Whiteley retiring from St. Paul's lacrosse team

May 05, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

After six seasons, Mitch Whiteley, 42 -- citing a desire to spend more time with his wife, Jackie, and four children -- this week told his St. Paul's lacrosse team that this will be his final season.

"It's been tough on my wife and family, and there've been some health problems," said Whiteley. "Plus, I've never enjoyed a spring break, and it'll be a chance to see my daughter's softball games."

Whiteley's 69-22 career record includes a 38-6 record over the past three seasons and a two-year, 35-game winning streak in what is widely viewed as the nation's premier high school league.

The streak included 10 one-goal victories -- two of which were 9-8 wins over St. Mary's and Boys' Latin in the 1992 and 1993 Maryland Scholastic Association title games.

An assistant principal and director of college counseling at St. Paul's, Whiteley said he will likely continue coaching on a part-time basis with St. Paul's middle school team, and also scout opposing teams for his replacement and former assistant, Rick Brocato, 31.

"He's an outstanding players coach and commands respect," said Brocato. "He's been a great mentor, and I hope to carry on the program."

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