College Recruiting Information Night October 20, 2016

HoCo College Recruiting Information Night

October 20, 2016

HoCo Lacrosse hosted a College Recruiting Information Night from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at the Roger Carter Center. HoCo players, parents, and siblings were able to listen, learn, and ask questions about the college recruiting process.  The featured guest speakers were Coaches J.L. Reppert (University of Maryland Men's Lacrosse),  Marc Van Arsdale (Loyola University Maryland Men's Lacrosse), and Jeff Shirk (Washington College Men's Lacrosse).  

J.L. Reppert

Assistant Coach

University of Maryland

J.L. Reppert joined the University of Maryland's men's lacorsse coaching staff as an assistant coach in August 2014, primarily working with the offense.

Reppert has helped develop four USILA All-Americans and four Major League Lacrosse draft selections in his two seasons in College Park.

Reppert was the architect of a revamped Maryland offiense in 2016 which scored the most goals and tallied the most assists in a season since 1998 en route to the NCAA championship game.  Maryland's 2016 offense was particularly potent in its six postseason games, averaging 14 goals-per-game.

Individually, the 2016 Maryland offense had three 50-point scorers (Matt Rambo, Colin Heacock, Bryan Cole) and two 40-goal scorers (Rambo, Heacock) for the first time since 1998.  Rambo became the first player in Maryland history to record 40 goals and 30 assists in a season.  Cole (1st), Rambo (2nd), and Heacock (HM) each earned USILA All-America honors, with Rambo becoming the third player in Maryland history to achieve 75 points in a season.

The Terrapins advanced to the NCAA title game in Reppert's first season in 2015, led offensively by 40-goal attackman Matt Rambo.  Maryland ranked second in the nation with just 10.7 turnovers per game en route to capturing a program-record 15 wins. Additionally, midfielder Joe LoCascio was named a USILA All-American.

Reppert came to College Park after spending the prior three seasons as an assistant coach at Navy. Reppert helped improve Navy's shooting percentage immensely, jumping from 28th (.280) to 13th (.311) over the course of his first season in Annapolis.

Under Reppert’s tutelage, Midshipmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones became only the fourth set of classmates in Navy history to reach 100 points. Jones finished his career with 144 points, while Hull ended his career with 135. The 279 points combined are the most ever for a pair of graduating classmates at Navy.

Prior to returning to the Naval Academy, where he was a four-year starter at attack for the Navy lacrosse team from 1996-99, Reppert was the senior assistant coach/offensive coordinator at Washington College in 2011 under head coach Jeff Shirk, a 2000 Maryland graduate.

Reppert was an assistant coach at Harvard for Tillman during the 2009 season. In Reppert’s one season with the Crimson, Harvard posted its most victories since 2002 by winning eight games, including a 9-6 victory at No. 5 Duke to open the season. The Crimson earned five All-Ivy League selections and garnered seven nods to the NEILA All-New England team.

As a senior at Navy, Reppert helped lead the Mids to an NCAA Tournament berth in 1999. He was voted team captain by his peers as a senior and was also the recipient of the Vice Adm. E.C. Waller Award, which is presented to a Navy lacrosse player for spirit, morale and dedication to the program.

Reppert graduated from the Academy with honors in 1999, earning a bachelor of science degree in political science, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He went on to graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 2004, earning his M.B.A in finance and was a Conrad Scholar.

From 2000-03, Reppert was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar as a finance officer. He was promoted to Captain in 2004 and began working in the Programs and Resources Department at Headquarters Marine Corps as a Congressional Liaison. After serving nine years in the Marine Corps and achieving the rank of Captain, Reppert left the corps to begin his coaching career.

Along the way, Reppert held high school assistant coaching jobs at St. Albans (D.C.), Episcopal (Va.), Gonzaga (D.C.), Robert Louis Stevenson (Calif.) and Poway (Calif.). He has also served as the manager of Champions Field House in Rockville, Md., and as founder and partner in Breakout Lacrosse Company, based in Washington, D.C.

Reppert, a 1995 graduate of Loyola Blakefield, resides in Annapolis, with his wife, Jill, and son, Liam. Reppert comes from a lacrosse family with his brother, Brad, playing collegiately at Towson, his father, Joseph, being a well-respected high school and college official for 35 years, and his sister, Sarah, playing collegiately at Auburn.

Jeff Shirk

Head Coach

Washington College


Jeff Shirk was named Washington College's 11th men's lacrosse coach during the summer of 2010 and has since left an indelible mark on the program's illlustrious history.

