June 15, 2010

Towson Signs Seaman Through 2013

by Matt DaSilva | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

Towson men's lacrosse coach Tony Seaman, the CAA Coach of the Year, signed a three-year contract extension Tuesday.

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TOWSON, Md. -- Tony Seaman's once-mercurial status as Towson University's men's lacrosse coach was clarified Tuesday with a contract extension that will keep Seaman at the suburban Baltimore school through the 2013 season.

“I’m pleased that we were able to reach an agreement to extend Tony Seaman’s tenure at Towson,” athletic director Mike Hermann said in a press release. “He is well recognized as one of the most successful men’s lacrosse coaches in the nation. He and his staff have done an outstanding job recruiting top-notch student-athletes and preparing them for success on the field of competition.

“Even more importantly, Tony is an outstanding man, a great role model for his student-athletes as well as the young coaches on our staff,” Hermann added. “He truly has the interests of the student-athletes at the forefront of his decisions and he prepares them to be successful players and successful men.”

In 12 seasons as the Tigers’ coach, Seaman has led the program to a 96-83 record and four conference championships. After capturing the 2001 America East championship and advancing to the NCAA semifinals, he led the Tigers to three consecutive Colonial Athletic Association titles that earned Towson automatic bids to the NCAA tournament. Seaman also coached the Tigers to the first round of the NCAA tournament as an at-large team in 2007.

Seaman's job security fell into question in 2009, however, when the university reportedly requiring Towson to qualify for the NCAA tournament to renew his contract. The Tigers did not, but a spirited run to the CAA championship game led to a one-year contract.

This season, Towson got off to a 1-5 start. The ultimatum returned to the table. But a remarkable turnaround brough the Tigers back to the CAA final, where they fell to Delaware. Seaman was named the CAA Coach of the Year.

"I might be the first coach of the year to be let go," Seaman quipped after that loss.

But a chorus of supporters helped Seaman's cause.

“During the past few weeks, I’ve heard from countless former players and parents about Tony’s positive impact on the program and on young lacrosse players,” Hermann said. “With Tony at the helm, I have no doubt that our program will have great success over the next three years.”

Said Seaman: “I am excited about the future of Towson lacrosse and I’m looking forward to the 2011 season."

Seaman has been selected as Coach of the Year in both the America East Conference (2001) and the CAA (2004, 2010). He was named as Towson University’s Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2004.

Seaman, who will begin his 30th season as a college head coach in 2011, has compiled a career record of 260-156. His 260 wins rank sixth among active Division I coaches entering the 2011 season. 

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