After nearly three decades of coaching at college lacrosse’s highest level, Towson Coach Tony Seaman … • begins the 2011 season ranked 7th among active Division I coaches with 260 career wins. • ranks 14th on the NCAA’s all-time Division I wins list. • ranks 12th on the active Division I coaches list with a .625 winning percentage.
Seaman begins his 30th season as a Division I coach in 2011, including his 13th year with the Tigers. In addition, Seaman was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, adding another accolade to an outstanding résumé.
Seaman has guided his teams into the NCAA Division I Tournament 19 times. He is one of only two coaches to have been honored as the National Coach of the Year at two different schools, earning the award in 1983 and 1984 while at the University of Pennsylvania and during the 2001 season when he led the Tigers to the NCAA Division I semi-finals.
The only coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to guide three different schools to the NCAA Tournament, he led the Quakers to the postseason six times before taking Johns Hopkins to eight straight postseason appearances. In 12 years at Towson, the Tigers have reached the NCAA Tournament five times.
During his stint with the Tigers, Seaman has compiled a 96-83 record, which includes four conference championships. He led the Tigers to the greatest single-season turnaround in college lacrosse history in 2001 when Towson posted a 14-4 record after winning just three games the previous year.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Cortland, Seaman began his coaching career as the junior varsity coach at Port Washington High School. He joined the Lynbrook School System in 1968, serving as a junior high lacrosse and soccer coach.
At Lynbrook High School from 1972 to 1981, Seaman compiled a 116-61 record and earned Division IV Nassau County Coach of the Year honors after a 16-5 season in 1977. He earned the award again two years later after leading the team to a 14-8 record. During the 1978 season, Seaman’s Lynbrook team won the South Shore championship. In 1981, he served as the coach of the New York City Club of the USILA.
In 1982, Seaman moved to the college coaching ranks by directing C.W. Post to a 12-3 record in its first season as a Division I program. The Pioneers defeated opponents such as Yale, Villanova and Air Force. Honored as the Mid-East Conference Coach of the Year during that season, he was assisted by John Danowski, who is in his fifth season as head coach at Duke University after a long career at CAA rival Hofstra University. Danowski led the Blue Devils to their first NCAA championship in 2010.
While Seaman coached C.W. Post in a part-time capacity, he remained at Lynbrook as a history teacher until 1983 when he became the head coach at Penn. He instantly led the Quakers to the NCAA Tournament with a 10-3 record and a share of the Ivy League championship. Making their third-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Quakers dropped an 11-8 decision to eventual national champion Syracuse in the quarter-finals. Seaman earned his first National Division I Coach of the Year award for his efforts, receiving the Morris Touchstone Memorial Award.
In his second season at Penn, the Quakers overcame a season-opening loss to Rutgers and won 12 straight games to earn the outright Ivy League title. Returning to the NCAA Tournament, the Quakers suffered a tough 8-7 loss to Army after the Black Knights made a strong fourth quarter comeback for the victory. Seaman was honored as the Division I Coach of the Year for the second straight season for leading Penn to one of the most successful seasons in the program’s history.
The seventh-ranked Quakers finished with a 10-4 record in 1985 and earned a second place finish in the Ivy League. The season ended with a pair of losses to Syracuse, including a defeat in the NCAA quarter-finals.
However, Penn made school history the following season by winning its first NCAA Tournament game, an 11-10 victory over Massachusetts. The Quakers lost to Maryland by 12-8 in the quarter-finals, ending the season with a 10-5 record.
After a 1-2 start to the 1988 season, the Quakers rebounded to win eight straight games and qualified for the NCAA Tournament with a share of the Ivy League crown. After defeating Loyola, 12-8, in the quarter-finals, they lost to Syracuse by a goal in the semi-finals.
Making their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in 1989, the Quakers finished with a 9-5 record. Of the five losses that season, two of them were against Navy. One of Seaman’s assistant coaches during that season was current Rutgers Coach Jim Stagnitta, who is in his 22nd year as a head coach.
