Lacrosse adds two assistant coaches


NEW YORK—Columbia Head Lacrosse Coach Anne Murray completed the Lions coaching staff with the recruitment of two assistant coaches—Tierney Larson and Shannon Nah-on Friday.

“I am very fortunate to have both Tierney and Shannon mentoring the Lions,” said Murray. “They all have their own passion, energy and character – traits that set them apart from many in this business. Both lead by example and coach with their whole selves. Their experience and commitment will help build the culture and athletes at the foundation of this program. They both give so much of themselves to their fellow human beings, and I’m thrilled to see the real impact they have on everyone who is part of Columbia Lacrosse. “

“Tierney’s experience at Marist and abroad has helped her develop a unique approach to offensive play. She develops her units around the players on a team rather than shaping the team according to their specific style. It is a direct reflection of the dynamic player “Who was she in college and the veteran coach she has become throughout her career. Her passion and heart are second to none and everyone involved in this program will see how contagious her energies are.”

“Shannon’s dominance and leadership on the field as a player is reflected in her presence as a coach. Her strong voice and light personality have helped create environments in which the players have become formidable units under her guidance. Her commitment on the growth and cohesion of a team has left an indelible impact on the hearts of those around you that will lead that team to do the same. “

Larson, originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, joins the Columbia lacrosse coaching team after serving as the Marist assistant lacrosse coach for the past two seasons (2020-21). Her many tasks included working as the Red Foxes’ offensive coordinator and goalkeeping trainer, organizing and conducting exercises and working as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

Before joining Marist, Larson worked for two years (2017-19) as a coach for the U19 national team of the Czech Republic, assisted the senior national team (2016-17) and also played in the Czech national team. As a coach, she helped lead the Czech Republic team to a silver medal at the 2018 European Women’s U20 Lacrosse Championship. Larson, a two-year-old player, co-captained the team and led the Czechs to fourth place at the 2019 European Championships.

Larson holds a 2014 Marist degree with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is currently working towards earning a Master of Public Administration from Marist. Larson, a First Team All-MAAC selection and team captain, finished her Marist lacrosse career as one of the program’s all-time passers-by, previously holding the program record for assists in a single game with seven. She currently holds the program record for most assists in a single season at 51 and is the third all-time in career at 78.

“Words cannot describe how excited and grateful I am for the opportunity to participate in the Columbia Lacrosse program,” said Tierney. “I am honored to represent a significant and historic institution like Columbia and to have the chance to lead and grow a very bright and talented group of young women. I would like to want Coach Murray for her trust in me and her competent leadership during the thank you all the time. ” this process. I look forward to the journey that lies ahead of us here in New York City. Go Lions !! “

Nee joins the Columbia lacrosse coaching team after serving as an assistant lacrosse coach in the state of Kennesaw for the past five seasons (2016-21). As part of her wide range of roles, Nee led the goalkeepers and defense while assisting the head coach with developing exercise plans, scouting reports, skill development, film scoring and recruiting future players. During her tenure, she coached ASUN Player of the Year 2019, Co-Defensive Player of the Year 2021, ASUN Newcomer of 2018, while five defenders and three midfielders received the ASUN All-Conference awards.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Nee was a highly decorated goalkeeper. During her four-year career, she received IWLCA All-America Awards, four IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team Awards, two Big East Goalie of the Year awards, four All-Big East Team Awards, and was an All-Big in 2016 East Academic Team Member. She was also selected for trial training for the US national team.

Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Nee has worked with the X-treme Lacrosse Club and has been a camp advisor on a variety of college programs.

“I would like to thank the head coach Anne Murray for this incredible opportunity to join the Columbia University community, “Nee said.” I hope to grow for and with this program and employees as we begin with the vision that lies ahead. It is an absolute privilege to be a Lion. “

With a focus on program development, Larson and Nee join the program immediately.


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