Mum's the word on Towson vacancy But Washington College's Haus has slight edge for coaching job

June 05, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Everybody in the lacrosse community wants to talk about the open Towson coaching job, one of the top vacancies this decade. That is, everybody but the candidates themselves.

Coaches from around the country speculate the candidate pool contains Division I coaches and assistants as well as coaches from Division III and the high school level. Yet despite all the buzz, every candidate contacted this week refused to talk at length about the Towson job.

Tigers athletic director Wayne Edwards has received 60 applications since Carl Runk ended his 31-year tenure by resigning on May 6.

A nine-member selection committee, which includes faculty and coaches, cut that list to 10 and will begin formal interviews within the week. Edwards said a new coach should be named by middle to late June.

Early indications has Towson slightly leaning toward Washington College's John Haus.

Haus, who was the defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins from 1989 to 1994, took over a floundering Shoremen program four years ago and directed Washington College to its first Division III national title this year. Sources at Hopkins said the Tigers have asked the Blue Jays for a recommendation regarding Haus.

"All I can say is that all professionals want to improve and look to improve their stability," said Haus, a former Loyola High and North Carolina standout who hadn't applied for any other job while at Washington College. "Other than than, I can't say."

If Towson opts for a Division I assistant, the Tigers likely will be choosing from Loyola's Bill Dirrigl, Navy's Matt Hogan and Princeton's David Metzbower.

Dirrigl, who is in his seventh year with the Greyhounds, is in charge of Loyola's defense and was promoted to associate head coach this season. He also served as the head coach at Franklin & Marshall from 1991 to 1993.

The most experienced coach in this group is Hogan, who is in his ninth season as coordinator of the Midshipmen's defense. Since 1983, he has had assistant stints at Maryland and Delaware as well as a head coaching job at Clarkson from 1986 to '88.

Metzbower, a graduate of Loyola High, has played a major part in the Tigers' run of five national titles in seven years. Before he arrived at Princeton in 1990, the Tigers record for goals in a season was 175. Since Metzbower took over the offense, Princeton has averaged 199 goals per year.

"Every assistant aspires to go to the next level," said Metzbower, who was turned down for the coaching job at Pennsylvania two years ago. "I'm looking forward to getting to that next level."

Besides Haus, the other legitimate contender from the Division III ranks is Scott Nelson of Nazareth College (N.Y.), whose Golden Flyers have squared off against Washington College in the past three national championship games.

Nelson started the lacrosse program at Nazareth in 1985 and has led the Golden Flyers to three national titles including back-to-back in 1996 and 1997. Last year, Nelson was a finalist for the Cornell position.

"I think it's a great job," Nelson said. "I think they are a Final Four contender every year if the right guy steps in. I would love to talk to them if they want to talk to me."

Another possibility is Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, who has won three league titles in his 19-year tenure and appears ready to jump to the collegiate level. In 1994, Shriver sought after the position at his alma mater, Washington College, but was beat out by Haus.

Then there have been the rumors of outside interest by some Division I coaches including Butler's Jon Hind and Notre Dame's Kevin Corrigan.

"At this point, I can't say anything," Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan said. "I don't know too much about the Towson job at this point."

Pub Date: 6/05/98

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