John Tillman Hired as New Head Coach at Maryland

In 2004, with Tillman at the helm of the Navy offense, the Mids made a remarkable run through the NCAA tournament, defeating three Ivy League teams (Penn, Cornell and Princeton) en route to a spot in the national championship game. Tillman's offense was a key component of Navy's success that season, ranking third in the nation in scoring offense. Following the Mids' tremendous 2004 season, Tillman was awarded the first of his two Collegiate Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year Awards by the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association.

During his 12 season at the Naval Academy, Tillman was responsible for helping develop first team All-America midfielders Graham Gill and Billy Looney and second team All-America attackman Jon Birsner. In his 12 seasons in Annapolis, the Mids compiled an overall record of 104-63.

Tillman started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Ithaca College. He spent four seasons (1992-95) with the Bombers, helping lead them to the Division III national semifinals in 1992.

In addition to his extensive coaching experience, Tillman also serves as a member of the Tewaaraton Award Men's Selection Committee.

A 1991 graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, Tillman was a three-year member of the school's Dean's list. He had the opportunity to play for legendary coach Richie Moran and was a member of the 1989 squad that earned a berth in the NCAA tournament. Tillman was a goalie when he entered college, but played a number of positions for the Big Red, giving him a great appreciation and understanding for the overall game of lacrosse.

Tillman played professionally for the Baltimore Thunder and the Washington Power of the National Lacrosse League. During his final two seasons in Baltimore, he helped the Thunder reach the NLL Championship and Semifinals. Tillman also played for the Toyota Lacrosse Club, who won five-consecutive Southern Division Championships, including a world championship in 2000.

A native of Corning, N.Y., Tillman was previously commissioned into the U.S. Navy as a fleet support officer and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal.

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John Tillman Facts
Full Name: John Tillman
Age: 41
Hometown: Corning, N.Y.
Alma Mater: Cornell `91
Years Coaching: 19

Coaching Experience
2010- Maryland (Head Coach)
2008-10 - Harvard (Head Coach)
2002-07 - Navy (Head Assistant Coach)
1996-2001 - Navy (Assistant Coach)
1992-1995 - Ithaca College (Assistant Coach)

What Others Are Saying About John Tillman

Richie Mead, Navy, Head Coach
"I think John is one of the brightest Division I coaches out there and will do an outstanding job at Maryland. He's an outstanding person; very dedicated with a great work ethic and will be a positive influence on the players, his coaching staff and the University."

Kevin Plank, Maryland Football '95, founder and CEO of Under Armour
"Coach Tillman brings a strong track record of success and an incredible work ethic to College Park. A tireless recruiter and an expert motivator, he maximizes his players' talents and is poised to lead Maryland's program to new heights."

Dick Corrigan, Maryland Lacrosse '59, Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame
"John will be a tremendous asset to the University of Maryland, as he is very much a class act."

Brian Burlace, Maryland Lacrosse '92, All-American
"I'm thrilled to have John Tillman as Maryland's head coach. He's had high standards for himself and his teams throughout his successful career at Harvard, Navy and Ithaca. He'll make all lacrosse alumni proud of his selection. The future is bright for the Terps."

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