Stevenson Foote, former coach at St. Mary's Ryken and Patuxent High School, has been named the new head coach for men's lacrosse at the College of Southern Maryland.
“We are very pleased to have Coach Foote join CSM Athletics as the head coach of our men's lacrosse team,” said Michelle Ruble, executive director of student life and athletics. “His coaching experience and his knowledge of Southern Maryland will serve him well in this position. And those attributes, combined with his passion to teach, make him a great fit here at CSM.”
Foote began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Calvert High School, in 2008. He spent one year as an assistant coach for the boys lacrosse team before taking the head coaching position in 2009. During his time at Calvert High School, Foote helped the boys lacrosse team win its first playoff game and win its first home playoff game, and he led the team to its first winning season since 2003.
After leaving Calvert, Foote became the head coach at St. Mary's Ryken for the junior varsity team and assisted John Sothoron and Chris Perkinson with the varsity program. During that time, Foote helped to develop players for the varsity level in the highly competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
Following his time at St. Mary's Ryken, Coach Foote took over the program at Patuxent High School before being named the head men's coach at CSM.
Foote is the co-founder of Chesapeake Rage Lacrosse and has helped more than 50 players achieve their goal of playing college lacrosse at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels.
“I would like to thank the college for giving me the great opportunity to lead the men's lacrosse program at the College of Southern Maryland,” Foote said. “My hope is to continue the work done by Coach [Justin] Ryan, help with the continued growth of lacrosse in Southern Maryland, and help the young men who come through our program develop into great lacrosse players and better people.”
Ryan, the previous head lacrosse coach at CSM, applauded Foote's selection. “I believe he is uniquely suited to continue to build upon the foundation of the men's lacrosse program for the College of Southern Maryland,” Ryan said. “Coach Foote will hold his players to high standards and strive to be a highly competitive men's lacrosse team at the NJCAA level. There is a lot of lacrosse talent in Southern Maryland and I look forward to continuing to see it highlighted through the men's lacrosse program at CSM. I wish Coach Foote, and all of the players, a successful season and I look forwarding to seeing what they will accomplish.”
Foote and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Virginia with their two young children, Roman and Emersyn.
The first men's lacrosse game for the 2017 season is scheduled for Feb. 25 at Delaware Technical Community College. For more information on men's lacrosse at CSM, see http://athletics.csmd.edu/sports/mlax/index.