Corrigan, Cottle on UM list for lacrosse

Gait still appears front-runner for job


September 13, 2001|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Gary Gait remains a prime candidate, but Maryland will also consider Loyola's Dave Cottle and Notre Dame's Kevin Corrigan before it hires a lacrosse coach.

It's been nearly two weeks since Dick Edell told Terps players that declining health would force him to resign. Gait is viewed as a front-runner to fill the vacancy, but the university will follow standard hiring procedures.

It has formed a six-person search committee and sent out feelers to some of the game's top coaches, inquiring about their interest.

The search could be delayed by Tuesday's terrorist attack, which has caused the cancellation of Maryland events, including Saturday's football game against West Virginia at Byrd Stadium.

A source familiar with the search said that the coaches Maryland has inquired about include Cottle, Corrigan, Towson's Tony Seaman and Duke's Mike Pressler. Seaman recently signed a contract extension through the 2006 season.

Next season would be the 20th at Loyola for Cottle, who took a school with little lacrosse tradition and none of the infrastructure that accompanies the college game and turned it into a perennial NCAA tournament participant.

Notre Dame has a national profile, but it has not offered lacrosse scholarships, a hurdle that Corrigan overcame in taking the Fighting Irish to their first Final Four last May.

Last week, Cottle declined to comment on the Maryland vacancy, but in the past he has said it was a job that interested him. Despite Notre Dame's ascendance, the Midwest still isn't considered lacrosse country, and Maryland would be closer to home for Corrigan, a Virginia grad who is part of a large clan with roots in Baltimore.

His father, Gene Corrigan, was one of the most powerful figures in college athletics before he retired as commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1997.

An uncle, Dick Corrigan, is a former Maryland All-American and currently the director of major gifts in the Maryland athletic department. Dick Corrigan is on the search committee for the lacrosse position, a group that is chaired by senior associate athletic director Rob Mullens.

Dave Slafkosky, the interim coach who is running fall practice, wants the job on a permanent basis. If it goes to someone else, he will be encouraged to keep Slafkosky on staff.

Slafkosky will apply for the job, along with Gait, who as a star at Syracuse and an assistant with the Maryland women has been involved with 10 NCAA championship teams.

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