Ryan Danehy Appointed As New TLA President, Chairman and Men’s Field Head Coach


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Ryan Danehy, Offensive Coordinator for the MLL's New York Lizards

Ryan Danehy, Offensive Coordinator for the MLL’s New York Lizards

Ryan Danehy Appointed As New TLA President, Chairman and Men’s Field Head Coach
current offensive coordinator for the Major League Lacrosse’s New York Lizards slated to revamp the Turkey Lacrosse Association


Istanbul, Turkey (June 10 2017)- Turkey Lacrosse Association, governing body for lacrosse in Republic of Turkey, appointed Ryan Danehy as TLA President and Chairman. Mr. Danehy will also take over the reigns as Head Coach for the senior men’s field team for the upcoming 2018 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships held in Netanya, Israel next summer.

“I’m honored that the board has elected me president and chairman of the Turkish Lacrosse Association”, said Danehy,. “I’m grateful to be a part of such an incredibly passionate and dedicated community of lacrosse fans. I’ve had a passion for growing the game and I couldn’t think of a better opportunity to do it in a country with such close personal ties to me over the last decade.”
Danehy with fellow NY Lizard's coaching staff

Danehy with fellow NY Lizard’s coaching staff

“We are excited with the high caliber of professionalism Danehy brings to the TLA board and organization,” said TLA Founder/Board Advisor, Patrick Dougherty. ” His lacrosse pedigree, both as a player and coach at every level, will surely enhance this organization to the next level.”

“I am thrilled Ryan accepted our offer to lead the TLA organization,” said Tunahan Sonat, TLA board member and national team face-off specialist. “It is an honour to learn and further develop lacrosse in Turkey together.”

“When Coach Danehy reached out to our program, and reviewing his deep lacrosse background, we knew he was the right fit and needed to be involved,” said Deniz Piatt, TLA board member and national team defenseman. “Working together, with his vast knowledge of the game and passion to grow the sport, is refreshing and is exciting.”

“I’m excited to take on this challenge and build on the foundation that the current players, board members and even many before them have started”, said Danehy. “I’m excited to meet the young men and women who will partake in this journey with me.”

Ryan Danehy brings 14 years of experience as a coach at every level of the game of lacrosse. He spent 8 years as a coach for NCAA Division I Dartmouth College and University of Michigan and currently serves as offensive coordinator for the Major League Lacrosse’s New York Lizards. Danehy also spent the last year as the video and analytics coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse program. Prior to joining the New York Lizards, he spent two years as a director for the Big 4 HHH lacrosse club out of Philadelphia. In 2015 Danehy developed curriculum as the National Director of Training for 3d Lacrosse in both the boys and girls game. Because of his extensive experience from all points of the lacrosse spectrum, Ryan is widely considered a leading expert on the lacrosse collegiate recruiting process.

Danehy, former University of Michigan Coach

Danehy, former University of Michigan Coach

During his time as a college coach, Ryan served as the Offensive Coordinator for the University of Michigan where the team recorded the most wins and goals scored in program history (only recently broken in 2017). Prior to that, he worked for six years as an assistant coach and Offensive and Recruiting Coordinator at Dartmouth College from which he graduated in 2006.

Ryan Danehy former Dartmouth Assistant Coach

Ryan Danehy former Dartmouth Assistant Coach

Danehy has indoor lacrosse experience as well. He played for a number of years for the Senior B League, Vermont Voyaguers and was an assistant coach for the U-19 Team USA indoor team in 2015 who competed in the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.


Ryan Danehy- MLL's Boston Cannons

Ryan Danehy- MLL’s Boston Cannons

As a player, Ryan was the 49th overall selection in the Major League Lacrosse draft in 2006 and played for the MLL’s Boston Cannons and Chicago Machine for 5 years. In college, Ryan was a four-year starter, compiling 73 goals and 11 assists at Dartmouth College. He also tallied three goals and one assist in Dartmouth’s first-ever tournament appearance against Syracuse in 2003. In addition to lacrosse, Ryan also started as the long-snapper for the football program. 


Ryan Danehy- MLL's Chicago Fire

Ryan Danehy- MLL’s Chicago Fire

Prior to Dartmouth, Danehy lettered 11 times and was a three-sport captain (football, basketball and lacrosse) at Billerica Memorial High School. He was an All American, four-year starter on attack and was a member of the 2001 Massachusetts lacrosse state championship squad. Ryan was also a four-year starter on the football team and a member of the 1999 Massachusetts division I state championship team.

Danehy, co-host of "In Your Face Lax,"a national podcast produced by Lacrosse All Stars

Danehy, co-host of “In Your Face Lax,”a national podcast produced by Lacrosse All Stars

On his spare time, Danehy and his friend, Andy Towers, co-host a national podcast called “In Your Face Lax” produced by Lacrosse All Stars. It covers opinions of the game at the Division I level, as well as interviews with some of the games greatest stars and coaches. 


Ryan Danehy with son, Lukas

Ryan Danehy with son, Lukas

Ryan has an 11 year old son, Lukas and resides in Philadelphia, PA. 

About Turkey Lacrosse 
The Turkey Lacrosse Association (TLA) is a not for profit founded to educate, develop and disseminate information about the sport of lacrosse in the Republic of Turkey; to promote Turkey Lacrosse to the world and Turkey throughout the Turkish general population through informational promotions and games. Furthermore, the Turkey Lacrosse Association will provide financial support for participation in world championships for men and women of Turkish descent from around the world and in Turkey. The TLA is responsible for all leagues and teams playing lacrosse within Turkey while maintaining the purity of the game as was intended by the originators of the sport, the North American Indians.

4 thoughts on “Ryan Danehy Appointed As New TLA President, Chairman and Men’s Field Head Coach

  1. Greta


    Well done this is the result of your dedication, enthusiasm and insight are really inspiring .i wish you the best


  2. Kevin Blake

    Congrats RD. This is great news for you and Turkey Lacrosse. Keeping repping MA lacrosse with high distinction. Good luck in Netanya at 2018 FIL. Goal is always to get better. Avid follower of In Your Face laxcast. #GrowTheGame

  3. Fazal Mahmud

    Ever since you left UM, I have been keeping both eyes on you. Thanks for giving my son (Omar) an opportunity to develop his lax game. Congratulation on your new appointment with the ZARDS.

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