Coaches

Coaches

Jimmy Creighton
Varsity Head Coach

Coach Creighton will be entering his 10th season as head coach of the Howard boys’ lacrosse program. He is a physical education teacher at Howard. In his nine seasons as head coach the Lions are 132-33. Howard has had 67 players named to the All-County team and 3 players named Howard County player of the year during his tenure. In 2019, Howard won the 4A North regional title and advanced to the state final for the 4th time in 6 years eventually falling 9-6.  In 2018, Howard won the 4A North regional title and advanced to the state final four for the 5th time in 6 years.   In 2016, Howard won county and regional titles, finishing as the state runner-up in the 4A/3A classification with a 14-5 record. In 2015, Howard won the 4A/3A state championship going 19-0 on the year along with county and regional championships. Following the 2015 season, Creighton was named Metro Coach of the year by the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post. In addition, he was named Coach of the Year by the Varsity Sports Network. Howard was named Public School “Team of the Year” by the M.S.L.C.A. & 3D Rising following the 2015 season. In 2014, Howard won the county championship going 11-0 in county play, won the 4A/3A North regional championship and was a state finalist. The Lions finished the 2014 season 18-1. Following the 2014 season, Creighton was named the Maryland State Public School Coach of the Year by the M.S.L.C.A. In 2013, Howard won the 4A/3A South regional championship. Creighton has been named US Lacrosse Coach of the Year selected by the Howard County coaches following the 2013, 2014 & 2015 seasons. He was also voted “Best of Howard” coach of the year in 2013, 2014 & 2015 by Howard County magazine. In the summer of 2014, Creighton was head coach of the Baltimore Under Armour Underclass team in which he led Baltimore to an undefeated (6-0) tournament championship.

Prior to coaching at Howard H.S., Coach Creighton was teaching and coaching in Long Island, NY for his high school alma mater, Huntington. He coached there for three years (2007-2010) before moving to Maryland. He also coached football and basketball at Huntington.

Before working at Huntington H.S., Creighton was an assistant coach for his college alma mater, Salisbury University with the men’s lacrosse team for the 2007 season. The team won the Division III National Championship in 2007 with a perfect 23-0 record. His responsibilities included assisting with the offense, conditioning and recruiting.

Creighton played on the men’s lacrosse team at Salisbury University from 2003-2006 as a midfielder. He had the opportunity to play for the all-time winningest coach in NCAA men’s lacrosse history in Jim Berkman. He was a part of three National Championship teams (2003-2005) and one National Championship finalist (2006). During his playing years at Salisbury the team compiled a record of 79-2 and never lost a conference game. He was named team captain his senior year (2006) by his teammates and coaches.

Following the 2006 season, he was named a member of the USILA Honorable Mention All-American team and a USILA North-South Senior All-Star. In addition, he was named a Scholar All-American for his work in the classroom. He also received All-Conference honors in 2006.
Creighton earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2006 and his Master’s in Education in 2007 at Salisbury University.

Coach Creighton’s Record at Howard

2011: 12-5 (Regional Finalist)
2012: 13-5 (Regional Finalist)
2013: 16-3 (Regional Champions, State Final Four)
2014: 18-1 (County Champions, Regional Champions, State Finalist)
2015: 19-0 (County Champions, Regional Champions, State Champions, Most Wins in Program History)

2016: 14-5 (County Champions, Regional Champions, State Finalist)

2017: 11-6 (Regional Semi-Finalist)

2018: 16-2 (Regional Champions, State Final Four)

2019: 13-6 (Regional Champions, State Finalist)


Mike Kaplan
Varsity Assistant Coach

Coach Kaplan is entering his 10th year coaching at Howard High School. Currently, he is the Varsity Defensive Coordinator.  Coach Kaplan has led one of the top defensive units in the state over the past eight seasons with the team ranking among tops in the state for goals against average. In 2018, he was named the Howard County US Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year for his efforts as defensive coordinator.  Prior to coaching at Howard High School, he spent 3 years as an assistant coach and the Director of Lacrosse Operations at Howard Community College. His primary focus was with the goalies and defense; coaching several All-Region defensemen and one All-American defender. He also coached back-to-back All-Region goalies. He spent 4 years coaching for the Chesapeake Rock Lacrosse Club with the U18 premier team.  He has coaching experience with Howard County Lacrosse Program at both the youth recreation level as well as the Cobra travel level.

