S. Tierney to coach Hofstra

College lacrosse

August 05, 2006|By GARY LAMBRECHT | GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER

Seth Tierney, who spent the past six seasons as the offensive coordinator with the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team and also played for the Blue Jays, will be introduced on Tuesday as the head coach at Hofstra.

Tierney, 37, agreed to a five-year deal, becomes a head coach for the first time, and will enjoy a homecoming of sorts.

A Long Island native of Levittown, N.Y., Tierney was offensive coordinator at Hofstra under John Danowski for six years before joining head coach Dave Pietramala at Hopkins in 2000. Tierney graduated from Hopkins in 1991. He replaces Danowski, who left last month after 21 seasons to coach at Duke.

"It's been an emotional roller coaster, an unbelievable feeling and a sense of relief," said Tierney, who turned down an offer to take over at Stony Brook two years ago and has declined to pursue past head coaching openings at Hobart, Dartmouth and St. John's.

Tierney helped the Blue Jays reach four straight NCAA tournament final fours, a run that Hopkins topped off with a national title in 2005, the same year Tierney was promoted to associate head coach. He takes over a Hofstra program that produced its best season ever. The Pride finished 17-2, achieved a No. 2 ranking and lost to Massachusetts in overtime in the tournament quarterfinals.

"It's tough when someone you've worked with so well for six years leaves. But this was just a matter of time," Pietramala said.

Bobby Benson, a former Hopkins attackman who graduated in 2003, is believed to be a candidate to replace Tierney. Benson, the 1999 Sun boys lacrosse Player of the Year, is a McDonogh alum.

gary.lambrecht @baltsun.com

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