Bill Ball will be the new head coach of the Loomis Chaffee boys varsity lacrosse team, Loomis Chaffee athletic director Sue Cabot has announced following a nationwide search and the careful review of close to 50 applicants.
Coach Ball, who previously coached and worked at Loomis from 2008 to 2012, will return to the Island this summer. In addition to leading the boys lacrosse program, he will work as Associate Director of Admissions.
Bill has spent the last decade as an administrator and head coach at two independent schools in the ultra-competitive lacrosse landscape of the Baltimore, Maryland, area — first at the Calverton School in Huntingtown, Maryland, where he had a combined record of 50-23, and more recently at Friends School of Baltimore, where he has a record of 26 wins and only nine losses in the last two years. During his time in Maryland, Coach Ball has coached 3 top-100 players in the nation according to Inside Lacrosse, including the overall number one recruit ranked by Inside Lacrosse in Bubba Fairman, who is currently playing at the University of Maryland.
A graduate of Bates College, where he played both varsity lacrosse and varsity football, Bill holds a master’s degree in educational administration from St. Lawrence University, where he coached football and lacrosse from 2005 to 2007. He also coached and held roles at Phillips Exeter Academy before working at Loomis as a coach, dormitory head, and assistant director of athletics for four years.
“Many here on campus remember Bill as a terrific coach, mentor, and colleague, and I am incredibly excited to welcome him back to the Island,” Sue said. “He is going to do great things for this program right away.”
Coach Ball said he is looking forward to returning to the Island. “I am so thrilled to be back at Loomis, where it really all began for me,” he said. “It’s such an incredible opportunity, and I am so thankful and fortunate for the opportunity. I look forward to building off what [current head coach] Bill Lee has done here and can’t wait to take the program to the next level.”
Coach Ball also announced that John Cunningham has been named the associate head coach of the team after four years as an assistant coach.