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Michigan men’s lacrosse names Maryland assistant Kevin Conry as new head coach

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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After five years with Maryland men’s lacrosse, associate head coach Kevin Conry will take over as the head coach at Michigan, the Wolverines announced Wednesday.

Conry, who served as the defensive coordinator under head coach John Tillman, is regarded as one of the most promising defensive minds in the sport. While at Maryland, he coached a unit that ranked top 10 nationally in scoring defense four of the last five seasons, including the No. 1 overall defense in 2015. He’s also developed 11 players that have been taken in the Major League Lacrosse draft, the most recent of whom being senior defensive anchor Tim Muller.

Already coming to Ann Arbor with Big Ten coaching experience, it seems like the right place and right time for an up-and-comer like Conry. Michigan has made tremendous strides since transitioning from varsity-club to Division I in 2011. After going just 2-26 in their first two years, the Wolverines finished the 2017 season 8-6 for the first above-.500 record in program history.

With improved recruiting efforts and a coach who’s ready to prove himself, Michigan could very well be starting to build a legitimate lacrosse power.

In other news

Maryland football’s 2018 class continues to grow, as three-star tackle Spencer Anderson became the 12th commit for the program and second in two days, committing a day after receiver Brian Cobbs.

Maryland’s two Tewaaraton winners, Matt Rambo and Zoe Stuckenberg, are in the running for the best college athletes in the entire country.

It’s Receivers Week, and Maryland will have six freshman receivers competing for playing time this fall.

Speaking of football, CBS Sports’ Tom Fornelli sees “plenty of opportunities” for Maryland to win more than its Vegas-projected three games this upcoming season. He made picks for all 14 Big Ten teams here.

John Szefc is leaving Maryland baseball, and he’s taking pitching coach Ryan Fecteau and long-time assistant Corey Haines with him, too.

If you’ve followed any high school lacrosse in the area this spring, check out this Top 10 Plays countdown by All Met Sports (hosted by yours truly).