After eight seasons at Johns Hopkins without winning an NCAA lacrosse title, coach Tony Seaman resigned yesterday.
"After a discussion of the status of the program, I accepted his resignation," said Larry G. Benedict, Johns Hopkins dean of student affairs. "We very much appreciate his contributions to the traditions of Hopkins lacrosse during his eight years as coach, and I wish him the very best."
Seaman also gave up his position as assistant director of athletics. He agreed to remain at Hopkins for one year as a consultant on athletics.
In a statement, Seaman said he believed it was a "time for change." He could not be reached for further comment.
A search for a new coach will begin immediately, conducted by a committee headed by Robert J. Massa, dean of enrollment, and athletics director Tom Calder.
"Tony has been an outstanding member of our staff, an excellent coach and a close friend," Calder said in a news release. "We will miss him and all that he brought to the university."
The news came as a shock to many of his players, including Hopkins star goalkeeper Brian Carcaterra.
"I was very surprised when I heard the news," said Carcaterra, at his home in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. "There was no indication at all that this was going to happen. It just came out of the blue.
"There are such high expectations at the university, and we've had some tough breaks in the tournament the last two years, so maybe that leaned toward his decision."
Rob Doerr, a junior defenseman from Yorktown Heights, said: "I'm still kind of digesting the news. It's such a shame. I was looking forward to finishing my career with him."
Seaman, a native of Washingtonville, N.Y., arrived for the 1991 season and led the Blue Jays to a 77-33 record in his eight seasons. Hopkins advanced to the NCAA tournament every season, but last month's one-goal loss to Maryland in the quarterfinals marked the first time since the 1990-91 season that Hopkins missed the semifinals in back-to-back years.
After the loss to the Terps, Seaman said: "It's another one to add to my wonderful collection."
Seaman came to Hopkins after eight years and a 74-37 record at Pennsylvania, including four Ivy league championships and six NCAA Division I tournament bids.
"I'm real disappointed," said A.J. Haugen, a sophomore midfielder from Bethpage, N.Y. "I don't know what to think about it right now. Coach Seaman was just a great guy on and off the field. I loved playing for him."
Said Carcaterra: "Coach Seaman was a big part of my success last season. Without him, it will be difficult to get back into it next year."
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Pub Date: 6/23/98