Navy has fired men’s head lacrosse coach Rick Sowell after eight seasons at the helm of the Midshipmen. Sowell’s firing comes after a 2019 season in which Navy went 6-7 overall and 4-4 in the Patriot League, missing their conference tournament.
Prior to being the head coach at Navy Sowell had helped rebuild programs at Georgetown, Dartmouth, St. John’s, and Stony Brook. He was an assistant at Georgetown from 1990-1998 before becoming the head coach at Dartmouth, a position he held from 1999-2003. Sowell was also the head coach at St. John’s and Stony Brook prior to taking the helm at navy.
Sowell played in college at SUNY for two years and then at DIII Washington College from 1984-1985.
Sowell’s tenure at Navy was full of ups and downs as they did have a few successful years after not making it above the .500 mark during his first four seasons at the helm. During the Sowell era, the Midshipmen reached the NCAA tournament twice (2015,2016) including a quarterfinal appearance in 2016 where they lost to Brown.
While the Midshipmen did go 9-5 overall in 2018, this 2019 season has been horrific for Navy. Their 9-5 overall record includes blowout losses to Princeton, Loyola, and Syracuse where they just simply got beat in every aspect of the game.
In 2016, Navy and Sowell had signed a contract extension through 2021 season. Sowell ends his stint at Navy with a 54-56 record with the Midshipmen.