PHILADELPHIA – Patrick Myers, an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s lacrosse program, has been named as an assistant coach with the United States Under-19 team for the upcoming year.
Myers will work under head coach Nick Myers (Ohio State University) -- Pat’s older brother -- along with fellow assistants Chuck Ruebling (Delbarton School) and Peter Toner (Penn State). That coaching staff will lead the team in its quest for an eighth consecutive world title at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship which will be held July 7-16, 2016, in Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada). Tryouts for the Under-19 team will take place this summer, from June 29-July 1, at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md.
Myers will continue in his role as the Quakers’ offensive coordinator throughout his year-long tenure with the Under-19 national team. He recently completed his first year with the Penn program.
"I am looking forward to this opportunity over the next year," said Myers, who will be making his international coaching debut. "Obviously, the chance to work closely with my brother makes it extra special. But the opportunity to work with some of the best young players our country has to offer, and bring them together for next summer's World Championships, presents a unique challenge. I feel like being a part of this process over the next year will help my development as a coach, and I am excited about that opportunity for growth."
“We are very excited to have Coach Myers represent Penn on the U.S. Under-19 coaching staff,” said Penn’s James H. Greene, Jr. Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse, Mike Murphy. “He is a tremendous offensive coach, and I’m confident that he will help the U.S. team put its best foot forward in their pursuit of the gold medal next summer.”
The assistant coaches and support staff, as well as the head coach, were vetted and selected through a volunteer-based search committee. Led by Skip Lichtfuss, Men’s National Team Subcommittee Chair, the committee consisted largely of highly respected non-US Lacrosse staff, including Anne Phillips (Women’s National Team Subcommittee Chair), Joe Alberici (past National Team coach), Vinnie Sombrotto (past National Team player), Billy Rebman (past National Team manager), Tim Flynn (previous Men’s National U19 Team head coach), Ryan Boyle (MLL representative), Paul Wehrum (IMLCA representative), Steve Stenersen (US Lacrosse President and CEO), Ann Carpenetti (US Lacrosse VP of Lacrosse Operations), and Tony Leko (US Lacrosse Director of National Teams).
The U.S. Men’s Under-19 team has amassed a 41-2 all-time record in international play, claiming gold in each of the seven U19 World Championship events to date (1988, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2012). Most recently, Team USA defeated Canada 10-8 in the gold medal game to capture the 2012 World Championship in Turku, Finland.
“The staff that has been assembled around Coach (Nick) Myers brings an outstanding mixture of experiences that will best lead our young men over the next 16 months,” said Tony Leko, US Lacrosse director of national teams. “The talent in the applicant pool for each of these positions was impressive, and we were honored by the desire shown by so many to be a part of this team.”