New Lax Coach Takes Helm At Decatur

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.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.