Very surprising news coming out regarding the Maryland Terrapins. Actually, we’re kidding, it’s not surprising at all.
According to Quint Kessenich and Inside Lacrosse, head coach John Tillman will replace Kevin Conry with Jesse Bernhardt, whose younger brother, Jared Bernhardt, is a rising-sophomore. Jesse Bernhardt comes from the Princeton Tigers after one year as their defensive coordinator. His Tigers recorded an average of 7.40 caused turnovers per game (20th in the nation) and was the 10th best man-down defense overall, succeeding 75% of the time. But Princeton was 52nd in scoring defense, giving up about 11.40 goals per game. He coached defensemen Bear Goldstein and freshman Arman Medghalchi last season in Matt Matalon’s first year as head coach. Meghalchi and short stick midfielder Chase Williams were named to our All-Freshman teams.
Prior to Princeton, Bernhardt spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, coaching the defense and face-off units. He also got his start in coaching with the Terps after playing for them for four years. He’s currently in the MLL with the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Could he coach the face-off unit again with the Terps after volunteer assistant Chris Mattes left for the New England Patriots?
Speaking of Conry, Inside Lacrosse’s Terry Foy also reported that the new Michigan Wolverines head coach will keep offensive coordinator Conor Ford. His bio on the team’s website updates the info. This will be his fourth season with the program and spending five years with the Drexel Dragons in a similar position. Michigan returns leading goal scorer Brent Noseworthy after a 37 goal sophomore season, and junior classmate Decker Curran, who led all Wolverine midfielders with 25 points. Rocco Sutherland is also a notable returning junior at attack. But the team does lose Ian King at attack and Mikie Schlosser at midfield. The Wolverines still have one more opening, as Ken Broschart is now a member of the High Point Panthers.
Princeton now has an opening as well with the departure of Bernhardt. Georgetown, Bryant, and Vermont also have openings.
Update: A previous version of this story linked to a coaching rumor from an anonymous Twitter account. College Crosse was not able to corroborate the rumor, and it has since been removed.