Hopkins to name coach Tuesday Blue Jays may be leaning toward Washington's Haus

Tucker also in running

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

The only thing known for certain about the next Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach is that he will be named on Tuesday, a Blue Jays player confirmed yesterday.

The player and a source involved in the interview process both indicated that Hopkins is leaning toward hiring Washington College coach John Haus as head coach, naming Maryland assistant Scott Marr offensive coordinator and retaining Brian Voelker as defensive coordinator.

Several college lacrosse sources said Hopkins has narrowed its choice to either Haus or former Gilman School coach John Tucker.

Tucker, who resigned at Gilman last spring to become the dean of students at Boys' Latin, said yesterday that he had yet to hear from Hopkins officials about a decision. Haus could not be reached for comment.

Haus, a Blue Jays assistant from 1987 to 1994, directed Washington College to its first Division III lacrosse national championship last spring and has a 47-21 record in four seasons with the Shoremen. A two-time All-American defenseman at North Carolina in the early '80s and a graduate of Loyola High School, Haus was a finalist for the recent Towson University opening.

His possible assistants, Marr and Voelker, were teammates from 1988 to 1990 at Homewood.

Marr, the Maryland offensive coordinator, has led the Terrapins three 200-plus goal seasons and helped them to a 47-15 record in his four years in College Park. Marr, whose brother Dave played at Hopkins two years ago, is the popular choice to take over as head coach among the small group of players who advised the selection committee.

A former All-American defenseman for the Blue Jays, Voelker just completed his first season as a Hopkins assistant and turned in an impressive showing by implementing a basic game plan for his young defense. The Blue Jays finished 15th in the nation in goals allowed last season.

Hopkins opened its search for a new coach after forcing out Tony Seaman on June 22 for failing to win a national championship in eight seasons. Seaman, the ninth-winningest active coach in Division I, was hired by Towson a week later.

Hopkins had an initial list of seven candidates, but three asked to have their names withdrawn. The latest, UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, removed his name as a candidate three days after being interviewed, leaving Hopkins with a candidate pool with no Division I head coaching experience.

Hopkins interviewed Tucker on Monday, Voelker and Haus on Tuesday and Marr on Wednesday.

Pub Date: 7/05/98

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