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Former Terps coach Dave Cottle to Marquette

Marquette has hired former Maryland men's lacrosse coach Dave Cottle as a consultant for the school's new lacrosse program.

Cottle will help the university compile a list of coaching candidates for both the men's and women's teams, while assisting with budgets and assessing facilities.

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"I'll be doing anything I can to help them navigate through the mine fields," Cottle said. "Every institution has some challenges, and I do know the challenges of building a lacrosse program. I have experience at a big school and a small school so I think I can help them."

Cottle is a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and has led his teams to 22 NCAA tournament appearances and five NCAA semifinal appearances during his 28 seasons as coach between Maryland and Loyola College. He served as an adviser for the Chesapeake Bayhawks after resigning from Maryland in May.

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Marquette will begin play as an independent in 2012 before joining the Big East in 2013.

Deputy athletic director Mike Broeker said the school was attracted to Cottle's background as a coach, evaluator and adviser.

"I think it would be hard for us to find a better lacrosse person in the industry to help with something like this," Broeker said. "He's so passionate about what we're doing and I think that's so outstanding to be so passionate about this sport. It's inspiring. I wish we could start tomorrow."

-- Mike Miller

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