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Maryland says men's lacrosse coaching search is wide open

University of Maryland officials denied a report that they are focused on three candidates for their vacant men's lacrosse coaching job.

"We're only in day two of the search," said Michael Lipitz, senior associate athletic director for varsity sports, said on Tuesday. "At this point, everyone is a candidate."

Dave Cottle resigned as Maryland's coach on Sunday afternoon. The Terrapins went 12-4 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals this season; they are expected to have back eight starters from the team that lost to Notre Dame, 7-5, on Saturday in the NCAA tournament.

On Monday, citing sources in the coaching world, The Washington Post reported that Maryland was focused on three candidates: Bryant Coach Mike Pressler, Syracuse women's coach Gary Gait and Notre Dame Coach Kevin Corrigan.

By Christian Swezey  |  May 26, 2010; 1:08 PM ET
Categories:  Men's lacrosse  
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Who coaches Salisbury State University? I would think that he'd be the obvious choice. A dominant coach already in the State's University System. Weird to not even see that name mentioned.

Posted by: UnFamiliarThought | May 26, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Salisbury University is probably the best men's lacrosse program in the state at the collegiate level. Jim Berkman is 337-34, not including this year's 21-1 record over his 21 year career. They have won 8 national championships since 1994 and have appeared in 11 national championship games. They will be in this year's division III national championship game as well. I agree with "Unfamiliar thought" that UMD would be crazy not to reach out to him.

Posted by: GoGulls | May 26, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Dave Urick left Hobart after amazing success and many DIII titles. But was never able to do much at Gtown. Maybe some coaches are just better at DIII level. Just a thought.

Posted by: erniegogo | May 26, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

So you'd think the guy at Salisbury would at least be a candidate. As for Gait, what is the other brother doing? Is this one, the 'Cuse girls coach the only one coaching? Regardless, theres no denying the pedigree in that candidate. I'd wonder about the ND coach - sure he just beat UMD but he also went undefeated last year and then lost to UMD.

How about the coach at Denver? Sounds crazy but that must be a coach who can get the most out of what he's got! How about the Army coach as an overachiever? Tough choices...

Posted by: TerpInTime | May 26, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

TerpTime: The "coach at Denver" is Bill Tierney. He coached at Princeton for 20 years, winning 6 championships. I don't see him coming back east and I certainly don't see UMD paying him the $$$ it would take.

Posted by: erniegogo | May 27, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse


I dont think money is/will be a factor in whoever the Terps want. Hell, how much we talking about?

As for Tierneys desire to leave Denver, well who knows? If he's enjoying getting his Rocky-Mountain-High on out there, then so be it. But maybe he sees he'll never crack the very top echelon of play while at Denver and decide to get back to the heart of LAX country with a challenging new opportunity.

Posted by: TerpInTime | May 27, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

But maybe he sees he'll never crack the very top echelon of play while at Denver and decide to get back to the heart of LAX country .....
Posted by: TerpInTime | May 27, 2010 9:31 AM
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Um, no.

Colorado, Texas, and Florida are the new hotbeds ... or have you been hiding under a turtle shell the last few years?

Posted by: bs2004 | May 27, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

First of all, its Salisbury University, not Salisbury State University. The name was changed in 2003.

Having had a son place for Coach Berkman, 2002 t0 2004, he is one of the best lacrosse coaches ever.

On the CBS College Sports channel the other night, there was a show called NCAA on campus and they did a piece on Salisbury.

Coach Berkman had the statement that he has the job he wants and does not need to move to a DI program, he coaches DI players now, I know this first hand.

Posted by: dadlax1 | May 27, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

@dadlax1

I played DI lacrosse in the 90's when Salisbury was winning DIII championships almost every year and we scrimmaged Salisbury. They most certainly had a D1 caliber team. They destroyed us. Granted it was an early February scrimmage, but they were probably between the 10th and 20th best team in country--at any level, DI, DII or DIII...

Posted by: danog224 | May 29, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Yo bs2004 - dont confuse growth with success at the highest level. Sure Colorado, Texas and Florida are growing fast - call them hotbeds if you wish - because they're starting almost from scratch. But no school from those states is going to be in the Final Four anytime soon.

Posted by: TerpInTime | May 31, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

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