October 6, 2010

Weir Named New Manhattaville Coach

from press release

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Tim Weir, the longest-tenured member of the Manhattanville men's lacrosse coaching staff, has been elevated to the position of head coach for the 2010-11 school year, Athletic Director Keith Levinthal announced on Wednesday.

"Thanks to Keith for giving me the chance to take over the team for this season," Weir said. "I think it's a great opportunity to coach here. There are lots of good people around you and the kids work hard; it's a great situation for me."

Having already spent time as both offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator in his five years at Manhattanville, Weir now will oversee the entire Valiant men's lacrosse program on an interim basis, and will work with current assistant coaches Tom Albano and Drew Ginsberg to provide a smooth transition and bring the Valiants into the upper echelon of the Middle Atlantic Conference.

"I've been here for a while, so I know the systems and what needs to be done in order for us to be successful," Weir said. "And for the players, it's not a new face coming in; I know them, they know me. We want to take things one step at a time, but our ultimate goal is to win the Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament and get to the NCAA Tournament."

As defensive coordinator with the Valiants, Weir presided over one of the best defenses in the conference and the region in recent years. In 2009, the Valiants ranked 32nd in Division III by allowing just 7.93 goals per game and posted the lowest goals against average by a Manhattanville side since 1992. The Valiants' man-down defense was also outstanding, as the team led the Middle Atlantic Conference and ranked sixth in the nation with an 85.1 percent success rate.

Weir already possesses an extensive coaching resume at almost every level of lacrosse, most impressively at the national level with the Ireland National team. Most recently, Weir served as head coach for the Irish at the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championships and led the country to a ninth-place finish out of 29 teams in Manchester, England. He also was promoted to head coach of the national team for the 2008 European Championships, helping the team to sixth place in the 18-nation field.

He has held several other coaching positions for Ireland since 2003, including serving as Team Ireland's offensive coordinator at both the 2004 European Championships and the 2006 FIL World Championships. Weir also serves as the Director of Coaching and Development for the Irish Lacrosse Foundation.

Before coming to Manhattanville in 2006, Weir was the head coach at highly regarded Lakeland/Panas High School. He guided the team to eight Section I championship game appearances and two Section I titles, as well as seven league championships, one regional title and one appearance in the New York State Final Four. During his time with the Rebels, Weir produced nine high school All-Americans and seven that went on to earn All-American honors at the collegiate level.

Weir will replace former head coach Todd Hodgson, who resigned last month. Levinthal added that the college will conduct a national search for a new head men's lacrosse coach beginning in the spring.

Weir will make his collegiate head coaching debut on February 26, 2011, when Manhattanville starts the 2011 season on the road against Vassar College beginning at 1 p.m.

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