New Coaching hires announced..
The Maryland Lacrosse League is launching its MDLL national program as they expand their Development league. The past year they have been running a division in Anne Arundel County, and now they are expanding to Baltimore. They have 20 teams playing in their fall development league with players from some of the top private and public schools in the state. Games are weeknights in Kent Island and Sundays in Baltimore. Playoffs are slated to be at US Lacrosse. Players will have the chance to make our All- Star game and training session in front of college coaches. In an effort to grow the game they designed uniforms for the players to wear. Here is a sneak peek –
They will have a special division for 2021’s at their Chesapeake Cup on October 3rd in Bel Air, Maryland at Cedar Lane. They also have a Freshman/Sophomore division that is comprised of teams throughout the state of Maryland.
Additionally, the MDLL national program will allow a platform for players to be highlighted in Maryland like never before. Their goal is to work with the club programs in the state to highlight the best players in state. Their mission is to promote and teach the game of lacrosse in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Using their core values they will focus on developing new skills and improving speed and agility. The connections of coaches playing in their post college leagues (40 teams) gives them the opportunity to have depth and knowledge all across the league.
The league had brought on Jim Rood as the Director for the MDLL High School Elite Program and Head Coach the 2021s this fall. He just completed his 9th year as a Club Lacrosse Head Coach finishing the year as his True MD 2021AA team completed a perfect 10-0 record and his True National 2021 Green team finished ranked #25th in the country by US Club Lacrosse. Coach Rood also served as an assistant for the CCBC Essex Men’s Lacrosse Team, Head Coach of the Northeast Conference (NEC) Epoch Committed Team, STX D1 Rising 2021 Team and continues to play men’s lacrosse for Team Mr. Boh in the Maryland Lacrosse League Grand Masters division.
Next up is Kirk Dodson. He is the Head Coach for St. Vincent Pallotti High School and coaches in the Maryland Lacrosse League (MDLL) development division. He joins the Maryland lacrosse league as the Director of Player Personnel for the MDLL Elite teams. Coach Dodson brings a wealth of coaching experience as he has coached lacrosse, basketball, and football from U9 through High School, and has coached in Connecticut, Hawaii, and now Maryland. While in Hawaii, Coach Dodson ran youth lacrosse for the entire state and was a two-time U.S. Lacrosse Homer R. Schwartz Chapter Leadership Award Honorable Mention. He is a retired Navy Submarine Officer who graduated from the Naval Academy and holds Masters degrees from the Naval War College and Old Dominion University. He has a US Lacrosse Level 3 certification and is a certified lacrosse coach through the Soldiers to Sidelines organization. He also plays on the Annapolis Skipjacks Masters and Grand Masters teams in the Maryland Lacrosse League.
Stay tuned for more updates on their coaching staff and events they have to offer.