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Jeanes resigns as WHS girls lacrosse coach
Over the winter months, Eric Jeanes did a lot of thinking about his future as the Warwick girls lacrosse head coach.
Entering the spring campaign, Jeanes’ mindset was that he would perhaps step back into an assistant coach’s role with the team at season’s end.
Then as things unfolded in March, April and May, the realization that he was missing valuable time away from his young children &tstr; 10-year-old Katie, 8-year-old Thomas, 7-year-old Reese, and 3-year-old Lincoln &tstr; guided him toward a final decision.
On May 20, shortly after Warwick’s team banquet, Jeanes met with Athletic Director Ryan Landis and submitted his letter of resignation as the Lady Warriors’ head coach, a position he had held since the 2010 season. Prior to that, he also served five years in assistant and volunteer capacities.
“As the season went on, I realized how much time I was missing with my kids and realized that I might just need to step away completely,” Jeanes said. “We seem to be having more and more night games and with my family still being young, I was missing a lot of important time with them.”
Besides that, Jeanes believes the program could benefit from having a new coach at the helm.
“My decision was partly because I didn’t think we were having the success on the field that we should have,” Jeanes said. “I feel they need someone to come in that can get the girls excited about playing lacrosse and help the team win more. I’ve had lots of good athletes play for me and I think I should have been able to get more wins with the talent we had. I also have my own kids playing sports and it has become harder to coach a varsity sport and still get to support them.”
Overall, in Jeanes’ five years as Warwick’s head coach, the Lady Warriors finished 41-45. Despite the .477 winning percentage during that time, Jeanes felt like the program made strides, but perhaps not as much as others in the Section.
“I do feel like we made progress,” Jeanes said. “We’ve been fortunate to have a growing middle school club team, which now fields teams from third through eighth grades. That has helped the girls develop the skills they need early on. We were close to making Districts just about every season.”
Looking back on his tenure with the Warwick girls, Jeanes leaves with a lot of positive memories.
“I had a lot of good times coaching these girls,” he said. “I was fortunate to coach a lot of hard-working, good athletes. I worked with a lot of girls who were willing to try a relatively new sport – which many of them didn’t play until middle school or high school – and play to the best of their ability. I was very fortunate to coach the type of players that I did. I also had a lot of very supportive parents over the years and was able to work with some really good assistants as well.”
Jeanes, who will coach the Warwick junior high football team this fall after serving 10 years as a varsity assistant, is hoping to be able to help out with his daughter Katie’s 5th/6th grade girls lacrosse team next spring. Whether he returns again down the road to coach at the varsity level is a question that remains to be seen.
“I guess we’ll have to see what happens,” Jeanes said.
Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at email@example.com or at 721-4451.