Report: Navy close to agreement with Stony Brook's Sowell

The Annapolis Capital has reported Thursday morning that Navy could name Stony Brook coach Rick Sowell as the eighth head coach in school history as early as Thursday.

Adam Gutes, a spokesman who works in Stony Brook's sports information office as the primary contact for men's lacrosse, confirmed the Midshipmen's wish to interview Sowell.


"I know there was some interest from Navy, but I don't know if Coach has accepted the offer or not," Gutes said Thursday morning. "But I do know there was interest."

Efforts to reach Sowell have been unsuccessful, and Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk has not returned requests for comment. Stacie Michaud, a spokeswoman who works in the academy's sports information office as the primary contact for men's lacrosse, said there would be no comment until the coaching search is completed.

The Capital reported that Sowell met with Gladchuk on campus on Wednesday, ate lunch at an area restaurant, and toured the lacrosse facilities. The newspaper also reported that the academy has offered the job to Sowell, who could make as much as $300,000 a year, putting him in a tax bracket with the likes of Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala and Syracuse coach John Desko.

In five seasons at Stony Brook, Sowell guided the Seawolves to a 47-26 record, America East regular-season championships in each of the last two years and the conference tournament crown and an NCAA tournament appearance in the quarterfinals in 2010.

Sowell is 86-81 as a head coach after stays at Dartmouth and St. John's. In 2003, Dartmouth went 11-3 to capture the program's first Ivy League title and first trip to the NCAA tournament.

Sowell has established ties to Maryland. He was a two-time All American and the Division III National Midfielder of the Year at Washington College, helping the Shoremen reach the title game in both 1984 and 1985. He played five seasons with the Baltimore Thunder of Major Indoor Lacrosse League.

Sowell's coaching path began at Washington College, where was an assistant for two seasons. He then served three years as the head coach of the boys' lacrosse program at St. Albans in Washington, D.C., and nine years as an assistant coach at Georgetown before making the leap to head coach at Dartmouth for the 1999 season.