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Nuggets from Nadelen's introduction as Towson coach

Shawn Nadelen was introduced Tuesday morning as the seventh head coach in the 52-year history of lacrosse at Towson. Here are a few snippets of what was said during his introductory press conference.

Athletic director Mike Waddell, who compared Nadelen to the title character of the upcoming “Captain America” movie: “Look at him. He’s apple pie, he’s Chevrolet, he’s American. … He’s the embodiment of Captain America.”

Waddell on Nadelen’s influence with the players: “The guy’s a winner. There’s something you can get from playing in this fellow that translates into renewed energy.”

Nadelen on his phone conversation with his 85-year-old grandmother in Watertown, N.Y.: “She says to me, ‘Shawn, now that you’re the head coach, you better not get a big head or I’m going to come down and wallop you.’ … Just want to say, ‘Thank you, Grandma.’ I promise that my head will fit in this cap.”

Nadelen on the influence of his predecessor and former boss, Tony Seaman: “He really allowed me to see a lot of different ways in which to conduct myself. … He’s been very, very instrumental in my success and in this team’s success.”

Nadelen on greeting opponents: “[Johnny] Unitas Stadium needs to be an intimidating place to play. …We need people to fear walking into our stadium.”

Nadelen in closing: “I’m ready to get to work. Let’s get everybody involved in restoring the roar here.”

Posted by Edward Lee at 11:52 AM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Towson


Captain America? What is wrong with the athletic director at Towson? Is this the same athletic director that tried to start a fight with the old man at Wells Liquors?

Good Luck Nads, and remember you are a Blue Jay for LIFE!
Ed: Can't confirm or deny your third question, but I think Mike Waddell was just trying to create some excitement about the promotion of Shawn Nadelen.

Shawn is going to be a great head coach, I loved playing for him, and look forward to going out to see some Towson games.

The athletic director Mike Waddell is a big dude, I think i would like to see him go a few rounds in the Wells parking lot. I did hear about him starting a fight at Wells, but did not know how big the guy was. Who else has he fought since he came to Baltimore?

What is this, TMZ or the Guiding Light?

This is some funny stuff. The Wells story is true, it happened back in December. Waddell is a want to be tough guy, not in a bad way. I played football at Towson and he always tried to get into it with guys on the football field. He even came out and did pregame drills one game.

Go coach Shawn, I hope the guys enjoy running all those steps at the stadium!

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