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Mark Montgomery To Be Named Maryland Head Coach

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After a month of searching, the University of Maryland has found its man. Mark Montgomery is expected to be named the next head coach of the Terrapins and will become the first male head coach in program history as well as, the only male head coach in the Big Ten.

Montgomery has spent the past seven seasons at Louisiana Tech of Conference-USA. He led the Lady Techsters to a 45-win season in 2019, the program's first regular season conference title and was named the conference's co-Coach of the Year.

Montgomery is expected to be on campus for his full day of practice on Monday and most likely will try and hire long-time assistant Mike Forsythe.  Current Maryland assistant coach Vicky Galasso will not return.

In Maryland's 25-year history, the Terps have only won one regular season conference title (1999) and were ACC/ECAC Tournament Co-Champs in 1997.

Maryland returns 15 student-athletes from 20019 including last season's offensive leader JoJo McRae (.317/.387/.367).

Prior to Louisiana Tech, Montgomery spent two years at Georgetown (NAIA), eight years at Centenary and two years at Northern Colorado.

During his time at Centenary, he won 216 games that included wins over Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, Minnesota, Syracuse, Boston College and New Mexico. The Ladies earned their first winning season in 13 years under his leadership in 2004, tied a program-record of 36 wins and advanced to the their first-ever NCAA Tournament.

They returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and then the school decided to drop down to Division III. Maryland is looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

His 19-year career coaching record is 556-483.

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