Tom Ryan is a lacrosse coach and former professional player. He is currently an assistant collegiate coach at St. Lawrence University. Ryan is the former head coach of the Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League.
Ryan played his high school ball at Canton Central in NY. Ryan attended Bowdoin College where he was an All-American attackman. He amassed 97-points in his senior year to become the leading scorer in school history.
Ryan played in the National Lacrosse League where he was known as the "Dude" due to his long dreadlocked hair. He scored 202 total career points (82 goals and 120 assists) while playing for the Boston Blazers, Baltimore Thunder and the Philadelphia Wings. In addition, he played in the Heritage Cup for Team USA in 2002.
Ryan was awarded IMLCA Assistant Coach of the Year in DIII for his role in leading the St. Lawrence University team to a 18-3 record and NCAA Final Four appearance.
On May 9, 2007, the NLL announced that an expansion franchise had been granted to the city of Boston, and that Ryan had been named head coach. The team, which was named the Boston Blazers, was scheduled to begin play during the 2008 NLL season, but after a labour dispute that saw the season temporarily cancelled, the Blazers opted to sit out the 2008 season and begin play in 2009. Ryan was dismissed as the head coach of the Blazers on December 23, 2010.