St. Paul's School didn't have to stray far to find its new boys' lacrosse coach.
The Crusaders tabbed Trey Whitty, a 1999 graduate of the school, to succeed current head coach Rick Brocato at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Whitty is currently an assistant coach for Andy Hilgartner at McDonogh, which won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "A" conference championship last season.
"It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of two of my mentors, Rick Brocato and [former St. Paul's head coach] Mitch Whiteley," Whitty said in a statement. "I will honor the traditions of the St. Paul's lacrosse program while leading us into a new era of excellence."
The new position at St. Paul's provides Whitty with the opportunity to return to his roots. In addition to attending the school, Whitty was an assistant lacrosse coach and taught at St. Paul's for two years after graduating from the University of Virginia in 2003. He was part of the coaching staff for the 2004 MIAA title-winning Crusaders.
As a student at St. Paul's, Whitty lettered in three sports and served as captain for the lacrosse, football and basketball teams. During his junior year, Whitty received the Charles Pforr '51 Memorial Athletic Award as the most improved athlete. The following year, he won the George L. Mitchell '44 Best Athlete Award.
Whitty went on to become an accomplished lacrosse player at Virginia. As a junior, he received the Cavaliers' Unsung Hero Award and was a co-captain on the 2003 NCAA Division I National Championship team. He was also named an honorable mention All-American in 2003.
In addition to coaching at St. Paul's, Whitty will teach history at the upper school and serve as a college counselor. He is currently a teacher at McDonogh and is also the former director of athletics at St. Mary's School.
"I'm proud of him and know he'll do a great job at St. Paul's," Hilgartner said.
Whitty was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. He will become the sixth head coach at St. Paul's throughout the program's 60 years.
PressBox Lacrosse Spotlight: Mount St. Joseph Midfielder Griffin Corbett
Mount St. Joseph's Griffin Corbett was a starting midfielder for the Gaels as a sophomore and will look to lead the team on the offensive end as a junior for head coach Stephen Berger in 2017. During the summer, he played in the Under Armour Underclass Tournament; he has also been named to several all-star teams and plays club ball for the Baltimore Breakers. Corbett has committed to Jacksonville University.
How much did playing in the Under Armour tournament help you improve as a player?
Griffin Corbett: The Under Armour game was a really good opportunity for me to showcase my talent in front of coaches. I believe it helped me to improve as a player because I was playing with people I've never played with before, so I had to learn to adapt and mesh with different playing styles. This allows me to be more versatile when put into different in-game scenarios with my regular teams.
How much club ball do you play in the offseason? Do you play any other sports?
GC: I play in four or five tournaments every summer with my Breakers team. It's a good time, getting together with top-level players from all over and just going out and playing lacrosse.
I try to stay as active as possible and play other sports while training for lacrosse. I played soccer my freshman and sophomore years at Mount St. Joseph, and I play rec basketball. I also enjoy snowboarding and skateboarding any time I'm not playing lacrosse.
How challenging is it playing in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association?
GC: It is definitely a challenge. The MIAA is probably the toughest league in the country. There is a lot of great players in the league, and that raises the level of play by a lot. The main difference between the out-of-conference games we play and the MIAA games is the physicality, by far. During those conference games, the hits get bigger, everyone is scrappy, and everyone is just so much more hyped up to be there.
For more from Corbett, including his strategies for balancing athletics and academics, his decision to commit to Jacksonville University and more, read the full interview here.