Aug. 5, 2006
By BILL WAGNER, Staff Writer (Courtesy of the Annapolis Capital)
The Naval Academy has pulled off quite a coup by luring the most successful head coach in Division I history to lead its fledgling women's lacrosse program.
The Capital has learned that longtime Maryland head coach Cindy Timchal has accepted the challenge of transitioning Navy from club to varsity status.
Academy athletic director Chet Gladchuk is expected to announce the hiring today.
Timchal compiled a phenomenal record of 233-34 (.873) in 14 seasons at Maryland. She led the Terrapins to eight national championships, most of any program at the Division I level.
Sources said Navy lured Timchal away from Maryland with a hefty package that included a salary increase and other benefits. According to sources, Timchal had four years remaining on her current contract in College Park.
Navy sports information director Scott Strasemeier declined to comment on reports that Timchal would become the first varsity coach in program history.
Navy will play a full club schedule this spring, including games against a number of varsity programs. In the spring of 2008, the program will assume varsity status and become a full member of the Patriot League, which holds an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Timchal, the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history with a 309-74 (.807) career record, has previous experience directing start-up programs.
She was the inaugural head coach at Northwestern in 1982 and compiled a 76-40 record with five NCAA Tournament appearances during a nine-year tenure.
Timchal began her coaching career as an assistant at Pennsylvania when that school was initiating women's lacrosse. She also served as an assistant field hockey coach at Penn.
Timchal took over at Maryland in 1991 and immediately set about building a dynasty. She took the Terrapins to the NCAA finals in 11 of 13 years and captured an unprecedented seven straight national titles at one point.
Under Timchal, Maryland posted undefeated seasons in 1995 (17-0), 1996 (19-0), 1999 (21-0) and 2001 (23-0).
She is a five-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and two-time Division I National Coach of the Year.