Wild Day in Annapolis: Navy’s Lange, Meade Resign

May 09, 2011 | WNST Staff

Navy basketball coach Billy Lange and lacrosse coach Richie Meade both announced their resignations Monday. Lange will join Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova as an associate head coach, per FoxSports.com.

Here are the official releases from the Navy Sports Information Department…

Meade Resigns As Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach At The Naval Academy

ANNAPOLIS, Md.— Richie Meade has resigned as the head men’s lacrosse coach and will be assigned to other duties, Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today. Meade will continue as a full tenured professor.

“After coaching 26 years at a Service Academy as both an assistant at West Point and head coach at the Naval Academy, there are many coaches, student-athletes and staff whose philosophy on life has been influenced by Coach Meade,” said Gladchuk.  “He is a man of strong character and is professionally dedicated to that which is represented through the moral, mental and physical dimensions of our mission.  Coach Meade has been offered the opportunity to reach an even greater representation of the Brigade as a tenured professor for the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, where he can share his extensive experience with our midshipmen at large.  Although today he is leaving the playing field, educating in an even broader context for the Brigade of Midshipmen can be personally rewarding and to the great benefit of the Academy.  Our gratitude will continue to be with Richie.”

“As a coach I was very demanding of my players and held them to very high standards, so it’s appropriate that the Naval Academy should expect the same from me,” said Meade. “Lacrosse was a vehicle to teach the players about leadership.  Through that I hope I made them better officers.  Aside from my family, my most treasured relationships have been with the players I’ve been honored to coach.  I’ve gotten a lot more from each one of them than they could have ever received from me.  I look forward to continuing my association with the Naval Academy and leave my coaching duties without any regrets or apologies.”

Meade compiled a 169-120 (.585) record in 21 years as a head coach at the University of Baltimore and the Naval Academy, including a 142-97 (.589) record in 17 seasons at Navy. Over that period, he led Navy to five Patriot League regular- season and tournament titles and seven NCAA Tournaments, including an appearance in the NCAA National Championship game in 2004.

Navy will begin a national search for a head coach immediately.

Lange Resigns As Head Men’s Basketball Coach At The Naval Academy

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Billy Lange has resigned as the head men’s basketball coach.

“We all express our gratitude for the contributions Coach Lange has made to the Academy and the men’s basketball program,” said Gladchuk.  “The Midshipmen who played for him have been outstanding representatives of the Brigade of Midshipmen and role models in the community. Navy Basketball reflects dedication, determination, passion, responsibility and class in large part due to the leadership Billy brought to Annapolis.”

“Being the head coach of Navy basketball has truly been and will always be one of the highest honors of my life,” said Lange.  “To be associated with such a prestigious institution and be a part of the tradition, legacy and family of Navy basketball was a privilege. Seven years ago, we were tasked with a daunting misson; to re-establish a winning, passionate, committed culture. I can proudly say that Navy basketball is well respected within our conference, our region, and nationally. The program is poised for a great future.  I will always cherish the special relationships I had and will continue to have with the young men I have coached, led and mentored and the talented staff I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years.  The experience has been incredible and I thank Chet Gladchuk for the wonderful opportunity.  Above all, in light of what our great country accomplished eight days ago, it has been awe inspiring to be a part of developing our nation’s future leaders through the passion and oneness of Navy basketball.”

Lange was the 2008 Patriot League Coach of the Year and led Navy to upper-division finishes in each of the last four years.

Navy will begin a national search for a head coach immediately.