It took more than six months, but the USC men’s lacrosse program finally has a new coach. The club’s executive board announced Dec. 20 that it has hired former Johns Hopkins attackman Chris Boland to lead the program.
“We are thrilled to have Chris lead our program as head coach,” Charlie Meister, the club’s general manager, said in the news release. “Over the course of the interview process, it became very apparent that Chris has the maturity, leadership, passion, positive attitude, and keen understanding of the game necessary to take our program to the next level, characteristics that both the executive board and I were looking for in our new head coach.”
Boland had a five-year career at Johns Hopkins, with one redshirt season and another lost almost entirely to injury. He played on the 2007 national title team as a freshman, sat out 2008, then led the Blue Jays with 28 goals and 16 assists in 2009. Boland played in only two games in 2010 before suffering a knee injury, but he came back in 2011 to earn honorable mention USILA All-American honors after leading Hopkins with 54 points (34 goals, 20 assists).
Boland replaces Brett Tietjen, who had coached the Trojans for four seasons, including 2012, when the club was suspended from the MCLA, and last season, when USC went 4-10 in its return to the MCLA. Tietjen was told after last season that he wouldn’t be retained.
“Brett gets pulled in a lot of directions, like a lot of these part-time coaches do,” Meister told Southland Lax in May. “There’s not a question over his lacrosse acumen or what he provided for the team.”
Meister said at the time that the players and executive board felt the time was right for a fresh start at USC. Tietjen had guided the program through its one-year hiatus from the MCLA, but they wanted “new energy” to take the program into the future. In hiring Boland, the Trojans believe they’ve accomplished that.
“The issues of the past can now be put behind the program,” Meister said in the news release, “and a new vision can be built upon giving the players a positive experience where they improve, have fun, and work hard. This is a building block for something truly special.”