When the 2018 boys' high school lacrosse season begins, so will several head lacrosse coaches hunt for new win milestones.
I have compiled the coaches that are close to a new century mark that has a solid shot at reaching a new plateau during the season. Also included below are coaches that are halfway to a new century total.
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492, Chuck Apel, Bridgewater Raritan (N.J.)
Needing eight wins to reach 500, Apel should get this mark early in the season. The Panthers went 17-1 last season and are one of the most consistent teams in New Jersey. Apel has been the head coach at Bridgewater-Raritan since 1979.
490, Ron Doctor, Skaneateles (N.Y.)
Skaneateles has not won fewer than 11 games since 2012. Doctor has led the Lakers to at least 11 wins in each of the last five seasons.
299, Jef Hewlings, Strath Haven (Pa.) - Acheived
Hewlings has a few stops on his resume, starting out at Malvern Prep (Pa.) in 1983, but his next win as Strath Haven’s head coach will be his 300th.
298, Troy Kemp, McCallie School (Tenn.) - Achieved
Kemp will earn his 300th career win this season. The Blue Tornado have never won fewer than seven games under Kemp and have won at least 10 games in each of the last six seasons.
296, John Hayden, Apex (N.C.) - Achieved
The Cougars have won at least 11 games every year since 2003, so it is almost a lock that Hayden will earn win number 300 early in the season.
292, Brian Vona, Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.)
Since Vona took over at Lincoln-Sudbury the team has won at least 12 games every year, except one. That aberration occurred in 2007 and the Warriors have won at least 19 games in each of the last three seasons.
281, Brian McLaughlin, Dover Sherborn (Mass.)
Nineteen wins are within reach for McLaughlin. He has led Dover-Sherborn to at least 19 victories six times since 2005. The Raiders won 17 games last season. They won 21 in 2016 and 20 in 2015.
279, Brandon Fortier, Issaquah (Wash.)
Fortier has a shot at 300 wins this season, and if he does it will go down as one of Issaquah’s best-ever seasons. The Eagles won 23 games in 2008 and are consistently around 18 or 19 victories every year. They are coming off a 13-8 season after back-to-back 18 win years.
198, Scott Cater, Bloomington Jefferson (Minn.)
Coming off an eight-win season, Cater should get his 200th career win early in the year.
195, Dave Walsh, Lexington (Mass.)
Five wins should happen this season for Walsh. Prior to last season, he led Lexington to back-to-back 10-win seasons.
191, John Distler, Joel Barlow (Conn.)
Since returning to Joel Barlow in 2012, Distler has won at least 11 games every year.
189, Dick Sipperly, Charlotte Latin (N.C.)
Eleven wins is all Sipperly needs after coming off back-to-back 10-win seasons. He led Charlotte Latin to 17 wins in 2015 and posted 20 in 2014.
189, Brian Adkins, Foran (Conn.)
Will 2018 be the year Adkins earns 200? Foran won 12 games last season after an eight-win season in 2016. The Lions won 11 games in 2014, then won nine games the following season.
188, Jim Soran, Regis Jesuit (Colo.)
While nothing is guaranteed, Soran getting 12 wins this season is about as close as it gets. Since 2005, the Raiders’ lowest win total was 11 in 2009. Soran has won at least 12 games in every other season since taking over in 2005.
188, JC Valore, St. Augustine Prep (N.J.)
Coming off a nine-win season, Valore needs 12 victories to reach 200. He has led St. Augustine Prep to at least 12 wins in all but two seasons since taking over in 2005.
186, Kevin Marsh, Battlefield (Va.)
The last time Marsh won nine games, as he did in 2017, he proceeded to roll off six-straight seasons of at least 11 wins. He needs 14 to reach 200. The last time he won 14 games in a season was in 2013 when he led Battlefield to a 20-1 season.
186, Steve Sepeta, Bishops School (Calif.)
Sepeta has consistently won at least 10 games since taking over at Bishops School in 2002. The last time he won 14 games was 2014. He has won at least 14 games four times.
186, Brian Kaminskas, Clarkston (Mich.)
The Clarkston head coach is coming off a 12-8 season, which leaves him 14 wins shy of 200. He won 15 games in 2016 and has won at least 14 games five times since 2011.
185, Andrew Stanley, Collegiate School (Va.)
Coming off a 14-7 season, Stanley could earn his 200th career victory late in the year. The Cougars won 16 games in 2016 and 22 in 2015.
184, Steve Finnell, Garden City (N.Y.)
