BALTIMORE, Md. - St. Mary's College of Maryland Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, Jason Childs, has been selected to lead the Division III South team as the head coach in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Senior All-Star game, the organization announced today.
The 2019 USILA Senior All-Star Games are slated for Friday, May 24 at Tierney Field located at the US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks, Maryland. The Division III game will kick things off at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Div. I/II contest at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and the Lax Sports Network will stream both contests.
"This means a great deal to me," Childs stated. "I was never selected as a player to participate in this game and grew up going to these games when I was kid. To have the opportunity to coach in this game is such an amazing honor."
The first North-South College all-star game was played in 1940 at Municipal Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The North squad coached by Princeton's Bill Logan won that inaugural event with a 6-5 victory over the South team coached by Maryland's Jack Faber. 66 total North/South All-Star games have been played leading up to this year's event.
In 1991, the USILA split the event and created two games. The Division I-II game and the Division III game. This two game format was interrupted in 2006 when a special committee of the USILA recommended returning to one game by combining all divisions. The following year (2007), saw the return to two separate games.
The event brings the best seniors around the country to compete in one final collegiate lacrosse contest.
Childs explains, "There are players selected to play in this game that have and are battling through injuries who just want to put the pads on one last time. I think that speaks to how important this game of lacrosse is to these young men. And that is simply amazing to be a part of!"
Childs, who just completed his fourth year at the helm of the Seahawk men's lacrosse program, has guided St. Mary's College to double-digit victories this season for the program's first winning season since 2013. The Seahawks paced their conference and were among the top six teams in the country this season in turnovers per game and clearing percentage. Additionally, Childs led the Seahawks to their first victory over Washington College in program history during the 2019 campaign.
Childs has recruited a strong coaching staff for the All-Star game that includes some familiar faces to help lead the Division III South team on May 24.
"My brother (Brandon Childs, Head Coach at York College) will be one of my assistants, which will be fun and special to coach with him, and not against him. And whenever I get to coach with Justin Gordon (St. Mary's College assistant coach) it's an awesome day. He is an amazing young man! We have a great staff, one that is family and the other person who basically is. It's going to be an awesome day!"
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