Meade resigns as Navy head coach
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Richie Meade has resigned as the head men's lacrosse coach and will be assigned to other duties, Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today. Meade will continue as a full tenured professor.
"After coaching 26 years at a Service Academy as both an assistant at West Point and head coach at the Naval Academy, there are many coaches, student-athletes and staff whose philosophy on life has been influenced by Coach Meade," said Gladchuk. "He is a man of strong character and is professionally dedicated to that which is represented through the moral, mental and physical dimensions of our mission. Coach Meade has been offered the opportunity to reach an even greater representation of the Brigade as a tenured professor for the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, where he can share his extensive experience with our midshipmen at large. Although today he is leaving the playing field, educating in an even broader context for the Brigade of Midshipmen can be personally rewarding and to the great benefit of the Academy. Our gratitude will continue to be with Richie."
"As a coach I was very demanding of my players and held them to very high standards, so it's appropriate that the Naval Academy should expect the same from me," said Meade. "Lacrosse was a vehicle to teach the players about leadership. Through that I hope I made them better officers. Aside from my family, my most treasured relationships have been with the players I've been honored to coach. I've gotten a lot more from each one of them than they could have ever received from me. I look forward to continuing my association with the Naval Academy and leave my coaching duties without any regrets or apologies."
Meade compiled a 169-120 (.585) record in 21 years as a head coach at the University of Baltimore and the Naval Academy, including a 142-97 (.589) record in 17 seasons at Navy. Over that period, he led Navy to five Patriot League regular- season and tournament titles and seven NCAA Tournaments, including an appearance in the NCAA National Championship game in 2004.