Dirrigl is out as Loyola coach

Sources say he'll be asked to resign after four seasons

Toomey takes over

College Lacrosse

December 21, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT | GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER

Loyola College men's lacrosse coach Bill Dirrigl, who has been on a leave of absence for personal reasons for the past month, will not return and will be replaced by longtime Greyhounds assistant Charlie Toomey.

"It's a sad day. This hasn't been easy," Loyola athletic director Joe Boylan said. "We thank Bill for his years of service to Loyola College."

Sources said Dirrigl initially will be asked to resign. Since he took a leave of absence Nov. 21, Dirrigl's status has been reviewed by a group of school administrators led by Boylan, who cited employee privacy concerns while refusing to discuss the nature of the review.

Neither Dirrigl nor Toomey, who has been running the program since last month, could be reached for comment last night. According to sources, legal representatives of the college and Dirrigl were working out the details surrounding Dirrigl's departure.

Boylan said no player has expressed an interest in transferring.

Dirrigl, who has coached at Loyola for the past four seasons and is believed to have two years remaining on his contract, will end a 14-year association with the school with a 25-26 record as a head coach, including back-to-back losing years and a 5-8 finish last season.

The Greyhounds have gone 9-16 the past two years and have failed to make the NCAA playoffs under Dirrigl. He replaced Dave Cottle, who guided Loyola to 14 consecutive NCAA tournaments before taking over at Maryland in September 2001.

Before becoming head coach at Loyola, Dirrigl spent a combined nine years there spanning two stints as an assistant under Cottle.

A year after graduating from Syracuse, where he helped the Orange win a national title as a senior in 1988, Dirrigl was an assistant for two years at Loyola. He moved on to become head coach at Division III Franklin and Marshall, where he posted a 20-21 record over three years before returning to the Greyhounds in 1994.

For the next seven seasons, Dirrigl was a Loyola assistant, including the last three as associate head coach, before taking over as head coach at Rutgers for the 2001 season. After he guided Rutgers to a 5-8 record, Loyola lost Cottle to the Terrapins and brought Dirrigl back to the Greyhounds.

Toomey, who has never been a collegiate head coach, is a nine-year assistant with the Greyhounds, including the past seven seasons.

A 1990 Loyola graduate and a two-time All-America goalie for the Greyhounds, Toomey helped Loyola get to its first and only NCAA title game in 1990, then worked as an assistant for two years under Cottle.

After that, Toomey was head coach at the Naval Academy Prep School for one season, an assistant coach at Navy in 1994 and 1995, then head coach for three years at Severn School before returning to Loyola in 1999.

Toomey is expected to add a full-time assistant in the coming weeks. Third-year coach Matt Dwan is currently the lone assistant working under Toomey.

Loyola is scheduled to begin practicing for the 2006 season Jan. 17. gary.lambrecht@baltsun.com

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