|E-Lacrosse's Peter Anderson spoke with Tony Seaman at Towson University in October 1998. Seaman's sudden departure from Johns Hopkins and immediate hiring by cross-town rival Towson highlighted an off-season filled with coaching moves. Two weeks of fall practice had given Seaman a chance to evaluate his team and the job ahead. The coach discusses the future of the Towson program, the break up at Hopkins, the lacrosse media, and even weighs in on the demise of the dive.|
E-Lacrosse: It's been a Coaches Carousel this year, with changes all over. Your move from Hopkins to Towson was a hot conversation at the World Games this summer, and people have heard various stories about how everything happened. I know our readers would want to hear your take on the whole thing.
Seaman: The course of events at Hopkins was the biggest surprise of my life. I already had my evaluation and met with the athletic director and had been told that I was being rehired and what my salary was going to be.
|Seaman: Towson had actually been in touch with me about some recommendations for other people seeking the coaching job. So I had been in contact with them and called them later that afternoon and told them. I didn't know whether they were still looking or whether they had already filled the position but I told them I was interested. They said that they had to start looking into things and see if that would be acceptable to the president.|
|At Towson we have a whole different story than at Hopkins. We have tuition based on in state and out of state because it's a state school. So I would have to be crazy not to recruit in state because it's a great economical deal. It's an unbelievable money saver for a family and for a student. The education here is one third the cost of Hopkins if you're an in state resident. $10,000 buys the whole thing-tuition, room and board, books, fees, and this isn't a bad academic school. This is a good school, and I would have to be nuts not to recruit in state, or even out of state. It's only another five thousand dollars for out of state kids, so it's half price compared to the Ivy's.|
|I'm excited about our potential. I think it's there and I think we've been working hard and we've got some athletes. My expectations are higher now after three weeks of practice than they were coming in. But we need some breaks and we need to stay healthy and keep our best players on the field. We need to continue to work hard. I think the biggest change is that it's very difficult to teach 45 people a new system rather than just teaching a new recruiting class, and you don't have anyone on the team who can say, "Okay, this is the way it's done and this is what you do," or "Here's how that works."|
|E-Lacrosse: Do you think that the pressure at Towson is more to get back into the playoffs every year rather than to win it all?
Seaman: It's much more a pressure to return to the playoffs.
E-Lacrosse: Any predictions for this year?
Seaman with Loyola's Dave Cottle.
|Seaman: It depends, honestly, on what kind of admissions policy they have and what kind of benefits or considerations they give to athletes. There are definitely some who give special consideration to kids that wouldn't get in through regular admissions. They're called "special admits" or "special talent." If they don't get those types of things then they are definitely at a disadvantage. But then again, lacrosse is a type of sport that's played [at the highest level] pretty much by white collar kids from families that are pretty well off economically and are usually good students. A lot of the real good lacrosse players could get into all the good schools.|
|Seaman: I have been the co-chair of the steering committee for the formation of the national governing body [US Lacrosse]. Barry Freelander is the co-chair, has been the inspiration behind that and has done 90% of the work. I have also been for the past five or six years, the president of the National Coaches Association. We voted to merge and become members of United States Lacrosse a year ago, and I then went from the president of the Coaches' Association to the president of the Coaches' Council. I am still on the board of directors for US Lacrosse.|
|Plus you show that to TV and sponsors, to people who sell newspapers and so forth, that you have a population of 200 thousand instead of 10,000 and that's how you make some impressions. We're not going to go and expand anywhere until those types of impressions happen, and I think that's just starting to take place. I think you're going to see incredible improvements over the next five years and it's going to be big-time. I think they've really been so restricted with such a small amount of money that they have to work with, large man-hours and a huge responsibility. That's all going to improve, especially if we all get behind this. I was thrilled to see the women get behind them recently in the last couple of months and they're going to join. So I think it's great for lacrosse.|
|Seaman: It's wonderful in Baltimore. Very inadequate everywhere else in the United States…except Syracuse. Syracuse and Baltimore have excellent coverage of college lacrosse, high school lacrosse and club. Everywhere else [is] very, very poor. One guy up in Long Island writes for Newsday. His name's Mike Candel.|