October 13, 2010

Niemi, Polley Promoted to Coordinators

Schneider Also Added To Staff

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's lacrosse team, coming off a share of the 2010 Ivy League Championship, announced two coaching title changes and an addition to its staff. Assistant coaches Graham Niemi and Ryan Polley have been promoted to coordinators; Niemi on offense and Polley on defense, while the Bulldogs have added volunteer coach Brian Schneider, a former Hofstra goalie.

Niemi, in his eighth season at Yale, was a standout at Maryland before graduating in 1997. He was a two-year starter who became an undergraduate assistant coach for the 1997 Terrapin team that made it to the NCAA final. He went on to coach the defense for a National Junior College championship team at Anne Arundel Community College and then serve as graduate assistant at Washington College (24-7, 2 NCAA tournaments). In 2001 he was an assistant for a Loyola (Md.) College squad that reached the NCAA quarterfinals before returning to his alma mater in 2002 as an assistant. Niemi, who has played or coached in nine different NCAA tournaments, was the defensive coordinator for Washington College and coached in the 2002 NCAA tournament.

Polley, the former Merrimack College head coach and second-team All-American player, joined the Yale staff in the fall of 2006. During his three seasons as head coach at Merrimack, Polley took the program from a 6-8 record in 2004 to two consecutive 11-5 finishes. His 2006 team finished with a No. 8 Division II national ranking and he received New England Division II Coach of the Year honors. Prior to becoming his alma mater's head coach, Polley stayed in Andover where he was head coach for the first three years of the women's lacrosse program at Andover High School. His 2003 team went undefeated in the regular season, and in his three years Polley sent 13 players to collegiate women's lacrosse programs.

Schneider, a 2009 Hofstra graduate, spent the last year as goalie coach for the Northwestern University women's team while receiving his masters degree in journalism. Schneider, raised in Rockville, Md., has worked for InsideLacrosse.com, PoliticsDaily.com and DailyCaller.com while having an internship at ESPN Radio in Washington, D.C.

Yale hosts the 4th annual Christian Prince Memorial Tournament on Oct. 17 at both Reese Stadium and Johnson Field. The Bulldogs, joined by Rutgers, St. Johns, Marist, Sacred Heart and Lafayette, play two games (11 a.m., 3 p.m.) that day at Reese.

In addition, the Yale Lacrosse Alumni Game has been set for Oct. 23 at 9:30 AM at Reese Stadium.

image: Brian Schneider

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