UMBC is the next on the coaching carousal to find their guy. Here's the school's press release.
(Ed. Note: UMBC, COME ON DOWN!!!!)
Yesterday, the Retrievers became the third team to officially hire a new coach this off-season with the addition of Ryan Moran, an assistant coach out of Loyola. Moran was one of four coaches who interviewed to replaced 23 year head coach Don Zimmerman. The others included Johns Hopkins' Bobby Benson, Maryland's Kevin Conroy, and Brown's Kip Turner.
"Ryan Moran is more than ready to take Retriever men's lacrosse to new heights and once again have our program a contender on the regional and national scene," UMBC athletis director Tim Hall said in a press release. "He is intelligent, thoughtful, a fantastic recruiter, an extraordinary strategist and is completely committed to academic success and the welfare of his athletes. We are excited to welcome him to the UMBC family."
Moran, a Long Island native, coached for two seasons with the Greyhounds, including this past year that saw Loyola end up in the Final Four. Moran also was an assistant coach with Maryland for six years. Last season, Moran led Loyola to be one of the best offenses in the country and emerge in a competitive Patriot League.
Moran also played his college ball at Maryland. He played in 2002 and 2003 under current Chesapeake Bayhawks general manager Dave Cottle.
Obviously, replacing Zimmeman, who coached 30 seasons of college lacrosse in all, is tough shoes to fill. But Moran led the way for the Greyhounds to become one of the best offensive teams in the nation, and now has the chance to lead an entire team in UMBC.