One of the winningest coaches in the history of college lacrosse, Dick Edell is in his 29th year of college coaching and 18th at Maryland. The ACC's all-time leader in coaching victories, he is looking to return to the NCAA Tournament for a 17th time, second most of any coach in the sport's history.
The Terps compiled an 11-5 mark in 2000 -- marking the 28th straight season an Edell-coached squad finished at or above .500. Edell led the Terps to the NCAA Quarterfinals following an impressive late season-run, which included an appearance in the ACC Championship game and a first round NCAA win over Hofstra.
Edell moved passed his mentor, former Towson coach Carl Runk, for fourth on the all-time college win list with the Terps' 8-7 win at Cornell on Match 18, 2000.
Edell became the all-time winningest coach in ACC history when the Terps upset No. 1 Loyola in the NCAA semifinals, 19-8 on May 23, 1998. With the win, Edell passed Jim Adams, who had recorded a 137-60 record with Virginia in 15 seasons.
Heading into the 2001 season, Edell's career record at Maryland stands at 158-73.
With a lifetime record of 269-120 over the last 28 years following stints at the University of Baltimore, Army and Maryland, Edell is the nationís second-winningest active coach. Ironically, the only coach Edell trails on the active list is Army coach Jack Emmer (281-153), who succeeded Edell when he came to Maryland in 1984.
In 1999, Edell moved into fifth on the all-time coaching victories chart, passing Richie Moran (257) and Roy Simmons, Sr. (252).
Edell's overall winning percentage of .692 is also among all-time coaching leaders.
Edell has become a fixture in his 18 years in College Park. His players affectionately call him "Big Man," while his resume reflects why he is the "Big Man" among all lacrosse coaches.
In 1998, he led Maryland to its third appearance in the NCAA championship game in four years. The Terps qualified for eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1990-98 and have been to 12 overall with Edell at the controls.
Edell was named the National Coach of the Year by the USILA in 1978 and 1995. He was also selected as the ACC's Coach of the Year in 1989, 1992 and 1998, after leading Maryland to its first ACC championship since the format change in 1989.
Three seasons ago, Edell led Maryland to a school-record 14 wins, posting a 14-3 record. That victory total also marked the eighth time the Terps posted a double-figure win total under his leadership.
The only coach in Maryland history to post 100 victories, Edell led Maryland to a then-school record 12 wins in 1987 and 1995. The 12th victory in 1995 is considered by many the greatest upset in the 28-year history of the NCAA Tournament. The Terps upset previously undefeated and No. 1-ranked Johns Hopkins, 16-8, to advance to the championship game that year.
Edell is also considered one of the premier recruiters in the game, consistently attracting the nation's top talent to College Park year after year. Under Edell, 37 Maryland players have been named to the first, second or third All-America teams, including Casey Connor (second team in 2000) and Chris Malone (third team in 2000).
Five of his student-athletes have won Player of the Year recognition at their respective positions while 11 Terps have been named first team All-Americans. Former Terp and two-time national Goalie of the Year Brian Dougherty represented the United States at the 1998 World Championships. In 2000, freshman defenseman Michael Howley was named ACC Rookie of the Year.
During the 1998 season, goalie Kevin Healy was named the ACC Player of the Year and Scott Hochstadt earned ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Nine Terps were named to various All-America teams led by second team honorees Hochstadt, Healy and Brian Zeller.
Edell came to Maryland in 1984 after seven tremendously successful seasons at Army. He compiled a 66-24 (.733) record with the Cadets and led them to four NCAA appearances.
He broke into the profession in 1968 as the freshman coach at Towson. After two years with the Tigers, Edell spent three years at Calvert Hall College where the Cardinals were MSA champions in 1971 and 1972.
In 1973 he was hired at the University of Baltimore where he coached for four years and amassed a 45-23 (.661) record. He also coached Baltimore to a Division II national soccer crown in 1975.
Edell was a two-time All-American at Towson where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1967. 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.
The 57-year-old 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, as a senior at Glenelg High School.