Gait no longer in the running for Maryland vacancy
When Dick Edell stepped down as head coach after the 2001 season, a good number of Maryland alumni lobbied athletic director Debbie Yow to hire Gary Gait, the former Syracuse All-American attackman and assistant coach for the women’s lacrosse team.
The disappointment was palpable when Yow went with former Loyola coach Dave Cottle.
That emotion repeated itself Thursday when Gait took his name out of the running for the current Terps head coaching vacancy.
According to a press release distributed by Syracuse where Gait is the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team, Gait told Maryland’s search committee that he will remain with the Orange.
"I bleed Orange," Gait said in the release. "Syracuse is the right place for me and my family. There’s no better place to be, especially with the support we receive from Chancellor Nancy Cantor and [athletic director] Dr. Daryl Gross. I look forward to continuing to build the Syracuse women’s lacrosse program and take it to a national championship. I appreciate being considered for the Maryland position. The alumni have been very supportive."
In three seasons at Syracuse, Gait has guided the program to a 47-15 record, two Final Four berths in three NCAA Tournament appearances, two Big East regular-season titles and one Big East Tournament crown.
Gait, who helped the Orange capture NCAA championships in 1988, 1989 and 1990, was considered by some to be the leading candidate to replace Cottle. Cottle – who compiled a 99-45 mark in nine seasons with the Terps, guided the team to eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and posted seven consecutive years of 10 wins or better – was scheduled to interview for the Penn State vacancy on either Tuesday or Wednesday.