John Tillman Hired as New Head Coach at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - John Tillman has been hired as the University of Maryland's head men's lacrosse coach, Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow announced today, becoming the ninth coach in the 85-year history of the program. Tillman comes to College Park after three years returning Harvard lacrosse to national prominence and twelve seasons as the top assistant at Navy, during which the Midshipmen experienced some of the best years in their storied history. He has signed a seven-year contract.

"It is a great honor to take over the Maryland men's lacrosse program," said Tillman. "Maryland is a premier university with a rich history of success in lacrosse. I'd like to thank Dr. Yow and the search committee for extending the wonderful opportunity to be Maryland's head coach. It will be the goal of our staff to be the kind of lacrosse program, the kind of lacrosse team that you can be proud of, that will complement the tradition that this institution has been so proud of through the years. What makes this lacrosse program special is its importance to the school and the State of Maryland. The tradition here is phenomenal. I am looking forward to this challenge.

"I would also like to thank Bob Scalise for giving me the opportunity to coach at Harvard University the last three seasons. I enjoyed working with the student-athletes there and will look back fondly on my time with the young men at Harvard."

Widely considered one of the top young coaches in the country and a dynamic recruiter, Tillman has been the head men's lacrosse coach at Harvard the past three seasons. His last recruiting class for the Crimson was rated No. 3 in the nation, according to Inside Lacrosse.

"We are delighted that Coach Tillman will become our leader of Maryland men's lacrosse," said Yow. "Senior Associate AD Michael Lipitz chaired this successful search. He and his committee identified Coach Tillman early and worked diligently to secure him for the Terps. John is a man of integrity and a tireless worker who has the ability to attract the very best student-athletes to College Park. He has a 'can do' attitude that is contagious. We look forward to this exciting new era in Maryland lacrosse."

During his three seasons at Harvard, Tillman compiled an overall record of 20-19, including an 8-5 mark in 2009, which was the Crimson's highest win total since 1999.

Tillman's time at Harvard produced a number of the most memorable wins in the program's history. This past season, during which Harvard climbed as high as No. 11 in the national polls, Tillman guided the Crimson to an 11-8 victory over No. 6 Princeton, which was the first time Harvard had defeated the Tigers in 20 years. In 2009, Tillman led the Crimson to a season-opening 9-6 upset victory at No. 5 Duke.

Tillman improved his teams in every aspect over the past three seasons. Prior to his arrival in Cambridge, Mass., the Crimson ranked 40th and 42nd, respectively, in total offense and defense. Tillman's defense ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation, while his offense rose to No. 15 in the country. He also dramatically improved Harvard's extra-man offense, from the 51st-ranked unit before he arrived, to a perennial top 15 unit.

Prior to Harvard, Tillman spent 12 seasons at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. After six seasons as an assistant coach, he was promoted to head assistant coach and offensive coordinator prior to the 2002 season. From 2004 through 2007, Tillman helped lead the Midshipmen to the some of the most successful seasons in program history, including four straight NCAA tournament berths, four consecutive Patriot League tournament titles and four straight Patriot League regular season championships.

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2010-06-16



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