CANTON Canton native Tom Ryan, a former All-American and professional player, is joining the St. Lawrence University mens lacrosse team as an assistant coach, the school announced. Ryan will join head coach Mike Mahoney and assistant Kyle Benton on the staff.
Ryan played and coached collegiately and professionally. He led Team USAs indoor team from 2006-11. He last coached for NCAA Division II Belmont Abbey College.
Ryan helped Canton to a Section 10 title and later broke records for Division III Bowdoin College. As a professional in the National Lacrosse League, he drew a cult following with his dreadlocks and intensity on the field. Concussions forced him to quit playing in 2003.