May 10, 2011

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Coaching Carousel: Comito Out at Stony Brook, Chagan at Villanova

by Matt DaSilva | LaxMagazine.com

“We are committed to developing a Stony Brook women’s lacrosse program that has a national profile and annually competes for the America East championship."

-- Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore

With the lacrosse world buzzing Monday over the resignations of two high-profile college men's lacrosse coaches in Towson's Tony Seaman and Navy's Richie Meade, the coaching carousel in college women's lacrosse took its first spin, too. Stony Brook's Allison Comito and Villanova's Jebb Chagan have resigned as head coaches at their respective institutions.

Comito, the head coach at Stony Brook ever since the interim label was lifted in 2006, went 42-54 in five seasons at the helm. She resigned after a 4-11 season that saw the Seawolves fail to qualify for the America East tournament for the fourth straight year. Comito's best season at Stony Brook came in 2007, when the Seawolves won the America East regular season title and made the conference playoffs.

Since then, however, the Seawolves are 5-19 in conference play, a factor cited in the school's press release Monday.

“We are committed to developing a Stony Brook women’s lacrosse program that has a national profile and annually competes for the America East championship," athletic director Jim Fiore said, "and we look forward to finding a coach who will accomplish the goals we have set forth for the program.”

Said Comito: "I feel that it is in my best interest and in the best interest of the women’s lacrosse program that we part ways."

Chagan took the reins at Villanova after a 2-13 season in 2005. He won 35 games in the next six seasons at the helm. The Wildcats in 2007 and 2010 were considered among the most improved teams in the country.

But Villanova went just 5-11 this season, including a 1-7 mark in the Big East.

"While I will miss Villanova, I am also proud of where the program is, at this moment," Chagan said in a press release. "I look forward to witnessing great things from the program in the future and I am humbled to have played a small part."

Both Stony Brook and Villanova have opened national searches for Comito's and Chagan's replacemens.


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