Jed Kirschbaum, Baltimore Sun
May 31, 2011
Fourteen of the 61 Division I programs, including Navy and Towson, have new coaches. Failure and success are the catalysts for massive change. The desire to win on a national and league stage has pushed athletic directors to make changes at the top.
Navy finished a disappointing 7-8 in 2010 and 4-9 in 2011. AD Chet Gladchuk pushed the panic button, letting Richie Meade go and hiring Ricky Sowell of Stony Brook.
Navy lacrosse has a rich history. But Gladchuk's dream of a national championship is delusional. This isn't the 1960s. Navy's annual goals should be to win the Patriot League, beat Army and participate in the NCAA tournament. Anything more is gravy.
Rutgers went 22-35 over the past four years, and AD Tim Pernetti made a change, bringing in Brian Brecht from Siena. Rutgers is a sleeping giant with exceptional facilities and an ideal location.
Robert Morris has had three straight winning seasons, so it was a surprise when coach Bear Davis took the job at Archbishop Spalding.
Towson's bumpy ride through four straight losing seasons forced AD Mike Waddell to make a move and hire assistant Shawn Nadelen. After a dismal 3-10 season in 2011, Nadelen has been cracking the whip with early-morning workouts. He has run off a handful of bad apples, attempting to change the culture of Towson lacrosse. "We are not OK with any player thinking that average is acceptable and performing at anything that they do in any capacity less than 100 percent," Nadelen said.