According to sources, it looks like Seawolve's coach Ricky Sowell will take over the vacant head coaching spot at Navy. Sowell will replace Richie Meade, who led the Midshipmen for 17 years and amassed a record of 142-97.
Some will say Meade was forced out at Navy by atheltic director Chet Gladchuk and legendary Army coach Jack Emmer had something to say on Meade's dismissal as well.
"Richie has totally poured himself into the culture of the Naval Academy," Emmer said. "He's all about developing these young guys from a leadership standpoint to be better officers in the United States Navy. … He loves that role, and I can't imagine his former players would do anything but stand on their heads for Richie." (via The Baltimore Sun)
Sowell will have big shoes to fill, as Meade was a household name at Navy and brought the Midshipmen to prominence with their 2004 National Championship appearance.
Sowell has put together a nice program at Stony Brook, recruiting some great talent from across the nation and Canada and coming within one goal of knocking off Virginia in 2010 and moving to the Semi-finals. A late loss to Hartford in the 2011 America East Championship will haunt Sowell and his Seawolves players as Stony Brook had too much talent to lose that game.
The former St Johns and Dartmouth head coach and Georgetown assistant, Sowell's resume speaks for itself and he is more than qualified for this position. There is no doubt that recruting will be a little harder as Navy is a top-tier academic program.