Dick Edell
Dick Edell

Player Profile
Former Head Coach

29th season overall, 18th season at Maryland, Towson '67

The University of Maryland announced on Monday, September 3, 2001, that longtime men's lacrosse coach Dick Edell retired from the post he held for 18 years due to health-related reasons. Edell was replaced by Dave Cottle, who was hired on Sept. 26, 2001 after a 19-year tenure as the head coach at Loyola College.

When Edell retired, he stressed that his health issue is not life-threatening, but that it is affecting his quality of life. "My mind and heart want to do this, but my body won't," said Edell, 57. "I'm thankful to the school for giving me the chance [18 years ago] and to all of my coaches and players. For 18 years this has been an unbelievable experience. I don't know of many people who get to spend the professional life doing what they love doing with people they like being around."

Maryland director of athletics Deborah Yow said the school appreciated all of Edell's efforts with the men's lacrosse program. "We are profoundly grateful for the many contributions that Dick Edell has made to our athletic program. He has coached our men's lacrosse team with skill and great dedication, and he will be missed by everyone associated with the athletic program."

Edell concluded his 29th season of coaching and 18th season at Maryland this past spring and will go down in history as one of the all-time coaching greats of the game. After finishing with a 13-3 record in 2001, Edell leaves with the best career ACC record at 171-76 (.692), all at Maryland. On March 11, 2000, Edell became the first coach to reach the 150-win plateau at an ACC school, with a win over his alma mater, Towson.

With a lifetime record of 282-123 over 29 years including stints at the University of Baltimore, Army and Maryland, Edell was the nation's second-winningest active coach. Ironically, the only coach Edell trails on the active list is Jack Emmer (289-159), who succeeded Edell at Army in 1984.

He is the fifth all-time winningest coach in men's lacrosse annals, overall. He passed former Cornell coach Richie Moran and Syracuse legend Roy Simmons, Sr., during the 2000 season and former Towson coach Carl Runk (262) with the Terps' win at Cornell on March 18, 2000. The all-time leader is former UMass coach Dick Garber (300 wins).

"Big Man," as he is affectionately known on the College Park campus, has led his teams to 20 NCAA Tournament appearances (17 in Division I including the 2001 selection), including 13 at Maryland. He has also led the Terps to three ACC championships (1985, 1987 and 1998) and three NCAA championship game appearances (1995, 1997, 1998).

He was named the National Coach of the Year by the USILA in 1978 and 1995. He was also selected as the ACC Coach of the Year in 1989, 1992 and 1998.

He became the seventh coach in history to pass the 400-games coached plateau. Edell won his 400th career game in the ACC semifinals on April 20, 12-8 over Virginia, at Orlando.

Edell graduated from Towson in 1967, where he was a two-time All-American, with a degree in physical education. He earned his master's degree in education from Western Maryland in 1970 and another master's degree in science from the University of Baltimore in 1976. He broke into the coaching profession in 1968 as the freshman coach at Towson and after two years with the Tigers, Edell spent three years at Calvert Hall High School, where the Cardinals were crowned MSA champions in 1971 and 1973.

In 1973, he was hired at the University of Baltimore where he coached for four years and amassed a 45-23 record. He also coached Baltimore to a Division II national soccer championship in 1975.

Edell and his wife Dolores are the proud parents of four children. Their daughters Lisa and Krissy are both Maryland graduates, while their son Gregg graduated from Dartmouth in 2000 after a successful lacrosse career and currently works in New York City. Their youngest daughter, Erin, is beginning her college career at the University of Delaware and is a member of the Blue Hens' lacrosse team.

Edell By The Numbers

Edell's Coaching Career
YearSchool WonLost Pct.ACCPostseason/Honors
1973-76 Baltimore 4523 .661 Three NCAA Div. II Tournaments
1977Army8 3 .727
1978Army 10 3 .769 NCAA First Round
1979Army 10 3 .769
1980Army8 4 .667
1981Army 10 4 .714 NCAA First Round
1982Army9 4 .692 NCAA First Round
1983Army 11 3 .786 NCAA First Round
1984Maryland 7 4 .6361-2
1985Maryland 7 5 .5832-1ACC Champions
1986Maryland10 3 .7692-1NCAA Quarterfinals
1987Maryland12 1 .9233-0ACC Champions/NCAA Semifinals
1988Maryland 6 4 .6001-2
1989Maryland10 4 .7143-0ACC Reg. Season Champs/NCAA Semis
1990Maryland 7 5 .5831-2
1991Maryland10 5 .6671-2NCAA Semifinals
1992Maryland 9 5 .6432-1NCAA Quarterfinals
1993Maryland 6 6 .5000-3NCAA First Round
1994Maryland 7 6 .5381-2NCAA First Round
1995Maryland12 4 .7502-1NCAA Finalists
1996Maryland10 3 .7692-1NCAA Quarterfinals
1997Maryland11 5 .6881-2NCAA Finalists
1998Maryland14 3 .8243-0ACC Champions/NCAA Finalist
1999Maryland 9 5 .6431-2
2000Maryland11 5 .6881-2NCAA Quarterfinals
2001Maryland13 3 .8132-1NCAA Quarterfinals
Totals29 years 282 123 .696 29-25 20 NCAA Tournaments (17 NCAA D-I Tourn.)
At UM 18 years 17176 .692 29-25 3 ACC Titles/13 NCAA Tournaments

Winningest Active Coaches Through 2001 (By Wins)
1. Jack Emmer, Army 289-159
2. Dick Edell, Maryland282-123
3. Glenn Thiel, Penn State252-161

Winningest All-Time Coaches (By Wins)
1. Dick Garber, Massachusetts 300
2. Roy Simmons, Jr., Syracuse290
3. Jack Emmer, Army289
4. Jim Adams, Virginia, Army, Penn284
5. Dick Edell, Balt., Army, Maryland 282

Winningest All-Time ACC Coaches (By Wins)
1. Dick Edell, Maryland 171-76
2. Jim Adams, Virginia137-60

Winningest Active Coaches Through 2001 (By Win Percentage)
1. Bill Tierney, Princeton 76.4%194-60
2. Dave Urick, Georgetown 75.3%238-78
3. Dave Cottle, Loyola72.1%181-70
4. Mike Pressler, Duke71.0%184-75
5. Dom Starsia, Virginia70.9%200-82
6. Dick Edell, Maryland 69.6%282-123
7. Tony Seaman, Towson66.2%186-95
8. Don Zimmerman, UMBC65.8%128-66
9. Jack Emmer, Army64.4%288-159
10. Dave Klarmann, Radford 63.0%104-61

400 College Games Coached
1. Jack Emmer, Cort., W&L, Army 447(288-159)
2. Dick Garber, Massachusetts 444(300-141-3)
3. Carl Runk, Towson423(262-161)
4. Tom Hayes, Rutgers 420(238-182)
5. Glenn Thiel, Va., Penn St. 413(252-161)
6. Jim Adams, Army, Penn, Va. 408(284-123-1)
7. Dick Edell, Balt., Army, Md. 405(282-123)

NCAA Division I Tournament Appearances
1. Roy Simmons, Jr., Syracuse18
2. Dick Edell, Army, Maryland17