Clarke resigns at Washington College
J.B. Clarke has stepped down as head coach of the Washington College men’s lacrosse program, the school announced Wednesday morning. The move was first reported by Inside Lacrosse.
In a two-paragraph release, the college said a national search will begin immediately. Assistant coaches Paul Richards and Ryan Browning will run the team.
There is no mention of Clarke’s responsibilities as the school’s assistant athletic director. Clarke’s name in that role was removed from the college’s website.
In 12 years, Clarke had guided the Shoremen to a combined 138-63 record and seven NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. In 2004, the school reached its first Final Four since 1998.
But Washington went 4-10 this season and had to deal with a hazing incident prior to the beginning of the season.
Clarke did not return several requests for comment.
Update: Just spoke to athletic director Bryan Matthews, who declined to comment on the reasons behind Clarke's resignation. But Matthews did say that the school would like to begin interviewing candidates this month and have a new coach in place by next month. "We don't want our student-athletes and recruits to go any longer than necessary without knowing who the new coach is going to be," he said. "But by the same token, we're not going to rush. We want to do a thorough job."