Five Division I coaching vacancies remain
With Monday’s announcement that Stony Brook had hired Jim Nagle as its head coach, there are still five Division I programs with head coaching vacancies.
Those schools are Colgate (Nagle resigned to coach the Seawolves), Siena (Brian Becht left for Rutgers), Marist (Scott Nelson left for Binghamton), St. Joseph’s (Pat Cullinan resigned on June 15) and Bellarmine (Bart Sullivan became the interim coach after the death of Jack McGetrick).
Colgate may be the most attractive opportunity as the Raiders went 11-5 overall and 5-1 in the Patriot League and return six starters, including sophomore midfielder Peter Baum (34 goals and 15 assists in 2010) and junior goalkeeper Jared Madison (8.13 goals-against average and .539 save percentage).
Another option is Siena, which went 13-5 overall and 5-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference en route to winning the conference tournament and qualifying for the NCAA tournament. The Saints do graduate all three starting defensemen, but return eight of their top nine scorers.
In all, 11 programs have changed head coaches. It’s a lot of turnover for a sport that invites just 16 teams to its NCAA tournament and has travel restrictions for the schools involved in the first round of the tournament.