May 9, 2011

Seaman Out as Head Coach at Towson

by Matt DaSilva |

Tony Seaman's status with Towson had grown tenuous in recent years. His 13-year run as the Tigers' men's lacrosse coach ended Monday with his resignation after a 3-10 season.

Towson University men's lacrosse coach Tony Seaman, whose status with the university had grown tenuous in recent years, resigned Monday following a 3-10 season, his 13th at the school and 30th overall.

"Change is always difficult, but exciting," Seaman said in a press release. "Old doors close and new ones open and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead."

Seaman's job was first in jeopardy in 2009, when he was told by the university that his team had to qualify for the NCAA tournament or he would be fired. Towson signed Seaman to a one-year contract after he brought a mediocre Tigers team to the brink of the NCAA tournament with a strong second half of the season.

Seaman operated under the same reported ultimatum in 2010. He led Towson to the CAA championship game and was named the conference coach of the year.

"I always thought I'd be the one to decide when I'm leaving," Seaman told after the Tigers lost to Delaware in the 2010 CAA final. "But I have the best recruiting class I've ever had here offensively, and I'd love to be a part of it... We'll see where that goes from here. I might be the first [CAA] coach of the year to be let go."

Towson did not let Seaman go, however, signing the coach to a reported three-year contract. Sources have since told that contract was actually a one-year deal with options.

Associate head coach Shawn Nadelen will oversee team operations as Towson conducts what the press release called a "national confidential search" for Seaman's permanent replacement. The release also stated that Seaman would remain employed by the university as a coaching mentor and in fundraising efforts.

A Baltimore Sun blog cited former Maryland head coach and current Chesapeake Bayhawks president Dave Cottle, Stevenson head coach Paul Cantabene and Johns Hopkins assistant coach Bobby Benson as potential candidates for the Towson job.

“You never know. I don’t know if they’re going to be interested in me. If they want to talk, I’m sure I’ll hear what they have to say," Cantabene told the Sun. "But I’m just worrying about Stevenson University right now. They’ve really treated me well, and sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”

One of the best lacrosse stories of the past decade was Towson’s 14-4 season and magical trip to the final four in 2001. A year after going 3-10, Seaman authored the greatest, single-season turnaround in Division I history.

Seaman was a successful high school coach and history teacher for a decade in New York, before entering the collegiate ranks. C.W. Post hired Seaman in 1982, and he responded by going 12-3. Penn noticed, hired Seaman a year later, and he directed the Quakers to six NCAA tournaments and a 74-37 record over the next eight seasons, before Hopkins came calling to replace Don Zimmerman.

Seaman’s tenure at Towson concluded with a 99-93 record and a 263-166 mark in 30 years as a head coach in the collegiate ranks.

"Tony is a coach with Hall of Fame credentials and a love and passion for the sport of lacrosse," Towson athletic director Mike Waddell said in the release. "He has given everything he has into this program over the last 13 years and has made a difference in the lives of the kids he has coached."

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