Richie Meade is in his second year as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Meade will lead Team USA in its title defense at the 2014 FIL World Championships in Denver, Colo. He is the 12th head coach in U.S. men’s team history, following Mike Pressler (Bryant), who led the U.S. to the 2010 world title.
In 2012, Meade was named the first head coach at Furman University, which will begin competition in 2014-15. A 35-year veteran of coaching at the collegiate level, Meade most recently served as head coach for the United States Naval Academy men’s team from 1994-2011, where he led the Midshipmen to a 142-97 (.589) record in 17 years. In his 21-year career as a head coach, Meade has compiled a 162-120 (.585) record.
During Meade’s head coaching tenure at Navy, his teams claimed five Patriot League regular season and tournament titles, appeared in seven NCAA tournaments and earned 39 All-America selections. In 2004, Navy advanced to the national championship game and Meade was honored with the Morris Touchstone Memorial Award for the national coach of the year. He also was twice named Patriot League coach of the year (2004, 2007).
Meade began his coaching career as an assistant at Duke University in 1977. Following a two-year stint at Duke, Meade made stops at the University of North Carolina (assistant, 1979-80), the University of Baltimore (head coach, 1980-83), Navy (assistant, 1984-88), North Carolina (assistant, 1989-90) and the United States Military Academy (assistant, 1990-94) before rejoining Navy as head coach in 1994.
A native of Williston Park, N.Y., Meade earned his Bachelor’s (1976) and Master’s (1979) degrees from North Carolina. He has served as president of the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) since 2005.
Meade is a member of both the New York Metropolitan Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame and University of Baltimore Athletic Hall of Fame.
He and his wife, Sue, have three daughters: Jillian, Shannon Grace, and Cassidy.