By Brian Klose
Coach Jeff Shirk and Washington College men’s lacrosse announced the hiring of new assistant coach Tyler German on Sept. 24. German will assist associate head coach and offensive coordinator Chris Miller in coaching the offense and will specialize in coaching the face-off unit. German graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 and was a stand out midfielder as a Cavalier.
“I’m a local guy,” said German, “so I worked a lot of the summer camps with coach Shirk and I played against coach Kerr in high school. I’ve known those guys for a while, so when the job opened up they contacted me and I was more than excited to take the position.”
German made many contributions to his team at UVA. A four-year player, German recorded 32 career goals, 12 assists, and 71 ground balls.
“I was fortunate enough to play under coach (Dom) Starsia, the all-time winningest coach in Division I,” said German. “He’s one of the greatest minds in lacrosse, he’s one of the smartest guys I’ve ever met. So taking exactly what they do, everything my coaches have said to me, I’ll try to implement that.”
German served as a team captain during his senior year and earned careers bests in goals (20), assists (seven), point (27), and ground balls (40).
“My senior year was pretty memorable,” said German. “It was the first time I really got to step in to a starting role and be a captain. The younger guys got to look up to me. They guys I graduated with were awesome. We all committed as sophomores in high school and we all stayed together until we graduated. Being with those guys for that long was an awesome experience.”
As a recent college graduate, German believes his youth allows him form better connections with his players at WC.
“I think it’s good that they’re hearing it all from somebody else. It’s nice being a younger guy. I can talk to them just like I’m a normal guy, and it’s been going really well so far,” said German. “I’ve been here since the first day of practice, so I got to meet all the guys and get to know them. It’s been awesome.”
Since graduating from UVA, a Division I program, German has enjoyed the transition to a Division III environment.
“In DIII, the coaching staff gives a lot of freedom to the guys. During the offseason, there’re a lot of rules, we can’t have a lot of contact with the players so they’re on their own. It’s going to be up to them to work hard on their own. You get to see who wants to be good, said German. “ Coming from a DI to a DIII, you’d think there’d be a big drop-off in speed, but there really isn’t. There’s so much talent.”
A native of Centerville and a graduate from Queen Anne’s County High School, German is familiar with the culture and tradition of WC lacrosse.
“I used to live in Chestertown, so I grew up when Stephen Berger (’04) and Kerr were playing here. All those guys I looked up to and they all coached the right program,” said German. “I’ve been going to the War on the Shore since I was a little kid and playing for Kent County rec league against Salisbury. The rivalry is a being deal to me.”
As with growing up in any small town, German has his favorite spots.
“Growing up, I crushed Procolino’s,” said German. “I usually go with the cheesesteak pizza. That’s my go-to.”