Home Lacrosse News Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Head Coach Tom West is LaxRecords.com’s 2019 Coach of the Year

Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Head Coach Tom West is LaxRecords.com’s 2019 Coach of the Year

by Mike Loveday
Tom West from Ponte Vedra (Fla.) coaching the Under Armour Underclass team. Photo by: Mike Loveday
from (Fla.) coaching the Under Armour Underclass team. Photo by: Mike Loveday

and (Fla.) have been a staple in Florida’s Final Four for more than a decade.

Since 2011, West has led the Sharks to the Final Four seven times. In 2019, West and got their first FHSAA lacrosse championship, and earns West LaxRecords.com’s 2019 Coach of the Year.

“This past season is a tribute to bringing his program across the finish line as Ponte Vedra’s FHSAA title is another step in the evolution of Florida lacrosse,” FloridaLacrosseNews.com’s Lee Roggenburg said. “Coach West and his staff deserve a lot of credit for building on those previous disappointments, and finally overcoming them, and he is a very worthy choice for this award, hopefully, one of many more to come for this state in the future!”

Ponte Vedra went 24-1 with its only loss to Georgia powerhouse Lambert (Ga.) on the road in North Carolina this season. They defeated Tennessee state champion (Tenn.), Texas champion Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas) along with Oxbridge Academy (Fla.), 2018 Florida champion Jupiter (Fla.).

In its 25 games, the defense only allowed Lambert to scored more than nine goals against them. They held 11 opponents to three goals or fewer.

Years in Final Four

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They outscored their opponents 378 to 119 and won the state championship running away with a 19-7 win over (Fla.).

In the state championship, Dylan Hess (Georgetown commit) scored five goals and four assists while Carter Parlette (Notre Dame) had three goals and two assists.

Hess and Parlette were co-captains this season and earned Co-St. Johns County Boys Lacrosse Players of the Year. Parlette finished the year with 44 goals and 46 assists. Hess scored 58 goals and 53 assists.

West has 342 wins during his coaching career and is third in Florida for the most wins.

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