Towson, Maryland — Jack Crawford, who has served as the head coach of the Loyola-Blakefield varsity lacrosse team and as a history instructor since 2002, has resigned, according to a news release from the school.
Already a successful coach before arriving at Blakefield, Crawford helped continue a proud legacy of excellence both on and off the field. Most recently, he led the Dons to an MIAA ‘A’ Conference Championship in 2013 with a victory over undefeated and nationally top-ranked, Boys’ Latin (Md.).
“The timing just feels right. The program could not be in a better place considering the quality of the coaches and other people associated with the team,” Crawford said in the press release. “We are also blessed with outstanding kids. As a coach, my goal at Loyola has always been to do two things: maintain the great tradition of the lacrosse program and run the program in a way that is representative of the mission of the school. I think we’ve done both in a way that reflects well upon the school, the community and the game.”
Crawford was hired as the Dons head coach in 2002 after spending three years as head coach at Thacher School in California. He compiled a career record of 172-77 in that time and is among the all-time leaders in Maryland high school history.
A Rockville native, Crawford attended Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the captain of the soccer team in 1986 and captain of the lacrosse team in 1988. Prior to his time at Loyola, he served as an assistant at Landon School in Montgomery County and head coach at the Thacher. He led the Dons to four MIAA ‘A’ Conference title games with victories in 2007, 2008 and 2013.
He has also presided over a program that has produced dozens of NCAA Division I players, many going on to earn NCAA All-American honors. Additionally, he served as an assistant coach of the USA U19 Men’s team that captured the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Turku, Finland.
John Marinacci, Principal at Loyola points to Crawford’s commitment to the school’s mission as an important part of his legacy.
“Jack has always done an excellent job in shaping our young men in accordance with our mission, and has been an exceptional ambassador for the school,” said Marinacci. “As good as Jack is at running a successful sports team, his enthusiasm in the classroom is one of his greatest strengths. His presence will be missed here at Blakefield.”
Crawford becomes the third high profile head coach to vacate his position in the MIAA A Conference since the season ended. Boys’ Latin’s Bob Shriver retired and reigning conference champion St. Mary’s Ben Rubeor resigned.
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