BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Charley Toomey was named the 2012 recipient of the F. Morris Touchstone Award as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coach of the Year, the association announced today at the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association convention at the Marriott Waterfront hotel.
Toomey guided the Greyhounds to an 18-1 record and the school’s first-ever NCAA Division I Championship in 2012 after Loyola started the year unranked in many preseason polls.
He is the second Loyola coach to receive the award in its 55-year history. Dave Cottle received the honor in 1988.
Toomey, who is now in his eighth season as head coach at Loyola, molded a Greyhounds team that finished the 2011 season at 8-5 and out of the NCAA Championships into one that scored nearly five goals more than its opponents during its run to the title.
The Greyhounds, which did not feature a First Team USILA All-American last year, won their first 12 games of the season before losing in the regular-season finale. They capture the ECAC regular-season and tournament titles and then rolled through the NCAA Tournament with four wins.
Loyola boasted the No. 8 scoring offense (12.05 goals per game) in the nation and the No. 5 scoring defense (7.21 goals allowed per game).
On Memorial Day weekend at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Loyola set an NCAA Championship Game record by holding the University of Maryland to just three goals in the title game. The Greyhounds also set a Championship Weekend mark by holding the Terrapins and the University of Notre Dame to a combined five goals.
Toomey, who graduated from Loyola in 1990, was also named the ECAC Coach of the Year for the third time last season.
In addition to the award Toomey received, former Loyola assistant coach Dan Chemotti was named the Division I Assistant Coach of the Year. Chemotti departed Loyola in October to become the first-ever head coach at the University of Richmond.
Toomey and Loyola will open the 2013 regular season on Saturday, February 16, at the University of Delaware.