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Even in the offseason, there’s news for boys’ high school lacrosse. Here’s a recap of some of the latest news from around the nation.
There’s quite a bit of news regarding coaching changes for the upcoming season.
First reported by Lohud.com, Rob Ambrose is back on the sideline as a head coach. The architect of the Brother Rice (Mich.) dynasty is the new head coach at Bronxville (N.Y.). Approval for Ambrose’s hire happened on Jan. 17. He was hired to replace Tim Horgan whose exit from the program is unclear, according to the report. I wrote a little more on it here and it sounds like it was not an amicable split between Bronxville and Horgan.
Marcus Craigwell takes over as head coach at Boston College High School (Mass.). Craigwell was previously the head coach at Wayland (Mass.) from 2014 to 2018 where he compiled a record of 55-22. He was DCL Coach of the Year in 2018. Craigwell takes over an Eagles program that won the Division I state title last season and finished 20-3 under Steve Lydon. Boston College High School | Marcus Craigwell Named Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach
Bishop Ireton (Va.) hired Patrick Young as its new head lacrosse coach. Young played at Maryland and was the 13th overall pick in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse draft. He currently plays for the Ohio Machine.
“There are few times as an Athletic Director that you have the opportunity to hire a coach who plays professionally,” said Bryce Bevill stated on Bishop Ireton’s website. “His passion for developing young men will help not only our lacrosse program, but our school community as a whole.”
A great story out of the Philadelphia area about Malvern Prep (Pa.) and their strength and conditioning coach Mary Fran Frankenheimer. She is believed to be the only woman strength and conditioning coach for a high school team. The full story is available at Philly.com, but here are a few excerpts.
The strength and conditioning coach for Malvern’s football and lacrosse teams, Frankenheimer, an assistant athletic director at the school, is also a pioneer. Kelsey Martinez is a full-time strength and conditioning coach for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, and Frankenheimer is believed to be the only woman in the country to fill that role for a high school team.
Malvern Prep’s lacrosse team is coming off an Inter-Ac championship and is consistently one of the Top 2 programs in the conference and among the nation’s best.
“Her effectiveness is not just her expertise but her way of connecting with the guys,” said Malvern lacrosse coach John McEvoy. He hired Frankenheimer, 49, two and a half years ago for what he describes as a “historically man-orientated role.”
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