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Buckeyes Win Creator's Trophy with 13-8 Victory at Michigan
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In his first seven years as the Buckeyes' head coach, Myers posted a 62-50 ledger overall and a 24-16 conference record, with the squad earning a berth each year a conference tournament was held. He has led the Buckeyes to the first postseason title in program history, two Creator's Trophy titles, a share of a league regular-season title, a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals twice (2013, '15) and to a No. 3 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament en route to the program's first NCAA tournament game at home.
Under his tutelage, members of the program have garnered 14 USILA All-America honors, 34 all-conference nods and six conference player of the year accolades. Over the past seven years, members of the Ohio State team have earned 117 Academic All-Big Ten accolades, 169 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete nods, along with the first eight USILA Scholar All-American selections in program history.
The team's community service numbers rise each year, with the program volunteering more than 2,000 hours in the community the last four seasons combined.
The 2013 campaign was one of the best in program history, posting a 13-4 ledger for the most wins for a Buckeye team since 1978. Ten of the victories were during the regular season, just the fifth time a Buckeye team hit double-digit wins before entering postseason play. The squad downed both Penn State and Michigan on the road to claim the Creator's Trophy for the first time. Wins over ranked opponents Loyola and Denver lifted the Buckeyes to the ECAC tournament crown and the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Nearly 2,400 fans - a number that ranked fourth nationally among all first-round sites - watched the Buckeyes beat Towson 16-6 to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second time in school history.
Individually, Logan Schuss became the program's all-time leading goal scorer and a two-time ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, as well as the first Buckeye to earn first team all-conference accolades four times. Schuss was a second team All-American and Dominique Alexander, King and Meurer all were named honorable mention All-Americans, just the second time in program history four Buckeyes were recognized and the first time since 2008. Three Buckeyes - Schuss, Alexander and Trey Wilkes - were named USILA Scholar All-Americans.
The 2012 campaign saw the Buckeyes (8-7) earn a spot in the ECAC tournament semifinals after finishing second in the regular season with a 5-1 league ledger. Schuss was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and joined Joe Bonanni on the USILA All-America third team, with four Buckeyes named to the All-ECAC team. Matt Kawamoto and Bonanni became the first USILA Scholar All-Americans in program history.
In 2011, the Buckeyes (8-8) earned a spot in the inaugural ECAC tournament. The team was 5-2 at home, including a 13-8 upset of No. 3-ranked North Carolina Feb. 19 in Ohio Stadium, the program's first win over a Top 3 opponent in history. A record 28 Buckeyes were invited to the Scholar-Athlete dinner, with a league-high 10 Ohio State players named to the ECAC All-Academic team. Kawamoto, a USILA Honorable Mention All-American, picked up ECAC Defensive Player of the Year accolades and was one of four Buckeyes named to the all-conference teams.
In 2010, the Buckeyes (7-8) faced one of the toughest schedules in the nation as they began play as a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League. The squad had a 5-2 ledger at home, and highlighting the home slate was the third-annual Showdown in the Show when the Buckeyes topped Air Force with a record attendance of 31,078. Schuss was named ECAC Rookie of the Year and became the first Buckeye freshman to nab All-America honors after leading the ECAC in points per game and was one of two Buckeyes recognized on the all-conference team.
In 2009, his first season at the helm of the Buckeye program, Myers led Ohio State (8-8) to a spot in the Great Western Lacrosse League championship game after a third-place finish in the league's regular-season standings despite losing two All-Americans and four all-conference selections from the 2008 squad that reached the NCAA quarterfinals. Senior All-American Joel Dalgarno, who finished his career as Ohio State's all-time leading goal scorer and ranked second all-time in points, led the GWLL and was sixth nationally with 3.81 points per game. In all, seven Buckeyes were named all-conference, with two first team selections.
As the top assistant under Joe Breschi at Ohio State from 2006-08, Myers served as the offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes, oversaw recruiting and handled other aspects of the day-to-day operation of the men's lacrosse program.
In 2008, Myers helped guide the Buckeyes to a share of the Great Western Lacrosse League regular-season title and an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament. The team downed Cornell on the road for the program's first NCAA tournament victory and berth in the quarterfinal round. He was the offensive coordinator as the Buckeyes ended the season third in the NCAA in scoring offense (13.2 goals per game) and extra-man offense (45.7 percent).
Myers began his coaching career as the volunteer coach for the Buckeyes for two seasons (2002, '03) and was on the Buckeye staff when the squad earned a spot in the NCAA tournament in 2003, the first appearance in program history, and shared the GWLL title.
He spent the 2004 and '05 campaigns as the top assistant coach at Butler before rejoining the Buckeye staff in 2006. Myers played for Springfield College in Massachusetts, earning Division III All-America honors in 2001. He was a three-time All-NEWMAC selection and was the 2000 conference player of the year.
A native of Kennebunk, Maine, Myers graduated from Kennebunk High School in 1997. He was a two-time high school All-American and participated in the 1997 North-South All-Star Game.
Myers graduated from Springfield with a degree in sports studies/physical education in 2001. He married the former Julie Cowles, also a Springfield College graduate who now is a physical education teacher at Walnut Springs Middle School, Aug. 19, 2006. The couple lives in Columbus with their sons, Mason and Zachary.
Myers' brother, Pat, was a four-year letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 2000-03, a two-time All-Great Western Lacrosse League honoree and the conference rookie of the year in 2000. He has been an assistant coach at North Carolina, Cornell and Bucknell and is currently the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Penn.
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Myers' Coaching Vision
I understand the importance of building trust with players and committing every bit as much as they do to studying and learning the game. The common goal of sacrificing for something intangible is what drives a team and brings them together. It is a game that consumes me, rewards me and has ultimately shaped who I am. My driving force is to provide every student-athlete the opportunity to have this experience and to grow as a young adult. The student-athlete experience is not a four-year commitment; it is a life long commitment. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a young man come in open to new ideas and move on seasoned and prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.
To be the best player and the best coach you must be a student of the game. To understand the history of the sport of lacrosse, to study the role of each player on and off the field, to see the entire picture of each players' role and what they bring to the team's success is the legacy of coaching I get to pass along. I have been truly blessed with the opportunity to teach the game I love and a game which has impacted me in such a tremendous way. I cherish the rewards received as a coach working with student-athletes and working to gain a better understanding of the ups and downs of the profession every day. I rely on experience and an incredible circle of both family and mentors I have been associated with to guide me on this journey. Each day represents my continued effort to grow and learn in pursuit of my vision as both a teacher and coach. When all is said and done, this is the legacy I pass down to each player I have the privilege of working with that they take into their own future endeavors.