July 28, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl has named Matt Dwan assistant men's lacrosse coach. Dwan, who served as a volunteer assistant on Dirrigl's staff last season, replaces Brian Brecht, who was named head lacrosse coach at Siena College earlier this summer.
"Working with Loyola as a volunteer last season gave me an opportunity to get to know the players a little better," says Dwan. " I'm really looking forward to developing the young guys and helping Loyola get back to the postseason."
Dwan, a 1995 graduate of Loyola College, was drafted by the Baltimore Bayhawks (Major League Lacrosse) in the 2001 supplemental draft. He came off the bench his first season and appeared in 13 games in 2002. The following year, he started 10 of the Bayhawks' 11 regular season games and started both postseason contests. He helped Baltimore reach the 2003 MLL Championship Game against Long Island by anchoring a defense that allowed 159 goals the entire season.
At Loyola, Dwan was a three-time All-America, earning first-team honors as a senior in 1995 at midfield. He was a second-team All-America in 1994 and was named to the honorable mention squad as a sophomore. As a co-captain and team co-MVP his final two years at Loyola, he helped the Greyhounds reach the NCAA tournament each of his four seasons.
"We're very fortunate to have Matt [Dwan] join our coaching staff," says Dirrigl. "He's one of Loyola's best all-time players, he knows the game, understands the student-athletes, and on top of that, he's a great person."
Dwan, a member of Loyola's Athletic Hall of Fame, suited up for the Green Turtle Lacrosse Club in the United States Club Lacrosse Association (USCLA) after graduating from Evergreen. While there, he earned All-Club recognition on four separate occasions. His brother Bill Dwan, an assistant lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins, was a three-time All-American defenseman at JHU.
"I'm really excited to be at Loyola," says Dwan. "I've played for both Coach Dirrigl and Coach [Loyola assistant Charlie] Toomey and I consider them good friends. This should be a great year."