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Severn girls lacrosse coach Renie Sotiropoulos stepping down after 20 years

Severn girls lacrosse coach Renie Sotiropoulos stepping down after 20 years
Severn girls lacrosse coach Renie Sotiropoulos. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore Sun)

Severn girls lacrosse coach Renie Sotiropoulos has decided to step down after 20 years with the Admirals.

She will continue to teach history at Severn and will be dean of next year's senior class, but with four sons aged 8 to 13, Sotiropoulos said she wanted more time for her family and her other responsibilities at Severn.

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"I kind of feel like 20 is a good number," she said. "I have four boys and they're getting into their sports and sometimes you're just ready. It was a hard, hard, hard decision. It's great to be a teacher-coach at a school where you see [the players] all the time in all sorts of different ways, so it's been terrific here at Severn. I'm staying here in all capacities except coaching."

As a dean, she remains with the same class through the years until graduation and with seniors, Sotiropoulos there's a lot going on in the spring on top of lacrosse season. In addition, her older two sons are now playing lacrosse.

"Sometimes, I was just like, a Saturday in April where I don't have to worry about planning practice, going to practice, having a game, I think I would enjoy that. And we'll see. If I wanted to assistant coach again I could do that, but it was stressful -- sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way. But it's time. It's been a good run."

Sotiropoulos, whose career record is 232-127, guided the Admirals to two Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference finals, falling both times by a single goal -- to St. Mary's in 2005 and John Carroll in 2007. This season, the Admirals finished 12-7 and ranked No. 10 after a loss to John Carroll, 8-7, in the quarterfinals.

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