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From press release
PURCHASE, N.Y. – Following one season as the program’s top assistant coach, former John Jay HS (NY) two-time All-American Ryder Bohlander has been elevated to the position of head men’s lacrosse coach at Manhattanville College for the 2014-15 school year, Director of Athletics Keith Levinthal announced this week.
“Given the timing of our coaching vacancy, I thought it best to give the team some measure of continuity this year and Ryder certainly provides that,” Levinthal said. “Ryder has an excellent lacrosse pedigree as a Division I player and as a coach, and I am confident he can continue the team’s positive steps forward in 2015.”
“I want to thank Keith for having faith in me and giving me this phenomenal opportunity to be the head men’s lacrosse coach at Manhattanville,” Bohlander said. “I have tremendous respect for the college and look forward to working with the quality group of current student-athletes on the team. Having grown up locally I know first-hand how much talent is in the tri-state area and I can’t wait to get this program to the next level. We have a great core group of returners and a solid freshman class that will give our team a strong foundation moving forward.”
Bohlander comes to Purchase with a strong lacrosse pedigree, having spent four years with Division I powerhouse University of Maryland from 2008-11. He was a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter on defense for the Terps, amassing 58 ground balls and causing 30 turnovers in his final two seasons. He helped the squad to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure, including a berth in the NCAA Div. I Championship game as a senior.
He received the “Iron Terp” award as the strongest pound-for-pound athlete on the team as a junior, and after his senior season received the school’s Dick Edell “Big Man” award, which goes to the player who best embodies the positive and selfless qualities of the former coach. Off the field, Bohlander was a five-time member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and a 2010-11 ACC Honor Roll recipient.
Prior to his hiring as an assistant coach at Manhattanville in 2013, Bohlander spent 2013 on the roster of the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse and has also coached lacrosse at multiple levels since graduation.
Bohlander and the Valiants will begin the 2015 season on Feb. 25 at Vassar before a string of five consecutive home games in late February and early March, highlighting nine home games on the squad’s 15-game 2015 slate.
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