Reports: Tillman to Stay at Maryland Despite Navy's Interest
Maryland men's lacrosse coach John Tillman, who led the Terps to the NCAA Division I championship game for the first time since 2006, will remain in College Park despite the reported interest that Navy had in speaking with him about a vacancy at the helm of its program.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Navy wanted to talk to Tillman, who spent 12 years in Annapolis as an assistant to recently-resigned Richie Meade before leaving to become the head coach at Harvard after the 2007 season. Tillman took the Maryland job last summer after Dave Cottle was forced to resign. With a senior-heavy lineup, the Terps went 13-5, won the ACC championship and advanced to the NCAA final as an unseeded team, falling to Virginia.
Navy had not sought Maryland's permission to talk to Tillman, according to the Sun. The Washington Post then reported that Tillman will remain at Maryland, citing "two sources familiar with the situation."
“We are not commenting on any speculation. We are not commenting on any potential or non-potential candidates,” Navy assistant athletic director Scott Strasemeier told the Post. “It’s an ongoing search. The first thing we will say is when we have an announcement about the new hire.”
According to another Sun report, Tillman spoke
with Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson by phone Thursday.
"As far as we're concerned, he's our coach and we fully expect him
to remain our coach," Anderson told the Sun in a statement.
Tillman texted the Sun on Thursday, saying "I was never contacted by anyone so I'm just doing my job as I always do like any other day."
In addition to Navy, coaching vacancies remain at Bellarmine, Marist, Rutgers and Wagner. After not renewing Tony Seaman's contract, Towson filled its vacancy with long-time assistant coach Shawn Nadelen. Binghamton hired Scott Nelson away from Marist to replace Ed Stephenson, who resigned in protest of the university's suspension of three players.
The coaching carousel has become more active in recent summers. Eighteen of the 61 teams playing Division I men's lacrosse in 2012 have experienced turnover at the helm in the last three years.
2010: Dartmouth, Denver, Drexel, Penn, Princeton
2011: Cornell, Harvard, Maryland, Penn State, VMI
2012: Bellarmine, Binghamton, Holy Cross, Marist, Navy, Rutgers, Towson, Wagner
Nine of those changes -- Dartmouth, Denver, Maryland, Binghamton, Holy Cross, Navy, Rutgers, Towson and Wagner -- came as a result of coaches resigning or being forced to resign. The others came as a result of coaches leaving for other programs.
Jacksonville (2010), Mercer (2011) and Michigan (2012) were and will be new programs. Presbyterian (coaching change in 2010) has discontinued its program.