St. Mary's gears up for familiar face in Loyola duel

Ex-Saints coach Moorhead now assistant with Dons

High Schools

Boys lacrosse

March 22, 2001|By Lem Satterfield

When the ninth-ranked St. Mary's lacrosse team plays host to No. 2 Loyola tomorrow in Annapolis, the Saints will be staring across Weems Whalen Field at their former head coach, Jim Moorhead, who yesterday was named an assistant to the Dons' John Tucker.

"John and I have been in discussion the last month or so. It just worked out that I could now make the commitment that I could help them out," said Moorhead, 46. "This is a great opportunity for me. I didn't really anticipate coaching this year."

Under Moorhead (230-95 over 21 seasons), St. Mary's was Anne Arundel County's most dominant team, never losing to a state public school. Last spring, Moorhead and the Saints kept that streak alive with an 8-2 victory over defending Class 4A-3A state champion Severna Park, 8-2. Moorhead's 17-0 championship team of 1994 yielded 10 Division I players and is considered one the state's best squads ever."[Moorhead] was in sales and we had talked, and he had expressed interest in getting back into education and that Loyola was a place he'd like to be," said Tucker, adding that Moorhead will be in an unpaid position.

Moorhead also was the school president at St. Mary's. He left the school on June 30. He has worked since as a networking consultant for a private telecommunications company.

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