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Gladchuk said he felt Navy lacrosse needed new leadership, direction

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk was complimentary of Rick Sowell’s performance during his eight years as men’s lacrosse coach while at the same time saying it was time for a change.

Gladchuk told Sowell during a meeting on Thursday afternoon that he felt Navy lacrosse needed a new head coach in order to take the next step in its development.

“This is not at all an indictment on the job of Rick did or a case of being completely dissatisfied with the program at large. It’s also not an indictment of Rick Sowell, who is a good lacrosse coach and a good person,” Gladchuk told The Capital Friday.