Morgan State yesterday selected Florida A&M assistant Michael Lebron Holmes to become head basketball coach on July 1.

Holmes has been an assistant at Florida A&M since since 1987, and formerly was head coach at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C.

Morgan chose Holmes from a field of 75 applicants, which had been whittled to three prospects, including former Maryland coach Bob Wade and North Carolina State assistant Stanley Lewter.

Wade, who was forced to resign from Maryland in May 1989 because of an investigation of NCAA infractions during his tenure, at one point was thought to be the favorite for the Morgan State job. But the NCAA, which imposed a three-year penalty on Maryland, said any school that hired Wade within a five-year period could face possible sanctions. . . .

Don Zimmerman, citing pressures associated with his high-profile job, has resigned as lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins.

Zimmerman, 37, informed his players Sunday. Athletic Director Bob Scott said he will start forming a selection committee and hopes to name a successor the first week in July.

Zimmerman's contract expires June 30. He said he will not immediately seek another coaching position. An intense coach who was in constant motion on the sidelines and even called timeouts in the last minute when he was winning by more than five goals, Zimmerman said he was resigning partly because of emotional experiences that came with the Blue Jays' 6-5 record and loss in the first round of the NCAA Division I playoffs.

In seven seasons under Zimmerman, the Blue Jays were 73-15 and won three national titles.

"I'm the kind of coach that carries the pressure home. It really took its toll and created a lot of undue stress," Zimmerman said. "I think this was the best time for me to sit back and evaluate my personal goals and the direction of my career."