Lars Tiffany is the Head Coach of the University of Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Program. They have won back-to-back National Championships. Lars has also spent time coaching at his alma mater, Brown University, which is where he played and had a great career. He coached at Brown from 2007-2016 and then took the leap to the University of Virginia, which is a storied lacrosse program, in 2017. He led Brown to 3 Ivy League Championships. In this episode, we discuss life for Lars as a kid (6:54), where his dad’s desire to be in the restaurant industry came from (7:51), if he was involved in the restaurant himself (11:41), why he became a vegetarian when he was the son of a steak house owner (13:37), his dad’s reaction to saying he would become a vegetarian (14:24), if his family ever served bison (18:01), vegetarians in sports (19:00), protein (21:51), losing his father (25:22), if he’s religious (29:19), his dad’s funeral (30:18), misconceptions about lacrosse (34:21), when lacrosse became a private school thing (39:19), winning his first National Championship (43:34), the differences in leading and creating a strong culture in a pandemic and in normal times (47:11), if his experience in 2019 or 2021 is more reflective of his life and journey (52:28), his pregame routine and if it’s the same as when he was a player (53:53), what book he has his whole team reading for next season (1:00:02), leadership and captainship (1:04:27), if he was a leader as a player (1:05:02), what it means to be a man (1:11:10), how fatherhood has impacted him as a coach (1:13:50), his mission statement (1:17:14), what he does to continue to grow (1:21:14), where he sees himself in the next 10 years (1:24:29). Thank you so much to Lars for coming on the podcast! I wrote a book called “Shift Your Mind” that was released in October of 2020, and you can order it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Additionally, I have launched a company called Strong Skills, and I encourage you to check out our new website https://www.strongskills.co/. If you liked this episode and/or any others, please follow me on Twitter: @brianlevenson or Instagram: @Intentional_Performers. Thanks for listening. -Brian
Phi - Lacrosse - Ophy Podcast Season 3, Ep. 41 Virginia Head Coach Lars Tiffany
IN this podcast, Jamie talks to Virginia Head Coach Lars Tiffany about the defensive midifeld position and hip turn vs drop steps, his defensive principles, air reps, offensive principles, the 3 pillars that he uses to assess a college lacrosse team, and recruiting.
Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast Ep. 74 with Virginia Head Coach Lars Tiffany
In this podcast, recorded for a Facebook Live event on March 15, 2020, Jamie talks to Virginia Head Coach Lars Tiffany about 2020 UVA Lacrosse, what can we do better, losing to Brown and schedulingNCAA RPI and using a more sophisticated formula, UVA and two big announcements, NCAA Eligibility and what it means moving forward,Getting better, social distancing and recruiting
Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast Ep. 68 - National Champion Univerisity of Virginia Head Coach Lars Tiffany
Lars Tiffany - National Champion University of Virginia Head Coach Lars Tiffany 01:23 Playing as a D1 Head Coach -Playing to enjoy the game-Time machine -Building empathy for the players we coach -Playing with old teammates -Personnel from the team-Learning communication -Decentralized command -Playing pick up lacrosse to stay with the game 11:00 Playing Small Sided Games-Two times a week-Practice plan breakdown -Breading decision making -"Skills are a solution"-Learning to implement solutions 14:35 Building the Culture in 2020 Coming Off the National Championship-Can't be identical from last year -Playing opponents more prepared for them -Can't play the underdog role -Reading as a team -This years book: The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday-The concept of hunger -Staying humble 23:00 Playing at Virginia This Year -Playing slower in 2019 than expected-Learning to balance possessions-Using shot clock as a metric measuring device-Playing fast with Coach Kirwin -Living through droughts and excepting turnovers -Bringing the schematic concept of managing games like football-Giving power back to the players-Playing fast requires good goaltending and face-off play35:14 Defense Philosophy-Freedom to double to players backs -Allowing players to go outside the script-Freedom to slide-Defending the Yale rollback offense -Using the medicine of the game -Training heavy on Sundays off -Being physically ready for it -What about the COMA slide is advantageous for -Playing the invert behind with the COMA slide48:16 Riding Philosophy and Scheme-Nature vs Nurture of it all-The personnel of the attackmen -The mentality the attackmen have-Pouncing on the sideline to sideline passes -The Munro drill or the Coquitlam drill-Notre Dame riding drill55:56 Recruiting Philosophy and Tendencies-Change has come in defensemen -Recruiting defensemen for game day traits-Seeing communication skills in defensemen -Offensive talent is still seen early -Narrowing down the focus-Making the process more personal-Evaluating the 2021 class-Being patient
Lars Tiffany’s lacrosse journey reached its peak on Memorial Day, when his Virginia team won its first national championship since 2011. The title was a culmination of three years of building for Tiffany and the Cavaliers, who went from the ACC cellar to the pinnacle of college lacrosse. During his press conference, Tiffany was quick to pay homage to the roots of the game. And it’s fitting. Tiffany grew up near the Onondaga reservation in Upstate New York, playing with Native Americans and working on his father’s bison farm. His love for lacrosse took him to Brown, where he played and later coached. Through all of his coaching stops, Tiffany never lost his love for lacrosse. He speaks with Paul Carcaterra about what started it all, the inspiration from his parents, why he left Brown for Virginia and much more.