Aug. 21, 2006
ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced Saturday that Cindy Timchal, the all-time winningest coach in women's lacrosse history, will be the head coach of Navy's women's lacrosse program.
"We set our sights on seeking out the best candidates in the country for this position and we ended up with the finest coach in the history of the game," said Gladchuk. "Cindy's accomplishments are unparalleled and are a benchmark for any coach at any division of competition. Having her accept this historic opportunity clearly illustrates our institutional commitment to succeeding in the fastest growing sport for women in the country."
"I'm excited about coming to Navy and it's truly an historic moment to be named the head coach of the first Division I women's lacrosse program at a Service Academy," said Timchal. "I couldn't be more thrilled to work for such a wonderful school like the Naval Academy and we are going to recruit a group of first-class young women to come to school here and play Division I lacrosse."
Navy will play a full club schedule this spring, including games against a number of varsity programs. In the spring of 2008, the team will become a full member of the Patriot League and will compete for the league championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The team will play its home games in the finest lacrosse facility in the nation, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Timchal's accomplishments at Maryland are unmatched, posting an incredible 233-34 (.873) record and winning eight national championships, making the Terps the winningest Division I program in NCAA history.
Timchal led Maryland to undefeated seasons in 1995 (17-0), 1996 (19-0), 1999 (21-0) and 2001 (23-0) and won an unprecedented seven-straight national titles.
Timchal's coaching career got its start at Northwestern in 1982. During her nine-year tenure with the Wildcats, she compiled a 76-40 record (.655) and took her team to five NCAA appearances. While at Northwestern, Timchal made it as far as the quarterfinals, earning appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 1984, '86, '87 and '88.
Timchal attended West Chester (Pa.) University where she lettered in lacrosse, tennis and track & field. Following her graduation, she became an assistant coach at Unionville (Pa.) High School where she coached field hockey, lacrosse and basketball. In 1979, she joined the collegiate ranks, becoming an assistant lacrosse and field hockey coach at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Five-Time ACC Coach of the Year
- Two-Time National Coach of the Year
- Eight National Titles
- Owns a 309-74 (.807) career record
- All-time winningest coach with 309 victories
- Has coached 70 All-Americans
- NCAA Finalists in 11 of last 15 years