Graham Niemi, the offensive coordinator since 2010, has been running the Yale offense for the last seven seasons. He completed his 11th campaign in New Haven in 2014, a year after helpinging the Bulldogs go 12-5, win a second straight Ivy League Tournament Championship and get a win at Penn State in the NCAA Tournament.
His 2012 offense ranked 15th in country and third in the Ivy League with 11 goals per game. That helped the Bulldogs (11-5) win nine straight games, take the Ivy Tournament and earn the school's first NCAA berth in 20 years. Niemi, who also handles the face-off men, has had a Yalie among the top 15 in the nation for 10 straight seasons. Four of them have been among the top five, including Dylan Levings (2012) and Cole Yeager (2011), and all but three were in the top 10.
Eight of Niemi's Elis earned All-Ivy honors over the last three seasons, while two were All-America picks.
The 2011 squad, which won 10 games for a second straight season, finished 13th in Division I scoring with 10.93 goals per game. His offensive units have helped the Blue reach all four Ivy League Tournaments.
Niemi, a four-year letterwinner for the Maryland Lacrosse team and a 1997 graduate, played on Terrapin squads that reached the NCAA playoffs every season. His 1995 team fell to Syracuse in the title contest.
Niemi, the 1996 William P. Cole Award winner as Maryland's best midfielder, 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). His 1998 team was recently inducted into the Anne Arundel CC Athletics Hall of Fame.
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.
Niemi's coaching experience has extended beyond the U.S. He served as head coach of the Finnish National Team for the 2008 European Championships.
He and his wife, the former Courtney Dickinson, reside in Milford.