- The Washington Times - Friday, July 21, 2006

2:20 p.m.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University has hired John Danowski from Hofstra to coach its embattled men’s lacrosse team, the new coach said today.

Danowski, whose son Matt is a Duke senior and All-America attackman for the Blue Devils, told Associated Press he will replace Mike Pressler, who resigned soon after a woman told police she was raped by three men at a March team party where she was hired to perform as a stripper.

A grand jury has indicted three lacrosse players — Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Fells, N.J.; Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y.; and David Evans, 23, of Bethesda — on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual offense. Defense attorneys strongly have proclaimed the players’ innocence.

The school scheduled an afternoon news conference at its Cameron Indoor Stadium to make a formal announcement of Danowski’s hiring.

In 20 seasons at Hofstra, Danowski compiled a record of 175-121, taking the Pride to the NCAA tournament in six of the past 10 seasons. In his 23-year career, Danowski has a record of 202-137.

Last month, Duke named assistant coach Kevin Cassese, a two-time team captain and U.S. national team player, to serve as interim coach while the school conducted a search for a permanent replacement. Cassese’s appointment came the same day school President Richard Brodhead reinstated the lacrosse program, which he had suspended during the rape investigation.

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