McDonogh's Corrigan quits

June 06, 2008|By Patrick Gutierrez | Patrick Gutierrez,Sun reporter

McDonogh boys lacrosse coach Scott Corrigan officially resigned yesterday, just weeks after leading the Eagles to a 16-6 record and a No. 4 ranking in The Sun's final poll. Assistant coach Andy Hilgartner will replace Corrigan.

"I've known for a little while now that this would be my last year," said Corrigan, who referenced his two young children as one of the reasons he was stepping down. "I talked to my dad about it, and with Andy coming back, it was a great time to step away."

The move comes less than a month after the Eagles advanced to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals, losing to then-No. 1 Gilman, 6-4. It was McDonogh's third trip to the semifinals in Corrigan's three seasons as coach. The team advanced to the final in 2006.

Eagles athletic director Mickey Deegan said the school was pleased with Corrigan's performance. She added the school was fortunate to have a replacement already in-house in Hilgartner.

"Scott Corrigan decided over the last couple of weeks to step down for personal reasons," Deegan said.

Hilgartner, who returned to McDonogh after a one-year stint as Severn's head coach, takes over a team that is losing 15 seniors, none more important than goalie Tyler Fiorito, the boys lacrosse All-Metro Player of the Year.

Hilgartner was 10-8 in his one season at Severn.

patrick.gutierrez@baltsun.com

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