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Tahoma adds Rutgers standout, three-sport state champion to lacrosse staff

The Tahoma Lacrosse program has hired Rutgers lacrosse standout and three-sport New Jersey state champion Jonathan Lefferts as its boys JV coach.

At Tahoma, Lefferts will lead the JV team while assisting second-year head coach Brian Johnson, whose varsity squad tied for third in the Division I South Sound Conference last spring finishing the 2013 season with an 8-10-0 record.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Tahoma program,” said Lefferts, who was an attackman for the Big East Conference Scarlet Knights from 2010-12 after earning prep state titles in football, swimming and lacrosse at New Jersey’s Moorestown High School just outside of Philadelphia.

“We’re thrilled to have a coach of Lefferts’ level on board,” said Johnson whose lacrosse program is adding a freshman/sophomore team this spring to accommodate the some 70 student-athletes, mostly from Tahoma High School, that play the sport at the prep level in Covington and Maple Valley.

Combined with an already deep talent pool, it’s Lefferts’ success at the highest level of high school football and lacrosse that Johnson is looking to bolster his program’s chances this spring among the highly competitive Washington state Division I schedule.

“We teach much more than lacrosse,” Johnson said. “Our program is not just about winning lacrosse games. It’s about building character. Jon not only wants to coach but to teach. That’s very important to our program.”

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