Maryland expects Tillman to remain with lacrosse team

Maryland said Thursday that it expects men's lacrosse coach John Tillman — who had attracted interest from Navy — to remain in College Park, where he led the Terps to the NCAA title game in his first season.

Tillman spoke with Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson by phone Thursday. "As far as we're concerned, he's our coach and we fully expect him to remain our coach," Anderson said in a statement released upon request.

Asked to confirm that he was remaining at Maryland, Tillman replied indirectly late Thursday afternoon. "I was never contacted by anyone so I'm just doing my job as I always do like any other day," he said in a text message.

Maryland athletic sources had said Wednesday that Navy unofficially indicated interest in Tillman, 41. Maryland was eager to retain the coach.

Navy did not request permission to interview Tillman, sources said.

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. The Washington Post reported Thursday that Tillman was remaining in College Park.

Tillman was a Navy assistant for 12 seasons — the latter six as head assistant coach. He was then Harvard's coach for three seasons before being hired by Maryland a year ago.

Under Tillman, the Terps won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. They lost 9-7 to Virginia in Monday's NCAA championship game at M&T Bank Stadium.

Tillman, who makes about $150,000 per year, has a large buyout clause in his contract, believed to be about $500,000.

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