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Three area assistant coaches interviewed for UMBC men's lacrosse head coach opening

UMBC lacrosse coach Don Zimmerman retired after last season.
UMBC lacrosse coach Don Zimmerman retired after last season. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

UMBC is not expected to make an announcement until later this month, but it appears to have made progress in its search for a lacrosse coach to replace the retired Don Zimmerman.

Johns Hopkins offensive coordinator Bobby Benson, Maryland associate head coach/defensive coordinator Kevin Conry, Loyola Maryland offensive coordinator Ryan Moran, and Brown assistant coach Kip Turner interviewed for the Retrievers opening last week, according to sources familiar with the process.

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Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala said Benson intends to remain with his alma mater, where he was a three-time All-American attackman before graduating in 2003.

"Bobby had been reached out to, but as I understand it, there's been no change in Bobby's status here," Pietramala said Monday. "Bobby's status is what it has been, and I expect it to remain that way."

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One name that had been linked to the vacancy was UMass-Lowell coach Ed Stephenson. The Baltimore native and Dulaney High School and Towson University graduate had served as an assistant coach at UMBC under Zimmerman from 1995 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012 before assuming the reins for the River Hawks prior to the 2015 season.

But Stephenson said he had not been in contact with the Retrievers about interviewing for the head coaching position. "I couldn't be any happier up here," he said.

Former Virginia coach Dom Starsia, whose contract was not renewed last month, said he had not talked to anyone from UMBC about the job.

"I'm still in the process of just catching my breath here," said Starsia, the winningest coach in Division I history and architect of four NCAA championships with the Cavaliers. "I don't really know what the next step will be for me. At the same time, I think anything is possible. So the answer is, I haven't talked to anybody about it, and I'm still trying to sort things out for myself and my family. At the same time, I would say, who knows?"

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A UMBC spokesman said the university plans to conduct interviews for another week before making a hire as early as mid-June.

Zimmerman announced his retirement on May 2.

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