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Learn from 2015 D-1 National Championship Coach Bill Tierney!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

After weeks of hard work and grueling practices, Bill Tierney’s Denver Pioneers captured the 2015 NCAA D-1 National Championship. In this clip, you’ll learn a drill from Coach Tierney that the whole team can use to get better at passing and communicating on the field.

Maze Drill

Drill Summary: This is a drill for the entire team. Set up with lines of at least three players staggered down the length of the field every five yards, on opposite sides. The first player at the front of the first line begins running and throws to the player at the front of the next line on the opposite side of the field. Then, that player runs out and throws to the next line, etc. After throwing, players go to the back of the line they threw to. Players in the last line on the field run through all the other lines and go up the field back to the first line once they’ve received a ball. Get at least 4-5 balls going at the same time.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Throw the ball hard.
2) Catch the ball without twisting the stick.
3) Don’t move until thrown to.
4) Call out the name of the person you’re passing to.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Lacrosse Practice with Bill Tierney.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Create a Strong, Cohesive Defense with Bill Tierney’s Sliding Scheme!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

University of Denver Head Coach, Bill Tierney, explains one of the most well known defensive methods: the “slide if you must” defense.  This defense is popular due to its flexibility and ability to make adjustments with ease.  This defensive method allows a coach to make simple game time adjustments, vary his defenses slide scheme, and find advantages within individual match ups.


Tierney shares the major adjustments that would be effective responses to common offensive strategies.  Defensive skills usually seen in this defense would include shutting off, early slides, on-ball aggressiveness, and fake sliding. Coach Tierney will then give more detailed explanations of this defense against different offenses.

This excerpt came from Championship Productions lacrosse video, Adjusting Your Multiple Defensive System to Win!  To view more instructional lacrosse videos, click here!

See How Your Team Can Shutdown the Opponent’s Offense!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In this insightful clip, 6x NCAA Championship Coach, Bill Tierney, guides you through defending carry roll-offs and overloads. Coach Tierney provides excellent explanation on team defensive systems that will shutdown your opponent’s attempts to score. You will learn simple descriptions that any coach can reiterate to their own players to make them smarter athletes.

Zone Defense

Teaching Points: 

Defending Roll-Offs

  • Be more stick aggressive
  • Shut off the roll-off man

Defending Overloads

  • Press out on both adjacents on offense
  • Don’t let the ball move to the other side quickly

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Adjusting Your Multiple Defensive System to Win!.” View the latest videos on Team Defense.

Behind the Scenes Denver Lacrosse: Coaches Meetings & Half-Field Drills

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In this behind-the-scenes glimpse, we visit Denver, Colorado for a look inside a recent University of Denver men’s lacrosse practice. Watch as head coach Bill Tierney leads his staff through a typical practice planning session before heading out to the turf for half-field drills. 

Coaches Meeting

It’s the third day of practice and the Denver men’s lacrosse program is getting prepared for its season opener. We pick things up at a coaches meeting where the staff works together to devise a practice plan for that afternoon’s session.

Highlights: The roundtable discussion highlights the need for the team to go through as many specific scenarios as they can before moving into full-field work, including 6-on-4 and 7-on-5 situations to simulate challenging transition play.

Says coach Tierney, “We got to make sure we’re not extending to the ball because the opponent will skip the ball or take a shot on us coming down.”

Keep Away

Once out on the field, about half the team moves into a pressure passing drill. According to Coach Tierney, the drill will help the players get used to catching and throwing under pressure.

On the other end, the players (mostly defensive) work on a keep away drill. In this particular scenario, there will be one more offensive player than total defensive players, so it’s imperative for them to move around and keep their feet moving as they catch and throw the ball. It’s also crucial that players work hard on putting pressure on the offense as they catch the ball.

3-on-3 Defense Behind the Goal

Finally, practice wraps up with a 3-on-3 drill that initiates from behind the cage. Defenders specifically focus on making fluid switches behind the goal and being able to cover any cutting offensive players around the crease.

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD All Access Lacrosse Practice with Bill Tierney.” To check out our entire All Access lineup, including new additions featuring Amy Bokker, John Desko, and Kelly Amonte Hiller, click here

All Access Denver Lacrosse Practice: Pressure Passing and Transition Drills

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

In this week’s edition of All Access, we take you back to Denver, Colorado for a behind-the-scenes look at a University of Denver men’s lacrosse practice. Watch as legendary head coach Bill Tierney leads his squad through a variety of team drills in preparation for an early-season match-up.

This All Access session is an ideal way for coaches to see exactly how a top college lacrosse program prepares for opponents during the week. In this instance, Denver runs through a variety of pressure passing and transition drills centered on game-like situations and quick decision-making.

Pressure Passing

The goal here is to get some regular stickwork in but while under some pressure. Coach Tierney believes that the team must get better under pressure at practice in order for the squad to be successful in games. This particular drill moves up the entire length of the field with 1-on-1 pressure passing situations, from one group of players to the next.


Keep Away

In this drill, there’s one more player on offense than defense. The goal is to quickly move the ball around the perimeter and have the players keep their feet moving when throwing and catching the ball. Offensive guys are working on their pressure passing around the horn and needing to pass and catch with a tight defense on their heels. It’s also a great drill so that players can work on their footwork and stickwork skills.



With “Hoops“, a ball is thrown out onto the field and it’s initially a 2-on-2 fight for possession. The direction of play depends on which team scoops up the ground ball. Whichever team scoops up the ball, they immediately transition down the field and look for the quick score.

Although not entirely realistic, the drill simulates a 5-on-5 situation that starts with a ground ball fight. The offensive team is trying to push the ball and score, while the defense is looking to get set and recover on the transition break.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Denver Lacrosse Practice with Bill Tierney.” To check out our entire all access collection, visit our extensive lacrosse library. Don’t miss our latest edition featuring Haverford (PA) head coach John Nostrant.


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