Chris Ryan '98
Chris Ryan ’98, the head coach of the Mercyhurst College men’s lacrosse team since
2001, helped the Lakers capture their first NCAA National Championship in program
history by defeating Adelphi 9-8 in Baltimore, Maryland on May 29, 2011.
Ryan holds a 123-31 career record, ranking him in the top five among active coaches
in winning percentage. His teams have produced Mercyhurst’s first All-American selections,
first Academic All-American selections and first ECAC All-Star selections. Ryan’s
Lakers have made four national semifinal appearances, including a berth in the 2007
NCAA Division II National Championship Game. The program has had 31 All-Americans,
seven Academic All-Americans and numerous other distinctions during Ryan’s tenure.
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The Rochester, New York native played two years at Monroe Community College, where
he was a two-time Academic All-America, team captain and was selected to play in
the Junior College North-South game.
After two years at MCC, Ryan moved to Randolph-Macon where he was a two-time Second
Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference defenseman and team captain during his
Before assuming the head coaching duties after the 2000 season, Ryan served as Mercyhurst’s
assistant coach, working primarily with the defense and serving as the recruiting