It was a spring night in 2015. The Severna Park lacrosse team just lost to their arch-rival, South River, for the third time in a row. While most players went home and tried to forget about the loss, Josh Coffman immediately went to his backyard and shot the ball over and over again. He was just a freshman. Even at such a late hour, all he could think about was lacrosse. It was a work ethic his parents instilled in him at an early age, and it never stopped going. Coffman’s relentless attitude quickly separated him from the rest of his peers. Soon he became one of the most talented midfielders in his class. Coffman and his Severna Park lacrosse team did not have to think about losses for much longer, going on to win back-to-back state championships and holding the 2nd longest winning streak in the nation.
On the outside, Coffman’s game might seem a little flashy. His jaw-dropping highlight reel is filled with time-and-room shots and slow-mo celebrations, garnering more than 33,000 views on YouTube. But Coffman’s game isn’t all hype; he resembles more of a throwback Syracuse two-way middie that can shoot hard and run for days.
At the next level, Coffman will have the chance to thrive under the direction of Maryland head coach John Tillman, a coach who just graduated the most decorated senior class in Maryland history. With Coffman’s speed and skill, he could become the next Isaiah Davis-Allen: a Maryland 1st-team All-American known for his ability to play offense and defense at an elite level.
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Growing up, Coffman always loved watching NCAA & MLL champion Paul Rabil. He’s enjoyed seeing Rabil’s successes as a professional lacrosse player and as an ambassador for the game. “It’s exciting to watch him [Rabil] still have success today. No matter what he’s doing, he always has the stick in his hand trying to get better. That’s really cool to see.”
In a few months, Coffman has a chance to lead his team to a third state championship to cap off his high school career. Last spring, Severna Park graduated 15 seniors, which leaves a ton of important pieces to replace on the team; but challenges and hard work are the foundation of Coffman’s successes. “When you think the work is done, it has really just started.”
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