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Charley Toomey, who is entering his eighth season as a collegiate head coach, has put his stamp on the Loyola men’s lacrosse program as a disciplined, tough, athletic and skillful unit. The Greyhounds ascended to the top of college lacrosse in 2012, winning Loyola’s first-ever NCAA Division I Championship.

This is our second interview with this great coach, as well as his participation in our free app for iphones…

The 2012 Loyola squad set several program records and tied the NCAA Division I record for wins in a season with 18. The Greyhounds lost just a single game during the year, winning the ECAC regular-season and tournament championships en route to the national title.

Toomey was named the 2012 recipient of the Morris Touchstone as the Division I Coach of the Year, and he earned his third ECAC Coach of the Year honor.

During the year, the Greyhounds featured one of the most balanced teams in the nation, finishing fifth in scoring defense (7.51 goals allowed per game) and eighth in scoring offense (12.05). Loyola’s transition game was also vaunted during the year, and the Greyhounds unit has been heralded as one of the nation’s best for several seasons.

Toomey, who enters the 2013 season with a 64-35 overall record, coaches seven players in 2012 who earned USILA All-America honors, including Mike Sawyer and Scott Ratliff who were named to the second and third teams, respectively. Eric Lusby, who was the NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Player, and Sawyer finished the year as the top two single-season scorers in school history with 54 and 52 goals, respectively.

Under his direction, the Greyhounds have won at least a share of three of the last five ECAC Championships and reached the NCAA Tournament in four of the past six seasons. Since Toomey took over as Loyola’s head coach before the 2006 season, the Greyhounds lead the ECAC with 29 conference victories, amassing a 38-9 record during that stretch.

Toomey was also a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee, a group responsible for selection of the NCAA Championships field and administration of the tournament.

For all Free Members, the ‘Night Drill’ sample below, you can listen to Coach Charlie Toomey describe a great lacrosse drill, with some ‘Loyola’ twists… it is 3V2 in a box, kind of a keep-a-way in a 20 yard box by the midfield line immediately into a 4V3 break to the cage, Then read our article on the drill for details, click here to read the article after you listen to Coach Toomey…

For the Premium Members, the full podcast is filled with great coaching insights on how Coach Toomey had a significant change in philosophy, … Transition! We cover conditioning in the middle of practice not at the end, some great drills, an awesome new twist on 1V1 in tight, Ground Balls, GB Box Drill, and much more,

I love and agree with his definition of coaching, “Putting the kids in the best position possible to be successful” If you want your players to have more exposure to this great coach, visit the Loyola Mens Lacrosse website, and click on the “Camps Bus’ icon… Recruiting camps for 2013, June 30-July 3, Rising Sophomores, Rising Juniors, followed by his exclusive Goalie Camps, July 4-7th, all on campus at Loyola.

Audio Preview, ‘The Night Drill’ from Coach Charlie Toomey This is for all Free Members simply log in… and then check out the corresponding article in our article section,

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The full podcast with a ton of ideas and drills is available for our Premium Members…

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