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Source: Seaman to no longer coach Towson

After 13 years as Towson’s head coach, Tony Seaman will not return to coach the Tigers for a 14th season, a source confirmed Monday.

First reported by WNST 1570 AM and confirmed by the source who requested anonymity because the school has yet to make an announcement, Seaman’s tenure at Towson concludes with a 99-93 record and a 263-166 mark in 30 years as a head coach at Johns Hopkins, Penn and C.W. Post. The 263 wins placed him seventh among active coaches.

It's unclear whether associate head coach and defensive coordinator Shawn Nadelen and offensive coordinator Michael Allan will remain on the coaching staff.

Neither Seaman, who signed a three-year extension after the 2010 campaign, nor athletic director Mike Waddell returned calls seeking comment.

A few candidates who could succeed Seaman include former Maryland coach and current Chesapeake Bayhawks assistant coach Dave Cottle, Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene and Johns Hopkins offensive coordinator Bobby Benson.

Cantabene declined to speculate on his candidacy, saying, “You never know. I don’t know if they’re going to be interested in me. If they want to talk, I’m sure I’ll hear what they have to say. … But I’m just worrying about Stevenson University right now. They’ve really treated me well, and sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”

Since joining the Tigers for the 1999 season, Seaman had guided the program to four conference championships, including three in the Colonial Athletic Association. He has been the CAA’s Coach of the Year twice (most recently, last season) and was the National Division I Coach of the Year in 2001 when Towson went 14-4 and advanced to the Final Four.

But the team underperformed this spring, compiling a 3-10 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the CAA, which was the first time that a Seaman-coached squad had finished with a sub-.500 record in the conference.

Posted by Edward Lee at 1:32 PM | | Comments (6)
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The old adage, " You can't fire the team - so fire the coach " seems appropos here.
I always felt the Tigers were disciplined and well coached. The record often did not reflect the Baltimore hype and expectation. Still, very dangerous teams came out of Towson. With greatest respect , well wishes to Cch Seaman

And who pays for the next two years? And don't give me the answer that it is some athletic fund. If they have that kind of money to throw around, I know of areas where the state and county are cutting and could use the money. i.e. teacher layoffs.
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Ed: I've been told that Tony will work in the athletic department.

I say Good Riddance. Maryland got rid of a class act in Dave Cottle and Towson kept Seaman who never rose to that level. Maybe Towson's new coach will have a good enough reputation to recruit good Baltimore talent.
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Ed: I think you would find many folks who would vouch for Tony Seaman as being a class act. I know I would.

I don't think anyone was suggesting that Coach Seaman was not a class act. Rather, Coach Seaman has presided over Towson's decline from a serious second tier program, to where it is now, which is probably the worst it has been in decades. The only thing that saved his job last year was the CAA Coach of the Year Award. The writing was on the wall. The Tigers used to have an automatic berth in the tourney by virtue of the automatic qualifier. Now, they could not even qualify for the CAA tourney, much less the NCAA. It is time for the program to move forward.

I can't believe they would even mention Cottle for this job. A retread that UMD booted. It would be like the Os hiring Don Matingly.

They do need fresh blood and the auto CAA birth has been a joke. They haven't had a decent team in well over a decade. 1991 to be exact. Towson used to dominate over the ECC. Hofsta should be the only team in the CAA they struggle with.

Mike Bocklet, assistant at Cortland, is a likely pick to coach Towson.

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