May 27, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College in Maryland has announced the contract extension of Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Bill Dirrigl. The former Loyola assistant and associate head coach has spent a total of 12 seasons at Evergreen, including the last three as head coach.
"We are very confident that Coach Dirrigl is the right man for Loyola lacrosse," says Loyola College President Fr. Harold Ridley, S.J. "After a second highly successful recruiting effort this year, the program is positioned to become very competitive under his leadership."
Dirrigl won his first seven games as head coach at Loyola, the best start a Greyhound head coach had ever experienced. In his three seasons at the helm, Loyola has an overall record of 20-18 and has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the national polls. The Greyhounds had winning seasons in 2002 and 2003 before stumbling with a very young squad this past season.
The returning freshmen class came to Evergreen as the top recruited midfield in the nation. In their first season of intercollegiate competition, they earned wins over Top-10 teams such as Towson and Notre Dame, but a brutal schedule took its toll and the Greyhounds finished 4-8 overall. Dirrigl will lose seniors Stephen Brundage, Bernie Cannon and Damian Hall, but expects his incoming freshman class to be one of the nation's best once again.
Dirrigl, an All-America at Syracuse, led the Orange to a national championship as team captain his senior season. He came to Loyola as an assistant in 1989 and stayed two seasons before becoming head coach at Franklin & Marshall, where he stayed the next three seasons before returning to Evergreen. In his second stint at Loyola, he was promoted to associate head coach in 1998 before becoming head coach at Rutgers in 2001. The Greyhounds named Dirrigl head lacrosse coach in 2002.
"Bill Dirrigl is the coach we want to lead us into the future," says Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan. "His integrity and belief in the values of Loyola College makes us extremely happy to announce this contract extension."
Terms of the contract extension were not disclosed.