Former Washington College coach lands another job
J.B. Clarke didn’t wait very long in the unemployment line.
Clarke, who resigned as the head coach at Washington College on May 12, has been hired as the head coach at Limestone, the Division II institution in Gaffney, S.C., announced Monday.
Clarke replaces Mike Cerino, who surrendered his coaching duties to become the school’s athletic director.
"My family and I are excited to be joining the Limestone College community," Clarke said in a written statement distributed by the college. "For more than a decade I have seen Coach Cerino, President [Walt] Griffin and many great players create one of the most successful lacrosse programs in the nation. Under the leadership of Dr. Griffin, Limestone College has become one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the country. With Coach Cerino at the helm of the athletics program, we have seen conference and national championships become synonymous with the Saints lacrosse team. It is quite an honor to be given the responsibility of head coach from Saints Athletic Director Mike Cerino. He is a remarkable leader and I look forward to working with him as he enters a new chapter in his career."
Under Clarke, the Shoremen had compiled a 138-63 record and qualified for seven NCAA Division III tournaments. But Washington went 4-10 this past season and had to overcome a hazing incident during the offseason.
Clarke inherits a Saints squad that went 12-2 and made its 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament.
Said Cerino: "I am thrilled to have someone of Coach Clarke's pedigree to become our next leader of Limestone men's lacrosse. J.B. has an extensive background coaching at the highest levels of the game and I feel he is the perfect person to sustain Limestone as an elite program."