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Bill Dirrigl is now in his fourth season as Loyola College's head lacrosse coach. Dirrigl, who has been with the program for a better part of the last 15 years, was instrumental in much of Loyola's lacrosse accomplishments in the late 1980's and early 1990's, and is determined to once again build the Greyhounds into a national contender. With a solid young nucleus to build upon and plenty of talent to work with, Dirrigl hopes to craft a winner out of Loyola in its first season of Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC) competition.
In his first three seasons as head coach, the Greyhounds have not shied away from top-notch competition. Playing one of the nation's strongest schedules year-in, year-out, Dirrigl's `Hounds have amassed a 20-18 overall record. In his first season at Loyola, Dirrigl exploded onto the scene with the best start to a season any first-year Loyola head coach had ever seen. He led his squad to a 7-0 start and a No. 3 national ranking by midseason. Loyola finished the year with an astounding 9-4 overall record and a No. 11 national ranking.
In 2003, Dirrigl's Greyhounds finished 7-6, again starting strong by winning five of their first six games. The season, although it had its ups and downs, was highlighted by hard-fought victories on the road at Notre Dame and at home against Hofstra.
Last season, facing nine top-ranked teams, the `Hounds opened the year with a win over No. 10 Towson. Loyola, with Inside Lacrosse Magazine's top rated freshmen midfield, was very young across the field. Still, the Greyhounds battled hard all year and would drop a few heartbreakers en route to a 4-8 season.
Dirrigl came to Loyola in 2002, replacing his mentor and 19-year Greyhound head coach Dave Cottle. He became the 11th head coach in the program's existence and its second in the team's NCAA Division I history. Dirrigl, however, was very familiar with the Evergreen Campus, coming back for the third time as a coach.
He served two previous stints as an assistant coach for the Greyhounds, working from 1988-1990 and again from 1994-1997. Dirrigl was promoted to associate head coach in 1998 and held that title until his departure after the 2000 season. When he returned to Evergreen as head coach in 2002, Dirrigl felt right at home.
"Loyola and its men's lacrosse program are my home," said Dirrigl. "I am committed to continuing the outstanding tradition of Greyhound lacrosse and am excited to be coaching at a place that means so much to me."
During his time spent with the Greyhounds in the late nineties, his team advanced to seven NCAA tournaments, earning the No. 1 seed in both 1998 and 1999 and earning a No. 1 national ranking in each of those two seasons. Dirrigl's assistance in pushing Loyola to a 75-22 record over seven seasons and an appearance in the national semifinals in 1998 has granted him the experience and drive to bring Loyola back to the top.
Dirrigl, a 1988 graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, first served as an assistant coach at Loyola for the 1989 and 1990 seasons. During that stay, he helped push the Greyhounds to a 21-4 record and an undefeated season in 1989. With many of Dirrigl's recruits playing key roles for the team, Loyola then made an appearance in the national championship game against his alma mater in 1990.
In 1990, Dirrigl was named the head men's lacrosse coach at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pa. He coached the Diplomats for three highly successful seasons (1991-93), leading Franklin & Marshall to a 9-4 record and an NCAA Division III No. 13 national ranking in 1992. Dirrigl's teams were 20-21 overall in three seasons at the helm. He returned to Loyola as an assistant coach for the 1994 season.
After four more seasons as an assistant under Cottle, he was promoted to associate head coach of the Greyhounds. Dirrigl remained associate head coach for three seasons before taking the head coaching position at Rutgers University in 2001. While there, he led the Scarlet Knights to a 5-8 record and brought in recruits that have revitalized the program.
A four-year lacrosse letterwinner and renowned face-off specialist himself, Dirrigl was a big-time player at Syracuse. He led the Orangemen to four Final Fours and a national championship. As team captain his senior season, Dirrigl earned All-America honors and helped lead the powerful Orangemen to an undefeated season. Syracuse won the national title that year, their first in a run of three straight championships.
Dirrigl moved on and played professional lacrosse with the Baltimore Thunder and Philadelphia Wings of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League during the early 1990's.
He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters - Hailey who will turn six in June and Carlie, who was born last August. The Dirrigl family currently resides in Baltimore, Md.