Aug. 9, 2006
Providence, Rhode Island - \Former two-time Bears' lacrosse captain Lars Tiffany `90 has returned to his alma mater and been named the head men's lacrosse coach at Brown University. Tiffany comes to Brown from Stony Brook, where he was the head lacrosse coach for the last two years.
"We're excited to be able to bring back to College Hill someone who has a unique understanding of the Ivy League and the Brown experience," said Brown athletic Director Michael Goldberger. "Lars Tiffany has a proven track record of success as a head and assistant coach at the Division I level. He has a clear understanding of the great role lacrosse can play in the life of a student-athlete, and how important it is to balance athletics and academics."
A 1990 graduate of Brown, Tiffany was a two-time team captain and starter on defense for three years under Dom Starsia, now the head coach at Virginia. A Biology concentrator, Tiffany played on two Brown teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (1987 & 1990). He was the Cliff Stevenson Award winner as Co-MVP of the Brown team that captured its first-ever NCAA playoff victory in 1990 (12-9 vs. UMass). Tiffany capped his career by playing in the North-South Senior All-Star game.
Tiffany was the head coach at Stony Brook for the last two years, posting an 18-13 overall mark. His 2006 squad finished second in America East with a 4-1 league mark and was ranked in the Top 20 in two weeks. In 2005, Tiffany's Seawolves appeared in the Top 20 for the first time ever, and were ranked as high as 14th nationally. Tiffany, the 2005 America East Coach of the Year, led Stony Brook to wins over Penn State and Rutgers, as his Seawolves boasted the number-one ranked man-up unit in Division I.
Tiffany arrived at Stony Brook after four years at Penn State and highly successful stints at Dartmouth, Washington & Lee and LeMoyne.
He spent his four years at Penn State (2000-2004) as the top assistant under head coach Glenn Thiel, and was involved in all facets of the lacrosse program as the team's defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. His first recruiting class helped Penn State move from 20th in the USILA national rankings in 2001 to an 8-5 record and a No. 13 ranking in 2003. The ranking, along with a win over No. 8 Rutgers, helped Penn State earn its first-ever NCAA tournament bid for a program that has been in existence since 1913. Tiffany's defensive units were outstanding during his four years, and in 2002, the Nittany Lions led the nation in man-down defense.
Prior to coaching at Penn State, Tiffany was an assistant coach at Dartmouth College, where he spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons under head coach Rick Sowell. In his two seasons as defensive coordinator, the Big Green's goals allowed per game in Ivy League contests dropped from 15.3 to 9.0. His recruiting classes went on to earn Dartmouth its first share of the Ivy League title and a berth in the NCAA tournament in 2003.
Tiffany was an assistant coach from 1997-98 at Washington & Lee University. In 1998, the Generals went 13-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament while finishing fifth in the USILA Division III national rankings.
Tiffany began his collegiate coaching career at LeMoyne College, where he served as an assistant coach of men's lacrosse and co-head coach of the women's lacrosse program from 1994-96.
A native of LaFayette, N.Y., Tiffany graduated from LaFayette High School where he lettered in football, basketball and lacrosse. Upon graduation from Brown, he taught biology and coached lacrosse and football at the Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif., from 1990-94.