Hopkins to hire Pietramala

Ex-Jays star revived program at Cornell

June 08, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Johns Hopkins intends to introduce one of its all-time greats, Dave Pietramala, as men's lacrosse coach at a news conference this afternoon.

Athletic director Tom Calder wouldn't comment on the hiring -- honoring a pledge he'd made earlier in the week not to reveal names - nor would Pietramala, 32, who is the coach at Cornell.

"Right now, I'm the head lacrosse coach at Cornell, and here I am today," he said form his office in Ithaca, N.Y.

But a source within the Hopkins athletic department confirmed the choice of Pietramala, who has coached Cornell the past three seasons and compiled a 23-17record. This year, the Big Red finished second in the Ivy League and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995.

During his time there, Pietramala created an NCAA tournament team out of one that had gone 3-11 the season before he arrived in 1998. Pietramala replaces John Haus, who announced his departure to North Carolina late last week after leading Hopkins to two final four appearances in as many seasons.

Though Notre Dame's Kevin Corrigan had spoken with Hopkins officials about the job, the search committee pinpointed Pietramala, sources said. He not only earned All-America honors three times, Player of the Year honors and a national championship while playing at Hopkins (1986-89), but he also directed the school's defensive units and recruiting efforts while on Tony Seaman's staff from 1994 to 1997.

In fact, Pietramala succeeded Haus as defensive coordinator after Haus left the Hopkins staff to become head coach at Washington College. The Shoremen won the Division III national title in 1998, and Haus then replaced Seaman as coach at Hopkins.

Hopkins will return two all-Americans (Conor Denihan and Brandon Testa) and four of its top six scorers.

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