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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."

Posted by Edward Lee at 9:00 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Maryland


No one doubts Cottle's record for winning and recruiting. However, why has Maryland with or without Cottle not one one title since 1975? And secondly, when studying and speaking to his players and watching his game plan both at Maryland and Loyola, I do not think he strategically and mentally prepares his teams to win the big one. He has no titles at either school. And ask his players that played for him. Another story is Gary Gaits was the one to take Edell's spot when he left for medical reasons and that a political move by STeve Bisotti landed Cottle the job according to many people. Of course, no one can prove that. But it is well known Bisotti and Cottle are close. And Bisotti gives UM big donations. Having said all that why would Maryland be in such a long drought? It shoudl have as many titles as the women's lacrosse team in my opinion. And the fact Cottle poo poos the title runs that makes me mad.

In all fairness to coach cottle and Maryland, there are only 4 active coaches who have won a national championship - and adding Roy simmons jr, only five coaches have won the title since 1991. For all the talk about the sports' growth and expansion, No coach or team has managed to break into this small circle in 20 years.

@ Sam.

Cottle was the 4th pick by the selection committee when the job was open. Gait was #1, Seaman was #2 or #3, can't remember who was the other. Cottle was last and still got the position. Biscotti stepped in and threatened to end his athletic contributions if Cottle, his college friend, didn't get the job.

If laxman is correct, that means two former Salisbury alums are in charge of the lax program at MD, and contribute big bucks to the athletic dept. Could that be considered blackmail or business as usual? re: congress and sentate?

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