William G. Tierney (born September 26, 1952) is an American lacrosse coach who currently heads the men's lacrosse team at the University of Denver. He is a devout Catholic. Tierney is the first college lacrosse coach to win an NCAA DI Championship west of the Eastern Time Zone. He has coached seven NCAA DI championship teams, including six at Princeton University and one at the University of Denver. Tierney's teams have had a combined winning percentage of .750.
|Born||September 26, 1952|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1985–1987||Johns Hopkins (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Tierney played collegiate lacrosse at Cortland State where he was also a member of Delta Kappa Beta fraternity. In 1973, he played on the USILA national championship team. In 1972, Tierney was a member of a seminal Cortland NCAA Semifinal team that upset Navy. Following college, Tierney pursued a master's degree at Adelphi University, and coached high school lacrosse at Great Neck South High School, then Levittown Memorial High School.
In 1982, Tierney's took his first collegiate coaching position with the Rochester Institute of Technology. He took the team to its first NCAA tournaments in both 1983 and 1984. In 1983, he earned the Division III Coach of the Year. Following this success, Tierney joined the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays as an assistant lacrosse coach (winning two national championships), and also served as head coach of the soccer team from 1985 to 1987.
In 1988, Tierney accepted the position as head coach of the Princeton Tigers. He acquired a program that was underdeveloped, and quickly turned it around. Tierney's Tigers won six NCAA championships (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2001) in nine years, and have appeared in eight NCAA championship games, nine NCAA Final Fours and 11 Ivy League championships. In 1992, Tierney was awarded USILA Coach of the Year honors.
Internationally, Tierney coached Team USA to a Gold Medal with a 15-14 OT win over Canada in the 1998 World Lacrosse Championships
In 2002, Tierney was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame with the distinction of being "a truly great coach."
In 1998 and 2001, Tierney and his sons Trevor (a goaltender) and Brendan (midfield/attack), became the first father-sons combination to win a NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship together. His daughter Brianne Tierney, a former player at Loyola of Maryland and Colgate, is currently the women's head coach at Kent State, which will begin varsity play in the 2019 season; her husband Dylan Sheridan is the current men's head coach at Cleveland State.
On May 25, 2015 Coach Tierney led Denver to the team's first National Championship. They beat Maryland by a score of 10-5. Denver was the 10th different school to raise the trophy and the first team west of the Appalachian Mountains.
Head coaching record
- University of Denver
|2016||13||3||.813||Lost in 1st round of NCAA Division I tournament|
|2015||17||2||.895||Won NCAA Division I Championship|
|2014||16||3||.842||Lost in semifinal of NCAA Division I tournament|
|2013||14||5||.737||Lost in semifinal of NCAA Division I tournament|
|2012||9||7||.562||Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division I tournament|
|2011||15||3||.833||Lost in semifinal of NCAA Division I tournament|
|2010||12||5||.706||Lost in 1st round of NCAA Division I tournament|
- Princeton University
|2009||13||3||.812||Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division I tournament|
|2007||10||4||.714||Lost in 1st round of NCAA Division I tournament|
|2006||11||5||.688||Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division I tournament|
|2004||11||4||.733||Lost in semifinals of NCAA Division I tournament|
|2003||11||4||.733||Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division I tournament|
|2002||10||5||.667||Lost in finals of NCAA Division I tournament|
|2001||14||1||.933||Won NCAA Division I Championship|
|2000||12||3||.800||Lost in finals of NCAA Division I tournament|
|1999||9||4||.692||Lost in 1st round of NCAA Division III tournament|
|1998||14||1||.933||Won NCAA Division I Championship|
|1997||15||0||1.000||Won NCAA Division I Championship|
|1996||14||1||.933||Won NCAA Division I Championship|
|1995||11||4||.733||Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division III tournament|
|1994||14||1||.933||Won NCAA Division I Championship|
|1993||13||.832||Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division I tournament|
|1992||13||2||.867||Won NCAA Division I Championship|
|1991||11||3||.786||Lost in 1st round of NCAA Division I tournament|
|1990||11||4||.688||Lost in quarterfinals of NCAA Division I tournament|
- Rochester Institute
|1984||11||3||.786||Lost in Semifinals of NCAA Division III tournament|
|1983||11||3||.786||Lost in 1st round of NCAA Division III tournament|
- "Pioneers win 1st men's lacrosse title". ESPN.com. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- "Bill Tierney's National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Bio". USLacrosse.org. Archived from the original on 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- "Bill Tierney's Princeton Tiger Bio". Princeton.edu. Archived from the original on September 20, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- "Denver Athletics: Bill Tierney Named Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Denver". University of Denver. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- "US LAcrosse Division I Awards". USLacrosse.org. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
- "Brianne Tierney". Kent State Golden Flashes. Retrieved November 4, 2017.