St. Mary's Boys Lacrosse Coach Victor Lilly Dismissed After 20 Years

Victor Lilly, St. Mary's varsity boys lacrosse coach for 20 years, has been removed from his position. Assistant coach Will Dalton will take over as interim coach while a national search for a permanent replacement is conducted.

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St. Mary's Boys Lacrosse Coach Victor Lilly Dismissed After 20 Years

St. Mary's Boys Lacrosse Coach Victor Lilly Dismissed After 20 Years

After two decades of dedicated service, Victor Lilly has been removed from his position as the varsity boys lacrosse coach at St. Mary's, a private school in Annapolis. The school announced the decision in a letter to the "Saints family" on Thursday, stating that assistant coach Will Dalton will take over as interim coach while a national search for a permanent replacement is conducted.

Lilly, a 1987 graduate of St. Mary's, began coaching at his alma mater in 2004. Over his 20-year tenure, he compiled an impressive 79-50 overall record and led the team to six consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) A Conference playoff appearances from 2017 to 2023. Under Lilly's guidance, the Saints reached the championship game in 2019 and 2022.

Reflecting on his time at St. Mary's, Lilly expressed gratitude for the opportunity to coach at his former school. "I was very fortunate to go to St. Mary's, graduated in '87 and started coaching there in 2004,"he said. "The 20 years that I was able to help and work at St. Mary's was very useful to me and hopefully I influenced some people in a positive way and we did some good things along the way."

"The student-athletes really stepped up their game both on and off the field, worked hard and we competed," he noted. "At the end of the day, those kids went out and competed hard and won games. That's what it takes, there has to be a game every day in practice and that's where it started."

The decision to part ways with Lilly came after a meeting with athletic director Tom Smith and director Joe Keenan to discuss plans for the offseason program. Keenan acknowledged Lilly's significant contributions to the lacrosse program, stating, "Coach Lilly has been part of the program for twenty years. He has helped as an assistant coach, as a head coach and he has helped with direction. We currently have 55 alumni of ours playing in Division I... He has just made a great contribution to our lacrosse program and helping our varsity athletes. We wish Coach Lilly the best of luck in his future endeavors."

Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly praised Lilly's impact on the MIAA and the lives of his players. "When you played St. Mary's, you knew you were in adogfight,"Kelly said. "Vic is a great coach and an even better person and it is a great loss for the Saints and the MIAA. He has had a tremendous impact on the lives of so many St. Mary's players, as players, but more importantly, as people."

As he looks to the future, Lilly remains open to new opportunities and experiences. "At this point in my life, as a 55-year-old and a lifelong St. Mary's man, it might be nice to dip your toe in the water and see what it's like elsewhere," he mused. "What I know is St. Mary's Way, maybe it's different at another school and worth checking out."

Victor Lilly's dismissal marks the end of an era for St. Mary's boys lacrosse. His 20-year tenure, highlighted by consistent success and the development of numerous Division I athletes, leaves a lasting legacy on the program he helped build.