Denver's Tierney signs five-year contract extension; team is 50-20 in his four years
DENVER -- Denver head coach Bill Tierney has signed a contract extension through the 2017 season. The contract, which is for five years, is retroactive to July 2012. Terms were not disclosed.
“We at the University of Denver have certainly been fortunate to have one of the deans of collegiate lacrosse instruct our young men during the last four years and are so proud that he will remain at the helm in the future,” said Peg Bradley-Doppes, Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation. “With this extension we know our program is in the best of hands and will continue at the pinnacle of the sport.”
Under Tierney, the Pioneers have earned four consecutive berths to the NCAA tournament, including two trips to the national semifinals in the past three seasons. The Pioneers have a 50-20 overall record under the hall of fame coach, including a 28-5 record when playing at home. Denver also has won three Eastern College Athletic Conference regular-season titles and one ECAC tournament championship.
“I am thrilled that the University of Denver, Chancellor Robert Coombe and Peg Bradley-Doppes have shown me their support and confidence by extending my contract,” Tierney said. “My short time at DU has been a fantastic experience thus far. Coaching great young men; working with my talented and loyal staff of Matt Brown, Trevor Tierney and Dylan Sheridan; being able to recruit many student-athletes who love our university; and sharing this experience with my family, colleagues, players’ families and friends has been nothing short of amazing.”
Since his arrival in 2009, Tierney has been named a two-time ECAC Coach of the Year and was honored as the 2009 U.S. Lacrosse Person of the Year. The program recently received its first United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s first-team All-American in senior Cameron Flint. Joining Flint are three second-team selections, two third-team selections and nine honorable mention selections under Tierney.
He has coached two players to national player of the week awards, 12 to All-ECAC first-team honors, 11 to All-ECAC second-team honors and four to All-ECAC rookie team selections. Under his guidance, Denver has had one ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, one ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, one ECAC Specialist of the Year and two ECAC rookies of the year.
“This extension allows us to continue on our path toward an NCAA championship after four NCAA Tournament appearances and two championship weekend appearances, but most of all it allows me to continue my career hoping to have an impact on the lives of young people as they compete, study and mature into successful and responsible adults,” Tierney added.
The Pioneers are coming off their second-best season under Tierney, as they finished with a 14-5 overall record and a 6-1 mark in league action. Denver also secured its second ECAC regular-season championship and made a remarkable run to the NCAA championship weekend, eventually falling to top-seeded Syracuse 9-8.
“I thank all those who have supported me and our program throughout the first four years and promise an even higher level of excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community,” Tierney said.
Tierney has not only stressed the highest of excellence on the field, but also in the classroom. Under his direction, the Pioneers have had five student-athletes earn USILA Scholar All-America honors and 33 earn ECAC Academic Team honors.