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Pressler, Gait, Corrigan are lead candidates for Maryland men's lacrosse opening

One day after Dave Cottle resigned as head coach of the Maryland men's lacrosse team, a list of three leading candidates to become the next coach has emerged. According to numerous sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the three leaders are currently employed elsewhere, the three leaders, in order, are Bryant Coach Mike Pressler, Syracuse women's coach Gary Gait and Notre Dame Coach Kevin Corrigan.

One source familiar with the situation said that Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow is "looking to make a splash" and also is looking for a proven winner.

Pressler is the coach of the U.S. national team, which plays in the World Games in Manchester, England, this summer. He previously was coach at Duke. His tenure there ended in 2006 after he was fired following allegations that three Duke players raped an exotic dancer at a team party. The charges were later proven false.

Gait was a finalist for the Maryland job after Dick Edell left in 2001. He has coached primarily women's lacrosse at the college level. That includes a stint as an assistant for the Maryland women in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Corrigan has Notre Dame in the Final Four following a 7-5 victory over Maryland in a quarterfinal on Saturday. It was that loss that led to Cottle's resignation on Sunday.

The Terrapins finished 12-4 and will have back at least eight starters from Saturday's game. Senior attackman Will Yeatman can apply for an extra year of eligibility, according to a school official, though it is uncertain whether he willM. Yeatman also will play tight end for Maryland's football team in the fall.

By Christian Swezey  |  May 24, 2010; 4:14 PM ET
Categories:  Men's lacrosse  
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Pressler would be a GREAT hire. He's a fantastic coach and knows the ACC lacrosse recruiting scene well. He got a raw deal at Duke.

Do not hire Gait. He is arguably the best player in the history of lacrosse, but as we've seen in other sports being a great player does not necessarily translate into being a great coach. Having success in the women's game doesn't mean jack. It's a completely different game. I have friends who have been assistants at the men's D1 lax level who have met Gait and/or know him fairly well. They say he's a complete meathead and not a particularly sharp lacrosse mind.

Paul Cantabene of D III power Stevenson would be an interesting choice. He has build that program from nothing into a national power in a matter of a few years. Because the school is based in Baltimore, he knows the area recruiting scene well.

Posted by: danog224 | May 24, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Starsia/UVA and Desko/Syracuse are getting the results, usually, because they let their kids play. I don't understand the Gait thing. Great player but never coached men at any level. Pressler, fair or not, does have baggage. Corrigan coaches slow-down which is kind of anti-lacrosse. I hope they find some up and coming young coach who will let his team play.

Posted by: erniegogo | May 24, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Why not Jim Berkman from Salisbury? His teams always win by playing an uptempo, exciting style that will put fans in the seats. Some people will say that he has coached nothing but Dvivision III, but his Salsibury teams would crush most Division I teams anyway. He also would have ties to local recruiting. If nothing else, he is an employee of the University of Maryland system, so he is a known entity. Why not go with a proven winner?

Posted by: mlnpeake | May 24, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Gary Gait Coaching credentials:

Assistant Coach at Maryland womens team 7 straight NCAA titles 1995-2001.

Head Coach Chesapeake Bayhawks 2 MLL titles 2002, 2005.

Head Coach Colorado Mammoth 1 NLL title 2006.

Great player, great Coach.

Posted by: TastyCrabs | May 24, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TastyCrabs | May 24, 2010 11:00 PM

Word. Syracuse of the Mid Atlantic baby!

Posted by: Realness1 | May 24, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Gait probably has the ability to pull top NY players that UMD would never get a whiff of....

Posted by: Realness1 | May 24, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse


I did not realize Gait won the three professional titles as a head men's coach. That certainly adds to his credentials.

However, the seven NCAA titles as an assistant women's coach are meaningless when applying for a job as a men's coach. It's not the same game: no contact, different penalty rules, different field size and lines, much slower players, different timing rules, and different equipment. The only similarity between the two sports is the size of the goal. Women's lacrosse to men's lacrosse is like international Cricket is to American baseball.

I still think Gait would be a terrible choice.

Posted by: danog224 | May 25, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone feel the Terps should have any interest in a coach that bleeds Duke blood.

Posted by: DMcCall2 | May 31, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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