Staff
Head Coach
Ryan Moran

In June of 2016, UMBC Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced the hiring of Ryan Moran as the Retrievers’ new head men’s lacrosse coach.

Moran becomes the Retrievers’ third head coach since UMBC joined the USILA in 1970-71. Dick Watts led UMBC from 1971-1993 and Don Zimmerman also just completed his 23rd season at the helm of the program.

“Ryan Moran is more than ready to take Retriever men’s lacrosse to new heights and once again have our program a contender on the regional and national scene,” Hall said. “He is intelligent, thoughtful, a fantastic recruiter, an extraordinary strategist and is completely committed to academic success and the welfare of his athletes. We are excited to welcome him to the UMBC family."

The new Retriever mentor just completed his second season as assistant coach at Loyola of Maryland, where he helped guide the Greyhounds to the 2016 national semifinals. The Long Island, N.Y. native spent the previous six seasons on the staff at the University of Maryland. Moran joined the Maryland staff in September 2008 as an assistant coach, before being promoted to the position of associate head coach during his final two years in College Park.

His work with the Greyhounds’ offense in 2016 culminated with Loyola’s second trip to NCAA Championship Weekend in the last five seasons. Over the last 10 games of the year, a stretch in which Loyola went 9-1, Moran’s offensive unit averaged 12.2 goals per game.

He tutored Second Team All-American Pat Spencer to the finest offensive season in Loyola’s NCAA Division I history (since 1982). The freshman tied the overall program record for points (89) while coming up second in assists with 52 – both figures ranking second in the country.

In his first season at Loyola, the Greyhounds averaged 11.2 goals per game.

At Maryland, Moran's offensive units averaged 10.92 goals per game over his six seasons while playing some of the toughest schedules in collegiate lacrosse. He also coached the Terrapins' faceoff unit that ranked in the nation's top seven for three of his years, including 2014 when Maryland won 64.6 percent of restarts, the third-best mark in Division I.

He helped Maryland reach the NCAA Championships in each of his six seasons in College Park, including three trips to Championship Weekend (2011, 2012 and 2013), the first two culminating in Championship Game bids. The Terrapins won 70 percent of their games while Moran was an assistant coach, going 70-30 from 2009-2014.

During his six years, he coached seven Maryland players that earned a combined 15 USILA All-America honors.

Prior to joining the coaching staff in College Park, Moran was an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy for current U.S. Men's Lacrosse National Team Coach Richie Meade from 2006-2008. He helped the Midshipmen to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two Patriot League titles (2006 and 2007).

He started his coaching career at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2005, leading NAPS to a 10-1 record that featured wins over the U.S. Military Academy's junior varsity team and the USMAPS squad.

UMBC has produced an excellent history in the sport of men’s lacrosse. Watts, who posted a career record of 176-149, led the Retrievers to the school’s lone national title, coming away with the 1980 NCAA Division II championship against a predominantly Division I schedule. That team featured sophomore defenseman George McGeeney, who earned the 1982 William C. Schmeisser Outstanding Defenseman Award (Division I) and six other First Team All-Americans.

Zimmerman piloted UMBC to six NCAA Division I Championship berths (1998-99, 2006-09), highlighted by a quarterfinal appearance in 2007. A member of both the Johns Hopkins University and USILA (Great Baltimore Chapter) Hall of Fames, Zimmerman’s career mark at UMBC was 164-156. Lightly-recruited attackmen Brendan Mundorf and Drew Westervelt thrived at UMBC and went on to star professionally and internationally as members of Team USA.

Moran comes from a lineage of top lacrosse coaches, as his father, Jack, has been the coach at Long Island power Chaminade High School for more than 30 years, winning his 500th career game in May 2014. Ryan's great uncle, Richie, is a U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame member and led Cornell University to three national titles.

As a collegiate player at Maryland, the new Retriever mentor was a standout on the Terrapins' midfield units. In two seasons, 2002 and 2003, as an offensive middie, Moran scored a combined 39 goals and added 11 assists for the Dave Cottle-coached teams.

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Assistant Coach
Jamison Koesterer

Jamison Koesterer joined the Retriever staff in July of 2016.

Koesterer just completed his fourth seasons on the Ohio State men's lacrosse staff (2013-16). A two-time NCAA champion at Johns Hopkins, he spent two seasons as the volunteer coach of his alma mater before joining the Ohio State program.

