Unparalleled head coach of eight-time national champion Maryland Terrapins, all-time winningest college coach in women’s lacrosse, two-time national coach of the year, four-time ACC Coach of the Year, West Chester University graduate, member of U.S. national team, volunteer speaker and advocate of lacrosse.
It is said that the true measure of excellence is the consistency of excellence. In 15 seasons at the University of Maryland, current head coach Cindy Timchal has produced a record of consistent excellence that is unmatched in the history of women’s lacrosse.
A 1976 graduate and three-sport letter winner of West Chester University, Cindy played on the U.S. national team in 1978-79 and was a member of the club national championship squad in 1979. Cindy paid her coaching dues in Philadelphia as an assistant in high school and at Penn. In 1982, she earned the head coaching position at Northwestern (76- 40). Cindy moved on to the University of Maryland in 1991, succeeding Sue Tyler.
Entering her 16th season and 25th overall as a head coach, Cindy’s record at College Park is a sparkling 248-38 for a winning percentage of .867. Eight of her Terrapin teams have worn the NCAA championship crown and two others were finalists in the tournament. Four times, Cindy’s squads have finished their season with unblemished records. During one stretch, the Terps won 50 straight games – an intercollegiate record for the sport. In 24 years of coaching, she has led her teams to 19 NCAA tournament bids.
Individually, Cindy’s players have earned numerous All-America and national honors. Her athletes (40) have garnered a total of 73 All-America honors. In 1996, Kelly Amonte became the Terps’ first four-time All-America selection and in 2001, Jen Adams won the inaugural Tewaaraton Trophy. Under Cindy’s guidance, ten Terrapins have been named national Player of the Year. Eighteen of her athletes have played on the U.S. Developmental team. Five were members of the most recent championship U.S. World Cup team. Seven former Terrapins led Australia to the 2005 World Cup title, including tournament MVP Sarah Forbes.
Cindy has also played a significant role in revolutionizing the sport of women’s lacrosse. She has shared the sidelines in recent years with some of the most influential names in lacrosse: Gary Gait, and former Terp stars Cathy Nelson and Jen Adams. Their combined knowledge and techniques literally changed the game at the collegiate level.
Cindy has served as a role model to many of her players who have followed in her coaching footsteps. In addition, she has coached the U.S. development team and promoted the game with many clinics and camp appearances. Cindy provides care for her live-in mother at her home in Bowie, Maryland.