By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/19/20
Dean Curtis never actually said, ‘I’ll be back,” as Arnold Schwarzenegger so famously guaranteed in the thriller movie, “The Terminator,” but he did tell himself one day he’d return to coaching.
Now, almost 11 years after stepping down as head boys’ lacrosse coach at Pennsbury – a program Curtis started in 2003 – he is back at the helm of the Falcons.
“I never wanted to leave, but the demands of a young family and career made it necessary,” said Curtis of his decision in 2009 to resign as coach and also as President of the old Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association. “I always wanted to get back to it someday and when the position opened this season I had a good long talk with my wife and children, as well as my team at work and made the decision to apply for the position.
“I decided to come back because I love coaching and wanted to get back to coaching at the high school level and this seemed like a great time to jump back in.”
Curtis, who played high school lacrosse at Liverpool, N.Y., and starred at The Ohio State (still the 15th leading scorer in school history), has been instrumental in building lacrosse in Bucks County for many years. He started coaching the high school boys team for Lower Bucks Lacrosse (when the area had no high school lacrosse) and then started the boys’ Varsity program at Pennsbury in 2003 (the school had a club team one year before).
Curtis coached 7 years at Pennsbury and guided the Falcons to their first playoff win in 2009. Since leaving the program, he has been coaching in Lower Bucks Lacrosse (youth) where he remains the President. When Curtis was president of the EPSLA, he also teamed with Andy Hayes and others to create the EPLSA Showcase, which helped put Philly back in the national spotlight after the Elite Lacrosse Showcase ended earlier in the decade.
Curtis is excited for the start of official practices on March 2.
“In the short term we aim to get to know the players and their families and get the coaching staff filled out,” he said. “We still have an open JV head coach position to fill. Add to that, there is the normal preparations for an upcoming season so we can hit the ground running on March 2nd. We are also working to reconnect with the alumni.”
What are his long-term goals?
“Longer term we look to build on the success that the team had last year, going 11-7 in a competitive league,” he said. “We will continue to build the relationship with our local rec program to fill the pipeline of talent for the program and invest in the community to raise the awareness of lacrosse.
“We are still a developing area and there is a huge opportunity to introduce more kids to this great game.”