Hopkins lacrosse turning to Haus Wash. College coach expected to be named at Homewood today

July 07, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Johns Hopkins will name Washington College's John Haus as its men's lacrosse coach today, replacing Tony Seaman with one of his former assistants, a source close to Hopkins' athletic department confirmed.

Haus, 36, the defensive coordinator in Seaman's first four years at Homewood, directed Washington College to its first Division III national championship this past spring. In four years with the Shoremen, he posted a 47-21 record, including a 41-13 mark the past three seasons and three straight NCAA title-game appearances.

Haus, who will become Hopkins' 21st coach in its 115-year lacrosse history, was conducting a camp yesterday and could not be reached for comment.

"He's very intense on the sidelines, but kind of quiet off the field," said Nazareth coach Scott Nelson, who has faced Haus in the past three NCAA championship games. "His teams always seem to control the ball real well and not make a whole lot of mistakes."

Hopkins, which, on June 22, forced out Seaman as coach after eight seasons, had a candidate pool of Haus, former Gilman School coach John Tucker, Maryland offensive coordinator Scott Marr and Hopkins defensive coordinator Brian Voelker.

However, several college lacrosse sources indicated that the final decision came down to Haus and Tucker, who resigned from the Greyhounds two months ago after his third league title to become dean of students at Boys' Latin.

But one Hopkins player said the small group of players that advised the selection committee favored Marr, whose brother, Dave, played for the Blue Jays two years ago, as well as Voelker, who just finished his first season as a Hopkins assistant.

Haus, who was a finalist for the Towson University vacancy, interviewed with the Blue Jays on June 30, the same day Seaman was hired by the Tigers. He will inherit from Seaman a strong recruiting class and a large group of returning players, becoming the only coach to have three first-team All-Americans on his roster next season.

Haus brings to Hopkins a proven defensive background and a highly successful postseason record.

As the defensive coordinator at Hopkins from 1989 to 1994, he engineered a Blue Jays defense that allowed an average of only 10.4 goals per game and limited opponents to single digits in 33 of 78 games.

In 1995, Haus was hired as head coach at Washington College, which lowered its goals-allowed average every year under him, holding the opposition to Division III's fifth-best average of 7.6 goals last season.

With the Shoremen, he compiled an 8-2 postseason record. His only two losses came at the hands of Nazareth, both in the NCAA title game in overtime.

At Washington College, Haus never lost to the same team twice in a season. In this past season's championship run, the Shoremen avenged three regular-season defeats in the playoffs, winning by a margin of four goals.

A Loyola High School graduate, he also gives the Blue Jays a Baltimore-area presence. Since many Hopkins alumni criticized Seaman for recruiting too many New Yorkers, the fact that, with the Shoremen, Haus had 22 players from Maryland this season, became a major plus.

As a player at North Carolina from 1980 to 1983, he won two national titles and was twice named an All-American. At Washington, he coached 18 All-Americans, including five first-team selections.

Pub Date: 7/07/98

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