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Boston University Tabs Yale's Polley as Founding Father

Non-copyright infringing image of BU's new head coach, Ryan Polley.
Non-copyright infringing image of BU's new head coach, Ryan Polley.

It looks like I'm not going to get the Boston University job. I guess it's down to Plan B for me: Become an international supermodel/astronaut.

Inside Lacrosse's Terry Foy -- who only seems to sleep during November and when college lacrosse is collectively amused with a pot luck dinner -- is reporting that Yale's defensive coordinator, Ryan Polley, is Boston University's pick to become its varsity lacrosse program's first head coach. Polley's presumptive hire comes on the heels of an odd string of weeks for the Terriers, moving from the America East Conference to the Patriot League while also seeing coaches decline the opportunity to lead its nascent program.

Anyway, from Foy:

Multiple sources have confirmed to Inside Lacrosse that Yale defensive coordinator Ryan Polley will be named the first head coach at Boston University.

In light of BU Athletic Director Mike Lynch's tweet Tuesday, which read "BU Men's Lax........Red alert. Stay tuned for more tomorrow," an announcement is likely to come Wednesday.

There aren't many hiring decisions bigger than putting in place a program's progenitor. Polley, who had been at Yale since 2006, appears to have a nice pedigree in light of the potential ability to build the foundation of a team from the ground up:

  • He's been with Yale -- a major program in a major conference -- since 2006, coordinating a defense that was asked to face some of the stronger offensive units in the country.
  • He is the former head coach of Merrimack College (Division II), gaining the experience so many assistants lack in guiding a program as the top dog. His results at Merrimack are admirable, moving the club from a 6-8 record in 2004 to two consecutive 11-5 finishes.
  • He has experience coaching at the high school level (albeit with the ladies), building that program from scratch and assumedly building relationships with coaches at that level which should give him a leg-up in identifying talent. (Considering he spent his high school career in Andover, he also has the added benefit of building relationships in New England where he could pipeline bodies to BU.)
  • He was also a controller at a chemicals company, which means he's an accountant and will make sure that the university's 990's are all in order and -- hello! -- tax savings!

It's a bit of a dark horse selection for the Terriers, but, of course, College Crosse wishes Polley and his program the best of luck as they attempt to navigate their great new wonderful.