It’s not like Black Monday in the NFL, but since the 2019 boys high school lacrosse season ended there has been a number of head coaching changes around the country.
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Bill Leahy, the winningest high school coach in Pennsylvania history, announced his retirement). Leahy started the Lacrosse program at La Salle College in 1992 and won 512 games in his career. He won 82 percent of his games, going 512-115 during his career. He is the only coach in Pennsylvania history to win 500 career games and one of 19 head coaches in history to win at least 500 career games.
Dean Corkum announced his retirement after 29 years at Essex Junction (Vt). Corkum went 280-181 in his career, adding three state championships to his legacy.
Aaron Olivier stepped down at Minnetonka (Minn.) after 10 years as head coach. According to the report, Olivier was diagnosed with eye cancer in the past year and said it was time.
Garnet Potter III stepped down as head coach at Hartland (Mich.) after five seasons. Potter helped the Eagles to a 55-6 record over the last three seasons and was 88-14 in five years at the helm. Potter’s son, Reece, just graduated as one of Michigan’s Top 10 scorers of all-time.
Rich Pulisciano announced his retirement after being the head coach at Cheshire (Conn.) since 1998. Pulisciano won 266 games during his tenure and won state championships in 2002 and 2010.
Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) is coming off a 21-2 season, but the school fired head coach David Giarrusso in late June. Giarrusso compiled a record of 167-61 at Seton Hall Prep. He was head coach at St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) from 1997 to 2002 where he went 94-7 to bring his career record to 261-68.
Kennesaw Mountain (Ga.) got its new head coach when they introduced Kevin Pena on June 11. Coach Pena has been on the Kennesaw Mountain staff the last two years as an assistant serving as the defensive coordinator for the Mustangs in 2018. Pena takes over for Jimmy Whittemore. The Mustangs were 9-10 last season. Source
Mike Devine was selected as Pulisciano’s successor. Devine is a 2010 graduate of Cheshire where he played hockey and lacrosse. Devine has been an assistant at Cheshire for the last few years.
Thomas Worthington (Ohio) announced the hiring of Collin Lisi as its new head lacrosse coach. Lisi replaced John Haldeman who served two seasons as the Cardinals head coach. Lisi is a 2010 graduate of Thomas Worthington and played four years of lacrosse and football. He was an assistant coach at Delaware from 2014 to 2015 and was the JV lacrosse coach at Dublin Coffman from 2016 to 2018.
Santa Margarita (Calif.) announced the hiring of Ryan Brent as its new boys lacrosse coach. Brent was the head coach at Crean Lutheran (Calif.) and was also the coach at Concordia University. Crean Lutheran was 16-1 last season under Brent’s leadership.