August 19, 2008


Bryant men's lacrosse coach Mike Pressler led the Bulldogs to back-to-back Northeast-10 Conference Championships.

SMITHFIELD, R.I. -  Bryant University Director of Athletics is pleased to announce a new, four-year contract extension for head men's lacrosse coach Mike Pressler.  The announcement was made today by Smith and Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley.  Pressler, who just completed his second year at Bryant, has three years remaining on the five-year contract signed at the time of his hiring in August, 2006.  The new extension will keep Pressler at Bryant through 2015. 

 "Coach Pressler has done an exceptional job with our men's lacrosse program in his two seasons at Bryant.  Under Mike's leadership our lacrosse program achieved unprecedented success both in the classroom and on the field. We won two consecutive NE-10 Championships and excelled in the classroom as demonstrated by the highest ever team GPA.  Because of these factors and many others, I am pleased to announce this contract extension which will keep Mike Pressler a member of our Bulldog family well into the future. I would not want any other coach to lead our men's lacrosse program into Division I."

On the heels of winning the program's first Northeast-10 Conference championships in 2007, the Bulldogs posted a school-record 14 wins in 2008, capturing another Northeast-10 Conference title with 5-4 win at Le Moyne in May.  The Bulldogs were rewarded with their first NCAA playoff berth.  In two seasons, Pressler is 25-8 overall at Bryant.  

"Coach Pressler is not only a highly successful coach, but an accomplished and respected educator," added President Machtley. 

"The high standards that he demands from his team will not only translate into success on the field, but in the classroom and in life.  We look forward to many more years of Coach Pressler guiding the Bryant men's lacrosse program."

Bryant University will begin its first year competing in Division I in 2008-09.  The Bulldogs will not be eligible for postseason play for two years during the school's reclassification.  Upon completion of the transition, Bryant will become a full member of the Northeast Conference in all sports, including men's lacrosse which was recently added as a championship sport by the NEC earlier this year.

Bryant will open the season February 15, 2009 at Virginia. Bryant's complete 2009 schedule is expected to be released in the next couple of weeks.