Bill Dirrigl, an assistant lacrosse coach at Loyola College the last two seasons, has been named head coach at Franklin & Marshall.
"This is a great opportunity for me," said Dirrigl, who was an administrative assistant with the men's soccer program at Loyola and coordinated the athletic department's weight-training program. "It's a great school academically, and I have nothing tTC but great expectations for the continued success of the program."
Dirrigl was the only full-time lacrosse assistant at Loyola, and head coach Dave Cottle said he would like to have a replacement named by Nov. 1. Dirrigl already has left for the Lancaster, Pa., school and will not be involved with the Greyhounds as they prepare for this weekend's Choice-Visa tournament at UMBC.
"I'm looking for a young guy who's aggressive, who can help us in the recruiting area," said Cottle, who praised Dirrigl's work in all phases of the game. Dirrigl, a native of Rochester, N.Y., was particularly effective in recruiting players from upstate New York, Cottle said.
Dirrigl's hiring is the latest in a chain of coincidental events that began when Don Zimmerman stepped down as head coach at Johns Hopkins. Penn head coach Tony Seaman replaced Zimmerman at Hopkins, and Franklin & Marshall head coach G.W. Mix then replaced Seaman at Penn, creating the opening for Dirrigl at Franklin & Marshall, a Division III school.
So Dirrigl leaves Loyola, where the man who started everything in motion -- Zimmerman -- will be working as a part-time assistant coach during the 1991 season.
Dirrigl was an All-America midfielder on the 1988 Syracuse team that won the national championship.
"We were impressed with his playing experience . . . and we were equally impressed with the job he's done at Loyola as they've emerged as one of the top NCAA Division I teams," said Dr. William Marshall, director of athletics and recreation at Franklin & Marshall.
Mix guided Franklin & Marshall to a 32-15 record the last three seasons. The Diplomats reached the Division III playoffs in 1988 and '90.