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St. John Bosco Lacrosse Coach Named 2014 Man Of The Year
BELLFLOWER, CALIF. – St. John Bosco Varsity Lacrosse coach, Ryland Huyghue, was named 2014 US Lacrosse Man of the Year- Los Angeles Region by LAX Power. Huyghue is heavily involved in the sport of lacrosse and is a huge advocate for the expansion and development of the sport of lacrosse nationwide.
“We are blessed to have a man such as Ryland Huyghue running our lacrosse program.” said Casey Yeazel, Principal of St. John Bosco High School. “Not only does Coach Huyghue possess unparalleled experience as a player and coach, he is also a man of character that is vested in the formation of his players as young men. The success that Bosco Lacrosse has had this year has surpassed our most optimistic expectations, and is due in large part to Coach Huyghue’s vision and execution. Being named U.S. Lacrosse “Man of the Year” in the Los Angeles Region is an appropriate honor for Ryland. On behalf of the entire St. John Bosco High School Community, we congratulate Ryland for this honor.”
As a leader in the sport of lacrosse, Huyghue, has been solely responsible for the partnership of the lacrosse community and the International Diversity Lacrosse Council for over seven years. In being the CEO and Founder of IDLC, he has been committed to increase the education, exposure, experience and participation of everyone in all levels of lacrosse throughout the world.
In addition to spreading the development of lacrosse through IDLC, Huyghue is also a Top 25 Poll Administrator for the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association. The MCLA provides a governing structure much like NCAA, with eligibility rules, All-Americans and a national tournament to decide national champions in both Division I and II. Huyghue is responsible for weekly ranking selections of the Top 25 ranked teams across the country.
As head coach for the 2014 St. John Bosco lacrosse team, he has spearheaded the lacrosse program and coached the team to an improving record this season. He also led the lacrosse varsity to a third place finish in the California State Lacrosse Tournament.
About St. John Bosco High School
St. John Bosco High School is an all-male Catholic college preparatory school in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles with a student body of approximately 800 students, grades 9-12. As a distinctive Catholic college preparatory community in the Salesian tradition, the school educates young men with reason, religion and loving kindness to become men of purpose in the image of Jesus Christ.
Since 1982, I spearheaded the development of lacrosse in California. As a five-time MVP player of Orange County Lacrosse Club, my team won four state club championships and for fourteen straight years I was an all-star club lacrosse player. I was elected as the president of the California Lacrosse Association for twelve years and served as president of the Malibu Lacrosse Club for thirteen years.
I went back into coaching youth football for 14 years with both my sons. I coached my last 3 youth years, with Rap Star, Snoop Dogg and his sons. While coaching youth football, I was then asked to coach with a Semi Professional Football team where I currently head coach six seasons later. We dominated the minor league football for several years, at one point having a record of 66 wins and 8 losses.
In 2009, I was the head lacrosse coach for Cal State Fullerton, where in one season I took the team from losing every game the previous season to a much improved, above 500% season. I coached and produced five All-American lacrosse players, three of which were Academic All-Americans as well.
I made history in 2009 becoming the first African American head lacrosse coach to win a collegiate championship in the sport of lacrosse for Cal State Fullerton. I have also coached UCLA, USC and Occidental College. Maybe my most amazing achievement was my involvement in re-instating exhibition lacrosse in the 1984 Olympics. With numerous meetings with Peter Uberoff and the Olympic Committees, I helped pull off what many thought would never happen and made the Jim Thorpe Memorial Pow Wow & World Games by inviting for the first time the Native American Iroquois to there first World Lacrosse Tournament making it a huge success.
I continue my commitment to lacrosse accepting the head coaching position for the Santa Monica Vikings High School Club Lacrosse team. In only one season, my record took a 5-7 record from the previous season and being ranked 60th in the state, to winning their division and taking a trip to the state championship. Ending the season ranked 4th in the state.