UNC Tabs Pat Myers as Chief Assistant Lacrosse Coach

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Pat Myers, the offensive coordinator at Bucknell University the past three seasons, has been named as a full-time assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the University of North Carolina men's lacrosse program. Tar Heel head coach Joe Breschi made the official announcement Friday. Myers has been designated by Breschi as the chief assistant on his staff and will also serve as the recruiting coordinator.

Breschi, a 1990 UNC alumnus, was hired last month as the Tar Heels' new head coach after he spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Ohio State. Myers joins Breschi as well as full-time assistant coach Greg Paradine, who has been on the Tar Heel staff since 2002, and new volunteer assistant coach Brian Holman in completing Breschi's coaching staff for 2008-09.

Myers comes to Chapel Hill after completing assistant coaching stints at Bucknell University, Cornell University and his alma mater, Ohio State. Myers was a standout lacrosse player at OSU from 2000-03 and was recruited to be a Buckeye by Breschi, who started in Columbus in 1997. Myers earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport and Leisure Studies in June 2003 from Ohio State with a specialization in coaching and leisure management. He was a four-year Dean's List student and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and he was named Academic All-Big Ten three successive years from 2001-03.

A native of Maine, Myers has been an assistant coach on the collegiate level the past five seasons. He was the volunteer assistant coach at Ohio State in 2004, an assistant coach at Cornell University in 2005 and the offensive coordinator at Bucknell the past three seasons. At Bucknell, he was the offensive coordinator, head assistant coach, recruiting coordinator, strength and conditioning supervisor and academic monitor on the Bison staff.

In 2008, Bucknell matched its highest USILA ranking in school history at No 9 during the course of the season. The Bison finished 10-5 overall and 4-2 in the Patriot League while also reaching the championship game of the conference tournament. In 2007, Bucknell finished 11-4, achieved a mid-year ranking of 11th and a final national rating of 19th. In his first year on the Bucknell staff in 2006, Myers helped lead the Bison to an upset of top-ranked Maryland, the first-ever win in Bucknell history over a No 1-ranked team. Myers coordinated an offense at Bucknell that produced the past two Patriot League Rookies of the Year Joe Mele and Austin Winter and also aided Winter in winning All-America accolades in 2008.

Prior to his stint at Bucknell, Myers was an assistant coach at Cornell in 2005 when the Big Red went 11-3 overall and 6-0 in the Ivy League. Cornell reached the NCAA quarterfinals that season and had its highest regular-season ranking since 1987 when the Big Red reached No. 3 in the nation. The 2005 squad was also the first Big Red team to go undefeated in the Ivy League in 18 years. Myers assisted in coordinating an offense that averaged 12.08 goals per game, ranking No. 3 in the nation in scoring offense.

After playing at Ohio State, Myers spent a season on the staff there as the volunteer assistant coach in 2004. The Buckeyes went 12-4 that season, went 5-0 in the Great Western Lacrosse League to win the league title, earned an NCAA Tournament invitation for the first time in history and achieved the highest ranking in Buckeyes' lacrosse history at No. 6.

Myers played collegiately at OSU from 2000-03. He was the Great Western Lacrosse League's Rookie of the Year in 2000 and a two-time All-GWLL selection in 2002 and 2003. He played in the USILA North-South All-Star Game at the conclusion of the 2003 campaign. In 2005, Myers was one of 120 players selected to try out for Team USA that competed at the 2006 World Games.

Myers was selected by the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse in the supplemental draft in 2004. He played four seasons for the Cannons from 2004-2007.

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