Hopkins narrows search to three Zimmerman, Tucker or Haus likely choice

Tierney withdraws

July 02, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Johns Hopkins has interviewed all five candidates for its vacant men's lacrosse coaching job, and several college lacrosse sources indicated the Blue Jays will hire one of three finalists by Wednesday.

The three top choices are: UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, Washington College coach John Haus and former Gilman School coach John Tucker. The other two candidates interviewed this week were Brian Voelker, the Johns Hopkins defensive coordinator last year, and Maryland offensive coordinator Scott Marr.

Hopkins, which forced out Tony Seaman after eight seasons as coach on June 22, also had Princeton coach Bill Tierney and former North Carolina coach Willie Scroggs on its initial list last week. However, Tierney and Scroggs both asked to have their names removed from consideration.

"Both Princeton and I reiterated our commitment to each other," said Tierney, a Blue Jays assistant from 1985 to 1987 who now has reportedly turned down Hopkins twice in the past 10 years. "I think the world of Johns Hopkins, and I am flattered Johns Hopkins would even think of me."

Hopkins interviewed Zimmerman and Tucker on Monday, Voelker and Haus on Tuesday, and finished with Marr yesterday.

Hopkins athletic director Tom Calder said the selection committee will next meet tomorrow.

The Blue Jays want to select a coach within the week because July 1 -- the first day that coaches can recruit incoming high school seniors -- has passed.

"It's important to get this done quickly, because we know how important the job is, and we don't want to lose ground," Calder said. "Our assistant coaches have done a great job keeping the program going, but we have to get someone on board ASAP."

The three finalists come from three different levels of lacrosse, but all have ties to Homewood:

Zimmerman, who was at a lacrosse camp in New York and could not be reached for comment, won three national titles and posted a 73-15 record in seven years (1984-90) at Hopkins. The first coach to win an NCAA title in his first season as a coach, Zimmerman stepped down in 1990 after a 6-5 season. This spring, he directed UMBC to the program's first NCAA tournament.

Haus, a finalist for the recent Towson University opening, led Washington College to its first Division III lacrosse title. A Hopkins assistant from 1987 to 1994, Haus has a 47-21 record in four seasons with the Shoremen.

Tucker, an All-American midfielder at Hopkins in 1984, won 101 games and three high school league titles at Gilman but resigned at the end of last spring to become Boys' Latin's dean of students. He led the Greyhounds to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title and the area's top ranking this spring and was named The Sun's All-Metro coach of the year in 1995.

"It's always been a dream to coach there," said Tucker, who also coaches the Thunder, Baltimore's professional indoor lacrosse team. "But as of right now, I'm looking forward to Boys' Latin in the fall."

The other candidates, Voelker and Marr, are considered two of the top assistants in Division I.

Voelker, a former All-American defenseman and 1991 Hopkins graduate, joined the Blue Jays' staff last season and impressed many with a basic yet effective game plan for a young defensive squad.

Marr, who played for the Blue Jays from 1987 to 1990, took over Maryland's offense in 1995 and quickly revved up the Terrapins attack, which scored over 200 goals in three seasons, including a school-record 236 this spring.

"This is one of the best possible jobs in the country," Marr said. "It's a dream job for me."

Pub Date: 7/02/98

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