Mike Pressler

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Head coach Mike Pressler has led the Bryant University men's lacrosse program to national prominence over the last decade.

Pressler completed his 12th season leading the Bulldogs in 2018, having posted a 130-77 (.628) record. In 34 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Pressler is 359-179 (.667).

The Bulldogs won eight games in 2018, continuing a string of eight or more wins for all 12 of Pressler's seasons in Smithfield. Graduate student Kenny Massa was tabbed as a USILA honorable mention All-America selection and was one of three Bulldogs selected in the MLL Draft, joining Tom Kennedy and Anthony Johnson. The three MLL draft picks were the most ever by an NEC team. Bryant collected another victory over a ranked opponent in 2018 with a 10-7 win at No. 13 Robert Morris in March.

Bryant won its fifth Northeast Conference title in 2017 and earned its fourth trip to the NCAA tournament with an 11-win season that included victories over a top-10 Yale squad and NEC regular-season champion Hobart - both on the road - along with Monmouth in the NCAA Opening Round. Senior Tucker James was named an honorable mention All-American by the USILA, while James and Kyle Mummau were selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft. In total, six Bulldogs were named all-NEC selections.

Pressler's Bulldogs earned top-20 recognition in 2016, following a 10-4 regular season and impressive victories over then unbeaten and No. 8/7 Harvard at home, and a stellar 11-10 overtime win at intrastate rival No. 2/3 Brown. Bryant saw nine players named All-NEC honorees, and a Tewaaraton Award Semifinalist named from its roster in senior netminder Gunnar Waldt.

Pressler saw his total of Bryant All-Americans extend to 11 after two selections in 2015 (Kevin Massa, Gunnar Waldt), as the program had garnered at least one such accolade in every season since transitioning to the Division I level prior to 2016. Pressler also saw 11 all-conference selections, including an unprecedented third-straight NEC Player of the Year recognition for Massa.

Since his arrival in Smithfield in 2006-07, Pressler has turned the Bryant program into a consistent national threat at the Division I level. Never was that more evident than in the 2014 campaign, when he guided his Black and Gold all the way to the NCAA Quarterfinals.