Edell Retires

Edell Retires

Edell Retires

Edell Retires

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The University of Maryland announced on Monday that longtime men's lacrosse coach Dick Edell will retire from the post he has held for the past 18 years due to health-related reasons. Edell will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Dave Slafkosky, who has served on the sidelines with Edell for the past 25 years and since Edell came aboard at Maryland prior to the 1984 season. The university will conduct a national search, which will begin immediately, to name a permanent head coach.

Edell 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 won¹t," 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 don¹t 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 Edell¹s efforts with the men¹s 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 nation¹s 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 men¹s 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 master¹s degree in education from Western Maryland in 1970 and another master¹s 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 Hens¹ lacrosse team.

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Not Only a "Big Man" but also a "Great Man"
    by (#16475) on 9/03/01 @9:29PM
Sorry to hear about why Coach Edell is retiring. Just wanted to add my comment to tell all those who don't know about the man behind your story. Dick is a undoubtedly a great coach and more importantly a great man! Having officiated for over 25 years, I can tell you there was no finer gentleman to work for! His successes came from hard work, dedication and integrity. Best wishes to Dick and his family. I will miss his pleasant smile on the sidelines. Philly Dee
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    by (#11245) on 9/03/01 @10:30PM
No one deserved a National Championship more than him
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Great carreer!!!
    by (#11361) on 9/04/01 @8:34AM
A class act who is great for the game of lacrosse.
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    by (#4213) on 9/05/01 @3:24PM
Thanks! Best of Luck to one of the finest people I have ever met involved with this game. No matter, friend, player, or fan Big Man always treated you fairly and with respect! It was an honor to watch you coach Big Man! Best of Luck to you and your family for a long well deserved retirement! You presence will be sorely missed by not only your school, players and refs but by the fans of the Terp Program and me!
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Let Stainbrook Have The Job
    by (#55) on 9/05/01 @5:08PM
Jon Stainbrook should take over a head. And waht about Slafkosky? They both do a hell of a job.
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gait must get this job.
    by (#6368) on 9/06/01 @11:15AM

i gotta believe Gary Gait is a no brainer for the job. Bottom line being that if your not associated with the Maryland Program, then you probably have NEVER even heard of Stainbrook or Slafkosky before....that makes maryland a near impossibe sell when competing for recruits with Petro, Tierney, starsia etc....... oh yeah... he's only the best that ever played the game....
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Gary, definitely.
    by (#6392) on 9/19/01 @11:06AM
I think Gary Gait will move down the hall for the men's program. I think that Cindy T. will still have his ear to help out the Md. women's player who needs the occasional skill preparation. And Gary and Cindy will no doubt work together in promotion of both teams. More doubleheaders on WMAR? Cool!
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    by (#10697) on 9/10/01 @8:08PM
coach edell was a great coach and a great guy... i have had the pleasure of meeting him several times. to think that gary gait will be replacing him on the sidelines makes me sick. granted, gait was and still is an exceptional lacrosse player... but he wouldn't walk across the street unless you wrote him a check. he cares nothing about maryland men's lacrosse and the tradition established by coach edell and coach slaf. sure, gait has been an assistant to the 7 consecutive NCAA champs maryland women's team- but he has no right to just step up and take big man's spot. if maryland was smart, they would keep coach slaf as head coach.. a lacrosse genius who is familiar with the team and the program and has certainly paid his dues. my vote goes to dave
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