CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Pat Myers, one of the brightest young minds in collegiate lacrosse coaching, has been promoted by University of North Carolina head men's lacrosse coach Joe Breschi, to the position of associate head coach, effectively immediately. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Breschi.
"Coach Pat Myers has done a terrific job for the past five seasons committing himself to the Tar Heel lacrosse program while making a positive impact on the lives of our young men in Chapel Hill. His tireless work ethic and attention to detail has spearheaded an offense that consistently ranks as one of the best in the nation," said Breschi. "He's helped the Tar Heels reach the NCAA tournament five straight years, advance to three ACC Tournament championship games and capture our first ACC title in 17 seasons. A relentless recruiting coordinator, Pat does an excellent job identifying some of the best high school talent in the country and bringing them to Chapel Hill. This is a well-deserved promotion for Coach Myers as he continues to strive to be the best offensive coach in the business."
Over the past five years Myers has served as the head assistant coach, offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the lacrosse program at North Carolina. Myers has done an outstanding job in his first five years as Breschi's top assistant.
In 2013, Myers' offense was ranked fourth in the nation, scoring 13.35 goals per game. That was the highest scoring average for the Tar Heels since the 1996 season. Carolina ranked fifth in the nation in assists per game (7.53) and fourth in points per game (20.88).
The Tar Heels had two attackmen, Marcus Holman and Joey Sankey, named to the All-ACC Team, while Holman was a first-team All-America selection and a finalist for the 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy. Holman, who broke the school record for points in a career last season, was UNC's first Tewaaraton Trophy finalist since 2004. In addition to Holman, midfielder Chad Tutton was a second-team All-America, Sankey was named to the third team and attackman Jimmy Bitter was an honorable mention choice. Holman was named both the ACC Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament.
Myers helped lead the Tar Heels to the 2013 ACC championship, Carolina's first since 1996. The Tar Heels finished the regular-season ranked No. 1 nationally in the USILA coaches' poll for the first time since 1993. Five different Tar Heels scored 20 or more goals last season and three reached the 20-assist plateau. All three starting attackmen had 30 or more goals and 50 or more points. Holman's 80 points in 2013 were the second most in a season in UNC history and his 43 assists were the third most in a single year.
"I am extremely grateful to head coach Breschi and athletic director Bubba Cunningham for having the confidence in me and the UNC Lacrosse program to grant me this opportunity," says Myers. "I am very excited to take the next step in my college coaching career. The University of North Carolina is a very special place, and I am both honored and humbled to represent Carolina Lacrosse as the associate head coach.
"It is an exciting time for our program, and I am looking forward to continuing to help build upon the success we have had over the past five seasons. Under Coach Breschi's leadership, I have grown both personally and professionally while watching the UNC program blossom in the classroom, community and on the lacrosse field. I am proud to be a Tar Heel and I look forward to the hard work that lies ahead for 2014 and beyond."
In addition to possessing a stellar offensive mind, Myers is considered one of the nation's top recruiting coordinators. Over the past four years, Myers spearheaded recruiting efforts that brought in the nation's No. 1-ranked recruiting class in 2010, the No. 2-ranked recruiting class in 2011, the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in 2012 and the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in 2013 based on rankings by Inside Lacrosse Magazine.
Under the direction of Myers, Carolina's offense took a quantum leap in 2012. The Tar Heels averaged 12.18 goals per game, an improvement of nearly two goals a game over the 2011 total. Holman had one of the greatest seasons in UNC history with 39 goals and 35 assists. Three Tar Heel freshmen - Bitter, Sankey and Tutton - combined for 69 goals and 42 assists. All three made the All-ACC Tournament Team, the first time three first-year players had ever made the team in the same year.
As the team's offensive coordinator, Myers saw the Tar Heels score a robust 11.56 goals per game in 2010 with a team concept that produced assists on 65.4 percent of UNC goals. Myers also coached an extra-man offense unit that led the nation at 55.1 percent, scoring on 27 of 49 opportunities. That was the second best extra-man offense percentage in school history. He helped the Tar Heels post 13 wins, equaling the fourth highest victory total in Tar Heel lore and the most in 17 seasons. His offense featured ACC Player of the Year Billy Bitter (UNC's first since 1996) and ACC Freshman of the Year Marcus Holman (UNC's first since 1998).Myers played lacrosse as a midfielder for Coach Breschi at Ohio State, graduating in 2003. He then served as an assistant coach at Ohio State, Cornell and Bucknell. In his three years at Bucknell, he served as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the Bison. After his graduation from Ohio State, he also played in Major League Lacrosse for four years as a member of the Rochester Rattlers and Boston Cannons.