Coaches

Coaches

Jimmy Creighton
Varsity Head Coach

Coach Creighton will be entering his 9th season as head coach of the Howard boys’ lacrosse program. He is a physical education teacher at Howard. In his eight seasons as head coach the Lions are 119-27. Howard has had 61 players named to the All-County team and 3 players named Howard County player of the year during his tenure. In 2018, Howard won the 4A North regional title and advanced to state final four for the 5th time in 6 years.   In 2016, Howard won county and regional titles, finishing up as 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)


Mike Kaplan
Varsity Assistant Coach

Coach Kaplan is entering his 9th 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 five seasons with the team ranking among tops in the state for goals against average.  Coach Kaplan also assists in running the Iron Lions’ after school strength and conditioning program during the off-season. 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. Currently he coaches a U11 team for the Chesapeake Rock. 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 a member of the IMLCA (Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association), US Lacrosse, an American Sports Education Program certified coach, and also a Howard High School alum.


Shea Conway
Varsity Assistant Coach

Coach Conway enters his 9th season at Howard H.S.  He runs the substitution box, rides/clears and is an assistant offensive coach.  After graduation from Lycoming, 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 also coached a Howard County Club Lacrosse team in the summer of 2010 and for numerous years was involved in Hero’s Summer Lacrosse.  He has been involved with Rock Lacrosse Club the past 4 years as well.

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

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Ben Judy

Varsity Assistant Coach

Ben Judy enters his 2nd season as a defensive/goalie assistant with the Howard lacrosse program.  His primary duties are working with the goalies and helping out on the defensive side of the field.

He attended and graduated from Shenandoah University where he broke the school and ODAC record for career saves, was named a 2017 USILA Scholar All-American, 3-Time All-Conference, All-Region and a 2017 USILA North-South Senior All-Star.  He was a 4-year starter and a team captain as a member of the Hornets lacrosse program. He graduated from Howard H.S. as an All-County selection at goalie, he helped lead Howard to a 4A/3A regional title and a state final four appearance.  Ben is currently working as a financial advisor in the Baltimore/D.C. area.


Matt Hanson
Junior Varsity Head Coach

Coach Hanson enters his 8th season as head coach of the JV team at Howard. Coach Hanson is looking to build on his experience as the boys JV head coach. He has led two undefeated JV county championship teams during his tenure in 2013 and 2015.  He is the defensive coordinator and goalie coach among other duties. Prior to coaching at Howard, Coach Hanson played for River Hill and York College in Pennsylvania. At River Hill, he was a captain for 3 years in the lacrosse program and currently sits 3rd on the all time saves list. At York, he was named captain during his sophomore and junior years. During his sophomore season, he was named defensive MVP. After his collegiate career, Coach Hanson had a 1 year stint with the River Hill program working with the defense and goalies.


Craig Calton
Junior Varsity Assistant Coach

Coach Calton is in his 16th 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. In 2011 Calton returned to the boys program to assist Coach Hanson with the Junior Varsity program.