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Pressler declines interview; search moves to Marr

The Maryland men's lacrosse coaching search took another turn on Saturday morning when Bryant Coach Mike Pressler, the coach of the U.S. team at the World Games later this summer, turned down a chance to interview in-person for the Maryland job, according to two sources familiar with the search.

Earlier this week, another top candidate withdrew from consideration. Syracuse women's coach Gary Gait said he talked with Maryland officials but decided to remain where he is. Gait's decision was first reported by

Gait had been one of the finalists for the job in 2001, when Dave Cottle was given the job instead. Cottle resigned a day after his team's 7-5 loss to Notre Dame in an NCAA quarterfinal last month.

With Gait and Pressler no longer in consideration, the focus will turn to a list of about 10 candidates, including Albany Coach Scott Marr, according to three sources in the coaching community. Marr was an offensive coordinator at Maryland for six seasons under former coach Dick Edell.

The Great Danes have made the NCAA tournament three times under Marr, including the program's first berth (in 2003) and first berth in the quarterfinals (2007). Albany went 5-11 this past year.

The Terrapins finished 12-4 and are expected to have back at least eight starters from the team that took the field against Notre Dame. Senior attackman Will Yeatman can apply for an extra year of eligibility, according to school officials. Also back is senior attackman Travis Reed (20 goals), who did not start in the quarterfinals.

By Christian Swezey  |  June 5, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
Categories:  Men's lacrosse  
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Bino Ranson from Xavier looks like Gary's new assistant. He certainly says what you want to hear regarding tireless recruiting efforts. Hopefully his legit Baltimore background and reputation for being very loyal and real with recruits can lead to good things.

Posted by: jake177 | June 6, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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