In 2013, his first season with the squad, Koesterer guided Buckeye faceoff specialist Trey Wilkes to Second Team All-ECAC honors after he won a league-best 58 percent of his face-offs, ranking 13th nationally. The Buckeyes won the ECAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. In 2014 the Buckeyes shared the ECAC regular-season title and freshman faceoff specialist Jake Withers was second in the conference in faceoff winning percentage and groundballs per game, earning ECAC All-Rookie Team honors. In 2015, when the Buckeyes reached the NCAA quarterfinals, Christopher May was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten pick and ranked in the Top 11 in the NCAA in faceoff winning percentage and groundballs per game. In 2016 Withers was tabbed the Big Ten Specialist of the Year and was a First Team All-B1G selection. He was sixth in the NCAA in groundballs per game (7.33 - the most for a Buckeye since at least 2001) and was 12th nationally in faceoff winning percentage (.607), leading the conference in both categories.

Koesterer was on the Blue Jays' staff for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns and directed the faceoff personnel. The team made the NCAA tournament each of his two years, with an 11-3 overall record and No. 2 tournament seed in 2012. His faceoff staff won 58 percent of its draws in 2012 and ranked fourth nationally (.649) in 2011, with Matt Dolente second in the nation in winning percentage (.667) en route to picking up first team All-America accolades.

Prior to joining the JHU staff on the sideline, Koesterer worked for walax.com in Seattle, serving as the director of operations. The organization is the largest content site for northwest lacrosse and home to the Seattle Starz lacrosse program. While an undergraduate, he spent two summers coaching at All-American Lacrosse Camps in Colgate, N.Y.

On the field, Koesterer was a part of the Blue Jays' 2005 and 2007 NCAA championship squads. He won 55.3 percent (176-of-318) of his face-offs during his career, with 101 groundballs, along with seven goals and 12 assists. He claimed the 2010 NLL Championship with the Washington Stealth after playing with the Portland Lumberjax in 2009. With the Stealth, Koesterer won 265-of-446 (59.4%) face-offs and collected 101 loose balls.

A native of Cazenovia, N.Y., Koesterer earned his bachelor's degree in political science, with concentrations in business management and marketing in 2007.

“I am very excited to welcome Jamison to UMBC community and men’s lacrosse staff,” said head coach Moran. “I have been able to watch Jamison from afar over the past few years and his engaging spirit, work ethic and passion for coaching have always been at the forefront of his coaching identity. He will have an immediate impact on the development of our defense and face-off game.”

Assistant Coach
Joe Bucci

Joe Bucci joined the UMBC men's lacrosse staff as a volunteer assistant in the fall of 2016. He was promoted to full-time assistant coach in October, 2018

“Coach Bucci’s commitment, tireless work ethic and development as a coach over the last two seasons made the decision to elevate him from volunteer assistant coach to full-time assistant a very easy one,” Moran said. “The ability to maintain continuity in our staff through his loyalty has been acknowledged throughout our program. I look forward to continue working with him and watching him grow as a coach.”

The Ithaca, N.Y. native served as team captain of the Georgetown University men’s lacrosse program in his junior and senior campaigns of 2015 and 2016. He started for three seasons at midfield for the Hoyas and was tabbed as the program’s most outstanding freshman in 2012. He capped his career by earning Big East Conference Second Team honors in 2016, when he led the squad with 20 goals.

During his tenure at Georgetown, Bucci served as the lacrosse program’s representative to the student-athlete advisory council.

He earned a pair of degrees from the university – a bachelor’s in government in May of 2015 and a master’s degree in professional studies: sports industry management in August of 2016.

Volunteer Assistant
Billy O'Hara

Former Retriever standout Billy O’Hara was added to the staff as a volunteer assistant coach in October, 2018.

O’Hara competed in 52 games as a long-stick midfielder/defensemen for UMBC. He recorded 134 ground balls and caused 60 turnovers in his tenure. The Davidsonville, Md. native just earned his degree in business technology administration.

“Our program is thrilled to be able to add Billy to our staff,” Moran said. “The ability to add a young alum with the character and work ethic that Billy displayed on and off the field as a student-athlete will certainly benefit our program as he transitions into this coaching role."