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Brye French never met Brendan Looney, but he heard stories about the former Navy football and lacrosse player. French, himself a two-sport athlete, attended Looney's funeral along with the rest of his lacrosse teammates.
Just days after Rick Sowell accepted the Navy lacrosse coaching vacancy, he ventured over to the program's hall of fame in the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with assistant coach Ryan Wellner and longtime Navy assistant Mark Goers.
Go back a generation, and college lacrosse aficionados could only dream of seeing more than just the final four on television.
Navy lacrosse coach Richie Meade, the architect of six straight NCAA tournament appearances and a trip to the 2004 national title game, resigned Monday after 17 seasons.
Perhaps the most sobering day of Navy's trying lacrosse season concluded Saturday with a forgettable result.
There won't be a winning regular season for the Navy lacrosse team this spring, not after a 10-4 loss to Maryland on Friday continued a three-game slide.
John Tillman will arrive Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium as he has on so many other spring days in his coaching career. He'll make his way through an entrance in the closed end zone.
"It's ironic; they're kind of similar guys," said Richie Meade, who coached Looney and French while he was Navy's lacrosse coach and now works at Furman. "They're quiet leaders and very, very tough and soft-spoken. I don't think you lead by example. I don't. That's being a guy doing what he's supposed to do. I think I would say the similarity between them is that both guys led subtly."
"I think it's fitting, and although the Looneys -- Steven and Billy -- didn't know Brye since they were gone [from the academy], I think he's a good guy to wear Brendan's unit patch," Meade said.