MIKE PRESSLER NAMED MEN'S LACROSSE COACH AT BRYANT UNIVERSITY
SMITHFIELD, RI - The Bryant University Department of Athletics and Recreation announce the hiring of Mike Pressler as its new men's lacrosse coach.
Pressler was previously the head men's lacrosse coach at Duke University for the past 16 seasons, compiling a 153-82 record with three Atlantic Coast Conference championships, 10 NCAA tournament berths and an appearance in the 2005 Division I men's lacrosse championship game.
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"This is a great day for the Bulldog family. Mike Pressler is recognized nationally as an outstanding men's lacrosse head coach," said Director of Athletics Bill Smith. "We have a great deal of respect for his commitment to the students and his emphasis on students excelling in the classroom and on the field. Bryant's student-athletes will benefit playing for a coach of Pressler's caliber, and he will work tirelessly to elevate the program to the next level. His experience will be an important addition to our athletic program in the years to come."
"I am very grateful to Bryant University, for this tremendous opportunity, " said the Bulldogs' new skipper Mike Pressler. "President Machtley and Athletic Director, Bill Smith have an exciting vision for the future of Bryant Athletics. It is an honor to join their team, as the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach."
A three-time A.C.C. Coach of the Year and 2005 U.S.I.L.A. National Coach of the Year, Pressler's overall head coaching record stands at 229-102 in 22 seasons. During his tenure at Duke University, the men's lacrosse program posted a 100 percent graduation rate.
"The Presslers are our dear friends," said Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski in a statement on http://www.goduke.com/ on June 20. "He is a good man. His players, former players and families swear by him."
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A 1982 graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, Pressler was a four-year starter for both the football and lacrosse teams. A member of the school's Hall of Fame, Pressler served as team captain for both sports as a senior. In lacrosse, Pressler started each of his first years on attach, scoring 59 points on 22 goals and 37 assists.
Following graduation, Pressler served as an assistant lacrosse coach at Army and was the head coach at VMI and Ohio Wesleyan before his first year at Duke in 1991.
Charlie Blanchard, a Rhode Island West Bay resident who played under Pressler for three years and coached alongside him at Ohio Wesleyan for two years gave his insight into what makes Pressler so special . "Coach gets the best out of each of his players. His attention to detail and his ability to get his players to focus on the little things means big results in close games." After playing for Pressler for two seasons, Blanchard was named DIII midfielder of the Year in 1987 and ultimately to the OWU Hall of Fame in 1995. Blanchard added, "He elevated my game and as a team we went back-to-back-to back national championship games (1987-89) and were ranked the #1 team in the nation, in my opinion, he is simply one of the top lacrosse coaches in the country."
Bryant University, located in Smithfield, R.I., is a Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference. Following its inaugural season in 2000, Bryant's men's lacrosse program has an overall winning percentage of .652 (75-40) over the past seven seasons. In the Northeast-10 Conference, where Bryant has reached the conference championship game twice in the last three seasons (2005, 2004), the Bulldogs own a conference mark of 46-16 (.752).