More on Maryland coach Dave Cottle
An article in Friday’s edition of The Sun noted the uncertain futures of Towson coach Tony Seaman and Maryland coach Dave Cottle – both of whom will meet at Byrd Stadium on Saturday at 11 a.m. when Seaman’s Tigers (0-2) attempt to upset Cottle’s No. 5 Terps (3-0).
Although Maryland is enjoying its best start since 2006 and routinely boasts top-10 recruiting classes almost on a yearly basis, Cottle has been criticized for not bringing a NCAA title to College Park since Bud Beardmore did in 1975.
Cottle said he doesn’t pay any attention to the doubters.
"As you say, I don’t really deal with that," he said. "I thought going into it last year, we were starting six sophomores at the time. All three defensive positions were first-time starters, and I think we got a little bit ahead of ourselves. And with that, I think we had some gut-wrenching losses. That seven-overtime loss to Virginia was a gut-wrencher. Having a lead against Hopkins in the third [quarter] was a tough loss. But to the credit of our kids, we kept playing. We went to Notre Dame and became the only road team to win a game in the playoffs [in the first round] and beat a team that was undefeated. And unfortunately, we lost to the eventual national champion who would up going on a pretty good run themselves. So I wouldn’t say you get tired of it. You can’t pay attention to it. I think we’ve done some good things. … I think we’re poised to be a pretty good lacrosse team."
Cottle’s impressive background would seem to give him a forum to initiate a discussion about a new long-term deal, but he said he hasn’t approached the administration just yet.
"If that was something that was really important to me, I would have went in there and asked for it," he said. "It hasn’t been important to me. Like I said, I’m just trying to concentrate on how we can help the kids and help our team and program and try to get better. That’s all I’ve focused on."
ESPN analyst and former Johns Hopkins midfielder Mark Dixon said the Terps may need to get to the Final Four for Cottle to be retained.
"Dave Cottle, he’s taken heat since Day One that he’s been at College Park," Dixon said. "You’ll recall that when he was hired [in 2001], the players threatened to boycott, and I always thought from Day One that he was the right coach for Maryland at that time. I thought he was the right hire. I think Coach Cottle has been the victim of having some outstanding recruiting classes, but they haven’t won a national championship and for a sport to have the kind of importance that lacrosse does at the University of Maryland, that’s disappointing for alumni. … I think Maryland’s got to at least get to the national semifinals this year – if not the national championship game. And we all know that [athletic director] Debbie Yow is very aggressive, and she wants to win in every sport. She’s just not into football and basketball. She wants every one of Maryland’s sports to be the best."