Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/7/10
Manheim Township, which last year became the first team out of the Philadelphia region to defeat a Philly team in the state playoffs, has hired former Hempfield and UMBC standout Kyle Wimer as its head coach, the Lancaster-Intelligencer reported.
Wimer replaces Rich Lefever, who started the program in 1999 and built it into a state power. His contract was not renewed for 2011 for undisclosed reasons.
Lefever’s Blue Streaks defeated District 1’s Garnet Valley in last year’s Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) first-round game. Manheim Township fell to eventual state Conestoga in the state semifinals.
The year before Manheim fell to eventual state champion La Salle in the state semis after bowing to La Salle in the state finals in 2008, the final year before the PIAA sanctioned a state tourney.
Wimer’s hiring is pending school board approval on Nov. 18, Intelligencer writer Matt Blymier reported.
Wimer is considered the best men’s lacrosse player ever from Lancaster County. He was named the top collegiate player from Pennsylvania last year by Inside Lacrosse and earned All-America honorable mention in his junior and senior seasons. He was drafted last year by the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse.
Wimer has coached five summers for Blue Mountain, a rising travel team in Lancaster County.
The Blue Streaks have played in every Lancaster-Lebanon league title game since 2003, winning four titles and four straight District 3 crowns from 2006-2009. Township has reached at least the state semifinals in five consecutive seasons.
The Streaks finished 22-5 last season and graduated just two players from last year’s team.