Loyola Blakefield has announced that Gene Ubriaco will replace lacrosse coach Ben Rubeor starting in the 2019 season.
Ubriaco comes to Loyola Blakefield from his alma mater, Boys’ Latin, where he has been an assistant coach since 1997.
Rubeor, a 2004 Loyola Blakefield graduate, announced in November that he will step down after the upcoming season, citing plans to move to Boston with his wife to be closer to family.
Ubriaco will continue to serve as BL’s associate head coach this season. With his son Michael, an All-Metro long-stick midfielder at Boys’ Latin, now in his senior year, the timing was just right for the senior Ubriaco to get his first head coaching job in 2019.
“Obviously, I’m really excited about it. Being a head coach in the MIAA is something I always wanted to do when the timing was right,” Gene Ubriaco said. “I wasn’t really interested while my son Michael was playing and with him going off to college, the timing was right and the opportunity was there.”
Ubriaco, a 1989 BL grad, went on to play for and graduate from then-Loyola College in 1993. He also will serve as a math instructor at Loyola at the start of the 2018-19 school year.
In a written release on Loyola Blakefield’s website, principal John Marinacci said: “Gene’s experience in the classroom and on the field make him an excellent leader of our lacrosse program, as well as an outstanding ambassador of our mission. As a career educator, he understands the importance of leading by example, fostering a culture of servant leadership, and promoting a positive learning and playing environment.”
Ubriaco is the son of Gene Ubriaco, who played in the NHL and for the Baltimore Clippers of the American Hockey League and coached the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and the AHL’s Baltimore Skipjacks among other teams.
Rubeor will be in his third season this spring after leading the Dons to Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal appearances in his first two seasons.