June 3, 2010

Gait Says He Won't Pursue Maryland Opening

from staff reports

Syracuse University women's lacrosse coach Gary Gait, who said earlier this week that he was contacted by a University of Maryland search committee tasked with replacing Dave Cottle, said Thursday he will not pursue the job.

Cottle was forced to resign after the Terps lost in the NCAA quarterfinals this year.

“I bleed Orange. Syracuse is the right place for me and my family," Gait said in a press release from SU Athletics on Thursday.

Gait recently led the Syracuse women to their second final four appearance, where the Orange bowed out to eventual national champion Maryland.

According to media reports, Cottle has interviewed for the head coaching job at Penn State, vacated last month by longtime Nittany Lions coach and recent retiree Glenn Thiel.

Other finalists for the Penn State job included Brown head coach and former Penn State assistant Lars Tiffany, Drexel's Brian Voelker and Colgate's Jim Nagle, according to the Washington Post.

Voelker, however, told Inside Lacrosse he was not interested in the Penn State job.

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