Bill Tierney was just named Lacrosse Magazine’s Person of the Year and while Bill (that’s MR. TIERNEY TO YOU!) is a mastermind of lacrosse, recruiting and getting the most out of his players, he still only comes in a distant second when you talk about the best coaches currently out there.
Why do I say this? Why do I make such a ridiculous statement, you ask? Well, the answer is very simple: Because the BEST is ridiculous to a whole new level and no one else really comes close.
I’m talking about Kelly Amonte-Hiller (yes, her brother is Tony Amonte of NHL fame) and the job that she has done at Northwestern University. You can read the full article here, but to get you going I thought I’d just showcase some stats that will back up my position like Bledsoe backed up Brady way back in 2001.
National Titles as a player at UMd: 2
National Titles as HC at Northwestern: 5
Consecutive NCs at Northwestern: 5 (2005,6,7,8,9)
Seasons as Nortwestern Head Coach: 8
Number of players that have graduated from Northwestern with ZERO championships under Amonte-Hiller: 1
(my good friend from Weston HS, Angela McMahon, who transferred to NW from UMass after her first season. Angela is now the Head Coach of the Division 1 UConn Women’s Program.)
Career Win-Loss Record: 134-24
Career NCAA Tourney Record: 21-1 (are you kidding me?!?!?!)
Needless to say, the next time someone is talking about the best college coach in the game you can bring up Kelly Amonte-Hiller and trump them all. They won’t even know what hit them if you can dish out these stats. Womens’ Lax, Mens’ Lax… it doesn’t really matter because numbers like that are just straight up amazing.
And if her records and brother aren’t enough, you can also add in that her husband, Scott, was the Head Coach of the Boston Cannons and is now the GM for the Washington Bayhawks.
About the Author: After helping to start the program at Weston HS in Massachusetts, Connor Wilson went on to play at Wesleyan University for a 4-year career playing defense. Post-college, Wilson stayed on and coached at Wesleyan for 2 years. He also played in Australia and the American Lacrosse League for teams in CT and MA. Currently Wilson plays for the Southampton Lacrosse Club in NYC and enjoys dyeing lacrosse sticks, eating breakfast sandwiches and having a really pretentious bio on LAS