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posted 04.14.2011 at 9.51 a.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Dave Cottle, Lacrosse Yoda

Dave Cottle has had no shortage of jobs since being forced to resign as Maryland men's head coach at the end of the last season, as's Gary Lambrecht documented earlier this week. Cottle is president of the MLL's Chesapeake Bayhawks -- and now an assistant coach, the team announced Thursday. He's also a consultant for Marquette University's new programs and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and helps coach the Annapolis Hawks' eighth-grade rec team.

And he's scribbling plays on napkins at dinner with at least one boys' high school coach. That, according to a story in The Washington Post, which describes meetings totaling nine hours between St. John's boys' coach Danny Phillips and Cottle. St. John's College High School is located in Northwest Washington, D.C.

All Phillips needed to do was send Cottle an introductory email, and he had a Yoda-type lacrosse coach to learn from. Cottle even broke down game film of a St. John's fall scrimmage.

"Some of the stuff he was telling us at times was way over our heads," Phillips said with a laugh, according to the Post, "but he's a really good guy, and it's great to tap into some of his experience to help us."

Cottle just can't stop coaching the game, and giving advice.

I'm not a Star Wars nerd, but there appears to be some similarities between Cottle and Yoda, the Jedi master who trained Luke Skywalker. According to Wikipedia, Yoda goes into exile on Dagobah, a planet of remote swamps and forests, after the fall of the Republic in Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith.

Maryland men's lacrosse should not be considered to have fallen like the Republic after last season's NCAA quarterfinal loss. And Cottle obviously has done anything but gone into exile, but it does appear he doesn't mind dispensing advice like a Jedi.

"Lacrosse is a little bit like golf," Cottle was quoted as saying in the article. "Off that first tee you can slice it, hook it or hit it straight, but there's a lot of ways to end up where you want to be. I just tried to tell him some things that have worked for us over the years, and hopefully, some of that helped him."