John Tillman Hired as New Head Coach at Maryland

Joe Walters, Maryland Lacrosse '06, All-American & School's All-Time Leading Scorer
"Coach Tillman is an outstanding person and a credible guy, who I believe can lead Maryland to a national championship. He is a great competitor and was always very respectful when we played against his Navy teams. Maryland is fortunate to have a guy like Coach Tillman as its next head coach. I think he's a guy that all of the alumni can get behind and rally around as the Maryland head coach."

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – John Tillman has resigned as the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Lacrosse to accept the head coaching position at Maryland, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.

“I would like to thank Bob Scalise for giving me the opportunity to coach at Harvard the last three seasons,” Tillman said. “I enjoyed working with the student-athletes here and will look back fondly on my time in Cambridge.”

Tillman, who guided Harvard to a 20-19 overall record in three seasons, helped guide the Crimson to several marquee victories, including a win at Duke in 2009. In addition, Tillman coached Harvard to an 8-5 overall mark and 3-3 Ivy League record in 2009, marking the most wins for team since the 2002 season. Under Tillman's tutelage, the Crimson climbed to as high as No. 11 in the national polls in each of the last two seasons and welcomed the nation's third-ranked recruiting class last fall.

“We thank coach Tillman for the wonderful job he did developing our players and our program and leaving us in position for continued success.,” said Bob Scalise, Nichols Family Director of Athletics. “The effect of coach Tillman's time in Cambridge will be long-lasting and we will always consider him a true friend of Harvard men's lacrosse. We will find a replacement to build from the momentum created by coach Tillman's tenure.”

Harvard has reached the NCAA tournament five times, most recently in 2006, and has won three Ivy League titles in program history. The Crimson will return 35 players next season, including two All-Ivy League selections.

A national search for a successor is already underway.

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