Coach Jon started his lacrosse career as a Defenseman at St. Mary’s Ryken where he was a 3 year Varsity player and Captain his Senior Year in 1995. He received a full athletic scholarship to Pfeiffer University in North Carolina where he started at LSM his Freshman year. He transferred to Anne Arundel Community College where he played one year and was recruited to Drexel University. His Junior Year at Drexel the Dragon’s record was 12-2 and they reached as high as #17 in the NCAA Division I Coaches poll. Coach Jon has been coaching youth lacrosse for seventeen years in St. Mary’s County with SMYLC and with the Admirals. He was on the SMYLC Board of Directors for 6 years serving 2 years as Vice President and 2 years as President.
I played lacrosse at Leonardtown high school. After high school, I attended Immaculata University where I was a 3 year starter on defense and served as a captain.
Jackson Duke will be a coach for the Admirals this Summer. Jackson is a graduate of Leonardtown High School where he was a four year Varsity lacrosse player. He played Midfield for Leonardtown. Jackson is currently playing lacrosse in college at Coker University.
Why I Coach Lacrosse
I Coach Lacrosse to make a difference in the players lives and to ensure they are being taught correctly. Motivation, Structure, Discipline and conforming are not just important in lacrosse but the building blocks for a successful life. In the end what we are trying to do is teach them to succeed at life through this great sport.
I began playing Lacrosse in 1970. I was introduced to the sport by my roommate who was from Long Island. I competed until I was 50 years old. I played the attack position. I played men’s club lacrosse during the 80′ held many scoring records for our club team.
I was involved in the creation of the St Mary’s County Youth Lacrosse Club in the 1990’s and later making Lacrosse a sport in the high schools. I have been involved in coaching lacrosse in St Mary’s County for 26 years on the Youth level and the High School level. I have been coaching at Leonardtown High School from the start as an assistant coach and Head Coach. Leonardtown High School has won many conference championships and regional championships and to date has never had a losing season.
I have had the honor of coaching many young men from all our area high schools as a result of my involvement as a coach for the Admirals. I coach for the Admiral’s to ensure young players are taught the game the right way and to aid in their development as lacrosse players. The players are my second family and I feel fortunate to be a part of their lives.