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Former Terps coach Dave Cottle to Marquette

Marquette has hired former Maryland men’s lacrosse coach Dave Cottle as a consultant for the school’s new lacrosse program.

Cottle will help the university compile a list of coaching candidates for both the men’s and women’s teams, while assisting with budgets and assessing facilities.

“I’ll be doing anything I can to help them navigate through the mine fields,” Cottle said. “Every institution has some challenges, and I do know the challenges of building a lacrosse program. I have experience at a big school and a small school so I think I can help them.”

Cottle is a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and has led his teams to 22 NCAA tournament appearances and five NCAA semifinal appearances during his 28 seasons as coach between Maryland and Loyola College. He served as an adviser for the Chesapeake Bayhawks after resigning from Maryland in May.

Marquette will begin play as an independent in 2012 before joining the Big East in 2013.

Deputy athletic director Mike Broeker said the school was attracted to Cottle’s background as a coach, evaluator and adviser.

“I think it would be hard for us to find a better lacrosse person in the industry to help with something like this,” Broeker said. “He’s so passionate about what we’re doing and I think that’s so outstanding to be so passionate about this sport. It’s inspiring. I wish we could start tomorrow.”

-- Mike Miller

Posted by Baltimore Sun sports at 2:26 PM | | Comments (3)
        

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Wow. What does that say about their evaluation of him as a coach that they'll hire him to "consult," but not actually to coach the team?

Hey Anthony!

Why would Cottle want to coach a fledgling program? He seems to have started a nice post-coaching consulting business. Last summer he basically turned the Bayhawks season around after he came onboard, and they ended up winning the NLL Championship.

He can enjoy being involved in all aspects of the game without having to deal with the whims and moods of A.D.'s, etc., and still have time for his other professional and personal commitments. I'll bet the pay ain't too shabby either!

He's got it made!

Hey lkplacdlax, you basically said it all.
Plus, why would he want to coach only a men's program at Marquette, when he can have his hands on both the Mens and Women's programs. There are new programs sprouting up every year - Coach Cottle can make a very good life for himself consulting 'startups'.

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