse in front of my family.”

Metzbower helped Princeton to a 230-63 record, as well as six NCAA championships and 14 Ivy League championships.

“I want to thank all of the alumni and past and present players,” Metzbower says. “That’s been the hardest part for me, to walk away from Princeton after all the great support I’ve gotten the last few days.”

Princeton was 13-3 and reached the NCAA quarterfinals this past year. The Tigers return six starters, including three All-Americas, though eight seniors who all contributed in huge roles have graduated.

The search for Tierney’s successor will resume immediately.

“Sometimes when you are faced with a tough decision, it focuses your mind,” says Princeton Director of Athletics Gary Walters. “Metz was given the opportunity to succeed Bill and made the decision not to do so for personal and family reasons, and we respect him for that. We’re dedicated to finding the coach who will continue the tradition of Princeton lacrosse that Bill Tierney and David Metzbower did such a great job of sustaining.”

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Garden State Challenge Schedule


North: Tues, Wed June 16th and 17th 4:00-7:00pm at Madison HS (two fields)

Game 1 4pm to 4:45pm

Game 2 4:55 to 5:40pm

Game 3 5:50 to 6:35pm

South: Tues, Wed June 16th and 17th 4:00-7:00pm at RV Athletic Complex in Easthampton, NJ.

Game 1 4pm to 4:45pm

Game 2 4:55 to 5:40pm

Game 3 5:50 to 6:35pm

Seeding games will be two 20 minute halves with 5 minute half time


Thurs June 18th from 4:00-8:00pm at North Hunterdon HS (two fields)

4:00pm: 5th seed North vs 5th seed South and 4th vs 4th

5:15pm: 3rd vs 3rd and 2nd vs 2nd

6:30pm: 1st vs 1st

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

TOC Final on Fox College Sports

The 2009 NJ Boys Lacrosse Tournament of Champions will air on Fox College Sports on June 11, 16, and 18. For those of you with Comcast - check in the 700's on your channel line up. I found the game on Channel 720 airing from 8a-10a on 6/11.

I'm not sure where to look on other cable systems. Someone on NJ.com mentioned Channel 300, but I'm not sure what cable system he was referring to.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bill Tierney Leaves Princeton To Become Head Men's Lacrosse Coach At Denver

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

Bill Tierney, who came to Central Jersey more than two decades ago and built a forgotten program into a six-time NCAA champion and 14-time Ivy League champion, is leaving Princeton University to become the head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Denver.

“I don’t leave Princeton unfulfilled, unhappy, or disappointed in any way,” Tierney says. “I leave Princeton for an opportunity that I never thought would come my way. I give my deepest thanks to Princeton, to [University President] Shirley Tilghman and to [Director of Athletics] Gary Walters. I thank all of the wonderful players I’ve had here. I thank all of the great men who’ve coached with me, especially David Metzbower and Bryce Chase. I have all the confidence in the world that Princeton will choose the right leadership to follow in my path.”

Tierney went 238-86 as Tiger 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 team to the 1998 World Championship. He is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

In addition to six NCAA championships, Tierney took Princeton to eight NCAA finals, 10 NCAA Final Fours and 16 quarterfinal appearances, including one in 2009. Princeton had never reached the NCAA tournament prior to his arrival.

While at Denver, Tierney will coach with his son Trevor, an All-America goalie at Princeton who played on the 1998 and 2001 NCAA championships teams, who will be an assistant coach with the Pioneers. Tierney and his wife Helen will also be closer to his youngest daughter Brianne, who is an assistant coach under former Princeton great Theresa Sherry with California’s women’s lacrosse program, and youngest son Brendan, who lives and works in Seattle. His other daughter Courtney will continue to coach at the Pennington School near Princeton.

“The University and the athletic department obviously have bittersweet feelings about Bill's decision to take the head coaching position at Denver,” Walters says. “We understand his interest in being closer to members of his family and working with his son Trevor, while simultaneously taking on the challenge of spreading the lacrosse Gospel to the Western states. We also recognize the extraordinary contributions he has made to Princeton University and the education of our student-athletes for 22 years.”

Tierney inherited a team that won five Ivy League games in the four years prior to his arrival combined. Princeton had not won an Ivy League championship in the 20 years prior to his arrival, in the summer of 1987.

He told his first class of Princeton recruits that they would win a national championship together and then went out and made that happen with a 10-9 double overtime win over Syracuse on Memorial Day 1992.

Princeton followed with NCAA titles in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2001. In all, Tierney went 30-12 in NCAA tournament games, making him and Roy Simmons Jr. of Syracuse (with 34) the only coaches with at least 30 Division I NCAA tournament wins. Of Tierney’s six NCAA championships, four were won in overtime.

“Bill has been a great leader of the Princeton lacrosse program and a great ambassador for the athletic department and the game of lacrosse itself,” Walters says. “At the same time, Princeton remains committed to the high quality of its men's lacrosse program, and as such we will now conduct a national search in as timely a manner as possible.”

Tierney inherits a Denver team one year removed from the NCAA tournament. The Pioneers went 7-8 in 2009, their final in the Great Western Lacrosse League as they move to, ironically, the ECAC for 2010.

“The expansion of the game to the West is exciting,” Tierney says. “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. Denver University has had a short, ten-year Division I existence.

“I am proud of what we were able to do together at Princeton. This has not been an easy decision for me. I am confident that Princeton lacrosse is in a great position moving forward, and that is extremely important to me.”