JHU Names Steele Stanwick Asst. Coach, Promotes Singleton

BALTIMORE, MD - Johns Hopkins head lacrosse coach Janine Tucker announced several exciting changes to her coaching staff today. Steele Stanwick will join the Blue Jays' staff as an assistant coach and current assistant Tara Singleton has been promoted to associate head coach. In addition, Megan Huether joins the staff as a volunteer coach to work with the goalies.

Stanwick will serve as the program's offensive coordinator while overseeing all video operations and assisting in recruiting and day-to-day operations of the program. Singleton, who returns for her fourth season on the staff, will continue as the Blue Jays' defensive coordinator and add director of recruiting to her responsibilities.

"Steele Stanwick is a wonderful addition to our staff," said Tucker. "He is extraordinarily bright and mature and has a passion to teach the game. Steele has always admired his sisters' respective careers and has a true appreciation for women's lacrosse. We believe he will make an outstanding offensive coordinator and recruiter for the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse program. Anyone who has had the pleasure of watching Steele play can see he has a brilliant understanding of how to create offense and we are excited for him to bring his innovative approach to our team. I am thrilled to welcome Steele into our Blue Jay family."

Stanwick, the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy winner and two-time USILA First Team All-American, joins the Blue Jays' coaching staff after a stellar career at the University of Virginia. The Cavaliers' all-time scoring leader with 269 points, he led the Cavs to the 2010 ACC Tournament title, the 2011 NCAA Championship and a 56-14 (.800) record in his career. Stanwick earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 and went on to earn ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior, respectively. A three-time All-ACC selection and USILA All-American, he scored 126 goals while adding 143 assists during his career.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity," Stanwick said. "Hopkins has such a great tradition and is such an outstanding school. Coaching the women's game isn't something I expected in my first coaching job, but I couldn't be more thrilled. There will be some challenges in transitioning to the women's game, but I grew up watching my sisters play and I'm looking forward to working with the players."

Stanwick graduated from Virginia in 2012 with a degree in history and was drafted number two overall by the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse. Since making his MLL debut on June 16, 2012, Stanwick has tallied 58 points in just 22 games. In 2012, he led all MLL rookies with 17 assists while leading the Machine in the same category. This summer Stanwick played in his first MLL All-Star game, where he scored a goal and dished out four assists. Last year, he started Stanwick Lacrosse, LLC where he coaches individuals and small groups on all aspects of the game.

"Tara Singleton has been an integral part of our women's lacrosse staff since she stepped foot on this campus," Tucker said. "She is passionate, dedicated and driven to help our student-athletes become exceptional players on the field and positive role models on campus. Tara is a wonderful mentor for our women and has earned the opportunity to increase her responsibilities within our program. Tara is recognized by her peers as an outstanding coach and we are extremely proud and excited to offer her this opportunity."

In two of Singleton's three seasons at Homewood, the JHU defense has ranked in the top 30 nationally in scoring defense. She coached 2012 graduate Alyssa Kildare to All-ALC and IWLCA All-Region honors in 2011 and 2012. Singleton began her coaching career at her alma mater, Loyola, and spent one year there before moving to UMBC. She coached the UMBC defense for two years and served as the Retrievers' interim head coach in the spring of 2006 while head coach Courtney Connor was on maternity leave. In 2007, Singleton left Baltimore to join the Denver coaching staff, where she spent three seasons. In her first season with the Pioneers, the team went 13-6 and advanced to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championship game. After a 10-8 record in 2009, Denver returned to the MPSF title game in 2010 and went 13-5 on the season.

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