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Mike Ryder

Mike Ryder

Defensive Coach
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About Mike Ryder

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Mike Ryder joins the IMG Academy lacrosse program after serving as Defensive Coordinator at The University of Tampa from 2011-2013. During his time at UT, the Spartans were Regular Season Deep South Conference Champions in 2012 and 2013. Ryder coordinated the defense to a 7.85 Goals Against Average over two Seasons (6.9 GAA in 2012, ranked 9th in the country and 8.8 GAA in 2013). In 2013 Ryder’s Man-Down Unit was tops in the Deep South Conference Ranked 7th in all of Division II. Ryder coached one 1st Team, Three 2nd Team and two HM All-Deep South Conference Defensemen and 2nd Team/HM All Deep South conference Goaltender as the defensive coordinator at UT.

Prior to Tampa, Ryder served as the head coach at the University of Colorado-Boulder from 2010-11. As head coach of the Buffaloes in the MCLA Division I, he led his team to a 16-9 overall record in just under two years. At Colorado, Ryder coached his squad to 12 wins over MCLA top-25 programs and a pair of MCLA championship tournament appearances. His team also posted a 7.75 GAA for his two seasons as head coach and defensive coordinator. After taking over the program midseason in 2010, the Buffaloes finished the year 4-1, including a victory over three-time defending national champion and No. 1 Michigan, ending the Wolverines 49-game winning streak. Ryder coached 8 MCLA All-Americans and 19 RMLC all-conference selections at Colorado, in only two seasons including the RMLC Defensive Player of the Year.

A 2008 graduate of Salisbury University, Ryder earned his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education- History, and played with the Salisbury Lacrosse team from 2005-2007 under Head Coach Jim Berkman, the all-time wins leader in NCAA history. Ryder is originally from Port Washington, NY where he was a 2004 graduate of Schreiber High School.


B.S. Education from Salisbury University (2004-2008)

M.S. Instructional Design and Technology from the Univeristy of Tampa (in-progress)


Coaching Experience

Director - Whipple Lacrosse Inc. (2011-Present)
Defensive Coordinator - University of Tampa (2011-2013)
Defensive Coordinator - Tampa Bay Fire Lacrosse Club (2012-2013)
Head Coach - University of Colorado-Boulder (2010-2011)
Director - Buffalo Elite Lacrosse Academy (2010-2011)

Playing Experience

Salisbury University (2005, 2007-2008 Division III National Champions)

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