What's Next For Carthage Lacrosse After Ventiquattro?Posted: Updated:
After longtime Carthage boys' lacrosse Coach Kirk Ventiquattro announced last week he was stepping down after 30 years, the question now is: who will replace him?
One logical choice would be assistant coach Jason Coffman.
Coffman played for Ventiquattro the first three years of Ventiquattro's coaching career.
After attending Salisbury State, where he was an All-American and became the all-time leading scorer in NCAA lacrosse, Coffman returned to Carthage and has been an assistant with Ventiquiattro the past several years.
The pair have formed a special bond unlike any other player that has played for the Comets.
"Jason's just a great guy -- he's a hard-working young man and he's supported me through thick and thin," Ventiquiattro said, and the relationship is more like a brotherhood -- you know, we get along like brothers -- and with brothers it's not always warm and fuzzy but at the end of the day we both respect each other and love each other and love each other's families."
"You know I've been with him since 1988 -- I was on that first JV team he coached and I was with him from the start there," Coffman said, "and then getting the chance to come back here and coach with him has been something that's -- you know, it's -- I can't even put words to it that how much it's meant to me to be with him. We hunt together, we do stuff out of the -- away from school, away from lacrosse together -- he's truly one of my best friends."