In June of 2016, UMBC Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced the hiring of Ryan Moran as the Retrievers’ new head men’s lacrosse coach.
Moran becomes the Retrievers’ third head coach since UMBC joined the USILA in 1970-71. Dick Watts led UMBC from 1971-1993 and Don Zimmerman also just completed his 23rd season at the helm of the program.
“Ryan Moran is more than ready to take Retriever men’s lacrosse to new heights and once again have our program a contender on the regional and national scene,” Hall said. “He is intelligent, thoughtful, a fantastic recruiter, an extraordinary strategist and is completely committed to academic success and the welfare of his athletes. We are excited to welcome him to the UMBC family."
The new Retriever mentor just completed his second season as assistant coach at Loyola of Maryland, where he helped guide the Greyhounds to the 2016 national semifinals. The Long Island, N.Y. native spent the previous six seasons on the staff at the University of Maryland. Moran joined the Maryland staff in September 2008 as an assistant coach, before being promoted to the position of associate head coach during his final two years in College Park.
His work with the Greyhounds’ offense in 2016 culminated with Loyola’s second trip to NCAA Championship Weekend in the last five seasons. Over the last 10 games of the year, a stretch in which Loyola went 9-1, Moran’s offensive unit averaged 12.2 goals per game.
He tutored Second Team All-American Pat Spencer to the finest offensive season in Loyola’s NCAA Division I history (since 1982). The freshman tied the overall program record for points (89) while coming up second in assists with 52 – both figures ranking second in the country.
In his first season at Loyola, the Greyhounds averaged 11.2 goals per game.
At Maryland, Moran's offensive units averaged 10.92 goals per game over his six seasons while playing some of the toughest schedules in collegiate lacrosse. He also coached the Terrapins' faceoff unit that ranked in the nation's top seven for three of his years, including 2014 when Maryland won 64.6 percent of restarts, the third-best mark in Division I.
He helped Maryland reach the NCAA Championships in each of his six seasons in College Park, including three trips to Championship Weekend (2011, 2012 and 2013), the first two culminating in Championship Game bids. The Terrapins won 70 percent of their games while Moran was an assistant coach, going 70-30 from 2009-2014.
During his six years, he coached seven Maryland players that earned a combined 15 USILA All-America honors.
Prior to joining the coaching staff in College Park, Moran was an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy for current U.S. Men's Lacrosse National Team Coach Richie Meade from 2006-2008. He helped the Midshipmen to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two Patriot League titles (2006 and 2007).
He started his coaching career at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2005, leading NAPS to a 10-1 record that featured wins over the U.S. Military Academy's junior varsity team and the USMAPS squad.
UMBC has produced an excellent history in the sport of men’s lacrosse. Watts, who posted a career record of 176-149, led the Retrievers to the school’s lone national title, coming away with the 1980 NCAA Division II championship against a predominantly Division I schedule. That team featured sophomore defenseman George McGeeney, who earned the 1982 William C. Schmeisser Outstanding Defenseman Award (Division I) and six other First Team All-Americans.
Zimmerman piloted UMBC to six NCAA Division I Championship berths (1998-99, 2006-09), highlighted by a quarterfinal appearance in 2007. A member of both the Johns Hopkins University and USILA (Great Baltimore Chapter) Hall of Fames, Zimmerman’s career mark at UMBC was 164-156. Lightly-recruited attackmen Brendan Mundorf and Drew Westervelt thrived at UMBC and went on to star professionally and internationally as members of Team USA.
Moran comes from a lineage of top lacrosse coaches, as his father, Jack, has been the coach at Long Island power Chaminade High School for more than 30 years, winning his 500th career game in May 2014. Ryan's great uncle, Richie, is a U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame member and led Cornell University to three national titles.
As a collegiate player at Maryland, the new Retriever mentor was a standout on the Terrapins' midfield units. In two seasons, 2002 and 2003, as an offensive middie, Moran scored a combined 39 goals and added 11 assists for the Dave Cottle-coached teams.
Moran was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and member of the ACC All-Tournament Team as a senior in 2003, helping the Terrapins to a 12-4 record and appearance in the national semifinals. He finished the season with 24 goals, second-most on the team, and 31 points, tied for third on the squad, earning USILA All-America Third Team honors.
He was a third-round pick, 18th overall, of the Baltimore Bayhawks in the 2003 Major League Lacrosse College Draft. Moran played in eight games as a rookie and was traded to the Philadelphia Barrage at the end of the 2003 season. He then helped the Barrage win the 2004 MLL Championship before being traded to the Long Island Lizards for the 2005 campaign, in which he scored 10 goals and added six assists.
As a high school player, Moran was an All-American lacrosse player for Chaminade, and he also was an all-league defensive back for the Flyers' as a junior and senior.
Moran and his wife, Danielle, a two-time All-American herself at the University of Notre Dame, have three daughters, Madelynn, Kelly and Lucia.
They’re Saying It… (quotes about new UMBC Head Coach Ryan Moran)
“Ryan is one of the highest character players I have ever coached. He is an outstanding judge of talent and he puts together a great game plan each and every week. Being from Long Island, he has recruited the New York region and now being in this area for so long he knows the Maryland area. He is a champion of fundamentals but extremely creative in his offensive concepts. I always felt that Ryan understood defense after his time at Navy and he could have been a defensive coordinator anywhere.”
I have been associated with some great former UMBC players, coached by the great Don Zimmerman and I would tell them, you are getting a great coach and person.” (Dave Cottle, General Manager, Chesapeake Bayhawks)
“We appreciate all that Ryan has done for the Loyola program during this time here. He was an excellent assistant coach, and I have little doubt that he will be a terrific head coach, as well. We wish Ryan and his family the very best and look forward to watching him make the next step in his career.” (Charley Toomey, Head Coach, Loyola Maryland)