McDonogh girls lacrosse coach Taylor Cummings, who led the No. 1 Eagles to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference crown earlier this month, has stepped down after five seasons, the school announced Thursday.
Cummings, a 2012 McDonogh graduate who went on to have an illustrious career at Maryland, led the Eagles to a 21-1 mark this season, capped by a 13-8 win over St. Paul’s in the conference title game. She finished her career with a 74-5 mark and two league crowns.
Assistant coach Megan Huether Nicotra, a former standout goalie at Duke who has extensive coaching experience at the college and high school levels, was named the new coach.
Cummings, a three-sport star at McDonogh and a three-time Tewaaraton Award winner at Maryland as the best player in women’s college lacrosse, stepped down to pursue other career opportunities and spend more time with family.
In addition to owning her own business, Taylor Cummings Lacrosse, which conducts clinics around the country, Cummings also promotes youth lacrosse as a team member of Bel Air-based Top of the Bay Sports and was recently hired was by Spellman Performance and Universal Speed Rating as their director of lacrosse.
The team was informed of the coaching change Thursday.
“I’ve known Taylor since she was a student here and, in my opinion, and I shared this with the team today, she is the best female athlete we’ve ever had at McDonogh,” athletic director Mickey Deegan said. “And then to watch her grow as a young adult with her success at Maryland ... her experiences as a player helped her be a wonderful coach with our girls the last five years.
“She’s fiercely competitive, no nonsense, and she brought a culture that the girls bought in. It wasn’t all about the wins and losses. She was a very caring coach and she’s going to be sorely missed.”
Nicotra spent the past two seasons under Cummings serving as the defensive coordinator and goalies coach. She had previously been on the coaching staffs at William & Mary and Navy.
“We’re very fortunate to have Megan step into this role. She’s an accomplished lacrosse player herself at Duke,” Deegan said. “It’s a win-win for everybody. As soon as Taylor told the girls they were in good hands and nodded to Megan, there were cheers.”
Deegan said fellow assistant coach Mary Beth Todd is also returning.