By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/14/10
Todd Cliggett, an assistant coach at Downingtown East the past three years, has been promoted to the job as the Cougars’ head coach.
Cliggett has an extensive background of coaching in the Philly area. He was an assistant at Episcopal Academy from 1995-2001 and helped EA win state titles in 1995 and 1996. He also was an assistant at Conestoga from 2003-05 and helped the Pioneers win Central League crowns in his last two years there.
He replaces the school’s only head coach, Tom Slate, who resigned during the summer to become an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Wings after posting a mark of 98-47 in seven seasons. In 2007, Downingtown East won the state championship.
Cliggett, a graduate of Conestoga, played four years of lacrosse at Division III power Salisbury College (Class of 1994) and was a member of the National Championship team in 1994.
“I am looking to continue the success the program had under Tom Slate,” he said. “Tom and I have a lot of similarities as far as philosophies. Not much will change.
“I like to have kids that have the attitude that they want to outwork the other team. And I’m going to be very involved with the youth program.”
In 2010, Downingtown East won its sixth straight Ches-Mont League crown, tying with rival Downingtown West. The Cougars had a deceiving 10-10 record; most of their non-league games were against highly-ranked teams.
Cliggett admitted that the Cougars will be young in 2011.
“We lost our entire attack and our goalie as well as four midfielders,” he said. “We’ll have a very young team this year and we’ll have a lot of incoming freshmen and returning sophomores.”
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