Holy Cross Names Ryan Klipstein Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach
“I am excited to have Ryan as our first assistant,” said Lattimore. “Ryan has proven himself as a great player and as a great coach over the last seven years. He did a tremendous job at Penn over the last two years and played a key role in helping win an Ivy League championship last season. He comes from a great family of coaches and we are excited to have him at Holy Cross.”
Klipstein joins the Crusader coaching staff after spending the 2013 and 2014 seasons as an assistant coach at Penn. He played an instrumental role in the Quakers winning the Ivy League championship for the first time since 1988 and earning an appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a program-high fourth seed. The team went 19-9 over the course of his two years at the school. He served as the face-off coach and the team’s face-off winning percentage increased from 42 percent to 56 percent.
Before coaching at Penn, Klipstein spent a year at Williams College where he was the Ephs’ offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the 2012 season.
Klipstein played his college lacrosse at Bucknell. A midfielder and attackman, he was a senior captain for the Bison in 2011 when they went 14-3 overall winning the Patriot League championship and earning the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Klipstein was the team’s leading scorer in all three categories that season, with 32 goals and 21 assists for 53 points, and earned second-team All-Patriot League as well as a Patriot League All-Tournament selection. At the end of the season, he was chosen to play in the USILA North/South All-Star Game, and Bucknell was ranked seventh in the final USILA national poll. Klipstein was a first-team All-Patriot League selection as a junior, after he scored 34 goals and tallied seven assists. His 34 goals were the most in Bucknell history by a midfielder. He also tied a program and Patriot League record that season for goals in a game, scoring eight versus Lafayette. For his career, Klipstein tallied 118 points. He was a recipient of the Patriot League Sportsmanship Award in 2010.
A native of Califon, N.J., he graduated from Bucknell as a double major in education and economics.
Holy Cross Names Jordan Nies Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach
WORCESTER, Mass. – The College of the Holy Cross has named former Culver Academies assistant coach and 2011 Bucknell graduate Jordan Nies as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach, as announced by head coach Judd Lattimore and director of athletics Nathan Pine. Nies will serve as the defensive coordinator.
“I am extremely excited to have Jordan on board at Holy Cross,” said Lattimore. “Jordan has done a tremendous job at Culver Academies over the last two years. He was instrumental in helping the team to an undefeated record and a No. 2 national ranking. Jordan’s defense at Culver last year allowed only 4.8 goals per game. He was also a key defensive player at Bucknell which ranked No. 7 in the country his senior year and won a Patriot League Tournament championship. Jordan is a great addition to the Holy Cross family and we are excited to have him.”
Nies spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the nationally ranked prep lacrosse team at Culver Academies located in Culver, Ind. He served as the defensive coordinator. He was also an assistant coach for the Varsity B boys’ hockey team. Before Culver, Nies was an assistant coach at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., where he also was the recruiting coordinator.
Nies was a defensive midfielder at Bucknell. As a senior, the Bison won the Patriot League championship earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament. He appeared in all 17 games and scored two goals. A four-year letterwinner, Nies was a part of the most successful senior class in school history, compiling a 41-21 overall record and a 19-5 mark in Patriot League contests during his career. Nies was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades three times.
A native of Basking Ridge, N.J., he graduated from Bucknell as a Sociology major with a concentration in Legal Studies.