Posted: 10:23 am Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Jeff Goldberg out as boys lacrosse coach at St. Andrew’s 

By Matt Porter

Jeff Goldberg, the highly successful boys lacrosse head coach at St. Andrew’s School, is no longer coaching the team.

Goldberg

Goldberg

In his 17-year tenure at the school, the Scots won 14 state championships, and the last eight in a row. The FHSAA gave official recognition to lacrosse in 2008.

St. Andrew’s athletic director Dave Ahern did not offer comment. In a statement, the school called the move “a change in leadership.

“The School and Head Coach Jeff Goldberg have mutually agreed to move forward separately allowing Coach Goldberg to pursue his interests more fully through his Premier Players Lacrosse Academy, which offers a multitude of services for young athletes and coaches to excel in lacrosse,” the statement said.

“My family and I are proud of what we have accomplished together with the many fine families and administration at Saint Andrew’s School the past 18 years,” said Goldberg in the statement. “We thank Saint Andrew’s School community for the privilege of teaching and coaching outstanding students. I look forward with great enthusiasm to the next chapter of my lacrosse career.”

Two sources with knowledge of the situation said Goldberg was relieved of his duties. Calls to Goldberg were not immediately returned.

An FHSAA spokesperson said there are no complaints against St. Andrew’s lacrosse for compliance issues.

A nationally recognized lacrosse coach, Goldberg also coaches U-19 club lacrosse for Team Florida. He has coached Div. 1 and Div. 3 college lacrosse, and played professionally in the National Lacrosse League. He is a native of Levittown, N.Y.

R.J. Dawson, the Scots’ assistant coach, will assume interim coaching duties. The school said it will “open a national search for the 2011-2012 lacrosse program.”