Rick Brocato, varsity lacrosse head coach at St. Paul's School for 16 years and a member of the School's varsity coaching staff for a quarter-century, will step down at the end of the 2017 season. Brocato's St. Paul's teams have compiled a 225-104 record. Entering his 17th season at the helm, he stands just seven wins shy of tying legendary coach George Mitchell for the most wins in school history. His overall coaching record between Kent-Denver, CO and St. Paul's stands at 244-107.
"Broc, as he is known to all, exemplifies the very best of the teacher-coach model," said St. Paul's Headmaster David C. Faus. "He has prepared athletes to achieve the very highest levels – college All-Americans, professionals, and even the national Hall of Fame. At the same time, he is a deeply engaged, empathetic educator who makes every one of his middle school students feel valued and supported."
Under Brocato, the Crusaders have qualified for the playoffs 14 out of 16 years in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletics Association, the nation's most competitive high school lacrosse conference, and reached four MIAA championship games, winning the 2010 conference title. He was named Baltimore Sun Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2010, and US Lacrosse Baltimore Chapter Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2010. Brocato also served as head coach of the South team for the USILA Senior North-South Game in 1996, and as head coach of the South team in the Senior Under Armour High School All-American game in 2011. During the summer of 2015, he was part of the coaching staff for the selection of the USA U-19 Team, which recently won the FILA world Championship in Coquitlam, British Columbia. While at St. Paul's, he has coached four Hall of Famers, nineteen Major League Lacrosse professionals, two USA World Team members, seventeen NCAA Champions, forty-four All-Americans, and three Kelly Award winners.
Overall, Brocato has coached varsity lacrosse for over thirty years. He previously served as the offensive coach at St. Paul's, under Mitch Whiteley, for eight seasons, including the back-to-back 1991 & 1992 MSA Champions. In between stints in Brooklandville, Brocato coached at the Kent-Denver School in Denver and four seasons at Boys' Latin, including the 2002 MIAA title winners.
Brocato is the current holder of St. Paul's endowed Kent W. "Skip" Darrell '60 Distinguished Chair for teaching and coaching, and a past recipient of the School's Alec Schweizer '98 Award for the Advancement of Teaching and Coaching, honoring exemplary devotion to teaching and coaching. He will continue to teach science at St. Paul's where he received a Faculty grant award in 1990 to study orangutans in Borneo, Indonesia, and received the Middle School Faculty Bower Grant in 1994.