So who will succeed Don Zimmerman as UMBC men's lacrosse coach?

News that Don Zimmerman retired Monday after 23 years as UMBC coach means the Retrievers have joined Princeton and Jacksonville as Division I programs searching for new leaders.

Asked what he is looking for in Zimmerman's successor, UMBC athletic director Tim Hall said: "I think somebody who has a proven record for success. I think if you can find somebody with head coach experience, that's always a bonus. I think somebody who first and foremost sees himself as an educator, somebody who knows that we want to win championships in men's lacrosse just like we want to in every sport, but at the end of the day, we're educators whose primary mission is to ensure that we're educating the future leaders of tomorrow. So somebody who sees himself as a teacher and an educator, somebody who has a strong reputation, somebody who understands our recruiting region. Certainly lacrosse is becoming more of a national sport, and so you want somebody who can recruit anywhere, but having a strong presence in our quote-unquote backyard and our service region will be important. Somebody who has demonstrated success with X's and O's, and it doesn't matter if it's on the offensive or defensive side. Those are some of the early attributes that I am looking for."


Here are four names that could be candidates for the vacancy (in alphabetical order):

*Johns Hopkins offensive coordinator Bobby Benson: Molder of 25 All-American offensive players since joining the Blue Jays in 2007 … A Retrievers offensive coordinator under Zimmerman from 2004-05 … A former assistant coach at Loyola.


*Maryland associate head coach/defensive coordinator Kevin Conry: Architect of defensive unit that has ranked in the Top 10 in each of the last three seasons.

*Loyola Maryland offensive coordinator Ryan Moran: Engineer of a unit that averaged 11.2 goals in 2015 and produced a 47-goal scorer in 2015 and a 71-point scorer in 2016 … A former assistant coach at Navy and Maryland … A two-way midfielder for the Terps from 2000-03.

*UMass Lowell head coach Ed Stephenson: Head man for River Hawks since program began in 2015 … A Retrievers assistant coach under Zimmerman from 1995-2000 and associate head coach under Zimmerman from 2011-12 … A four-year starting defenseman at Towson … A Timonium native and Dulaney graduate.

Regardless of the candidates, Hall is confident the opening will draw plenty of interest.

"I think it's an attractive job," he said. "I think there will be a number of individuals who will be interested in it. So having previous head-coaching experience is one of the attributes. It's not a must or a requirement."