|College:||Washington & Lee '82|
|At Bryant Since:||August 5, 2006|
In just six short years, Pressler has taken what was once a solid Divison II program and turned it into a true Division I competitor. He has molded Bulldog men's lacrosse into a winning program at the highest level, and his team was rewarded for its hard work in 2012, taking home Division I hardware for the first time in the form of a Northeast Conference Tournament Championship.
The conference title came in just the program's fourth year with a full Division I slate and in just the second-ever postseason tournament sponsored by the NEC. At season's end, Pressler's 2012 roster boasted a USILA All-American, the #3 rookie in the country according to Inside Lacrosse, the NEC Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year, and 10 all-conference selections -- the most in program history.
Bryant finished in the 2012 campaign 14-4 overall with an impressive 7-0 mark at home and garnered the program's first-ever Division I national ranking. The Bulldogs finished the season ranked No. 19 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
In his first two seasons as the head coach of the Bryant University men's lacrosse program, Pressler transformed Bulldog lacrosse into a dominant Division II team, guiding the Bulldogs to a pair of Northeast-10 Conference titles and the program's first NCAA playoff berth.
In his third season at the program's helm, Pressler elevated the Bulldogs' game once again, turning his dominant Division II program into a feared Division I squad, capable of contending with the best teams in the nation.
The Pressler-led Bulldogs found a degree of success that shocked the Division I lacrosse world in 2009, as Bryant faced off against such national powerhouse programs as Maryland, Virginia, Brown, Army, Penn and Loyola (Md.), earning a 10-5 overall record and recognition in both national polls throughout the inaugural campaign. Pressler's Bulldogs earned key wins over opponents such as Penn (15-11), Lehigh (14-13), Bellarmine (14-4) and Dartmouth (12-9), en route to becoming the biggest upset story of the season.
The Bulldogs followed up their inaugural DI season with another solid campaign in the spring of 2010, adding two more victories to their total for a final record of 12-5 while taking on yet another challenging schedule that featured such nationally ranked schools as North Carolina and Brown. Bryant defenseman Matt Murnane took home the inaugural NEC Defensive Player of the Year award and followed it up with an All-America Honorable Mention as the Bulldogs saw nine named to year-end all-league teams.
A young Bulldog squad finished 8-9 overall in an up-and-down 2011 campaign, going 3-2 in the Northeast Conference to qualify for the first-ever NEC Men's Lacrosse Tournament. Bryant took home NEC Offensive Player of the Year honors and another USILA All-America Honorable Mention and saw seven all-conference picks with three all-rookie team selections.
Entering the 2013 season, Bryant has posted an impressive 69-31 record in six seasons under Pressler, who boasts a career record of 299-132 in 28 seasons as a head coach with a 204-109 mark at the Division I level. He ranks among the nation's top 10 active coaches in both career victories and overall winning percentage and stands among the most winningest coaches of all time by both percentage and win count.
Pressler has found success on every field on which he has set foot as a coach, and his efforts and contributions to lacrosse throughout his illustrious career were recognized once again in September 2008 when he was named head coach of the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team, a squad that would go on to win gold at the ILF World Championships in Manchester, England. Pressler served as an assistant with the national team in 2002, a team that also captured gold in the international tournament.
The head coach at Duke University for 16 seasons before arriving in Smithfield, Pressler was named Bryant's new skipper on August 5, 2006, becoming just the second coach in program history.
In his years in Durham, N.C., Pressler compiled a 153-82 overall record, leading the Blue Devils to three ACC titles, 10 NCAA tournament berths and an appearance in the 2005 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship.
Already a three-time ACC Coach of the Year, Pressler earned the nation's top coaching honor in 2005 after directing the Blue Devils to an NCAA single-season record 17 wins, named the F. Morris Touchstone National Coach of the Year. Behind the play of three First Team All-America selections, his 2005 squad established a new NCAA record for win total turnaround and led the nation in scoring offense, averaging more than 13 goals per game, to finish the year ranked second in the national poll.
During his tenure at Duke, the men's lacrosse program posted a 100 percent graduation rate.
Pressler served as an assistant at Army under legendary coach Jack Emmer during the 1984-85 season. Before arriving at West Point, he guided VMI to a 7-4 record in his only season as head coach at the Lexington, Va., institute.
A 1982 graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., Pressler was a four-year starter in both football and lacrosse. A First Team Division Kodak All-American nose tackle in football, a four-year starter in lacrosse and team captain in both as a senior, Pressler was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2001.
Pressler was also inducted into the Wilton (Conn.) High School Hall of Fame in 1998 and was inducted into the Connecticut Sports Hall of Fame in January 2010.
A native of Wilton, Conn., Pressler and his wife, Susan, live in Smithfield with their two daughters, Janet and Maggie.