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The Bayhawks have announced that Dave Cottle has stepped down as the head coach of the team and that assistant coach Tom Mariano will be promoted to head coach. Chris Jastrzembski of College Crosse originally reported the news Thursday afternoon.
Cottle’s decision to step down from his post as head coach of the Bayhawks comes just days after it was announced that the MLL was restructuring their ownership model and would operate as a single-entity ownership, meaning that the league will operate all six teams.
Additionally, it was reported on Monday by Bill Wagner of the Annapolis Capital Gazette that Bayhawks owner Brendan Kelly had ceded his ownership of the Bayhawks back to the MLL and that he would no longer be involved with the team.
Cottle stepping down as head coach marks the end of his second stint at the helm of the Bayhawks, which ended with a MLL championship this past season.
He served as the head coach of the team from 2012-2015 and 2018-2019. Cottle racked up a 49-37 regular-season record at the helm of the Bayhawks and helped lead them to three MLL championships (2012, 2013, 2019) as a head coach.
The Bayhawks also won the championship in 2010 when Cottle was a consultant for the team. He has also served as the team’s general manager, as well. Prior to his time with the Bayhawks, Cottle had stints as the head coach at Loyola and Maryland.
Tom Mariano will take over as the Bayhawks head coach after serving as an assistant last season. Mariano is the current head coach and assistant athletic director at Pace University (DII) and served as the head coach of the Florida Launch from 2017 until the team folded last spring.
Mariano has also served as the head coach of Sacred Heart prior to his time at Pace. He played in college at Nazareth where he was part of a NCAA DIII national championship winning team.
The Bayhawks are the second MLL team to have a coaching change this week, following the announcement that Liam Banks would be stepping down as the head coach of the Blaze.