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Maryland reaches out to Harvard coach

Harvard coach John Tillman has been contacted by Maryland’s search committee for the team’s head coaching vacancy, according to a school official. He is believed to be one of the university’s top candidates for the position.

Tillman has guided the Crimson to a 20-19 overall record in three years. In 2009, the team won eight games, which was the most in the program’s history since 2002.

Prior to Harvard, Tillman spent 12 seasons at Navy, including the last six as that team’s head assistant coach. In charge of the offense, he helped the Midshipmen earn four consecutive berths between 2004 to 2007 in the NCAA tournament.

Virginia associate head coach Marc Van Arsdale is believed to be the only candidate to have interviewed for the Terps position previously held by Dave Cottle, who stepped down after the team’s loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals May 1522.

Tillman did not return a phone message seeking comment. Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow did not reply to an e-mail also seeking comment.

Posted by Edward Lee at 2:40 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Maryland


Rumor has it they offered it to Tillman already. Just waiting on his reply...

One name that I haven't heard in this search whatsoever is: Dave Marr, Head Coach at Albany. He was an assistant at Maryland and has substantial mid-Atlantic recruiting experience. He built Albany's program into a force that often contends for post-season play. The only problem I could see is that he has a contract with U Albany, which would need to be addressed if Maryland wanted him.

Ed: I think you mean Scott Marr, right? His name has been mentioned, but I haven't heard anything regarding his communication with Maryland.

Marr's team was 5-11 in 2010 and 7-7 in 2009. Thats not that great at all. Md should be able to find better than that!

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