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Tillman Accepts Head Coaching Position at Maryland

Photo courtesy of David Silverman.

John Tillman has resigned as the Frisbie Family Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Lacrosse to accept the head coaching position at Maryland, it was announced Wednesday afternoon. 

“I would like to thank Bob Scalise for giving me the opportunity to coach at Harvard," Tillman said. "I am fortunate to have been able to spend the last three years being part of the Harvard community and lacrosse family. I enjoyed working with the student-athletes here and will look back fondly on my time in Cambridge as a period of growth as a person and coach. I would also like to thank the players, alumni, administration and families for their dedication and support."

"Harvard is a truly special place, but the people make the difference here. I will always treasure the relationships I made here.  Although we did not achieve all of our goals on the lacrosse field, we have laid a solid foundation for the future.  The program is ready for huge success in the coming years due the talent, character and work ethic of the young men in the program and the support that exists here. ”

Tillman, who guided Harvard to a 20-19 overall record in three seasons, helped guide the Crimson to several marquee victories, including a win at Duke in 2009.  In addition, Tillman  coached Harvard to an 8-5 overall mark and 3-3 Ivy League record in 2009, marking the most wins for team since the 2002 season.  Under Tillman’s tutelage, the Crimson climbed to as high as No. 11 in the national polls in each of the last two seasons and welcomed the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class last fall.

“We thank coach Tillman for the wonderful job he did developing our players and our program and leaving us in position for continued success.,” said Bob Scalise, Nichols Family Director of Athletics. “The effect of coach Tillman’s time in Cambridge will be long-lasting and we will always consider him a true friend of Harvard men’s lacrosse.  We will find a replacement to build from the momentum created by coach Tillman’s tenure.”

Harvard has reached the NCAA tournament five times, most recently in 2006, and has won three Ivy League titles in program history.  The Crimson will return 35 players next season, including two All-Ivy League selections. 

A national search for a successor is already underway.