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2019 Draft Outlook: Chesapeake Bayhawks

February 4, 2019
Coach Dave Cottle enters his second season with the Chesapeake Bayhawks as Head Coach and General Manager. We sat down with Coach Cottle to hear what the Bayhawks are looking forward to at the  2019 Collegiate Draft presented by Cascade this year. 

How are you preparing for the 2019 MLL Draft?
 
I am watching NCAA teams practice and heading to games before the Draft.

Do you have any superstitions around Draft Day?
 
Nope.

Who from your team staff will be assisting you with the Draft this year? 
Assistant Coaches (Jim Bernhardt, Mark Goers and Bob Shillinglaw)
Adam Silva (Bayhawks' President)

Is there a style of play or a personality you consider when drafting? 
I look for the highly competitive players with multiple skills. Versatility is very important in Major League Lacrosse. This is an important draft to fill team needs in the 2019 season. Finding players who have developed loyalties to community-based teams is what we are looking for.
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What would someone at the draft expect to hear?  
That availability may play an extremely large part in this year's Draft.

Which college team do you think has the strongest senior class? 
It's too early for me to tell. If I had to guess Denver and Duke
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Which college team do you think will win it all this year? 
Duke
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Can you give us any of your top draft-prospects? 
No 

What do you think of the MLL Draft taking place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame this year? 
I have never been to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, so I'm looking forward to it. 

Where should the 2020 MLL Draft take place? 
Vegas or Yankee Stadium
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More About Bayhawks' Head Coach and General Manager Dave Cottle 
Twitter:   @CoachCottle 
Inducted into the IMLCA Hall of Fame (2017), US Lacrosse Hall of Fame for the Chesapeake Chapter (2016), the Loyola University Hall of Fame (2014), ACC Coach of the Year (2008), and the Salisbury University Hall of Fame (1989). As Head Coach at Loyola College (now Loyola University) from 1988 to 2001, Cottle led the team to 14 straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a pair of berths in the national semifinals, totaling 191 wins over 19 seasons. Cottle then went on to coach at the University of Maryland, yielding 99 wins and 8 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
With the Bayhawks, Cottle has held every title from Consultant (2010), President (2011-2012), Head Coach (2012-2015, 2018- ), and General Manager (2016- ). During his span as the Bayhawks Head Coach, the team has garnered more than 35 wins, went 4-1 in the playoffs, and brought home the MLL championship title in 2012 and 2013.

More About the Chesapeake Bayhawks
The Bayhawks are one of four current teams that have played in every Major League Lacrosse season since its formation in 2001. Major League Lacrosse is the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league in the world, comprised of the best athletes in their sport, and is focused on providing a family friendly sporting experience. They have won over 126 regular season games, 12 of their 17 postseason games, appeared in seven championship games, and earned five MLL championships (2002, 2005, 2010, 2012, and 2013). The Bayhawks play at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD and have given Chesapeake area fans the opportunity to be a part of this growing, fast-paced, exciting sports community.
Website: https://www.thebayhawks.com/
Instagram: @thebayhawks 
Twitter:   @TheBayhawks