Dowling '99 (11-29; three seasons)
Ryan McAleavey concluded his third season as the head coach of the men's lacrosse program at Florida Tech.
McAleavey guided the Panthers to a 1-4 record in the inaugural Sunshine State Conference season. With 19 newcomers, Florida Tech set new records in points, assists, faceoff wins, faceoff percentage, ground balls and caused turnovers. FIT nearly upset Catawba College, Wheeling Jesuit University, Saint Leo University and Belmont Abbey College.
After the season, freshmen CJ Nichols, Charlie Morrisette and Mike Cherry were named to the All-SSC Freshman Team, while Nichols earned All-SSC First Team honors after recording 22 goals and 15 assists. Cherry's 12 forced turnovers also earned the Pa. native All-SSC Second Team honors, along with sophomore transfer Nick Wynne. Wynne scored 22 goals and All-SSC Honorable Mention faceoff specialist Travis Wunder set single season records in ground balls, faceoff wins and faceoff percentage, winning 131 faceoffs and registering 64 ground balls.
Florida Tech's 33 points, 19 goals and 14 assists versus Lynn University were single game school records and the Panthers coasted to a 19-5 win, the first ever SSC win for FIT.
In just his second season at Florida Tech, McAleavey was named Deep South Conference Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the second year of the program. McAleavey led the Panthers to a 6-8 record in 2013 after Florida Tech went 2-12 during its inaugural season in 2012.
McAleavey’s young squad began the 2013 season 2-0 after earning its first two DSC wins in program history over conference favorite Saint Leo and Rollins. The Panthers then improved to 4-2 over the first six games of the season, doubling their first season’s win total.
The Panthers led the DSC in man-up goals (27) and man-up conversion percentage (.397) in their second season in the conference. For most of the season, McAleavey’s squad led the conference in ground balls before finishing third with 495 total ground balls in 14 games.
Under McAleavey’s watch, sophomore Andrew Conley was named All-DSC First Team Midfielder and junior Eric Biller was named All-DSC Second Team Goalie.
McAleavey was named the institution’s first men’s lacrosse head coach on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 and the inaugural game took place on Feb. 14, 2012 versus Saint Leo University.
McAleavey came to Melbourne with a wealth of lacrosse experience at the professional, college and high school levels. Most recently, he served as the boys head coach at Red Bank Regional High School. In New Jersey, McAleavey inherited a young and largely inexperienced team. Tasked with aiding in the development of student-athletes, he guided them to a top four finish in their division after being picked to place last in the preseason poll.Prior to working with the Bucs, McAleavey roamed the sidelines at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, N.J. After inheriting a team that was unable to tally a win the season prior to his arrival, he built a respectable squad, leading them to five victories on the playing field.
McAleavey served as the associate head coach/offensive coordinator at Suffolk Community College before moving on to Vianney High School. At Suffolk, he had the opportunity to coach a consistent top five National Junior College Athletic Association lacrosse program. Two of his teams were region runner-ups and his 2006 club not only won its region, but advanced to the NJCAA National Championship.
For the Longhorns, he handled a wide variety of tasks, including the implementation of offensive game plans, scouting, fundraising, scheduling, budget management and developing an offseason conditioning program.
The Brentwood, N.Y. native has experience in developing a program from his time at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield, Conn. As the institution’s first head lacrosse coach, he was responsible for all aspects of starting the program, from scheduling games to recruiting student-athletes. In each of his three years at Notre Dame Catholic, his teams consistently improved. By year three, the squad fielded 30-35 varsity players and it qualified for the high school’s Division II playoffs.
Before he embarked on his coaching career, McAleavey was a standout attackman at Dowling College, pacing the team in goals all four years. Following a junior campaign where he scored 60 goals and dished out 15 assists, he garnered United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II All-America Honorable Mention honors. Although his collegiate career concluded in 1999, McAleavey still holds school records for goals and points in a single-season and career.
Following his collegiate career, McAleavey inked a free agent contract with the New Jersey Pride. Shortly after signing, he was asked to join the coaching staff as an assistant. With one season of coaching experience under his belt, he still had a strong desire to play. In 2004, he was selected by the Pride in the ninth round of the 2004 Major League Lacrosse Supplemental Draft.
Even though his career was cut short due to injury, he remained on the team as an assistant. In that role, he scouted possible draft picks, broke down game film, implemented practice workouts, assisted the head coach with game day management and helped with marketing events and appearances.
McAleavey received a bachelor’s of arts degree in professional and liberal studies from Dowling College in 1999. Before earning a master’s degree in special education and general education at Touro College, he occupied the graduate assistant men’s lacrosse position at Dowling. As a Golden Lion, he dealt with all phases of the program, including recruiting, player evaluation, planning practices, offseason conditioning, alumni relations, fundraising and scheduling.
McAleavey holds a teacher’s certificate in New Jersey and is certified in CPR, first aid and safety. In February, he married the former Angela Burgo from Lincroft, N.J.
Year-by-Year Coaching Record
Career Record - 11-29 (three seasons)