June 9, 2011

Rick Sowell Hired as New Navy Coach

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com

Rick Sowell, a two-time America East Coach of the Year with Stony Brook, confirmed Thursday that he has accepted an offer to become the new men's lacrosse coach at Navy.

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Sowell 'Moving Forward, Not Looking Backwards' (Official Release)

Stony Brook head coach Rick Sowell has confirmed with Lacrosse Magazine that he has accepted an offer to be the next Navy men's lacrosse coach.

Navy had been looking for a coach since Richie Meade's forced resignation May 9, and the academy had eyed Maryland coach John Tillman, a former Navy assistant. But Tillman decided earlier this week to remain in College Park.

After that, Navy shifted its attention to other top Division I men's coaches, and multiple media reports indentified Sowell as a candidate for the job.

The Annapolis Capital reported Thursday that Sowell had visited the Naval Academy in Annapolis Wednesday to meet with athletics director Chet Gladchuk and tour the lacrosse facilities. The Captial reported, according to sources, that Sowell could receive an annual salary of $300,000 if he accepted the Navy job, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the game.

Sowell, the 2010 and 2011 America East coach of the year, just finished his fifth season as head coach at Stony Brook, and his 20th season coaching at the Division I level, either as a head coach (Stony Brook, St. John's, Dartmouth) or assistant (Georgetown). His career record as a head coach is 86-81 in 12 seasons.

Stony Brook went 47-26 in the five seasons under Sowell, and he led the team to a program-best season in 2010; a 13-4 record, an America East championship, and an NCAA quarterfinals appearance. This year, Stony Brook was upset by Hartford in the conference championship game, and failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament as an at-large team.

Before heading to the north shore of Long Island, Sowell spent two seasons as head coach at St. John's in New York. Prior to that, from 1999-2003, Sowell was Dartmouth head coach. The Big Green went 11-3 and reached the NCAA tournament in his final season there.

Sowell is an upstate New York native, but he's familiar with the Mid-Atlantic region. He's a Washington College alum, a former assistant coach there, and was a Georgetown assistant from 1990-98. The Hoyas made two national tournament appearances in his final two seasons there as an assistant.

Sowell was also an assistant coach for the United States' gold medal-winning team at the 2010 FIL World Championship in Manchester, England, last August.



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