June 14, 2011

Tierney Reorganizes Denver Staff; Trevor Now a Volunteer, Brown Promoted to Associate Head Coach

from press release

DENVER – University of Denver men's lacrosse assistant coach Matt Brown has been promoted to associate head coach, while volunteer assistant coach Dylan Sheridan has been named the second assistant, head coach Bill Tierney announced today. Assistant coach Trevor Tierney will step down as a full-time coach to become the Pioneers' volunteer assistant.

"Since June 11, 2009, the day I accepted this position at DU, Matt Brown has been at my side," said Bill Tierney. "Without him I would have been lost. He is loyal, trustworthy and tireless in his efforts for our program. With Trevor's decision to step into our volunteer coach position, it took exactly one second to name his replacement, Matt Brown. He played at DU, he knows and loves the place, and there is absolutely no better man to fill the role as my first assistant."

The Pioneers finished with their best season in program history. With their 15-3 overall mark, the Pioneers posted the most wins in program history to go along with an 83.3 winning percentage. Denver remained undefeated in conference play with a 6-0 mark, tallying a 13-0 mark since joining the Eastern College Athletic Conference last season.

Under the direction of Brown, the Pioneers' offense finished fourth in the nation in scoring offense averaging 12.44 goals per game. Denver also finished fourth in scoring margin (3.78), fifth in points per game (19.28), sixth in man-up offense (.421) and ninth in shot percentage (.323).

"I would like to thank Coach Tierney for promoting me to associate head coach," Brown said. "I can't tell you how much I have learned in the past two years from working with Coach T. His presence, discipline and ability to develop the best skill and character of our players are undeniable. My goal is to one day be a great head coach and there's nothing like learning from the best. I also look forward to continuing to develop our program with Dylan and Trevor. We made huge steps this season and now need to grow from those steps by challenging ourselves academically, athletically and in the community."

A four-year letter winner for the DU men's lacrosse team (2002-05), Brown joined the Pioneers' coaching staff for the 2006 season as the volunteer assistant coach and has worked his way to become the Pioneers' offensive coordinator.

Sheridan served as the volunteer assistant coach for the Pioneers during the 2011 season, after serving as an assistant coach at Lebanon Valley College (DIII) under John Haus. In his first season with the Pioneers, Sheridan was responsible for working with the face-off group, helping them to a No. 15 ranking in the nation in face-off winning percentage (.563).

"We are equally as excited that Dylan Sheridan will assume Brownie's position as second assistant," Bill Tierney said. "Dylan was instrumental in our success, especially by enthusiastically assuming the challenge of helping improve our face-off game. He and Chase Carraro achieved amazing success together, which helped lead us to many victories."

Trevor Tierney joined the Pioneer coaching staff in August 2009 after a successful collegiate and professional playing career. He is the only goalie in the history of the game to have won an NCAA Championship, an International Lacrosse Federation World Championship and a Major League Lacrosse Championship. During his time at DU, Trevor has served as the goalkeeper coach and the defensive coordinator.

"I have truly enjoyed my past two years at the University of Denver as a full-time assistant for the men's lacrosse team," Trevor Tierney said. "I want to thank our Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes, as well as Ron Grahame, Dan Van Ackeren and Pam Wettig for the opportunity they have given me and the support they have given us as a team. I have decided for personal reasons, that I will be stepping down from my full-time position to become the volunteer assistant of the team. I have simply decided that being a full-time coach is not something that I want to do as a career. The aspect of coaching that I love the most, which is actually getting to work with the players during practices and games, will be something that I can continue to do as a volunteer, while still getting to pursue other interests that I have in life."

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS FROM BILL TIERNEY
On associate head coach Matt Brown:
"Matt is an amazing coach, who led our young offensive unit to great heights this year. His simple philosophies of playing physical, aggressive lacrosse resonated with our players. They don't just love how we play, but love who they play for as well. With almost every offensive player back and the addition of some very talented freshmen, 2012 should allow Matt to further showcase his talent as a coach."

