Towson's coach search is down to 4 candidates Washington's Haus, Nazareth's Nelson on list

June 16, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Towson University has narrowed its search for a new men's lacrosse coach to four candidates, two sources close to the selection committee said yesterday.

The finalists are Washington College coach John Haus, Nazareth coach Scott Nelson, Loyola associate head coach Bill Dirrigl and Navy assistant Matt Hogan. The nine-member committee has interviewed Nelson, Dirrigl and Hogan and will meet with Haus today.

One source said the committee expects to make its recommendation to school president Hoke Smith over the next few days. Towson had received 60 applications from a pool of Division I coaches and assistants as well as coaches from Division III and the high school level since Carl Runk ended his 31-year tenure by resigning on May 6.

Haus and Nelson have combined to win the past three Division III national titles. Haus, a Loyola High graduate, guided the Shoremen to their first lacrosse championship last May. Nelson, who started the program at the Rochester, N.Y., school, has directed the Golden Flyers to three national titles.

The other candidates are Dirrigl and Hogan, two long-time Division I defensive coordinators. Dirrigl is in his seventh year with the Greyhounds and was promoted to associate head coach this season. Hogan has been with the Midshipmen for the past nine seasons and also has been an assistant at Maryland and Delaware.

Pub Date: 6/16/98

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