Seaman to get job at Towson Ex-Hopkins coach expected to take over lacrosse program

June 30, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Towson University will name Tony Seaman as its new men's lacrosse coach today, a source close to the selection committee said last night.

The hiring of Seaman comes a little more than a week since he was forced out as coach of Johns Hopkins by that school's alumni on June 22 for not winning a national championship in his eight years with the Blue Jays. He will become the sixth coach in Towson's 40-year lacrosse history, replacing Carl Runk, who ended his 31-year career by resigning on May 6.

Seaman did not return phone calls to The Sun last night.

Seaman, the third-winningest coach in Hopkins history with a 77-33 record, guided the Blue Jays to the NCAA tournament every year, including four trips to the final four. A native of Washingtonville, N.Y., Seaman posted the fifth-best record among coaches over the past eight seasons as well as producing 14 first-team All-Americans at Hopkins.

But Seaman fell out of favor with the Hopkins alumni with back-to-back overtime losses in the NCAA quarterfinals and his inability to advance the Blue Jays to the championship game. Hopkins has won an NCAA-leading seven national championships.

Seaman will take over a rebuilding Towson program.

The Tigers haven't made the NCAA tournament since 1996 and recorded consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1964-1965. Last season, the Tigers finished 5-7, losing six of their final nine games.

Towson, which received 60 applications, had narrowed its search to Washington College's John Haus and Nazareth's Scott Nelson. However, Towson opened talks with Seaman only a few days after his resignation at Hopkins and offered him the job late last week, a source said.

Towson athletic director Wayne Edwards received several calls of recommendation for Seaman last week, including one from Hopkins athletic director Tom Calder, another college lacrosse source said.

Seaman came to Homewood in 1991 after eight years at the University of Pennsylvania. He directed the Quakers to six NCAA tournament appearances and four Ivy League titles, earning Division I Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1984.

In 1994, Seaman coached the U.S. national team to the world title in England. A year later, he led Hopkins to its first undefeated regular season in a decade before falling to Maryland in the national semifinals.

Towson, which has played Hopkins every year since 1976, has beaten the Blue Jays only three times in 25 meetings.

Pub Date: 6/30/98

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