Bob Aronson Named Maine Maritime Head Lacrosse Coach
“I’d like to thank Director of Athletics, Steve Peed, the hiring committee and especially Coach Adam Sherman for giving me this opportunity,” said Aronson, “I’m extremely excited to take over the program that Coach Sherman and the players have worked so hard to establish.”
“With the improvements made and planned by Mr. Peed and the Academy, the future of the Mariners’ men’s lacrosse team looks very bright.”
Aronson is an experienced coach in the men’s lacrosse circuit, bringing the sport of lacrosse to Medfield, Massachusetts in 1994, and leading the first varsity program at Medfield High School from 2000 to 2011. During that time, Aronson led the Warriors to 11 quarterfinal appearances, nine final four appearances and State Championships in five-out of six state final appearances.
Under Aronson, the Warriors amassed a 222-47 record and a tournament record of 41-7. Aronson coached 13 high school all-Americans and sent an astounding 63 percent of his players on to the NCAA level.
Aronson has also served as President of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse and as Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the Eastern Massachusetts High School Coaches’ Association.
“Bob wears his passion for lacrosse and teaching the game on his sleeve,” said Peed. “We saw that throughout the process, but it really went on display when he had the opportunity to engage the team during his campus visit. He immediately established a very easy rapport with the team, and truly seemed in his element talking when with them about their lives as students at Maine Maritime and as lacrosse players. I look forward to him getting to work with Sherm on the transition.”
Aronson will assume his role on Monday, January 4.
Adam Sherman, the North Atlantic Conference’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2014, will remain in the department in a full-time capacity. He will continue to serve as the football team’s offensive line coach with additional departmental duties, including performing the day-to-day administrative functions for the men’s lacrosse program and providing assistance in equipment operations.
“I can’t say enough good things about Coach Sherman for what he has done for the Academy’s lacrosse program,” Peed said. “Performing in two coaching roles, it would have been easy for him to focus on one sport while working the other from the side of his desk, but he truly put everything that he had into the students in both programs. I am sure he has mixed emotions about giving up the lacrosse team, but this move is best for him, both programs, and Mariners athletics.”
In four seasons as the head men’s lacrosse coach, Sherman coached 22 All-North Atlantic Conference selections, including a NAC Player of the Year and NAC Rookie of the year, and the 2014-15 NAC Man of the Year.
Sherman led the Mariners to four-straight NAC semifinal appearances, including reaching the semifinals in 2015 after going an impressive 6-2 in North Atlantic Conference play.
The 2015 season saw a number of firsts for the men’s lacrosse team, Jack Tragert became the first Mariner to play in the NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game, while Nicholas Betti because the first-ever Mariner to earn USILA Scholar All-American accolades, and NAC Man of the Year honors.
At the end of the 2015 season the Mariners ranked 1st in the Nation among Division III teams in ground balls per game, 10th in caused turnovers per game and 12th in both face-off winning percentage and total ground balls.