"Finally, I am just getting started here, and have no plans to leave in the near future, but when that day does arrive, I hope Matt Brown will become the next head lacrosse coach. Therefore, besides being moved up to the first assistant job, we are naming Matt Brown, Associate Head Lacrosse Coach at the University of Denver. I hope he remains here, continuing the legacy of our program, for a very long time. It is an honor and it gives me great comfort to have Matt as my right-hand man. I would like to thank Chancellor Robert Coombe and Vice Chancellor Peg Bradley-Doppes for showing confidence in me and my staff over the last two years and for giving us the support to be one of the best programs in the country."

On volunteer assistant coach Trevor Tierney:
"When Trevor agreed to be my first assistant upon my arrival at DU, we had no agenda other than to do what we had always done together; give it our best, try to be as successful as possible, and enjoy the ride.
We accomplished all three."

"In two short years, Trevor has taught me so many things about coaching, dealing with players and how to think outside the box. Mostly, I have learned more about myself from my son, than I could have ever dreamed."

"Best of all we will still move forward together, along with Matt Brown and Dylan Sheridan, toward our ultimate goal of a National Championship. Trevor will continue to be at my side as we strive to do our best for the academic, athletic and social betterment of the fantastic young men who play for us at the University of Denver."

"With the resounding success of the 2011 Denver Pioneer men's lacrosse team, we wanted nothing to happen to change the chemistry of our coaching staff. As Trevor's decision to move to the volunteer job came to light, there was obviously going to be some movement. We are thrilled that Trevor will be able to pursue some of his other interests, yet stay on staff. We are also very happy about Matt Brown moving onto the first assistant role."

On assistant coach Dylan Sheridan:
"Dylan now gets to fulfill his passion of being a prime recruiter on our staff. This will round out his coaching resume' and help him move closer to his ultimate goal of being a great head coach. I have no doubt he will achieve this in a very short time."

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS FROM MATT BROWN
"We had great dynamics on the field this year with Coach T, Trevor, Dylan and myself. Trevor was the leader of our defense and had our guys playing the best defense we have ever played here at DU. Dylan did an unbelievable job with Chase Carraro and our face-off unit along with running our box, which is probably the most difficult task on game days. Coach T is the ultimate commander-in-chief and I am so glad that we are staying together as a coaching unit and working toward our ultimate goal of winning a National Championship."

"The University of Denver is a place that I call home. We are so fortunate to have the support of everyone here at the University, from our Vice Chancellor Peg Bradley-Doppes and administrators, coaches and support staff to our students, academic advisors and professors. DU is truly ONE because of the support and relationships made here. That's why I take such great pride in this school."

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS FROM DYLAN SHERIDAN
"I had the unique opportunity work alongside Trevor this season, coaching the scout team offense every week, doing my best to help him prepare our starting defense for the next opponent. His attention to detail, passion, and work ethic, day in and day out, taught me that even the most gifted individuals must remain diligent to achieve their goals. He's been a great role model. I'm excited that he plans to continue to remain involved with program, and I wish him the best as he pursues his other interests."

"Working at The University of Denver, an institution filled with so many dedicated and supportive people in one of the greatest cities in America is a dream come true. Coach Tierney and Coach Brown are two of the finest involved in our sport and will no doubt continually push me to improve. I'm excited to learn more from them and relish the opportunity to continue working with the best student-athletes in the country."

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS FROM TREVOR TIERNEY
"As I told all the players after our very successful season this year, my role for them will not change too much and they will not notice a significant difference. Furthermore, when I agreed to become a full-time assistant coach for my father, Coach Tierney, my goals were simple. I wanted to help the University of Denver get to a Final Four and become one of the nation's best programs and I wanted to see if coaching felt right to me as a life-long career. I feel that I have accomplished both these goals and can make this decision to step down with the confidence that this is right for me."

"I look forward to continuing to work with the goalies and defense for the University of Denver men's lacrosse team for years to come as we continue heading towards our goal of becoming National Champions. I am also very excited that Matt Brown will be stepping up as associate head coach as he is one of the most passionate and creative young coaches in the game. Between coach Tierney and coach Brown, the DU men's lacrosse team will be in great hands for a long time."


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