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Towson to conduct national search to find Mike Gottlieb's replacement

Towson to conduct national search to find Mike Gottlieb's replacement
Towson baseball coach Mike Gottlieb is shown after being doused with water by his team to celebrate his 700th career victory. (Towson athletics)

An in-house search committee at Towson University will conduct a national search to find a replacement for longtime baseball coach Mike Gottlieb, an athletic department spokesman said Monday.

Towson announced Sunday that the 60-year-old Gottlieb, who had been the team's head coach since 1988 after previously serving as an assistant under Billy Hunter, would not return for his 31st season.

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Gottlieb confirmed that athletic director Tim Leonard told him last Monday that he would not be retained.  The athletic department spokesman said that a search committee has not yet been formed and that the search would not likely begin until after the men's lacrosse team played in this year's Final Four, beginning with Saturday's semifinal game against Ohio State in Foxboro, Mass.

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