John Tillman

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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 eight years ago, Tillman has led the Terps to seven NCAA Final Fours, five national title games and a 110-33 (.769) overall record.

Tillman's numbers since arriving in College Park in 2011 are impressive, leading the country in All-American selections (53), Major League Lacrosse draft selections (36), NCAA Tournament wins (21) and Final Fours (7) during that eight-year span.

In just eight NCAA Tournament appearances, Tillman has already supplanted himself among the greatest coaches in history. His 21-7 career NCAA Tournament record ranks seventh all-time in NCAA history.

Additionally, the program's accomplishments have translated to the classroom, as Tillman has had 12 USILA Scholar All-Americans in eight seasons. The 2015 spring semester and 2016 fall semester combined for the program's highest GPA in more than 10 years.

Maryland did not skip a beat in 2018 despite losing four first team all-americans to graduation from the 2017 title team, as Tillman led the Terps to their fifth straight Final Four and seventh in eight seasons and a Big Ten regular season title. Connor Kelly became the third Tewaaraton finalist in program history and was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and five individuals were named USILA All-Americans.

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.

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