Dec. 16, 2010
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University Athletic Department has retained Dave Cottle as a lacrosse consultant. The announcement comes in conjunction with the department's initiative to sponsor NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse, which was also revealed Thursday. Cottle spent a combined 28 seasons as head men's lacrosse coach at Loyola University Maryland and the University of Maryland.
Cottle made a combined 22 NCAA tournament appearances -- including five NCAA semifinal appearances -- as a collegiate head coach. He boasts an all-time career record of 280-115, including a 70.1 win percentage. His win total ranked seventh among active coaches prior to his retirement from coaching at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
“Our road to nationally competitive lacrosse programs begins by accessing Dave’s incredible wealth of lacrosse knowledge and industry relationships,” said Mike Broeker, Deputy Athletic Director and MU's sport administrator for men’s lacrosse. “His guidance in helping us identify the right leaders for our new programs is paramount.”
Marquette's first season of lacrosse will be 2012-13, with both the men's and women's programs set to join the BIG EAST Conference as full members beginning in 2013-14. Cottle will advise athletic department officials on matters ranging from appropriation of resources to the hiring of head coaches. Additionally, the Baltimore, Md., native will help MU connect with the lacrosse community in an effort to build the university's profile at the national level.
A widely respected leader in the lacrosse community, Cottle formerly served on the NCAA Division I men's lacrosse committee and sat on the board of directors of the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association. He was also an assistant coach for the United States team that won the 1994 World Championship. In 1998, Cottle was inducted into the Baltimore Chapter of the Lacrosse Foundation's Hall of Fame. He is currently a consultant to the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to help Marquette with instituting a men's and women's lacrosse program that hopefully will be successful for years to come," said Cottle. "It's an exciting spectator sport that's growing in participation, and one that lasts into the spring, so Marquette students will be able to get behind it in school spirit. It's a very attractive sport that's sure to draw quality prospective student-athletes."
While at Maryland, he was twice named Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coach of the Year and guided the Terrapins to a pair of ACC titles. Cottle led Maryland to eight-straight NCAA tournament berths and advanced to the Final Four three times in nine seasons. During his tenure, 26 different Terps earned a total of 45 All-America honors. Cottle was the head coach at Loyola from 1982 to 2000, leading the Greyhounds to 14 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and 18 consecutive winning seasons.
Cottle was a three-time All-American as a student-athlete at Salisbury State University. In 1975, he led the nation in scoring and became just the second player in collegiate lacrosse to score more than 100 points in a single season. Cottle earned a degree in physical education from Salisbury in 1978 and was inducted into the university's athletic hall of fame in 1989.