Thomas J. Ryan '93

Thomas J. Ryan '93

A prolific scorer whose records stand as a tribute to his excellence, Tom Ryan has melded style with substance to become synonymous with the sport of lacrosse in the United States.

Ryan burst onto the scene as a first-year in the spring of 1990 under longtime coach Mort LaPointe. The rookie scored 37 goals and 26 assists to rank third on the team in points as the Polar Bears capped off their coach’s 21- season career with a 15-2 record and an ECAC Championship game victory over Williams that included three goals from Ryan.

Under new coach Tom McCabe in 1991, Ryan continued his scoring prowess, leading the team with 78 points and following it with a 77-point campaign in 1992 to earn Snively League All-Star recognition.

Elected as a co-captain for his senior season, Ryan capped off his career with an incredible year. He set the Bowdoin single-season record with 56 goals and 97 points, scoring an impressive 5.71 points per contest. Bowdoin started 2-5, but ended the year with ten consecutive victories, including a 14-11 victory over Middlebury to win the ECAC Championship. Ryan again netted Snively League All-Star recognition and was named as a U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All- American for his efforts.

His career marks are staggering. Ryan finished his career as the leading scorer in New England lacrosse history, totaling 315 points and setting new school records with 169 goals and 146 assists. Even more impressive, in the 15 years since he finished his career, his assists mark still stands while no Polar Bear has come within 75 points of his career scoring total.

After leaving Bowdoin, Ryan became a staple in U.S. professional lacrosse, enjoying stints in Major League Lacrosse with the New Jersey Pride and becoming a star in the indoor National Lacrosse League. Playing for the Boston, Baltimore, and Philadelphia franchises, he retired in 2002 having scored 202 points in 95 career games. He played for the National Lacrosse League Champion Philadelphia Wings in 2001, and was on the U.S. National Team in 2002 that claimed the Heritage Cup over Canada.

Upon his retirement, Ryan entered the world of coaching, where he served as an assistant for the Division I women’s teams at Towson University and Loyola College. He was also an assistant coach for the men’s team at Connecticut College, where he earned his master’s degree in psychology.

In 2006, Ryan was tapped to be the coach of the U.S. National Team at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, where the team claimed the bronze medal. In 2007, the NLL announced that an expansion franchise had been granted to the city of Boston, and that Ryan had been named head coach. The team will begin play during the 2008 NLL season.

Born in Ogdensburg, New York, Ryan graduated from Hugh C. Williams High School in Canton, New York. He graduated from Bowdoin with a degree in psychology.