By Christian Swezey
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 23, 2010; 5:31 PM
University of Maryland men's lacrosse coach Dave Cottle resigned on Sunday after nine seasons at the school, Athletic Director Debbie Yow said in a statement released to The Washington Post and Baltimore Sun on Sunday.
Maryland finished the year 12-4 following a 7-5 loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday.
"I have decided to step aside as the head coach at the University of Maryland," said Cottle. "First of all, I would like to thank [U-Md. President C. Dan Mote Jr.] and Dr. Yow for the opportunity to coach at the University of Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I have enjoyed my nine years at Maryland, where we made eight NCAA tournament appearances, three Final Fours and won two ACC championships. This past year I enjoyed coaching this team as much as any team I have ever been around. I have developed tremendous relationships with many Terp alumni, former coaches and have had some of the finest parents any lacrosse program has had.
"I am extremely lucky to have coached all of my players at Maryland and would particularly like to thank the 2010 team for how hard they worked for our coaching staff. I would like to thank all of my former coaches and staff who have worked with me at Maryland, especially this year's staff -- Ryan Moran, Jon Stainbrook and Dave Slafkosky, who has been with me all nine years. We taught our players lacrosse, but also tried to teach them more than just being good lacrosse players. We also taught them the importance of being good students and people.
"Whoever the next coach at Maryland is he will be a very lucky man, because these student-athletes are great players and great people, who will compete every day and have a desire to win. I will always root for the Terps and the saddest part of my decision is not being in the locker room and on the field with this group who I care so much about."
During the past nine seasons, Maryland compiled a record of 99-45 (.688). The 99 victories are the sixth most of any Division I men's lacrosse program during that time period. Cottle guided the Terrapins to the NCAA tournament in each of the past eight seasons, including Final Four appearances in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Coming into this season, 22 players under Cottle's tutelage at Maryland have earned a total of 41 all-American honors. He led Maryland to ACC championships in 2004 and 2005. He was twice named the ACC coach of the year
Prior to arriving at Maryland, Cottle spent 19 seasons as the head coach at Loyola. There, he led the Greyhounds to 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances.
He is 280-115 in 28 seasons as a head coach.
Cottle was the eighth coach in the history of Maryland lacrosse, taking over in September 2001 from Dick Edell, who retired after 18 seasons with the Terps.
A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.