#TBT: Catching Up With Terry Riordan

Just over three years ago,  Maxlaxoc.com posted an announcement that former Johns Hopkins great Terry Riordan (follow the link to appreciate how great of a player Riordan was in college) had accepted the position of offensive coordinator at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School:

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School (SMES) named Terry Riordan as its new offensive coordinator for Men’s Lacrosse.  Terry commented, “I’ve been an admirer of St. Margaret’s for a long time now, for both their accomplishments in shaping young adults in the classroom, as well as on the athletic fields.  To now be a part of that process, coupled with working with a proven leader in Glen Miles, is a great opportunity.  I can’t wait to get started.”

SMES head coach Glen Miles can’t wait either. “I am very pleased that Coach Riordan has accepted the position and will be leading the offense at our school.” Miles said.  “Terry’s resume as a lacrosse player is legendary and after spending a great deal of time with Terry leading up to this announcement, I am convinced that we share a similar passion to lead and teach young men.  I have had the opportunity to be around Terry both as a player and as a coach and we are very like-minded when it comes to the importance of teaching leadership as well as teaching the game of lacrosse.  Terry and I both know very well the rigors of college athletics.  Both skills are needed to succeed at that level.  We believe that the combination of academics and athletics at an institution as special as St. Margaret’s will be a great catalyst for these young men as they prepare themselves to be college student athletes.  We all have a very big vision for SMES Lacrosse and it is going to take a strong and sustained commitment to this total process to make our vision a reality.”

Three years, two Southern Section Championships, and over 900 Tartans’ goals later Riordan is getting ready for his fourth year directing the St. Margaret’s offense.  He recently took some time out from his busy schedule to catch up with MaxLaxOC.com and talk about his experience and observations during his time with the Tartans:

MaxLaxOC.com: Have you noticed any changes in the quality and style of Orange County lacrosse in the last few years?
TR: I have noticed and it’s exciting. The popularity of the sport in Orange County has grown and the quality of the coaching is catching up. What is most notable from a skill perspective, at least where I spend most of my time coaching (St. Margaret’s), is the shooting. When I first started, it seemed we only had a few players that could really sling it. Now, most of our guys on the varsity can score from 10 yards consistently; a very important part of the game.

MaxLaxOC.com: What are your thoughts on being a Tartan three years later?
TR: I’m thrilled. I shared with our team last season, “I haven’t been this proud of being a part of a program since I pulled my #19 Hopkins jersey over my shoulders for the last time 20 years ago.” Coach Glen Miles and Coach Mark Warren have created something truly special here in San Juan Capistrano. I consider myself lucky to be a part of it.

MaxLaxOC.com: Box lacrosse in SoCal was almost non-existent in 2012. How has that changed the field game?
TR: I can only speak to how it has helped our guys (both beginner and varsity level) and I can say it’s been an incredible training tool. It has softened hands, prepared players for playing closer to the net, handling intense physicality and making shorter passes with confidence, shooting accuracy, stick fakes, pick and rolls, etc. The list goes on.

I have a 9 year old son. The only lacrosse he plays at his age is box. That should say it all. If you are a parent and want to get your young boy involved with the sport, my advice would be to sign him up for The Victory Way Fall Run & Gun Box Lacrosse program held at the Victory Athletic Center. It is a ton of fun and he will learn the right skills. Check out thevictoryway.org for more info.

MaxLaxOC.com:Shoot hard and often. Still your motto?
TR: Worked so far, why change now?