During his eight-year tenure at Penn, the Quakers were 74-37 and won at least a share of the Ivy League title four times while making the NCAA Tournament six times.
In 1991, Seaman moved to Baltimore and became the 20th head coach in Johns Hopkins lacrosse history, leading the Blue Jays to eight straight NCAA Division I Tournaments while becoming the third-winningest coach in the program’s history. Of the eight NCAA Tournament appearances, the Blue Jays advanced to the semi-finals four times.
Seaman had his best season at Johns Hopkins in 1995, leading the Blue Jays to a perfect 12-0 regular season record. After beating Loyola by an 18-5 count in the NCAA quarter-finals, the Blue Jays lost to Maryland in the semi-finals, ending the season with a 13-1 record.
During his tenure at Johns Hopkins, Seaman had several assistant coaches who went on to become a college head coach. John Haus, who served as a defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins, became the head coach at Washington College. He returned to Johns Hopkins in 1999 to serve as the head coach before going to the University of North Carolina. After an eight-year stint with the Tar Heels, Haus will be starting his second season as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Lebanon Valley College in 2011 after overseeing the revival of the lacrosse program.
Meanwhile, Dave Pietramala left Johns Hopkins to become the head coach at Cornell University. After three years with the Big Red, Pietramala returned to his alma mater and has led the Blue Jays to three NCAA Championship Game appearances in the last six years, winning a pair of NCAA titles.
During his time at Johns Hopkins, Seaman was selected to coach the United States National Team in the 1994 ILF World Championships in Manchester, England. He led the United States to a perfect record and the title after beating Australia by 21-7 in the championship game.
Prior to serving as the U.S. National Team coach, Seaman was on the selection committees for the squads, which won the title during the 1986 and 1990 World Games. He was also a member of the 1998 World Games planning committee.
After a successful eight-year career, Seaman left Johns Hopkins in 1999 to become the head coach at Towson. After winning his first three games as the Tigers’ leader, the team dropped eight of its ten remaining games and ended the season with a 5-8 record.
Following a 3-10 record in 2000, Seaman and the Tigers quickly turned things around and reached the NCAA semi-finals in 2001 with a 14-4 record. They also won the AMERICA EAST title in their final year of membership with a roster that included 17 sophomores and 12 freshmen. For his efforts, Seaman was named as the National Division I Coach of the Year for the third time in his career.
After posting a 7-5 record in 2002, the Tigers won the first of three straight Colonial Athletic Association championships in 2003 with a 9-6 record, including a perfect 5-0 mark in conference play. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years and defeated Penn State in the first round before losing to the Blue Jays in the quarter-finals.
In 2004, the Tigers finished with an 11-5 record and won their second consecutive CAA title after another perfect 5-0 league record. They reached the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year where they lost to Georgetown.
During the 2005 season, the Tigers were seeded seventh in the NCAA Tournament after winning a third straight CAA crown. The Tigers’ season ended with an 11-5 record after a last-second loss against Cornell in the first round of the tournament at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.
Despite an 8-6 record in 2006, the Tigers were unable to reach the NCAA Tournament after being upset by the University of Delaware in the semi-finals. However, the Tigers made a return to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 with an at-large berth. They finished with a 9-7 record following a loss to the undefeated Big Red in the first round.
Led by Seaman, the Tigers have reached the CAA Championship Game in each of the last two years before falling short of earning another NCAA Tournament berth. Seaman was named as the CAA Coach of the Year last season after leading the Tigers to the CAA regular season title.
During his career, Seaman has coached 73 All-Americans, including 13 first team selections. He has also coached a National Player of the Year, 42 All-Ivy League players, five All-America East picks and 39 All-CAA selections.
As a result of his success and the respect he has earned throughout his coaching career, Seaman was named to the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee in 2009 for a four-year term on the five-person panel.
Seaman and his wife, Guri, are the parents of two former Division I lacrosse players. Their daughter, Barb, played for Penn from 2007 to 2010 and helped the Quakers reach the NCAA semi-finals three times. Meanwhile, their son, Greg, was a four-year letter winner for the Princeton University men’s lacrosse team.