Graham Niemi returns to his alma mater to serve as an assistant coach in 2002. Last season, Niemi worked as an assistant coach under Dave Cottle at Loyola, helping the Greyhounds to an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance.
The 1997 Maryland graduate will work primarily with face-offs and the offense this season.
Prior to joining Loyola in June of 2000, Niemi was an assistant coach at Washington College serving under J.B. Clarke for the 1999 and 2000 campaigns. At Washington, Niemi was the defensive coordinator, helping the Shoremen to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths and a 27-7 overall record. In addition, Washington enjoyed a six-week run as the No. 1 team in NCAA Division III during 1999.
Niemi began his coaching career as the defensive coordinator at Anne Arundel Community College in 1998, helping the program to the junior college national championship.
At Maryland, Niemi graduated with a bachelor of arts in government and politics. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Terps under Dick Edell (1993-96). A starter on the defensive unit and at longstick midfield for the Terps as a junior and senior, helped the squad to consecutive NCAA berths. During his junior season Maryland advanced to the national championship games against Syracuse. As a senior in 1996, Niemi won the William Cole Memorial Award as the team's top midfielder in helping the Terps back to the NCAAs.
Following his senior season, Niemi served as an assistant coach while completing his degree in 1997. That season, Maryland again advanced to the NCAA title game to face Princeton.
Niemi is single and resides in Severn on the Pines.