Tyler Hardy - CT Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Tyler Hardy was a highly decorated defensive specialist who excelled at both the high school and collegiate levels. Tyler played four years of Varsity lacrosse at New Canaan High School from 1990-1993 under CT Hall of Fame coach Howard Benedict. In his freshmen year in 1990 the team recorded 18-0 record while capturing both the FCIAC and CT State Championships. Tyler received First Team All-FCIAC and First Team All-State honors in each of his junior and senior years. In his senior year in 1993 he also served as a team captain and helped New Canaan to another FCIAC Championship. That same year he received high school All-America honors and played in the High School North-South Senior All-Star game at Johns Hopkins University
Tyler then moved on to Duke University where he played four years of Varsity Lacrosse from 1994-1997. Tyler helped lead Duke to its first ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1995 and its firsd ever NCAA Division I National Tournament Semi-Final appearance in 1997 where he also served as a Team Captain. He was a three time First Team All-ACC selection and three time All-America selection from 1995-1997 including receiving The William F. Schmisser Award as the Outstanding Defensemen in Division I. As a senior Tyler played in the 1997 North-South Senior All-Star game and also received Scholar All-American honors. In 2002, Tyler was one of 57 players selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary Men's Lacrosse Team.
Tyler has also been highly succesful in the coaching ranks. He firstd served as an assistant at Duke from 1998-199 before becoming the head lacrosse coach at the Taft School in Watertown, CT in 2001 where he compiled a record of 37-4 over three seasons. In 2004, Tyler moved west to help establish the Jackson hole Community School and shortly thereafter created a youth lacrosse program in Jackson, the first of its kind in the state of Wyoming. The program is now the Jackson Hole Lacrosse Club and competes with teasm in Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Colorado. More recently, in 2015, Tyler moved to Tallahassee, Florida to serve as the head lacrosse coach at the Maclay School where he has compiled a record of 35-8 in his first two seasons.