Marquette has hired former Maryland men's lacrosse coach Dave Cottle as a consultant for the school's new lacrosse programs.
Cottle will help the university compile a list of coaching candidates for both the men's and women's teams, while assisting with budgets and assessing facilities.
"I'll be doing anything I can to help them navigate through the mine fields," Cottle said. "Every institution has some challenges, and I do know the challenges of building a lacrosse program. I have experience at a big school and a small school so I think I can help them."
Cottle, a Baltimore native, is a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and has led his teams to 22 NCAA tournament appearances and five NCAA semifinal appearances during his 28 seasons as coach at Maryland and Loyola. He served as an advisor for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse after resigning from Maryland in May.
Marquette will begin play as an independent in 2012 before joining the Big East in 2013.
Deputy athletic director Mike Broeker said the school was attracted to Cottle's background as a coach, evaluator and advisor.
"I think it would be hard for us to find a better lacrosse person in the industry to help with something like this," Broeker said. "He's so passionate about what we're doing and I think that's so outstanding to be so passionate about this sport. It's inspiring. I wish we could start tomorrow."
Before posting a .688 winning percentage over nine seasons with the Terps, Cottle helped build Loyola into a perennial Division I powerhouse. Cottle's teams at Loyola made 14 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, and his reputation as an architect made Cottle an attractive option for Marquette.
Cottle's deal with Marquette is open-ended, meaning he'll assist the program for as long he feels necessary, giving him time to dedicate to his numerous camps and clinics in the Baltimore area. He also expects to take on a larger role with the Bayhawks next season, and while he hasn't ruled out a return to coaching, Cottle said he hasn't made a decision.
"I just haven't figured it out yet," Cottle said. "I truly, truly enjoyed being a part of the Bayhawks season last year. I was very fortunate to have that opportunity."