A little bit of lacrosse housekeeping on a summer afternoon: Johns Hopkins extended Dave Pietramala's contract through 2016.
Considering he was extended a couple seasons through 2015 just a little less than 14 months ago, it's safe to presume this tacks on one year.
Since Hopkins is a private school, it's impossible to know the exact provisions in Pietramala's deal. But few coaches in the country should be as secure as Pietramala, who is 113-38 with two national titles and six final four appearances in 10 seasons. The titles were the first for the program since 1987.
The Blue Jays are coming off a 7-8 season, the first time since 1971 they produced a losing record. Hopkins won its final two regular-season games to become eligible for the NCAA tournament, then was hammered 18-5 in the first round by eventual national champ Duke.
So what does the extension say? It's a sign that despite some unrest from the extreme factions of the sport's most demanding fans, Hopkins knows it has a good thing with a meticulous, detail-oriented alum who understands the pressure-cooker of Homewood as well as anyone.
The Blue Jays might not be a national title contender in 2011, but it could be the building block to something bigger the next year. One thing is for sure: Pietramala will be part of it for some time to come.