Bill Wagner is reporting on his blog that according to his sources, top Navy lacrosse assistant coach John Tillman is leaving Annapolis to take the head coaching job at Harvard. Tillman and Princeton assistant Dave Metzbower were rumored to be the two finalists to replace longtime coach Scott Anderson, who stepped down as head coach after 20 years to take a position within the athletic department. Metzbower allegedly took his name out of consideration this morning. Harvard is expected to make an official announcement later today.
Most Navy lacrosse fans figured this day would come eventually. Tillman is an excellent coach who devised some very productive offenses for Navy. He deserves this chance, and probably would have been hired away long ago if there were more head coaching opportunities in Division I. He leaves some awfully big shoes for Richie Meade to fill. I expected Navy’s offense to undergo a bit of a transition this year with the graduation of Ian Dingman. Now it’s almost guaranteed.