After a lengthy search, Boys' Latin has announced that 2006 graduate Brian Farrell will replace longtime lacrosse coach Bob Shriver starting in the 2016 season.
Shriver, who has a 490-135 career mark in 35 years, announced in June that he would step down following the 2015 season. Last year, the Lakers went 18-0, capturing the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown and finishing as the country's No. 1 ranked team.
A three-sport standout at Boys' Latin, Farrell was a defender in lacrosse and went on to have a successful playing career at Maryland, where he spent two of his four years as a captain.
After graduating from Maryland, he spent one year at Bridgton Academy, a post-graduate school in Maine where he served as an assistant coach. He then returned to Maryland as a volunteer assistant coach for the Terps for one season before moving on to Salisbury School, a prep school in Connecticut where he currently works in the admissions office along with being an assistant coach in lacrosse and football.
Farrell will complete the school year at Salisbury before returning to Baltimore in the summer.
"After I cleared my thoughts, I was so excited -- what an opportunity," Farrell said by telephone of his hiring. "Coach Shriver obviously has been one of the greatest mentors I've had. I learned everything from him and he's a crucial part of who I am and what I want to be."
Boys' Latin headmaster Christopher Post, said the following in a statement: "Brian Farrell has the experience both of lacrosse and as a person to be tremendously successful in leading our program. Brian is an incredibly humble and hard-working person, who values athletics as a classroom for the life lessons that it teaches. In Brian, we have found someone who has not just performed at the highest levels, who is a teacher of the game and who has the potential to grow with our school, our students and the program."
During his playing days at Boys' Latin, Farrell was a three-year varsity player and a senior starter on the 2006 team that finished 21-0 and was named national champion.
"Since Brian was little, he's had a ball and stick in his hands and he's one of those rare kids where you never had to teach athletic IQ," Shriver said. "He's creative and understands – he just gets it all. So I think, first and foremost, that's a nice place for any coach to be – having a pretty firm idea how it works."