Navy hired Ricky Sowell as its next men’s lacrosse coach on Thursday.

Sowell has spent the previous five years at Stony Brook, where his teams went 47-26 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2010. Sowell has strong ties to the area. He was an assistant at Georgetown from 1990 through 1998 and also had coached at St. Albans.

“The Naval Academy family welcomes Coach Sowell as an accomplished educator, proven lacrosse coach, architect of building winning programs, inspirational leader of student-athletes, role model in the community and devoted husband and father,” Navy Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said in a staement.

“Rick has impressed us in a way that is consistent with the wonderful accolades we have received from those who have worked with him or coached against him over the years.

Navy had been searching for a coach since Richie Meade resigned on May 9. The Midshipmen went 4-9 this past season, setting a school record for losses.

“Today is a day about moving forward, not looking backwards,” Sowell said.  “I am excited to have this opportunity and appreciate all that the United States Naval Academy represents:  Honor, Tradition, and Integrity.  These are all principles that I follow in life and know that my new team will reflect these values.