PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s James H. Greene, Jr. Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse, Mike Murphy, has announced the hiring of Pat Myers as his top assistant coach for the 2015 season. Myers will serve as the Quakers’ offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator; he replaces Judd Lattimore, who recently left Penn to take over as head coach at Holy Cross.
“I am excited to welcome Coach Myers to our staff as our recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator,” said Murphy, who recently completed his fifth season as head coach. “His ability to develop offensive players, as well as implement a highly effective offense, will help us to continue to improve as a program. Pat is one of the hardest working and most effective recruiters in our sport. His record as both a recruiter and offensive coordinator speak for themselves. Coach Myers has worked for three excellent head coaches and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. More importantly, he is a good man and will be a great role model for our players as a member of our coaching staff and the Penn community. We are excited to welcome Coach Myers and his family to the Penn Lacrosse family.”
“I am extremely excited for this new opportunity at Penn,” said Myers. “Mike Murphy has built a great program during his short time here, and I am thrilled to help him continue toward the goal of making the Quakers one of the nation's model NCAA Division I programs. I hope that my various experiences as a player and coach will help our student-athletes grow and become the best players and people they can be both on and off the field.”
Myers comes to Penn from the University of North Carolina, where he enjoyed a stellar stint as the Tar Heels’ Associate Head Coach from 2009-14. UNC made NCAA Championship appearances every year Myers was on staff, including quarterfinal appearances in 2010 and 2013, and put together a 69-30 record during that time. The Heels won the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2013, the program’s first conference title in 17 years, and held the No. 1 ranking in three different polls at the end of the regular season for the program’s first No. 1 ranking since 1993.
As North Carolina’s offensive coordinator, Myers coached two ACC Players of the Year (Billy Bitter in 2010, Marcus Holman in 2013) and two ACC Rookies of the Year (Holman in 2010, Nick Galasso in 2011). This past season, for the third time in four seasons, four of Myers’ offensive players earn All-America honors (Jimmy Bitter, Ryan Creighton, Joey Sankey, Chad Tutton). UNC has finished fourth nationally in scoring each of the last two years, averaging 13.0 goals per game in 2014 and 13.5 gpg in 2013.
As UNC’s recruiting coordinator, Myers oversaw the signing of two classes that were ranked No. 1 by Inside Lacrosse (2010 and 2012), and a third class that was ranked No. 2 by IL (2011). His 2010 and 2012 recruiting classes included eight Under Armour All-Americans each.
Prior to his time at UNC, Myers was the top assistant at Bucknell University from 2006-08. The Bison went 10-5 and achieved a No. 9 ranking during the 2008 season, which was the best in program history at the time, while in 2007 they went 11-4 overall and ranked as high as 11th nationally. In Myers’ first year at Bucknell, the Bison knocked off No. 1 Maryland to become the first Bucknell team in any sport to defeat a top-ranked team in its sport.
Myers was an assistant coach at Cornell in 2005, as the Big Red went 11-3 overall, won the Ivy League title, and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinal round. Cornell held a No. 3 ranking during the season, the program’s highest national ranking since 1987. Myers was a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, Ohio State, in 2004 as the Buckeyes went 12-4 overall, won the Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL), held a No. 6 national ranking, and advanced to the NCAA Championship first round.
Myers played his college lacrosse at the Ohio State University, graduating in 2003. He was the GWLL Rookie of the Year in 2000, a two-time All-GWLL selection, and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient. Myers then played professionally for four seasons with the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.