Richie Moran (lacrosse)

Richard M. "Richie" Moran (born c. 1937) is a Hall of Fame lacrosse player and coach

Richie Moran
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall257-121, 29 Years, .680 Winning Pct.
Accomplishments and honors

Playing career

His playing career began as an All-County midfielder at Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, New York from 1951–1955 and helped his team to four consecutive undefeated seasons before heading to the University of Maryland where he was a key performer on the 1959 Terrapins National Championship team.

Head Coaching Career

Moran's head coaching career began in 1961 at Manhasset High School, where he compiled a 67-5 record over five seasons, winning the Long Island Championship from 1962 to 1964. In 1966, Moran became the first lacrosse coach at Elmont Memorial High School and promptly posted a 29-3 record and won two league championships in two seasons. He was also the head coach of the Long Island Athletic Club from 1966–1968, leading the team to a 31-4 record and capturing the 1968 club championship, the first-ever United States Club Lacrosse Association (USCLA) club title won by a northern team. In 1969, he succeeded the legendary Ned Harkness as the head men's lacrosse coach at Cornell University and went on to lead the Big Red for 29 seasons, winning three national championships (1971, 1976, 1977). His teams won 15 Ivy League championships, including ten straight from 1974 to 1983, and turned in three national runner-up performances, losing in the title game in 1978, 1987 and 1988. Moran also set an NCAA record as he guided his teams to 42 consecutive victories from 1976–78 and an Ivy League record 39 straight conference wins from 1973-1979.

During his tenure with the Big Red, Moran was named the USILA Coach of the Year three times (1971, 1977, 1987) the USILA Man of the Year (1975), and served as the head coach of Team USA in the 1978 World Lacrosse Championship. He currently serves as the President of the Irish Lacrosse Foundation and recently coached Team Ireland in the World Lacrosse Championships in 2010 in Manchester, England, finishing 9th, in 2006 in London, Ontario, where the team took a seventh-place finish, in Perth, Australia in 2002, where the team went undefeated (5-0) en route to winning the Green Division title. Richie has also been involved in two European Lacrosse Championships with Team Ireland and is now preparing the team for the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, CO.

Post Coaching Career

Moran has been inducted into the Manhasset, Long Island and Upstate New York Lacrosse Halls of Fame, as well as the Cornell University Athletic Hall of Fame and most recently, the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. His 1976 and 1977 Cornell teams featuring players Mike French and Eamon McEneaney are frequently cited as among the top college lacrosse teams in NCAA history. Moran is also considered a lacrosse innovator by introducing the game to a greater pool of talented lacrosse players, specifically by recruiting box lacrosse players from Canada as well as high school talent from upstate New York. In 2012, Richie Moran received the "Spirit of Tewaaraton" award which is presented to an individual involved in the sport of lacrosse, who nobly reflects the finest virtues exemplified in the game, and who, over the course of his life, has made a significant contribution to society and to the lives of others. [1]

In May 2016, Moran was inducted into the inaugural class of the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) Hall of Fame. [2]

In 2017, Richie Moran published his autobiography "It's Great to Be Here", detailing his birth during the Great Depression, his family's great sacrifice during World War II, his years as an elite player and years as a revered and successful coach. [3]

Head coaching record

1970110No tournament, ranked Fifth in the nation
1971131Won NCAA Division I Championship
1974122Lost in semifinal of NCAA Division I tournament
1975152Lost in semifinal of NCAA Division I tournament
1976160Won NCAA Division I Championship
1977130Won NCAA Division I Championship
1978131Lost in Championship game of NCAA Division I tournament
1979103Lost in first round of NCAA Division I tournament
198085Lost in first round of NCAA Division I tournament
1982112Lost in Semifinals of NCAA Division I tournament
198384Lost in first round of NCAA Division I tournament
1987131Lost in Championship game of NCAA Division I tournament
198896Lost in Championship game of NCAA Division I tournament
198994Lost in first round of NCAA Division I tournament
199586Lost in first round of 2001 NCAA Division I Tournament
Overall Record: 29 Years 257-121 .680

See also


  1. Spirit of Tewaaraton
  2. 2016 Inaugural IMLCA Hall of Fame class
  3. It's Great to Be Here
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