Two vacant Lancaster-Lebanon League Boys Lacrosse Head Coach positions have been filled. And both hires are internal promotions. Former Hempfield Brett Moore takes over the Black Knights’ varsity program after serving as defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, while Gary Minnich is Warwick’s new boss after 13 seasons as a varsity assistant.
hemp field: Moore, 34, is expected to be approved by the Hempfield School Board at its meeting on Tuesday.
“I owe so much of what I have today to lacrosse, especially to Hempfield,” Moore said. “For me, I feel like I owe it to the program to give back in any way I can. I have the time. It is a dream to get the university job at Hempfield.
Moore began playing lacrosse in fourth grade when Hempfield’s youth program was in its first year. Moore then played at Alvernia University. He returned to Lancaster County about six years ago after landing a full-time job as a purchasing supervisor at Armstrong World Industries in Marietta. It was then that he began his coaching journey, spending four seasons as the head coach of the Hempfield college team.
Moore replaces Matt McApline, who has restored prominence to the program for the past four seasons, with the Black Knights going 63-21 in that streak, including a District Championship appearance in 2021 (then the program’s first since 2011) and victory in the PIAA tournament in 2022 (the program’s first since 2011). McAlpine had resumed a program that hadn’t beaten rival Manheim Township since 2013. The Knights went on to beat streaks for the LL crowns in 2019 and 2021, plus a regular season win in 2021 that broke the 110-game regular streaks. season winning streak – Manheim Township went 4-0 against Hempfield in 2022.
Moore said he had already attracted interest from some of his former Hempfield teammates to join his coaching staff. And he doesn’t care to take over a gig that can sometimes be a backstage pressure cooker on a high-expectation schedule, in part because of his familiarity with the current group of players and their families.
“Aggressive, fast and deliberate is our gamelan for next season,” he said.
Warwick: Minnich, 54, was endorsed by Warwick School Board at its meeting last week. Minnich is a Warwick alumnus and a longtime high school math teacher.
He had no lacrosse experience until his son, Austin, started playing in the youth ranks several years ago. That’s how he got his start as a coach, eventually working his way up to a varsity assistant position in 2009, a position he has held until now.
In all that time, Minnich only had two college coaches to teach Wayne Hummer and Chris Schaffer.
“I’m the old one, but they explained to me how they approached the game,” Minnich said. “They had different styles but also similarities. Of course, as an assistant, there were times when I was like, ‘If I was in charge, I would have done this and that.’
Schaffer has gone 19-23 the past three seasons with the Warriors, including a district playoff appearance in 2019. Warwick has gone 5-8 each of the past two seasons.
When asked how the opposing coaches would react to a Minnich-coached Warwick side, he replied: “They won’t mind losing to us because I will try to create good people first. It got lost over time. This will be the hill on which I will die.
Other vacancies: Lancaster Country Day plans to hire a new men’s coach later this month. Meanwhile, Ephrata (boys) and Garden Spot (boys and girls) are still looking for candidates.