(Dec. 21, 2018) The Stephen Decatur varsity boys’ lacrosse team will take the field with a new head coach at the helm this spring.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to contribute to Stephen Decatur’s lacrosse program where I will strive to develop players who are exemplary on and off the field,” new Head Coach Merle “Hoffy” Hoffman said.
Hoffman, a local real estate agent, had been coaching right down the road at Worcester Prep during the last two years. He held positions as varsity assistant coach and head JV coach.
When the head coaching spot became open at Decatur, he was interested in the job. Born and raised in Annapolis, Hoffman said he played lacrosse his whole life.
He transitioned to coaching lacrosse in 2009 and has held many positions from head coach, to defensive coach, goalie coach, lacrosse commissioner and player development and skills trainer.
“I have had the pleasure of coaching with professional lacrosse players, and longtime high school and college coaches who I’ve enjoyed collaborating with,” he said. “I participate in lacrosse events year-round with opportunities to coach several lacrosse clubs, camps and attend tournaments including the Ocean City Lacrosse Classic.”
Hoffman said his wife and three daughters are his biggest fans and can always be seen at games cheering his teams on.
Hoffman has an extensive coaching background, including head coach and program director of the Ace Lacrosse Club of Annapolis; director of high school player development, defensive program director and offseason skills trainer for Snappers Lacrosse Club of Annapolis; associate head coach for 2016 Team Black/Elite (2010-2016), the most successful squad in the program’s history with 10-plus tournament championships; defense and goalie coach for Junior AA (2015) Annapolis Youth Lacrosse Association; head coach Junior AA (2014) Davidsonville Athletic Association; lacrosse commissioner, head coach (2009-2011) of Arden Lacrosse of Crownsville, Maryland; and head coach for NPYLL U13 (2009) Bay Raiders Lacrosse Club of Annapolis.