NORTH EAST, Md. – Under the direction of head coach David Eddinger, Cecil College is preparing for its first season of varsity men’s lacrosse this spring.
A graduate of Fallston High School, Eddinger spent several years as an assistant coach at Harford Community College, where he was also a standout student-athlete. As an assistant at Harford, he supervised student-athletes; designed and implemented the practice schedule and activities; monitored students’ academic progress for adherence to team policy; planned and executed fundraising initiatives for the team; and recruited prospective students from area high schools.
"Dave comes to us with a terrific background for this position," said Ed Durham, director of athletics at Cecil College. "Having played and coached at Harford, he understands the junior college athlete and knows the ins and outs of what it takes to run a program."
Eddinger, who has also served as an assistant coach at Bel Air High School, transferred from Harford Community College to Pfeiffer University. A three-sport letterwinner at HCC, in soccer, basketball and lacrosse, he was an all-star lacrosse player and the recipient of academic honors. He continued his collegiate lacrosse playing at Pfeiffer, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and was a scholar-athlete.
"I am very excited to be part of the building blocks for Cecil’s men’s lacrosse program," said Eddinger. "I was previously in the same position as these players are now, in 1991, when I played on the first-year team at Harford Community College. My staff, players and I will build this program on hard work and discipline on and off the field."
Eddinger will be supported by assistant coach James LaPenna, volunteer assistants Omar Rahman and Clayton Emory, and recruiter Christopher Palfi. Originally tabbed to be the head coach, Palfi accepted the recruiting position when other commitments prevented him from continuing with the lead role.
"Chris still wanted to be part of the program and he jumped right on board with this opportunity," said Durham. "He did a fantastic job recruiting for the initial startup and is now known in the community. Being a two-year program, we have continual turnover, so it is going to be important that we maintain the recruiting process. Having a recruiter who can get out on a fairly regular basis is a model we are going to look at for all of our teams."
The Seahawks currently have about 18 players who will practice and play in some fall scrimmages. The regular season schedule, which is in the process of being finalized, will commence in early March.
As it does in its other eight sports, Cecil’s men’s lacrosse team will compete in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. MD JUCO schools currently offering men’s lacrosse include Anne Arundel Community College, CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Essex, Harford Community College and Howard Community College. Several colleges in the region have men’s lacrosse as well.