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Legendary Georgetown Prep Lacrosse Coach Kevin Giblin Resigns

He built the team into a national powerhouse over 27 seasons.

Kevin Giblin, who led the elite Georgetown Preparatory School’s lacrosse squads to two national number-one rankings during his tenure, has submitted a letter of resignation after his alleged involvement in a bar fight at Caddies on Cordell, a restaurant and bar in Bethesda, in mid-June.

Giblin’s resignation comes days after Washingtonian contacted Giblin and Georgetown Prep to answer questions about the altercation.

Today Georgetown Prep athletic director Dan Paro e-mailed lacrosse players and their parents to say he had accepted Giblin’s resignation. In his e-mail, Paro credited Giblin for leading Prep’s lacrosse team to ten IAC titles, in addition to the national rankings, and a 424-89 record during his tenure.

“Over 27 years, Coach Giblin has been honored as ‘Coach of the Year’ 12 times by various organizations, including The Washington Post, the Gazette, US Lacrosse, the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association, and the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Association, among others,” Paro wrote.

Giblin did not respond to requests made last week for comment on the incident. At the time, Georgetown Prep’s Director of Communications, Patrick Coyle, said in a July 23 e-mail that “Georgetown Prep cannot comment in accordance with the school’s employee/personnel privacy policy.”

Two sources familiar with the situation said Wednesday that Giblin’s resignation came as a direct result of the bar incident. “If he had not gotten into that fight, he would still be Preps’ lacrosse coach,” said a person familiar with the situation.

Contacted Wednesday, Coyle again declined to comment. Giblin did not respond to e-mails and voicemails requesting comment.

Read the full text of Pero’s e-mail below:

Dear Prep Lacrosse Team and Parents,

I write today to share important news about a leadership transition in the Georgetown Prep lacrosse program. Longtime varsity head coach, Kevin Giblin, has submitted his letter of resignation and it has been accepted.

During this transitional period, varsity assistant coach, Charlie Horning, has been named interim head coach and the assistant coaches from last year’s team are committed to the upcoming 2015 season.

Coach Giblin built Georgetown Prep into a national power since becoming the school’s second head coach in 1988, compiling a remarkable record of 424-89 while guiding the Prep varsity team to ten IAC titles (1993, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014), finishing number 1 in the state of Maryland four times (2003, 2006, 2007, and 2011), and finishing in the top 25 nationally a record 14 times, including the #1 ranking in 2003 and 2006. In the 25 years of The Washington Post’s top ten lacrosse poll, Coach Giblin led Prep to 25 top ten finishes and eight number 1 rankings.

Over 27 years, Coach Giblin has been honored as “Coach of the Year” 12 times by various organizations, including the Washington Post, the Gazette, US Lacrosse, the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association, and the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Association, among others.

During his tenure at Prep, Coach Giblin has coached 36 high school All-Americans and has seen over 226 of his players go on to play lacrosse at the college level.

Georgetown Prep lacrosse has a proud and rich tradition and we are fully committed to the program going forward.

I would like to thank Coach Giblin for his hard work, dedication and genuine commitment to the students, alumni, and parents of Prep. Please join me as we wish him well in his future endeavors.


Dan Paro

Athletic Director

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Luke Mullins is a senior writer at Washingtonian magazine focusing on the people and institutions that control the city’s levers of power. He has written about the Koch Brothers’ attempt to take over The Cato Institute, David Gregory’s ouster as moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, the collapse of Washington’s Metro system, and the conflict that split apart the founders of Politico.