BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse coach Janine Tucker announced several exciting changes to her coaching staff today. Steele Stanwick will join the Blue Jays’ staff as an assistant coach and current assistant Tara Singleton has been promoted to associate head coach. In addition, Megan Huether joins the staff as a volunteer coach to work with the goalies. Stanwick will serve as the program’s offensive coordinator while overseeing all video operations and assisting in recruiting and day-to-day operations of the program. Singleton, who returns for her fourth season on the staff, will continue as the Blue Jays’ defensive coordinator and add director of recruiting to her responsibilities.
“Steele Stanwick is a wonderful addition to our staff,” said Tucker. “He is extraordinarily bright and mature and has a passion to teach the game. Steele has always admired his sisters’ respective careers and has a true appreciation for women’s lacrosse. We believe he will make an outstanding offensive coordinator and recruiter for the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse program. Anyone who has had the pleasure of watching Steele play can see he has a brilliant understanding of how to create offense and we are excited for him to bring his innovative approach to our team. I am thrilled to welcome Steele into our Blue Jay family.”
Stanwick, the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy winner and two-time USILA First Team All-American, joins the Blue Jays’ coaching staff after a stellar career at the University of Virginia. The Cavaliers’ all-time scoring leader with 269 points, he led the Cavs to the 2010 ACC Tournament title, the 2011 NCAA Championship and a 56-14 (.800) record in his career. Stanwick earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 and went on to earn ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior, respectively. A three-time All-ACC selection and USILA All-American, he scored 126 goals while adding 143 assists during his career.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” Stanwick said. “Hopkins has such a great tradition and is such an outstanding school. Coaching the women’s game isn’t something I expected in my first coaching job, but I couldn’t be more thrilled. There will be some challenges in transitioning to the women’s game, but I grew up watching my sisters play and I’m looking forward to working with the players.”
Stanwick graduated from Virginia in 2012 with a degree in history and was drafted number two overall by the Ohio Machine of Major League Lacrosse. Since making his MLL debut on June 16, 2012, Stanwick has tallied 58 points in just 22 games. In 2012, he led all MLL rookies with 17 assists while leading the Machine in the same category. This summer Stanwick played in his first MLL All-Star game, where he scored a goal and dished out four assists. Last year, he started Stanwick Lacrosse, LLC where he coaches individuals and small groups on all aspects of the game.
“Tara Singleton has been an integral part of our women’s lacrosse staff since she stepped foot on this campus,” Tucker said. “She is passionate, dedicated and driven to help our student-athletes become exceptional players on the field and positive role models on campus. Tara is a wonderful mentor for our women and has earned the opportunity to increase her responsibilities within our program. Tara is recognized by her peers as an outstanding coach and we are extremely proud and excited to offer her this opportunity.”
In two of Singleton’s three seasons at Homewood, the JHU defense has ranked in the top 30 nationally in scoring defense. She coached 2012 graduate Alyssa Kildare to All-ALC and IWLCA All-Region honors in 2011 and 2012. Singleton began her coaching career at her alma mater, Loyola, and spent one year there before moving to UMBC. She coached the UMBC defense for two years and served as the Retrievers’ interim head coach in the spring of 2006 while head coach Courtney Connor was on maternity leave. In 2007, Singleton left Baltimore to join the Denver coaching staff, where she spent three seasons. In her first season with the Pioneers, the team went 13-6 and advanced to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) championship game. After a 10-8 record in 2009, Denver returned to the MPSF title game in 2010 and went 13-5 on the season.
“I am humbled and extremely grateful for the opportunity to take the next step in my coaching career,” said Singleton. “Coach Tucker has been a tremendous mentor for me, it is a goal of mine to one day be a head coach and I am honored to continue to learn from her every day. Hopkins is a program filled with great passion and tradition. Everyone associated with Johns Hopkins University, our administration, staff and student-athletes, are what makes Hopkins amazing. I am truly excited to continue what we have started and I am eager to see what lies ahead for Hopkins women’s lacrosse.”
Singleton was a four-year letterwinner at Loyola where she started her final two seasons and captained the team as a senior. A Second Team All-America in 2004, she led the Greyhounds to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, two Final Fours and the 2002 Colonial Athletic Association title. As a junior, she led the team in caused turnovers and anchored the nation’s top-ranked defense. As a senior, she once again led the team in caused turnovers and was among the national leaders in that category as well. Singleton was a member of the US National Developmental Team from 2003-05, a World Cup Team candidate and a member of the US National Elite Team from 2007-08. She graduated from Loyola in 2004 with a degree in elementary education and a minor in special education.
“I’m excited to have someone of Megan’s caliber working with our goalies,” Tucker commented. “She brings a wealth of experience from the collegiate and international levels and she is a fantastic addition to our staff.”
Huether graduated from Duke University in 2006 after a standout career in the cage. She started all 79 games of her career, finished with a record of 60-17, and set school records for minutes played (4,505) and saves (646). Huether ranks second in school history in career goals against average (7.67), third in save percentage (.529) and fourth in ground balls (175). In 2005, she was named the IWLCA Goalie of the Year after leading the Blue Devils to the ACC Tournament title and the NCAA semifinals. A two-time All-ACC selection, Huether led Duke back to the ACC finals and the NCAA semifinals while going 18-2 in goal as a senior.
Huether began playing with the US National team in 2005 as a member of the Developmental squad. She moved up to the senior national team in 2008 and won gold medals at the 2009 and 2013 FIL World Cups. At the 2013 World Cup in Oshawa, Ontario, she made 16 saves in seven games and finished with a 4.89 goals against average and a .500 save percentage as Team USA went 7-0 and captured gold.