Steele Stanwick is a master of the unexpected on the lacrosse field -- even when it comes to picking his first coaching job.
The former Loyola High star and 2011 Tewaaraton Award winner at Virginia will join the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse staff as an assistant coach, head coach Janine Tucker announced Wednesday. Stanwick will serve as the program's offensive coordinator while overseeing all video operations and assisting in recruiting and day-to-day operations of the program.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity," Stanwick said in a news release. "Hopkins has such a great tradition and is such an outstanding school. Coaching the women's game isn't something I expected in my first coaching job, but I couldn't be more thrilled. There will be some challenges in transitioning to the women's game, but I grew up watching my sisters play and I'm looking forward to working with the players."
Stanwick's younger sister, Covie, set Boston College's single-season goals record last spring as a sophomore with 65 and was named an IWLCA second-team All-American. Older sisters Sheehan, Coco and Wick all starred at Georgetown.
Tucker said of Stanwick: "He is extraordinarily bright and mature and has a passion to teach the game. Steele has always admired his sisters' respective careers and has a true appreciation for women's lacrosse. We believe he will make an outstanding offensive coordinator and recruiter for the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse program. Anyone who has had the pleasure of watching Steele play can see he has a brilliant understanding of how to create offense and we are excited for him to bring his innovative approach to our team."
A two-time USILA first-team All-American and Virginia's all-time scoring leader with 269 points, Stanwick led the Cavaliers to the 2011 NCAA championship, the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title and a 56-14 (.800) record in his career. Stanwick earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 and went on to earn ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior, respectively. A three-time All-ACC selection, he finished his career with 126 goals and 143 assists.
Tucker also announced two other moves: Tara Singleton (Mercy, Loyola University) has been promoted from assistant to associate head coach, and Megan Huether (Maryvale Prep) joins the staff as a volunteer coach to work with the goalies.
Singleton, who returns for her fourth season on the staff, will continue as defensive coordinator and add director of recruiting to her responsibilities. Singleton captained the Greyhounds as a senior and led them to four straight NCAA tournament appearances, two final fours and the 2002 Colonial Athletic Association title.
At Duke, Huether started all 79 games of her career, finished with a record of 60-17 and set school records for minutes played (4,505) and saves (646).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun