Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse coach Bill Dwan isn't worrying about filling in for Dave Pietramala

For the second straight week, Bill Dwan is preparing Johns Hopkins for a pivotal game this weekend, this time a road contest at Virginia on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Dwan, the program’s associate head coach, is filling in for head coach Dave Pietramala, who has been sidelined since last week by a lower back infection. Dwan, who guided the No. 7 Blue Jays to an 11-10 win against No. 5 Syracuse on Saturday for his first career victory as interim head coach, [Ed's note: Because Pietramala is the current head coach, all current and future victories are credited to him, according to Johns Hopkins sports information director Ernie Larossa.] shrugged off the notion that there is considerable scrutiny on him.

"Not anymore than I feel as an assistant," Dwan said this morning. "Obviously, I want the team to be prepared. Dave does a phenomenal job with the defense, and I assist him with that. So that part has a little more [pressure] because I'm expressing to the guys and walking them through the things. But no more than what we usually put ourselves through here. We have certain expectations here obviously.


"Me, Dave, [offensive coordinator] Bobby [Benson] and [goalies coach] Larry Quinn are all ex-players, so we know what we want to get done and what needs to get done. So it's not much different."

Dwan said he talked to Pietramala about 30 minutes after the win against the Orange, and Pietramala was ecstatic for the players.


"He was super excited for the guys," Dwan said. "He was happy they hung in there and showed some grit and pulled the game out."

Pietramala's return to the team is still unclear, Dwan said. The coaches have talked every day either through face-to-face communication or texts.

Dwan said the most important aspect is that both he and Pietramala are on the same page in prepping Johns Hopkins (4-2) for the Cavaliers (3-5).

"I'm just trying to get the guys prepared," he said. "That's what the whole staff is doing. We're not sure yet on when Coach is coming back. Could be here, but we don't know yet. So we're going to prepare as if he's not like we did with Syracuse until he gets his health in order. So that's my job, to get these guys ready to roll and do what he would want them to do."