St. Pius X High School announced the addition of girls and boys lacrosse as varsity sports at the School, beginning competition this spring. The addition of both lacrosse programs will increase the number of sports programs offered at St. Pius X to 23.
“We are very excited to bring lacrosse to SPX,” said Athletic Director Jason Kimball, “Increasing opportunities for our students is always very gratifying, especially introducing both programs at the same time. By adding lacrosse at this juncture, we are showing our vision of remaining at the forefront of private school athletics in Houston."
Boys lacrosse will be headed by Dr. Matthew Carr, who has coached lacrosse in Houston for over 17 years. Carr was the defensive coordinator for Strake Jesuit lacrosse for the first four years of the program, winning a pair of Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) state championships and two THSLL regional titles. Carr then took over the Stratford program and guided the Spartans to two regional championships. Most recently, Carr was the head coach of the 2014 Portuguese National Team in Denver, and he founded the Houston Saints – a youth program for catholic middle school boys.
“I’m extremely excited to become part of the St. Pius X community and I’m very thankful for this great opportunity,” said Carr. “I am looking forward to building the Panther lacrosse program.”
Another integral member of the boy’s staff is Assistant Coach Miguel San Juan. A former TSHLL All-State goalie and state champion, he has coached in Houston for over seven years, most recently serving as the defensive coordinator at St. Thomas High School.
Caroline McLean – six-year varsity head coach at Bellaire High School and former JV coach at Kingwood High School – takes the reins of the girls program. McLean was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and played lacrosse at St. Margaret’s School for Girls in Scotland. She is actively involved in the Houston lacrosse scene as a member of the Houston Board of Officials and as the Officials Trainer for seasoned officials.
“I see a bright future for lacrosse at St. Pius X,” said McLean. “I like a challenge and we will work hard to be competitive with the more established high school lacrosse programs out there. I’m a firm believer in having fun and working hard at the same time.”
The inaugural boys lacrosse season kicks off with a scrimmage against St. Thomas on April 8, while contests for the girls will be announced at a later date. Panther lacrosse is expected to have a full season of competition in the 2015-16 school year.
The last sport SPX added was wrestling during the 2011-2012 school year.