CATONSVILLE, Md. - Ryan Moran, Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse’s assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the last two seasons, has accepted the head coaching position at crosstown UMBC, the Catonsville school announced Monday.
“We appreciate all that Ryan has done for the Loyola program during this time here. He was an excellent assistant coach, and I have little doubt that he will be a terrific head coach, as well,” said Charley Toomey, Loyola’s head coach. “We wish Ryan and his family the very best and look forward to watching him make the next step in his career.”
His work with the Greyhounds’ offense in 2016 culminated with Loyola second trip to NCAA Championship Weekend in the last five seasons. Over the last 10 games of the year, a stretch in which Loyola went 9-1, Moran’s offensive unit averaged 12.2 goals per game.
He tutored Second Team All-American Pat Spencer to the finest offensive season in Loyola’s NCAA Division I history (since 1982). Spencer tied the overall program record for points (89) while coming up second in assists with 52. Spencer was one of two Loyola’s offensive players (midfielder Brian Sherlock) who earned All-America honors.
During the 2016 season, the Greyhounds played two balanced midfield lines that saw the younger second group significantly increase its productivity and playing time as the year went on. The group of Sherlock, Romar Dennis and Tyler Albrecht combined for 57 goals and 20 assists, while the line featuring Jay Drapeau, Jeff Chase and John Duffy 21 and eight.
In his first season at Loyola, the Greyhounds averaged 11.2 goals per game, led by Zach Herreweyers’ 47 and Sherlock’s 29.
Prior to joining the staff at Loyola, Moran was an assistant coach at the University of Maryland for six seasons where he helped the Terrapins reach the NCAA Championships each year. Maryland won 70 percent of their games while Moran was an assistant there (70-30), went to three NCAA Championships Weekends and a pair of national title games.
Loyola will begin a national search for Moran’s successor.