Tierney has to be named one of the best. He is a great role model for those kids, and gets them to perform at a high level. As a head coach, he has three state championships (08, 10, 14) and 2 Runner-up's (09, 13) since he took over in 2008. Some could argue he inherited a great program, but his results since have proven he is top-notch coach.
The most important thing a varsity head coach can do to help the program is to hire quality assistants from the Freshmen team all the way up to Varsity, and that is exactly what Tierney has done. I may be wrong on this but I think between all of Elder's coaches they have around 4 former all state players