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Coaching Changes For Georgetown Prep, Bullis Lacrosse
Throughout the summer, there has been a coaching carousel in the Baltimore area, and now it is spinning into the Washington D.C. area. Last month, Georgetown Prep announced longtime head coach Kevin Giblin was resigning.
For more than 27 years, Giblin (424-89) led one of the nation's top high school programs. During Giblin's tenure, the Little Hoyas have won 10 Interstate Athletic Conference titles, and have been ranked in the top 25 national poll 14 times. He has helped guide more than 220 players toward their dreams of playing college lacrosse, and produced 36 high school All-Americans.
In 2014, Giblin led Georgetown Prep to a 19-1 season and an IAC Championship.
"Coach Giblin built the Georgetown Prep lacrosse program into a national program over 27 years," said Georgetown Prep athletic director Dan Paro in a press release, "and we thank him for his hard work, dedication and genuine commitment to his players, the alumni and the entire Georgetown Prep community."
According to Paro, offensive coordinator Charlie Horning has been named interim coach, and most of Giblin's staff is expected to return for the 2015 season.
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Another D.C.-area coaching change came from the Bullis School. Jeff Bellistri has been named the head coach after serving as assistant head coach under Bobby Pollicino. Pollicino has been appointed interim principal at Bullis, and decided to step down as head coach to focus on the demands of his new role. Bellistri has been with the Bullis program since 2001.
"He has developed relationships with parents and players that have enabled him to guide our lacrosse players both on the field and as young men," head of school Gerald L. Boarman said on the school's website.
During Pollicino's five-year run, Bullis won 64 games, which was highlighted by the program going undefeated to win the regular-season title in 2012.
The Bulldogs went 13-6 in 2014.
Bellistri, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has been a math teacher in the Upper School for the past 12 years. His son, Kyle (currently at Brown University) was an All-American at Bullis.
Q&A: Westminster Boys' Lacrosse Coach Steve DeFeo
Steve DeFeo has been the Westminster High School head lacrosse coach since 2011, and has built the Carroll County program into one of the public school powerhouses in the state. He posted a perfect 19-0 record and won the state title in 2013.
In 2014, the Owls won the regular-season title, but lost during the postseason to Howard in double overtime to end their bid to repeat as 4A/3A state champions.
DeFeo was pegged to be an assistant coach for the Baltimore team at the Under Armour Underclass Tournament. PressBox caught up with the Westminster head coach to get his thoughts on the success of the Westminster program, the 2014 season and what it means to be part of the Under Armour Underclass coaching staff.
PressBox: Can you describe the experience of coaching the Baltimore Underclass team?
Steve DeFeo: It is quite the honor to be invited. It was great to be here with Chad Patterson (defenseman from Westminster). It is a great experience for Chad and all of these guys, and to be able to watch a fine display of lacrosse here in our local community.
PB: The selection committee selected a handful of public school players to be part of the Underclass team. You have to feel good about that, right?
SD: The selection process was an open invite, and they did a good a job selecting who they thought were the best players during the tryouts.
PB: How do you feel Westminster did this season?
SD: This past year, we went 15-0 and had a very good regular season, and the way it ended, it went to double overtime (during the game against Howard). And our guys fought hard in that game. Howard did a good job of making the play to finish the game. Somebody has to win, and somebody has to lose in that situation. We have a good core of guys returning next season. It is time for the next guys to step up.
PB: You had the pleasure of being able to coach players such as Jesse Uhlman (Towson University) and Ryan Hursey (Georgetown University) throughout their high school careers, what was that like?
SD: You talk about being fortunate. I came into a situation with a talented team, and to have two ninth graders in Ryan and Jesse, I was very fortunate to have those guys. They mean a lot to me, personally. They mean a lot to Westminster High School as well. They are extremely gifted players. They show what hard work does and a commitment to the game gets them, and they're going to be great college lacrosse players.
PB: What are your thoughts on the growth of the game in Carroll County?
SD: Let's not sleep on any of them -- they are all going to be in the thick of it. South Carroll is going to be right there. Winters Mill will be back. You have North Carroll and Century; Liberty had a fantastic year this year. They are strong. So it is a battle throughout the county. I think the competition within the county makes us better as a team going forward with everything.
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