Coach P

Head Lacrosse Coach at Bryant University … Head Coach Team USA 2010 World Champions … Assistant Coach 2002 Gold Medal Team USA … Coached 83 All-Americans … 42 North-South All-Stars … Coach of the South All-Star Team 1993 … USILA National Division I Coach of The Year 2005 … NCAA Coach of the Year 1987 Div III … ACC Champions 1995, 2001, 2002 … NCAA Final Four 1997, 2005 … Ranked as high as 2nd nationally … 15 year Record at Duke 148-77…100 % graduation rate … In his first year as head coach of Bryant University, Pressler guided the Bulldogs to their first ever Northeast 10 Conference regular season title and a top seed in the conference tournament playoffs.

 

During the 2007 season, Bryant tied a school record with 10 consecutive wins including an undefeated 9-0 mark in the Northeast 10. Among those wins was an overtime victory against defending national champion Le Moyne, snapping the Dolphin’s 70-game win streak. The Bulldogs, ranked as high as No. 4 nationally in 2008, gained the No. 1 regional ranking for the entire month of April… In 2008 won their second conference title, defeating top-ranked Le Moyne in Syracuse, NY in May. The win earned the Bulldogs their first-ever NCAA championship berth… In just his third season in Smithfield, R.I., Pressler led the Bulldogs into the Division I ranks and into a degree of success that shocked the DI lacrosse world. The 2009 Bulldogs faced off against such national powerhouses as Maryland, Virginia, Brown, Army, Penn and Loyola (Md.), earning a 10-5 overall record and recognition in both national polls throughout their inaugural campaign. Pressler’s Bulldogs earned key wins over opponents such as Penn (15-11), Lehigh (14-13), Bellarmine (14-4) and Dartmouth (12-9), en route to becoming the biggest upset story of the season Record at Bryant University 35-13

The Bulldogs followed up their inaugural DI season with another solid campaign in the spring of 2010… For a final record of 12-5… Taking on yet another challenging schedule featuring such nationally ranked schools as North Carolina and Brown. Bryant defenseman Matt Murnane took home the inaugural NEC Defensive Player of the Year award and followed it up with an All-America Honorable Mention as the Bulldogs saw nine named to year-end all-league teams.

The Bulldog squad finished 8-9 overall in an up-and-down 2011 campaign, going 3-2 in the Northeast Conference to qualify for the first-ever NEC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. Bryant took home NEC Offensive Player of the Year honors and another USILA All-America Honorable Mention and saw seven all-conference picks with three all-rookie team selections.

At season’s end, Pressler’s 2012 roster boasted a USILA All-American, the #3 rookie in the country according to Inside Lacrosse, the NEC Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year, and 10 all-conference selections — the most in program history.

Bryant finished in the 2012 campaign 14-4 overall with an impressive 7-0 mark at home and garnered the program’s first-ever Division I national ranking. The Bulldogs finished the season ranked No. 19 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.

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