Former two-time Bears' lacrosse captain Lars Tiffany '90, the Rothman Head Coaching Chair for Men’s Lacrosse, came back to his alma mater as head men's lacrosse coach in the summer of 2006, and has returned the program to national prominence with Ivy League titles in 2008 and 2010, and an NCAA Championship berth in 2009. Tiffany was named the New England Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009 while leading his team to the number one ranking in New England each year.
Since taking over the Brown program 10 years ago, Tiffany has transformed a team that was winless in the Ivy League in 2006 into one of the preeminent teams in the Ivy League and the nation.
Tiffany guided Brown to its second Ivy League Championship in the last three years in 2010, while also earning a berth in the first ever Ivy League Playoffs. His team also posted back-to-back winning seasons in 2013 and 2014.
In 2009, Tiffany coached Brown to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997, before falling in overtime to Johns Hopkins in the NCAA First Round. His 2009 team posted a 12-4 record, just one win short of the school record, and were ranked as high as eighth nationally during the season, finishing the season as the 11th ranked squad in the nation. Tiffany has posted 23 wins over the last two years.
Tiffany also opened up the Brown offense, with his 2009 squad scoring 171 goals, outscoring the Bears' 2008 squad by 52 goals. His 2009 team featured goalie Jordan Burke, the USILA National Goalie of the Year, a first Team All-American, and the first player in Ivy League history to be named Ivy League Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. Thomas Muldoon '10 and Peter Fallon '11 were also named All-Americans in 2009.
Tiffany's 2008 squad captured the Ivy League title with a 5-1 league mark, posting an 11-3 record to earn the most wins at Brown since 1994. Brown, the number one ranked team in New England, finished 13th nationally in the final USILA coaches poll, with just six teams in the nation winning more games than the Bears.
In his first season at the helm of the Brown team, Tiffany turned the fortunes of the program in the right direction, guiding the Bears to a 7-7 record in 2007, and a national ranking as high as 18th nationally. In the short time he's been the Bears' head coach, Tiffany has refocused Brown's players to improve their level of dedication and commitment to the program. He stresses individual development with the players, while enabling his men to make a major commitment to the community. In addition, Tiffany has reenergized Brown's alumni base and upgraded the Brown schedule.
Tiffany came to Brown from Stony Brook, where he was the head lacrosse coach in 2005 and 2006.
A 1990 graduate of Brown, Tiffany was a two-time team captain and starter on defense for three years under Dom Starsia, now the head coach at Virginia. A Biology concentrator, Tiffany played on two Brown teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (1987 & 1990). He was the Cliff Stevenson Award winner as Co-MVP of the Brown team that captured its first-ever NCAA playoff victory in 1990 (12-9 vs. UMass). Tiffany capped his career by playing in the North-South Senior All-Star game.
Tiffany was the head coach at Stony Brook for two years, posting an 18-13 overall mark. His 2006 squad finished second in America East with a 4-1 league mark and was ranked in the Top 20 in two weeks. In 2005, Tiffany's Seawolves appeared in the Top 20 for the first time ever, and were ranked as high as 14th nationally. Tiffany, the 2005 America East Coach of the Year, led Stony Brook to wins over Penn State and Rutgers, as his Seawolves boasted the number-one ranked man-up unit in Division I.
Tiffany arrived at Stony Brook after four years at Penn State and highly successful stints at Dartmouth, Washington & Lee and LeMoyne. He spent his four years at Penn State (2000-2004) as the top assistant under head coach Glenn Thiel, and was involved in all facets of the lacrosse program as the team's defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. His first recruiting class helped Penn State move from 20th in the USILA national rankings in 2001 to an 8-5 record and a No. 13 ranking in 2003. The ranking, along with a win over No. 8 Rutgers, helped Penn State earn its first-ever NCAA tournament bid for a program that has been in existence since 1913. Tiffany's defensive units were outstanding during his four years, and in 2002, the Nittany Lions led the nation in man-down defense.
Prior to coaching at Penn State, Tiffany was an assistant coach at Dartmouth College, where he spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons under head coach Rick Sowell. In his two seasons as defensive coordinator, the Big Green's goals allowed per game in Ivy League contests dropped from 15.3 to 9.0. His recruiting classes went on to earn Dartmouth its first share of the Ivy League title and a berth in the NCAA tournament in 2003. Tiffany was an assistant coach from 1997-98 at Washington & Lee University. In 1998, the Generals went 13-3 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament while finishing fifth in the USILA Division III national rankings.
Tiffany began his collegiate coaching career at LeMoyne College, where he served as an assistant coach of men's lacrosse and co-head coach of the women's lacrosse program from 1994-96. A native of LaFayette, N.Y., Tiffany graduated from LaFayette High School where he lettered in football, basketball and lacrosse. Upon graduation from Brown, he taught biology and coached lacrosse and football at the Robert Louis Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif., from 1990-94.
Lars, Tara and daughter, Charlotte, live in Riverside, Rhode Island.
Tiffany's Head Coaching Record:
2005 10-6 Stony
2006 8-7 Stony Brook
2007 7-7 Brown
2008 11-3 Brown Ivy League Champions
2009 12-4 Brown NCAA Playoffs
2010 8-6 Brown Ivy League Champions
2011 6-8 Brown
2012 7-8 Brown
2013 8-6 Brown
2014 8-6 Brown
Career Record: 85-61 (10 years)