Garden City won 16 games last season and a repeat would earn Finnell his 200th career victory. The Trojans have won at least 16 games seven times since Finnell took over the program in 2007.
183, Garrick Robinson, Lake Mary (Fla.)
The Rams had a breakthrough season in 2017, winning 16 games and reach the state Final Four. Robinson won 18 games with Lake Mary in 2015 and 17 games in 2012.
183, Mark Duncan, Shipley (Pa.)
Duncan should get close to 200 wins this season. He has won 17 games once, in 2009. He led Shipley to a 12-8 season last year, improving upon a 9-8 season in 2016. Duncan won at least 11 games every year from 2005 to 2012.
99, Zack Burke, Poway (Calif.) - Achieved
97, Tim Reidy, Rockhurst Jesuit (Mo.) - Achieved
96, Nate Sprong, St. Xavier (Ohio)
96, Jonathan Wishon, Allatoona (Allatoona, Ga.) - Achieved
95, Chris Rutter, Appoquinimink (Middletown, Del.)
94, Mike Fraioli, Moses Brown (R.I.)
94, Bo Adams, Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.) - Achieved
92, Jim Piggot, Gulliver Prep (Miami)
91, Keith Tintle, The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas) - Achieved
88, Brian Trapani, East Greenwich (R.I.)
88, Brady McCormick, Upper Merion (Pa.)
88, Chip Buzzeo, New Canaan (Conn.)
86, Ron Cheek, Kings (Mason, Ohio)
In addition to coaches nearing a new century mark, there are many coaches that should get to the halfway mark in 2018.
535, Jack Moran, Chaminade (N.Y.)
447, Kirk Ventiquattro, Carthage (Carthage, N.Y.)
442, Bussy Adam Newton North (Mass.)
434, Kevin Giblin, Bishop O'Connell (Va.)
434, Jon Heisman, Bishop Shanahan (Pa.)
432, John Todd, Hingham (Mass.)
349, Jim Davidson, Summit (N.J.)
347, Ned Herter, Middlesex School (Mass.)
346, Chip Davis, Deerfield (Mass.)
249, Tony Souza, Westminster School (Ga.) - Achieved
248, Marty Morgan, New Fairfield (Conn.)
248, Bruce Garcia, Central Bucks East (Pa.)
248, Dean Corkum, Essex Junction (Vt.)
247, Rob Snyder, Loyola Academy (Ill.)
245, Bryan Kelly, Calvert Hall (Md.) - Achieved
245, Rich Pulsciano, Cheshire (Conn.)
244, Mark Puzzangara, Scituate (Mass.)
244, Alex Cade, Coronado (Calif.)
242, Joe Haemmerle, Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
240, Bobby Healy, Salesianum (Del.)
238, Don Glover, Brunswick (Maine)
236, Mike Pounds, Ridgewood (N.J.)
236, Chris Cameron, Bishop Guertin (N.H.)
236, Tom Cobb, Masconomet (Mass.)
147, Matt Triplet, Columbus DeSales (Ohio)
146, Dave Emery, Granby Memorial (Conn.)
145, Frank Urso, Garnet Valley (Pa.)
144, Mike Costello, Greenhills School (Mich.)
143, Steve O'Donnell, La Salle (R.I.)
143, Bill Sanford, St Viator (Ill.)
142, Don Wolford, Grosse Pointe South (Mich.)
141, Justin Georgakis, Glenbrook North (Ill.)
139, Scott Basile, Xavier (Conn.)
138, Glen Miles, St. Margaret's Episcopal (Calif.)
138, Peter Hudecki, St. Joseph Collegiate (N.Y.)
138, Marty Horkan, Mystic Valley (Mass.)
138, Brian White, Guilford (Conn.)
136, Brad Fish, Grayslake North (Ill.)
136, Andy Kay, MICDS (Mo.)
135, Matt Guerard, Bedford (N.H.)
135, Greg Durham, Northville (Mich.)
48, John Grant Jr., Valor Christian (Colo.) - Achieved
47, David Earl, Severna Park (Md.)
46, Ben Rubeor, Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) - Achieved
46, Scott Pattison, Seattle Academy (Wash.)
42, Stan Ross, Oxbridge Academy (Fla.) - Achieved
39, Matt Garvey, Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.)
38, Nick Holota, Middle Creek (N.C.)
38, Kevin Walker, Delaware Military Academy (Del.)
37, Patrick Wagner, Evangelical Christian (Tenn.)
34, Logan Bobzien, Arapahoe (Centennial)
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