Virginia assistant confirms interview with Maryland
Virginia associate head coach Marc Van Arsdale confirmed Monday that he did interview with Maryland about its head coaching vacancy last week.
"I would certainly say that they have contacted me and I have spoken with them," Van Arsdale said. "I certainly have a reasonable amount of interest in the position there."
Asked if he and the school had agreed to a date for an interview, Van Arsdale said, "I have interviewed with them, and that’s where we are right now."
Van Arsdale said no offer was given and that the search committee did not reveal timetable by which it would like to announce the hiring of a new head coach. Citing the ongoing nature of the search, Van Arsdale declined to characterize the tone or direction of the interview.
Under Van Arsdale, who also serves as the team's offensive coordinator, the Cavaliers finished the 2010 season ranked third in Division I in scoring, averaging 13.44 goals per game. They trailed only Robert Morris (15.33) and national champion Duke (13.45). The offense led the nation in scoring in 2009 and 2006.
Van Arsdale, who recently completed his ninth year with head coach Dom Starsia, was the head coach at Pennsylvania, compiling a 27-39 record between 1997 and 2001. His son Owen, a senior at St. Anne's-Belfied, signed a letter of intent to play at Virginia next season.
News of communication between the school and Van Arsdale was first reported by The Washington Post.