As a collegiate player, he won an NCLL National Championship with the Towson University Club Lacrosse team. Before that he was a member of the Howard Community College lacrosse team. Mike is also a Howard H.S. alumni, graduating in 2003.


Shea Conway
Varsity Assistant Coach

Coach Conway enters his 10th season at Howard H.S.  He is the offensive coordinator.  After graduation from Lycoming College, Conway was an assistant coach for the Varsity Boys’ team at Howard. The following season, in 2011, he was an assistant coach on the Varsity team at Glenelg H.S. which won the 2A/1A state title.  He returned back to Howard in 2012 and has remained ever since. Conway currently coaches with the Zingos Lacrosse Club as a head coach.  He is a former Rock Lacrosse Club coach as well.

Coach Conway played at Glenelg High School, while there he was named All-County for his performance on the field.  He was also a standout wrestler at Glenelg. He played his college ball at Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. While there Shea started on attack for 2 seasons.

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Dan Kaplan

Varsity Assistant Coach

Dan Kaplan enters his 1st season as an assistant with the Howard lacrosse program.  His primary duties are working with the offense and the goalies along with rides/clears and the substitution box.

Prior to joining the Lions staff, Dan was an assistant at York College where he was the offensive coordinator for Brandon Childs.  Dan spent 3 (2017-2019) seasons at York assisting with the offense, recruiting, scouting and many other facets of the lacrosse program.

He attended Lynchburg College and played on the men’s lacrosse team for one season before transferring to HCC for a season of action where he made an immediate impact. He moved on to York College after that where he played his last two years as a midfielder helping his team win it’s first ever conference tournament title in 2016.

He graduated from Howard in 2012. Dan was a 1st Team All County midfielder in 2011 & 2012, 2nd Team in 2010 and HM in 2009.  He was a 4 year starter, 2 year captain and one of the programs top 5 leaders in career points, goals, assists and ground balls.  He was also a Kelly Award finalist and an MSLCA senior all-star in 2012.  Dan currently works full-time with Inside Lacrosse.


Matt Hanson

Junior Varsity Head Coach

Coach Hanson returns as the JV head coach after a two year hiatus.  Matt was the head JV coach at Howard 2011-2018 (8 seasons), before stepping away for family reasons.  During those 8 seasons, he led multiple undefeated JV teams and helped develop some of our all-time great players at Howard.  Matt’s focus will be the defense and the goalies.

Coach Hanson played his collegiate ball at York College where he was a multi-year starter at goalie.  He played his high school lacrosse at River Hill and is still on their top 5 list for all-time saves.  He is currently a full-time art teacher at Howard, a post he has held for the past 11 years.


 

Bryan Mauser
Junior Varsity Assistant Coach

Coach Mauser is entering his second season as a coach at Howard.  Bryan will focus his attention to the defense and goalies.  Mauser graduated from Widener University in the spring of 2018 where he was a 4-year member of the Men’s Lacrosse team.

A graduate of Howard’s 2014 class, Bryan was a part of the first county title team since 1991, 2 regional titles (’13 & ’14) and a state finalist.  In 2014, Bryan was named an All-County goalie for his excellent performance.  He is currently the all-time saves leader at Howard with 354 saves.


Craig Calton
Junior Varsity Assistant Coach

Coach Calton is in his 17th year coaching at Howard High School. Calton who is a Howard Alum earned 4 varsity lacrosse letters, and was the 1996 MVP. He was lucky to play under the legendary coach Dan Ross for his freshman and sophomore year.

Calton played club lacrosse at James Madison University where the team was consistently nationally ranked in the top 10. Returning home, Calton became the JV Head Lacrosse Coach in 2002 under the tutelage of varsity coaches Wendell Thomas and Lee Corrigan. He also coached the Varsity Defense for a number of years. In 2007 Calton became the Varsity Assistant Coach for the girls lacrosse program, and in 2008-2010, he served as the Girls Varsity Head Coach.  He returned to the boys’ program in 2011.