Ryan Sheaffer // Coach Profile
Coach Ryan Sheaffer
Current Head Coach Wilson West Lawn High School.
Prior to his current position, Coach Sheaffer was the Head Lacrosse Coach at Governor Mifflin High School and Alvernia College.
During the 2013 season at Alvernia, Sheaffer led the program to five wins, again matching the program record, including their first Commonwealth Conference win in more than three years. Daniel Frantz (class of ’13, LSM) was named Honorable Mention to the MAC Commonwealth All Conference team for his performance during the 2013 season. Offensively the crusaders continued to establish new benchmarks for the program. The crusaders scored 122 goals on the season, a new high for the program, and averaged more than 7 gpg for only the second time in program history.
During the 2012 season Sheaffer led the program to a record of 5-11, tying the record for wins in the program’s history in his first season. The team set several new records including the longest winning streak (four), twice setting the record for most goals scored in a game (20 vs Rosemont 3/15/12, 23 vs PSU-Abington 3/17/12), lowest goals against average in program history (10.00), and had our first ever player selected to the MAC All-Conference Team (Jake Buzby, 2nd Team). Under Sheaffer’s direction the Crusader man down unit killed off 82.4 percent of their man down opportunities, which ranked first in the Commonwealth Conference. Offensively, the Crusaders nearly doubled their goals scored per game from 2011, increasing from 3.31 gpg in 2011 to 6.25 gpg in 2012, and scored 100 goals during the season for only the second time in program history.
Prior to joining the Alvernia coaching staff in the fall of 2010, Sheaffer spent nine years residing in Park City, Utah. He coached Park City High School’s lacrosse team from 2002-2010. He served as an assistant coach from 2002-06 before becoming the head coach in 2007. Sheaffer played a key part in developing what was once a struggling young high school program, into a perennial state title contender.
Sheaffer led Park City to playoff appearances in eight of his nine seasons there, including a semifinal appearance in 2005. For his efforts, Sheaffer was named 2005 Assistant Coach of the Year in Utah. Only three years after becoming head coach, Sheaffer led Park City to a 12-4 record and the program’s first ever appearance in the state championship game in the spring of 2010. Sheaffer’s teams consistently produced all-conference and all-state players and sent numerous athletes on to play lacrosse at both the NCAA and MCLA levels. Many of these players have become major contributors and team leaders at the collegiate level.
Coach Sheaffer is a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and attended Ephrata Senior High School, where he was a three sport athlete. Sheaffer graduated from Messiah College in 2000, where he competed for the lacrosse team as a junior and senior.