Levi named boys’ lacrosse coach
The Park City High School boys’ lacrosse team looked internally to keep alive the direction of departing head coach Ryan Sheaffer, promoting assistant Rich Levi earlier this week.
With 12 seniors who played together since fourth grade leading the way, Park City reached its first-ever state championship game this season (losing 10-7 to Brighton) before Sheaffer’s move to Philadelphia. Now, the Miners are hoping to rebuild fast to get back into Division I title contention.
Levi has worked with the Miners for two seasons and was the head coach for the JV team last year. He also formerly served a head coach for the University of Utah’s club team, taking the position after a year playing for now-Westminster College head coach Mason Goodhand at age 34.
Brown played the first three years of his NCAA career at midfield for Division I Brown University, reaching the NCAA quarterfinals twice in 1991 and 1992 and serving as team captain.
He later started an inner-city lacrosse program in his native Baltimore, but a move to Park City in 1999 took him away from youth coaching. That is, until he met Sheaffer on "Team Miscellaneous" – a Salt Lake-area rec team – and Sheaffer encouraged him to get involved in Park City. He hasn’t looked back since.
"We lost a solid, solid core of guys, but we reload a lot of talent," Levi said. "We’ve got Chris Boland and Griffin Perkiel coming back – that’s huge to be able to plug those guys into attack."
Levi said Rufie Frost and Jake Gutman will have to grow into leaders in midfield, where they’ll be joined by a fast crew coming up from JV.
While the defense will be looking for some green players to learn on the fly, Peter Hoburg received an ample dose of big-game experience this year as a sophomore and will be confident, Levi said.
"They got a taste of it last year, and they’re going to want to get back there," Levi said.
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