YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. - Yorktown’s boys lacrosse squad suffered a huge blow as it will be without its head coach, Dave Marr, for the 2017 campaign, by virtue of a season-long suspension.
The suspension stems from his behavior during the Huskers’ 9-6 loss in the Class B state championship game to Jamesville-DeWitt on June 11 where he hotly contested an offsides call late in the fourth quarter and eventually was ejected.
That, coupled with previous ejections and past behavior towards officials, led to the season-long suspension.
Marr will have the opportunity to reapply for a coaching position for the 2018 season as coaches’ contracts are year to year.
“I regret my actions,” Marr said. “I am sorry I hurt the kids’ chances. I am being punished.”
Yorktown athletic director Fio Nardone said that he was the one who made the call to suspend Marr.
“It was my decision,” Nardone said.
Nardone was prohibited from commenting further due to a policy that protects all personnel matters.
Yorktown has won two state championships and 12 sectional titles under Marr, who has been coaching at his alma mater since 2003.
The Huskers, in their legendary history, have won seven state titles and 39 sectional crowns.
Marr has amassed a career record of 223-75 and under his leadership the Huskers have produced 26 All-Americans.
Marr was an All-American attackman himself at Yorktown for two state championship squads in 1991 and 1992 before going on to play at Johns Hopkins University, where he also was a two-time All-American.
While it’s never good news to find out that your head coach won’t be around next spring, the Huskers are fortunate to have a veteran coaching staff and from that staff most likely will be the Huskers’ head coach in 2017.
One of the key members from that staff is long-time assistant coach Sean Carney, who’s in charge of the Huskers’ offense.
Carney filled in for Marr last season in a 10-5 loss to visiting nationally-ranked Chaminade while Marr was serving a one-game suspension after being ejected from the previous game against Fox Lane.
Carney played attack at both the University of Delaware, where he was a second-team all-conference selection for the America East champions in ’99, and at Lakeland/Panas.
Another long-time assistant coach who plays a vital role on the Huskers’ staff is Rob Doerr, an All-American defenseman in ‘95 for Yorktown, who also was a two-time All-American at Hopkins. Doerr is in charge of the Huskers’ defense.
“Coach Marr is irreplaceable but it's great to be surrounded by the same coaches that we came into the program learning from,” said Yorktown All-American long-stick midfielder Jose Boyer, who will be a senior in September. “The coaching staff knows us better than anyone else and they know what it takes to be successful.”
Yorktown is also fortunate to have plenty of talent returning as it will return its top seven scorers in Kyle Casey, Jamison Embury, Justin Cavallo, Hunter Embury, Dom Cioffi, Steven Veteri and Shane Dahlke along with Boyer and all-section performer Brett Makar on defense.
The above talent, combined with their highly skilled staff, means the Huskers traditionally high expectations remain in place according to Boyer, who will play lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame.
“Nothing changes for our team,” Boyer said. “We still have the same goals and aspirations and we'll continue to work each and every day in order to succeed. We've been motivated more than ever with the way our season ended this year.”