Brown Promoted to Associate Head Coach at DU

DENVER Denver assistant coach Matt Brown has been promoted to associate head coach, while volunteer assistant coach Dylan Sheridan has been named the second assistant, head coach Bill Tierney announced. Assistant coach Trevor Tierney will step down as a full-time coach to become the Pioneers' volunteer assistant.

"Since June 11, 2009, the day I accepted this position at DU, Matt Brown has been at my side," said Bill Tierney. "Without him I would have been lost. He is loyal, trustworthy and tireless in his efforts for our program. With Trevor's decision to step into our volunteer coach position, it took exactly one second to name his replacement, Matt Brown. He played at DU, he knows and loves the place, and there is absolutely no better man to fill the role as my first assistant."

The Pioneers finished with their best season in program history. With their 15-3 overall mark, the Pioneers posted the most wins in program history to go along with an 83.3 winning percentage. Denver remained undefeated in conference play with a 6-0 mark, tallying a 13-0 mark since joining the Eastern College Athletic Conference last season.

Under the direction of Brown, the Pioneers' offense finished fourth in the nation in scoring offense averaging 12.44 goals per game. Denver also finished fourth in scoring margin (3.78), fifth in points per game (19.28), sixth in man-up offense (.421) and ninth in shot percentage (.323).

"I would like to thank Coach Tierney for promoting me to associate head coach," Brown said. "I can't tell you how much I have learned in the past two years from working with Coach T. His presence, discipline and ability to develop the best skill and character of our players are undeniable. My goal is to one day be a great head coach and there's nothing like learning from the best. I also look forward to continuing to develop our program with Dylan and Trevor. We made huge steps this season and now need to grow from those steps by challenging ourselves academically, athletically and in the community."

A four-year letter winner for the DU men's lacrosse team (2002-05), Brown joined the Pioneers' coaching staff for the 2006 season as the volunteer assistant coach and has worked his way to become the Pioneers' offensive coordinator.

Sheridan served as the volunteer assistant coach for the Pioneers during the 2011 season, after serving as an assistant coach at Lebanon Valley College (DIII) under John Haus. In his first season with the Pioneers, Sheridan was responsible for working with the face-off group, helping them to a No. 15 ranking in the nation in face-off winning percentage (.563).

"We are equally as excited that Dylan Sheridan will assume Brownie's position as second assistant," Bill Tierney said. "Dylan was instrumental in our success, especially by enthusiastically assuming the challenge of helping improve our face-off game. He and Chase Carraro achieved amazing success together, which helped lead us to many victories."

Trevor Tierney joined the Pioneer coaching staff in August 2009 after a successful collegiate and professional playing career. He is the only goalie in the history of the game to have won an NCAA Championship, an International Lacrosse Federation World Championship and a Major League Lacrosse Championship. During his time at DU, Trevor has served as the goalkeeper coach and the defensive coordinator.

"I have truly enjoyed my past two years at the University of Denver as a full-time assistant for the men's lacrosse team," Trevor Tierney said. "I want to thank our Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes, as well as Ron Grahame, Dan Van Ackeren and Pam Wettig for the opportunity they have given me and the support they have given us as a team. I have decided for personal reasons, that I will be stepping down from my full-time position to become the volunteer assistant of the team. I have simply decided that being a full-time coach is not something that I want to do as a career. The aspect of coaching that I love the most, which is actually getting to work with the players during practices and games, will be something that I can continue to do as a volunteer, while still getting to pursue other interests that I have in life."

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