University of Maryland Men's Lacrosse Program
2017 National Champions
Blending a mix of the program's historic motto, "Be The Best," with his own principles of high character in all aspects of life, John Tillman has created a formula that has resulted in one of the most successful eras in Maryland lacrosse's illustrious history.
Tillman's formula came to ultimate fruition in 2017 when Maryland captured its first NCAA National Championship since 1975. Since taking over the helm as Maryland head coach seven years ago, Tillman has led the Terps to six NCAA Final Fours, five national title games and a 96-29 (.768) overall record.
Tillman's Career Record: 116-48 (.707)
Tillman's Record at Maryland: 96-29 (.768)
Tillman's NCAA Record: 18-6 (.750), 6 Final Fours
(updated after the 2017 season)
Tillman's numbers since arriving in College Park in 2011 are impressive, leading the country in All-American selections (47), Major League Lacrosse draft selections (31), NCAA Tournament wins (18) and Final Fours (6) during that seven-year span.
Additionally, the program's accomplishments have translated to the classroom, as Tillman has had 12 USILA Scholar All-Americans in six seasons. The 2015 spring semester and 2016 fall semester combined for the program's highest GPA in more than 10 years.
Maryland went 16-3 and captured the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles en route to capturing the 2017 National Championship. Tillman coached Matt Rambo, who set team records for points (257) and goals (155) en route to capturing the program's first-ever Tewaaraton Award, and Tim Muller, who earned the Schmeisser Award for being the nation's top defender. The Terps had a nation's-best nine USILA All-America selections, while Isaiah Davis-Allen became just the second student-athlete in Maryland history to receive the Senior CLASS Award.
The Terrapins won a program record 17 games in addition to piecing together a single-season record 16 consecutive wins in 2016 as they returned to the National Championship game, where they lost an overime heartbreaker to UNC. Tillman's team swept the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles, while compiling the NCAA's top-ranked RPI. Eight players earned USILA All-America honors and Matt Dunn was named a Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American.
Maryland had another phenomenal season in 2015 when Tillman led the team to a Terrapin single-season record 15 victories and a berth in the NCAA national title game. The Terps featured the top-ranked scoring defense (7.1 goals allowed/g), as junior Kyle Bernlohr claimed the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award. Additionally, five players earned USILA All-America honors and Casey Ikeda was also a USILA Scholar All-American.
Tillman captured his first career ACC Coach of the Year honor by leading the Terps to the 2014 ACC regular season championship and the program's third Final Four appearance in four seasons. Senior Niko Amato earned the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the nation's most outstanding goalie, as five Maryland players earned USILA All-America honors.
Tillman's third season in College Park saw the Terps ascend to the top of the national rankings for the first time since 2006, following a 12-10 win at then-No. 1 Loyola on Feb. 21. Maryland earned a bid to the NCAA tournament for the 11th consecutive season, which is the longest active streak in Division I men's lacrosse. Seniors Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus became the first Terrapins since 2006 to earn first-team All-America honors, leading a group of seven Maryland honorees.
The 2012 season was viewed by many as a rebuiliding year after Maryland graduated 17 seniors in 2011, but Tillman rallied the team and the Terrapins returned to the NCAA championship game with sensational postseason performances from seniors Joe Cummings and Drew Snider among others. Five Terps earned All-America honors following Maryland's 12-6 campaign and junior Jesse Bernhardt was selected as co-recipient of the ACC's first-ever Defensive Player of the Year award.
In his first season in College Park Tillman guided the Terps to a 13-5 record, the 2011 ACC championship (the program's first since 2005) and a berth in the NCAA championship game (the first for the Terps since 1998). Eight Terrapins earned All-America honors in Tillman's first season, which is the most Maryland players selected in a single-season since 2004.
John Tillman was hired as the University of Maryland's head men's lacrosse coach on June 16, 2010, becoming the ninth coach in the then-85-year history of the program.