Since arriving to the College Park campus in the fall of 2001, Dave Cottle has continued the storied tradition of excellence of the Maryland men's lacrosse program and helped usher the Terps into a new era of national prominence.
Under Cottle's leadership the Terrapins have made seven-straight trips to the NCAA tournament, earned a top-three seed four times and advanced to the Final Four in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Since 2003, Maryland is one of only four programs to make three final four appearances.
Cottle is also deeply involved in the national leadership for the sport of lacrosse. He is currently serving a term on the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse committee and is the vice-president of the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Prior to arriving in College Park, Cottle spent 19 seasons as the head coach at Loyola College. There he led the Greyhounds to 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a pair of berths in the national semifinals.
Cottle, now in his 27th season as a head coach, is tied for first all-time in NCAA history with 20 NCAA tournament bids. He is currently fifth among active coaches in wins with 258. His overall mark of 258-104 gives him a 71.3 winning percentage, which ranks sixth among active coaches with at least 100 wins.
During his tenure at Maryland, not only has the program continued to be among the sport's elite, but Terrapin players have also thrived and received national attention. In the past six seasons under Cottle a total of 23 Terps have earned 41 All-America honors. Two Terps, Michael Howley in 2003 and Lee Zink in 2004, won the Schmeisser Memorial Cup, which is given annually to the nation's outstanding defender. In 2006, Joe Walters became Maryland's all-time leader in goals and points and was named the winner of the Jack Turnbull Memorial Award as the nation's top attackman.
The backbone of Cottle's success has been a strong work ethic and an emphasis on "student-athletes." Six of Cottle's Terrapin players earned USILA Scholar All-America honors, including 2005 graduate Ian Healy, who became just the third Maryland student-athlete to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nations oldest and most prestigious academic society.
Cottle, 53, was named the eighth coach in the storied history of Maryland lacrosse on Sept. 26, 2001, taking the reins from the ACC's all-time winningest coach, Dick Edell, who retired on Sept. 3, 2001 after 18 years with the Terps.
Last season proved to be another masterful coaching job by Cottle. The 2008 Terps featured an all-freshman starting attack that saw the trio finish 1-2-3 in team scoring. Maryland finished the season with a 10-6 mark and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament before falling in overtime.
The 2007 season, which was viewed by many as a "rebuilding year" for the Terps proved to be one of Cottle's finest seasons as a head coach. With an inexperienced offense and an injury-riddled defense, Cottle managed to lead Maryland to a 10-6 record and a No. 7-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Terps returned to the NCAA Final Four for the second straight season in 2006. Cottle's squad finished the year with a 12-5 record and earned Maryland the No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament for just the second time in school history. Seven Terrapin players earned All-America honors with Walters and midfielder Bill McGlone being first team selections. Walters was also named the ACC Player of the Year for the second time in his career.
In 2005 Cottle directed Maryland to its ninth trip to the NCAA Semifinals and its second straight ACC tournament championship. The Terps ended the season with an overall record of 11-6, but finished the season winning six of their last seven games. Six Maryland players were named postseason All-Americans, including McGlone, who was a first team selection. Cottle's program also earned another honor in June of 2005 when Walters was named to the 2006 U.S. National Team, the only college player to be selected to the 23-man roster.
Cottle guided the 2004 Terps to a 13-3 record and their first ACC championship since 1998. Maryland finished the season ranked No. 3 in the USILA poll and made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. Eight Terrapin players earned All-America honors, including three first team honorees.
In 2003 he led Maryland back to the NCAA Semifinals for the first since 1998. The Terps had a stellar season, including a No. 3 final ranking. Maryland piled numerous accolades as they had eight USILA All-Americans including Howley, who was a first-team honoree. The Terps posted a 12-4 record in 2003 and gave Cottle his third trip to the national semifinals.
He led his Loyola teams to top-10 finishes in each his 14 seasons. The Greyhounds finished with a winning record the final 18 years of his tenure, dating to 1984. Loyola also played in 14 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, entering the 1998 and 1999 tournaments as the No. 1 seed.
A Baltimore native, Cottle took over a struggling Greyhound program in 1983. Since posting a first-year record of 5-9, his only losing season in 25 years as a college head coach, Cottle's Loyola teams reeled off 18 consecutive winning seasons. The 1998 team's 13-2 campaign, which ended with a berth in the NCAA semifinals, saw Loyola reach a No. 1 national ranking, and earn the school's first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
In 1988 the Greyhounds began a run of 14 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Loyola advanced to the national championship game in 1990, and made 10 NCAA quarterfinal appearances under Cottle.
The 1990 team, a potent mix of seasoned veterans and talented underclassmen, marched all the way to the NCAA championship game. In the semifinals the Greyhounds staged an incredible comeback to beat Yale, 14-13, in overtime. Syracuse, the two-time defending champs, ended Loyola's quest for the national title, but the Greyhounds' 1990 season always will be remembered.
In 1994 Cottle guided the Greyhounds to one of their best seasons ever. Loyola finished 11-2, recording wins against four NCAA tournament teams. The Greyhounds earned the nation's No. 1 ranking for only the second time in their history. Loyola concluded the regular season with a 17-15 victory over Johns Hopkins, the program's first victory ever against the Blue Jays.
Cottle's 1988 squad finished with a 12-2 record, earning Loyola's first NCAA Division I tournament berth. Loyola defeated Air Force for its first NCAA postseason victory before losing to Penn in the quarterfinals. The Greyhounds concluded the season ranked fifth in the nation, and Cottle earned USILA Coach-of-the-Year honors, becoming the first coach in Loyola athletic history to receive a national award. Cottle was also selected to coach the South team in the 1988 North-South All-Star Game.
The 1989 Greyhounds became the only Loyola lacrosse team to complete an undefeated regular season. The Greyhounds beat four nationally ranked teams en route to a perfect 10-0 mark. Loyola was ranked third in the final poll, behind eventual national champion Syracuse and Johns Hopkins.
Cottle came to Loyola in 1982 after leading Severn School to a 26-9 record and consecutive Maryland Scholastic Association championships. Prior to his success at Severn, Cottle served for two years as a graduate assistant coach, assistant varsity lacrosse coach and physical education instructor at his alma mater, Salisbury State University.
One of the finest players in Salisbury State history, Cottle was enshrined into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. During his career he re-wrote the NCAA record book, while earning All-America honors three times. He still ranks among the top three in goals (179), assists (123) and points (302) in Seagull history. In 1975 Cottle led the nation in scoring and was just the second player in collegiate lacrosse history to score more than 100 points in a single season. Following his senior season in 1977, he served as captain of the South team in the North-South All-Star Game.
Cottle received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education in 1978 from Salisbury.
He was an assistant coach for Team USA 1994, which won the world championship in Manchester, England. Cottle has addressed many lacrosse gatherings across the country, including the USILA Coaches' Convention, and he serves as a member of the All-America Selection Committee. In February of 1998 he was inducted into the Baltimore Chapter of the Lacrosse Foundation's Hall of Fame.
A graduate of Baltimore's Northern High School, Cottle lives with his wife, Lynn, daughters, Taylor and Tory, and son, Sean, in Edgewater, Md.