In his first season, Shirk guided a young Shoremen team to its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent in nearly three years. The following season, Shirk was named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year, guiding the Shoremen to a first-place finish in the Centennial Conference regular season for the first time since 2004 and landing them a spot in both the Centennial Conference Championship game and the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2008.

In 2013, Shirk again led the Shoremen to an NCAA Division III Tournament appearance as they won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 2008 and were ranked as high as fifth in the nation for the first time since 2008. Shirk also led the Shoremen to their first Charles B. Clark Cup victory as they defeated rival Salisbury for the first time since 2002.

Shirk was again named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year in 2014 as the Shoremen went 18-2 (tying the team's single-season win mark and posting its second-highest ever winning percentage), went a perfect 8-0 in Centennial Conference regular season play, won the Centennial Conference Championship for the first time since 2003, and reached the NCAA Division III Semifinals for the first time since 2004. Following the season, he was named the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year by CaptainU.

Shirk also serves as the coordinator of the athletic department's career development program for student-athletes.

Shirk came to Chestertown from Division I Virginia Military Institute (VMI), where he served as head coach for four years. In just his second season at VMI, Shirk guided the Keydets to their first-ever appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament,  their first-ever win in a conference tournament game, and their first-ever appearance in a conference championship game.  In 2010, Shirk coached the first player in VMI history to earn All-America recognition as Tim Moran was lauded as an All-America honorable mention.

In addition to his four years at VMI, Shirk boasts an impressive lacrosse coaching and playing background.  Shirk played four years as a short-stick defensive midfielder at the University of Maryland, where he served as team captain as a senior.  He played for the Terrapins’ 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship Team and played in the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Division I National Championship Games.  Shirk played professional lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League for three seasons before focusing exclusively on coaching.  

Shirk’s coaching experience began while still an undergraduate, serving as an undergraduate assistant coach during the 2000-01 academic year.  Following his graduation that spring, Shirk landed his first full-time coaching position as the head coach at Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Rhode Island.  Shirk guided NAPS to an impressive 22-11 record over three seasons and helped develop five future Navy All-Americans.  While there , he also served as the Associate Director of Athletics and held the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade) in the U.S. Navy.

Shirk returned to his alma mater for the 2004-05 academic year, serving as the Terps’ second assistant coach as Maryland won the ACC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I National Semifinals.  The following year, Shirk moved on to Brown University and served as the Bears’ defensive coordinator for one season before landing the head coaching position at VMI.

A native of Mountain Lakes, NJ, Shirk and his wife Elizabeth have two daughters – Emily and Anna, and a son - Garrett.  Shirk earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Maryland in May 2001. 

Marc Van Arsdale

Assistant Coach

Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University Maryland head men’s lacrosse coach Charley Toomey announced the hiring of an assistant coach with more than 30 years of NCAA coaching experience on July 7, 2016, when he tabbed Marc Van Arsdale as the Greyhounds’ offensive coordinator.

Van Arsdale most recently spent the last 15 seasons as an assistant at the University of Virginia, the previous 10 as the Cavaliers’ associate head coach. On the Charlottesville sideline, Van Arsdale helped the Cavaliers win three NCAA Championships (2003, 2006 and 2011) while mentoring three Tewaaraton Trophy winners (Steele Stanwick, Matt Ward and Chris Rotelli).

All told, Van Arsdale has been a member of 11 NCAA Championship teams as a coach and player. In addition to the three at Virginia, he was a player on four title teams at Hobart College (1982-1985), and he assisted four Statesmen championship teams (1987-90).

“We are very pleased to get someone with of the character and coaching caliber of Marc Van Arsdale, and we look forward to welcoming Marc and his wife, Karen, to the Loyola family,” Toomey said. “Marc has been a part of championship teams, is a terrific recruiter and evaluator of talent, and he has coached some of the best offenses in the game. We are excited for him to hit the ground running here at Loyola and become a part of the Greyhound men’s lacrosse program.”

His offenses have routinely been amongst the NCAA leaders in scoring offense, as well as points and assists per game, and he has coached some of the most prolific individuals in the game. Since he returned to Charlottesville in 2002, the Cavaliers’ offenses were in the top-12 nationally in scoring offense for 13 of 15 years. They were tops in the country twice (2006 and 2009), in the top-five six times and the top-10 on 11 occasions.

