Ryan Mckay | Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach
Ryan McKay enters his third season with the Piedmont men's lacrosse program in the fall of 2019 after joining the program as an assistant coach in the fall of 2017.
McKay's offense produced record breaking numbers in 2019 as the Lions set a program record for points (291), goals (200), shots / shots per game (798 / 44.33) and shots on goal / per game (437 / 24.28).
Piedmont claimed the 2019 USA South Tournament with wins over Methodist (11-6) and Huntingdon (11-10) while attackman Brady Jenks and midfielder Josh Cobbina earned second-team All-Conference honors
In 2018, the Lions earned their first winning season and first nine win season as they earned a bid for the USA South Tournament. The Lions fell in overtime to Methodist.
Jeremy Kohn and Brady Jenks each earned All-Conference honors following the 2018 season.
Prior to Piedmont, McKay served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Millsaps. McKay helped lead the Majors to eight wins during his stint as an assistant including winning the first two contests of his coaching career. The win in the 2016 season opener was the first 1-0 start for the Majors in program history and the only time the Majors have defeated Piedmont.
McKay's primary responsibilities were working with the offense and man up while also working to create practice and game plans for the Majors. In 2016, he helped the Majors finish fourth in the country in caused turnovers per game. The Majors also had a pair of all-conference selections during McKay's time with the team.
Prior to being hired as an assistant lacrosse coach at Millsaps, McKay volunteered his time after graduation to continue helping the Majors from the fall of 2014 until he was hired in January 2016. He spent time working one-on-one with athletes on different facets of the game including stick work, dodging, and field awareness.
As a standout student athlete for the Majors, McKay played attack and midfield as a four-year starter and three-time captain. He is the all-time assists leader in program history and is third in career points with 105. McKay posted his best season his senior year in 2014 with 27 goals and 30 assists.
In 2014, McKay scored nine more goals than he had totaled in the previous three seasons and doubled the total number of assists he had in his career. He also finished in the top 40 in the country in assists that season. McKay was a two-time All-SAA Academic team member and two-time SAA Sportsmanship team honoree.
While in college, McKay began coaching at MadLax Lacrosse serving as the Head Coach of the program in Madison, Mississippi for ages 7-18. McKay has served in that capacity since 2013 providing leadership and instruction to players to develop their skills both on and off the field.
McKay is a 2014 graduate of Millsaps College with a bachelor's degree in education and a minor in Spanish. He was also a dual sport athlete with the Majors competing in both lacrosse and basketball. He graduated from St. Pius X Catholic High School in 2010 and was a member of the men's lacrosse team for three seasons.
David Salter | Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach
David Salter will enter his second season at Piedmont in the fall of 2019.
2019 saw much success for the Lions as Piedmont took the USA South Tournament Championship and made a trip to the NCAA tournament. On the defensive side of the ball, Salter's group produced program records.
His unit helped with program record for ground balls / per game (646 / 35.89) and caused turnovers / per game (175 / 9.72).
Salter joined the Piedmont staff after spending two years at Mercyhurst North East University. While at Mercyhurst, Salter led the recruiting efforts for the Saints as well as coaching the defensive unit. Salter helped the Saints improve from a 0-12 season in their debut season in 2017 to a 7-7 record in 2018. The Saints opened their sophomore season with an 18-4 win over Catonsville and posted a 4-3 record after the first seven games.
While acting as the recruiting and defensive coordinator, Salter also assisted his head coach with the practice planning, study hall and tracked the student-athlete’s academic progress. Salter’s efforts were seen on the field as his defensive unit went from a 17.58 goals against average in 2017 to a 10.21 average the following season.
During his two seasons, Salter coached seven All-Conference selections, three defensemen All-Region honorees and one first-team All-Region defenseman.
Salter also had success on the recruiting trail and recruited student-athletes from Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York and Wisconsin to join the Pennsylvania junior college.
Prior to coaching, Salter played three seasons at Belmont Abbey where he was a captain as a junior and senior for the Crusaders. During his time in Belmont, N.C., Salter finished with three goals, four assists, 87 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers as a defensive midfielder. Prior to Belmont, Salter played one season for Howard Community College.
Salter is a member of the Latvian National Lacrosse Team and has competed in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Games in 2014 and 2018 and also competed in the FIL European Championships in 2016.
Salter graduated from Belmont Abbey in 2016 with a degree in business management and received his Masters of Science degree in organizational leadership from Mercyhurst University in May of 2018.