BERLIN- When Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team takes the field against Delmar on Friday, there will be new head coach at the helm for the first time in several years.
Merle “Hoffy” Hoffman takes over as boys’ varsity lacrosse coach at Decatur this season after long-time coach Scott Lathroum stepped down following the 2018 season. Hoffman had been an assistant coach at crosstown rival Worcester Prep for the last two years after relocating to the local area.
Hoffman brings years of lacrosse coaching experience to Decatur’s highly successful program in recent years and is expected to transition smoothly this year. Originally from the Annapolis area, Hoffman had been head coach of the successful Aces Lacrosse Club and also coached the Snappers Lacrosse Club. He also coached Junior AA teams in Annapolis and Davidsonville.
The Seahawks open the season on Friday with Delmar. Hoffman will face his old team Worcester Prep in the annual rivalry game on March 27 on the road. Worcester also has a new head coach this season. Otherwise, the Seahawks will face a schedule loaded with usual Bayside Conference opponents with a few non-conference games sprinkled in.