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Ide steps down as Hill School boys’ coach after 12 years; led Blues to 3 MAPL crowns

Tuesday, 29th May 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School  
 

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/29/12

Ned Ide has resigned as head boys’ lacrosse coach at The Hill School after 12 seasons.

Ide said he wanted to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities at The Hill. He will serve as an assistant next year under interim head coach Erik Mortensen, who served as an assistant this year.

Ide guided the Blues to three Mid-Atlantic Prep League championships. This year the Blues were the MAPL runner-up and went 9-6 overall.

Ide said he was most proud to coach the Blues in their 50th year of lacrosse and also to see 65 of his players move on to play college lacrosse. Perhaps the biggest name to come out of The Hill in recent years was four-time All-American defenseman Ken Clausen (Virginia).

“The three league championships (some shared in our small league) are important,” he said, “But I will never forget all the college bound players going back to 2000 (65), the D1 national championship rings (three), the joy of watching players realize dreams here and what each team accomplished.

“It’s been my pleasure to compete with the best coaches in the Mid-Atlantic. I have learned a lot from those great coaches and their great lacrosse schools about the simplicity of competing.

Mortensen played at Tabor Academy (Mass.) and then at Colby College. He played post-collegiately for club teams in Virginia, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, including a stint with the Connecticut Yankees of the American Lacrosse League.

His extensive coaching background, beginning in 1994, has seen him work with all player positions, and includes roles as assistant coach at Blue Ridge School (Va.) and Rye Country Day School (N.Y.), and as head coach for Portsmouth Abbey School (R.I.), New York University, and, most recently, King Low Heywood Thomas School (Conn.), where he also directed the Vikings Lacrosse Camp.

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