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Towson men's lacrosse coach Shawn Nadelen said he's not interested in coaching elsewhere

Towson men's lacrosse head coach Shawn Nadelen, speaking Tyler Young, said he wants to remain at Towson despite openings at six Division I schools.
Towson men's lacrosse head coach Shawn Nadelen, speaking Tyler Young, said he wants to remain at Towson despite openings at six Division I schools. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

In the span of five (relatively) short years, coach Shawn Nadelen has guided Towson to three Colonial Athletic Association tournament championships, a program-record 16 wins this spring and the school's first appearance in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals since 2003.

At 37, Nadelen could be a popular name for one of the six Division I programs with head-coaching vacancies to target in the offseason. But Nadelen said he has not considered interviewing at any school.

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Towson men's lacrosse shook up the postseason and expectations with a 10-9 win over Denver. The Tigers have extended their program-record, single-season win total to 16 and will make their first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2003 against No. 7 seed Loyola Maryland (13-3) on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Those associated with the program attribute the team's success to coach Shawn Nadelen.

"I'm the head coach here at Towson, I've got a great staff, my wife [Mary] is a professor here, and we love it here," he said. "This is the thing we've built. It's kind of like building your own home. You're not going to just leave it just because you know the neighbor down the road has a bigger place and a nicer lawn. This is something you've built with your own hands, and obviously, you've got a lot invested in it. I love coming here and getting to work with these guys and my staff."

Nadelen has largely managed to avoid joining the nomadic ways of his coaching brethren. After serving three years as an assistant under Bill Tierney at Princeton, Nadelen joined Tony Seaman's staff with the Tigers in 2004 as a defensive coordinator.

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But what if a program near Nadelen's hometown of Rochester, N.Y., came calling?

"I don't think so," he said. "For me, it's the fit. Fortunately, I haven't had to bounce around a ton in my coaching career. I went to Princeton and then came down here to Towson and knew the area from playing close by. I've been very fortunate with that, and for me, Towson University has been so welcoming. I don't know what else is out there, and I don't frankly care. Obviously, upstate New York is where I am from, and my brother and his family, my parents, and my wife's parents are up there. But it's no more of a draw than anywhere else."

Towson athletic director Tim Leonard, who signed football coach Rob Ambrose to an extension after the football team played in the Football Championship Subdivision title game in January 2014, said he does not intend to lose Nadelen to a competitor.

"I'm excited about that challenge," Leonard said. "We're crazy if we don't think that's going to happen this year. There looks to be some movement this year in that. We're talking about what we need to do because I want to keep him here. People would be crazy if he wasn't at the top of their list. But I'd much rather be in that position than having a coach that nobody wants."

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