Mids' Meade: No talks with UNC

The Baltimore Sun

Navy coach Richie Meade and UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said yesterday that they have not considered nor talked to North Carolina officials about the head coaching vacancy.

Since the sudden parting of ways between the Atlantic Coast Conference school and John Haus on Tuesday, the names of a number of prominent head coaches have been floated as possible successors. Meade, who played two seasons as an attackman and served three as an assistant coach with the Tar Heels, has been mentioned but not contacted.

"I haven't really talked to anybody about it or anything like that," said Meade, who has guided the Midshipmen to a 120-75 record in 14 years. "I'm the coach at Navy. I'm sure there are a thousand names being floated for this job because it's a heck of a job, I imagine. Obviously, I went to school there and everything. I'm sure the rumor mill is probably rampant right now."

Similarly, Zimmerman, an assistant to former North Carolina coach and current senior associate athletic director Willie Scroggs between 1979-82, said he is happy with his present duties with the Retrievers.

"I haven't heard from North Carolina and certainly if I were called, I would be flattered," said Zimmerman, who has a career coaching record of 186-110 spanning 22 seasons and three NCAA titles with Johns Hopkins. "But at this point, I'm happy with where I am at UMBC and I'm proceeding along with my job there."

Meade, who also coached with Scroggs, said he wasn't sure whether he would be open to the idea of interviewing for the Tar Heels job.

"I've got a very good job now, so I can't imagine that would be in the cards right now," Meade said. "Not that I wouldn't be flattered. ... [But] I've been at Navy for a long time, and I love the Naval Academy. So it's not something that I could really respond to."

Delaware coach Bob Shillinglaw's name has also cropped up as a possible successor to Haus. Shillinglaw, a Severna Park native who lives in Elkton, played for the Tar Heels. He has compiled a record of 249-223 in 30 years of coaching the Blue Hens.edward.lee@baltsun.com

Sun columnist Mike Preston contributed to this article.

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