The Terps averaged double digits in goals in each of Moran's six seasons on staff, including 11.4 goals per game en route to the No. 18 national ranking in Division I this past spring. Maryland advanced to three Final Fours in the past four seasons and went to the NCAA final in 2011 and 2012. After the 2012 season, Moran was promoted to offensive coordinator and associate head coach under John Tillman.
"I just feel like Ryan is our guy," Greyhounds head coach Charley Toomey said. "We've been very fortunate with our former coaches like Bobby Benson, Dan Chemotti and Dave Metzbower. I think we just hit our next home run."
Toomey pointed to the Terps' recent success as one reason for the team's pursuit of Moran.
"You can look at his track record," Toomey said. "He's been to the Final Four in three of the last four years, and he has guided that offense and done just a spectacular job. We've only had the opportunity to play them twice in my time as a coach, and we have a great amount of respect for the way they play the game. So we're very excited about him."
Moran succeeds David Metzbower, who left Loyola this month for the offensive coordinator role at North Carolina. Metzbower spent two years with the Greyhounds and built the offense into the sixth-most prolific unit in Division I this past spring (12.88 goals per game). That unit went cold in a 13-6 loss to visiting Albany in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Metzbower had replaced Dan Chemotti, who was the architect of an offense that helped the university capture its first Division I national championship in 2012 and was hired by Richmond to head its new lacrosse program.
Toomey said the offense under Moran would continue to rely on a philosophy that emphasizes opportunities created in transition opportunities and aims to average 40 shots per game.
"The pace of play will not change at Loyola, and that's something that we were excited about when we sat down with Ryan and started talking about how we go about things," Toomey said. "It's the ability to have somebody from the outside come in and really bring some new thoughts to the program. His offenses have a proven track record of scoring goals, and that's the most important thing. We wanted to get the best person and best coach in that chair."
Moran played for the Terps from 2000 to 2003, when he was drafted by the Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. His great-uncle Richie Moran is a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, having been a standout player at Maryland (1958-1960) before coaching Cornell to three national titles.
Toomey and Ryan Moran both coached at Navy, and both worked as assistant coaches for former Loyola and Terps head coach Dave Cottle. Moran joins a coaching staff that also includes defensive coordinator Matt Dwan and volunteer assistant coach Steve Vaikness.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun