Now that Navy women's lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal has reached 400 career wins, you might see her sporting new shoes around the Annapolis campus -- although these might be too special to wear.
After Wednesday's victory made her the first college lacrosse coach – men's or women's -- to reach 400, the Midshipmen presented Timchal with a pair of NikeiD sneakers in Navy blue and gold with 400 emblazoned on them. They were specially designed by senior team captain Kierstin King.
"Anyone who knows her knows she absolutely loves her sneakers. She has a million of them," junior Jasmine DePompeo said. "It was so special for her. She opened them on the field after she won and we had flowers for her. Everyone was happy. She seemed ecstatic."
While all of the attention surrounded Timchal, her players were thrilled to celebrate such a significant milestone with her.
Although most of the Midshipmen weren't born until Timchal was at least eight years into a coaching career that started at Northwestern in 1982, they are well versed in her extraordinary resume which includes eight national championships at Maryland as well as two national Coach of the Year awards.
"One of the reasons I came to Navy was because she was the coach," DePompeo said. "She loves Annapolis. She loves coaching us. Coming from coaching such national championship teams and then coming here and building up this program definitely says a lot about the type of coach she is in that it's not just about the wins but about creating something. She obviously did that here at Navy too."
Timchal left Maryland after 260 with the Terrapins wins in 2006 to take Navy from a club program to Division I in 2008. The Mids won the last two Patriot League titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament, but for the players, Wednesday's 18-8 win over Robert Morris ranked up there with those post-season wins.
DePompeo, who had two goals and three assists Wednesday, said the players didn't feel any pressure and that showed as they got off to a 7-0 start.
"[Timchal] tried to keep it as normal as possible," DePompeo said. "It didn't seem like she even wanted to bring it up, but obviously all of us players knew what was on the line for her. We understand what a tremendous milestone it was for her and we were happy to share it with her and come through with a win at home. We're all really happy for her. When you sit back and think about 400 wins, that's a lot of lacrosse."