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John Tillman tells Maryland he will stay at College Park

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Maryland men's lacrosse coach John Tillman has told athletic director Kevin Anderson he is staying at the school despite overtures from Navy about its coaching vacancy.

Anderson said in an interview that he spoke with Tillman on Tuesday. "John has assured me that he's been very clear to them that he's not interested in their job," Anderson said. "He likes it here and he's going to stay here."

Navy asked Maryland for permission last weekend to speak to Tillman about the opening. Tillman said in an e-mail Tuesday that Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk contacted him by phone to gauge his interest. Tillman said he expressed his intention to stay in College Park.

Tillman said in the e-mail that he loves the academy, where he was a longtime assistant, but that "I am very happy here at Maryland."

Since Tillman just signed a seven-year contract with Maryland last year, Navy would likely have needed to pay a steep price -- probably well in excess of Tillman's roughly $150,000 per year salary. The academy also would have had to pay a buyout in the range of $500,000.

Tillman, 41, was a Navy assistant for 12 seasons. He was then Harvard's coach for three seasons before being hired by Maryland a year ago. Under Tillman, the Terps advanced to the NCAA championship game before losing, 9-7, to Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium.

Navy is searching for a successor to Richie Meade, who left the program last month after 17 seasons. Navy said it won't talk about Tillman or discuss details of the search until it is completed.

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