In a surprise announcement, Johns Hopkins University announced today “that the University and men’s lacrosse coach Dave Pietramala have mutually and responsibly agreed to part ways.” Here is more from today’s press release.
“For two decades, Dave Pietramala guided our men’s lacrosse program and we are truly thankful for his tireless efforts and the leadership he provided to the young men who represented Johns Hopkins at the highest level on and off the field,” Baker noted. ”Very few great players have demonstrated the ability to become great coaches; Dave Pietramala has done that and his legacy as a player and coach is virtually unmatched in the world of college lacrosse. Our focus now is on the future and ensuring we identify the best person to lead our program and build on the tremendous history and tradition of Johns Hopkins lacrosse.”
Pietramala compiled a record of 207-93 with 18 NCAA Tournament appearances and seven trips to the final four. Coach Pietramala helped lead the Blue Jays to four national title appearances and won two titles for Hopkins in 2005 & 2007. Pietramala’s title in 2005 snapped an 18 year title drought for the Blue Jays. In addition he also helped lead Hopkins to two Big Ten Tournament titles in 2015 & 2018.
Pietramala’s legacy at Hopkins is secure. While he holds the record for most wins by a coach at Hopkins, he is also widely regarded as the best defenseman of all time. As a player at Johns Hopkins he was a three-time First Team All-American and helped lead the Jays to the 1987 NCAA Championship and a national title appearance in 1989.
We will be taping a special podcast this evening to discuss Petro’s tenure at Hopkins and possible replacements for Hopkins.
To the coach that was more like his players than I knew, recruited me at 15 years old, Had my back on and off the field more than any coach could’ve. I wish I had done more in my four years to help you stay cuz it’s what you deserved. Hopkins royalty. Thank you @CoachPetro43— Joel Tinney (@5tinman21) April 14, 2020