“I want to thank Jim Paquette (Loyola’s assistant vice president and director of athletics), Charley Toomey and his staff for providing me the opportunity to become a member of the Loyola community and especially the lacrosse program,” Van Arsdale said. “I have admired the lacrosse program at Loyola for many years, and I look forward with great anticipation to getting started on helping Loyola continue to strive for prominence in the Patriot League and on the national lacrosse landscape. I would also be remiss in not thanking Dom Starsia for allowing me to work by his side at Virginia for 19 years and for being a great mentor, colleague, and friend.”

Van Arsdale tutored Steele Stanwick who graduated as a two-time First Team All-American and the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy winner after setting the program record for points (269). Stanwick led the nation in assists per game (3.19) and was second in points (5.0) as a senior in 2012, and his 269 points were 18th in NCAA history at the time of his graduation.

During Virginia’s 2011 NCAA Championships season, the Cavaliers finished third nationally with 12.56 goals, 6.94 assists and 19.50 points per game. Meanwhile, Stanwick won the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation’s top player sfter finishing the year third nationally in assists (2.24) and fourth in points (4.12).

The 2010 iteration of the Cavaliers offense was again a top scoring unit, ranking third in the nation in goals (13.44), assists (8.17) and points (21.61) per game. Chris Bocklet led the unit as a sophomore, scoring 53 goals, the second-most in a season by a Virginia player. He was the first Cavaliers player to score 50 or more goals since Doug Knight set the single-season record with 56 in 1996. He was not the only player to tally significant goal totals for Virginia that season, as 10 Cavaliers reached double-figures in goals scored.

Virginia’s four-year stretch of outstanding scoring teams started in 2009 when the Cavaliers led the nation in goals (13.0), assists (7.83) and points per game (20.83). All three of that season’s starting attackmen – Garrett Billings (38), Stanwick (36) and Danny Glading (32) – tallied 30 or more goals, while All-American midfielders Shamel Bratton (31) and Brian Carroll (29) were also at or near that plateau.

The Cavaliers’ undefeated NCAA Championship team in 2006 featured one of the most prolific offenses in recent college lacrosse. They led the nation in scoring with an average of 15.82 goals per game, scoring 269 during the year.

Van Arsdale was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division I Assistant Coach of the Year following that season, while Matt Ward earned the USILA Player of the Year and the Tewaaraton Trophy. Kyle Dixon was also rewarded with the USILA Midfielder of the Year award.

The 1985 graduate of Hobart College returned to Charlottesville in 2002 after spending five seasons (1997-2001) as the University of Pennsylvania’s head coach. Van Arsdale led the Quakers to a 27-39 overall record during his five seasons; he coached Penn to its first .500 season of the 1990s during his opening campaign in Philadelphia, leading the team to a 6-6 mark.

Prior to his stint in Phialdelphia, Van Arsdale was an assistant at Virginia from 1991-1996 where he helped the Cavaliers reach the NCAA Championships five times. They advanced to the title game twice (1994 and 1996) and the semifinals in 1995. During this period, he recruited and mentored some of the top players in Virginia history, including David Curry, Doug Knight, Kevin Pehlke, Tucker Radebaugh, Greg Traynor, Michael Watson and Tim Whiteley.

His coaching career started in 1986 at NCAA Division III Nazareth College. He then moved back to his alma mater where he assisted the Statemen from 1987-1990, helping them win four-straight NCAA Division III titles.

As a player at Hobart, Van Arsdale was led his hometown team to four Division III titles. He was named a First Team All-American as a senior in 1985, a year in which he also earned National Division III Attackman of the Year honors.

He was chosen the Division III Championship game’s Most Valuable Player in 1983 and 1985, and he led the Statesmen in scoring his last two years in Geneva, New York. Van Arsdale finished his Hobart career ranked amongst the school’s top-10 leaders in career goals, assists and points.

Van Arsdale was an academic standout, as well, at Hobart. He graduated magna cum laude and received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship after being named to the Dean’s List all four years he was at the school. He also was chosen as a Presidential Scholar and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

He was inducted to the Hobart College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, joining his brother, Guy (Hobart ’83) and father, William (benefactor). Van Arsdale is also a member of the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame, Western New York Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Van Arsdale’s wife, the former Karen Salemo, was an All-American lacrosse player at Hobart’s sister school, William Smith College; the couple has two children. Owen was a USILA Scholar All-American attackman at Virginia for his father where he totaled 124 career points. Their daughter, Elise, is a recent graduate of Villanova University.