Faircloth steps down as CR boys lacrosse coach, compiled 68-23 record in 5 seasons

CR boys lacrosse coach Matt Faircloth. Delaware State News file photo

CAMDEN — Matt Faircloth isn’t any different than a lot of parents with young children.

He’d like to have time to watch them play sports.

The only trouble was, as Caesar Rodney High’s head boys’ lacrosse coach, there were too many times Faircloth felt like he had to choose between his own kids and the kids he coached.

That’s why Faircloth decided to step down at CR after five seasons as head coach and a total of 12 years coaching the sport at his alma mater.

“My kids are getting older,” said Faircloth, who has two children ages 12 and nine. “I only saw three of their games combined last year.

“I mean I could very easily just say, ‘Hey, we’re not practicing Saturdays’ but that will be detrimental to the team. That’s kind of what I told them (his players). I said, ‘If I can’t give 100 percent to you guys. … It’s detrimental to you guys if I’m asking you to do something for me but I’m not doing it for you.’

“They were definitely a little shocked and kind of disappointed. But I’ve got nothing but great support from the parents with texts and phone calls.”

CR advertised the head coaching position through Wednesday. Preseason practice for spring sports begins on March 1 with the Riders slated to play their first game, against Kent Island, on March 22.

In Faircloth’s five seasons as head coach, CR went 68-23 and reached at least the DIAA state semifinals four times. A year ago, the Riders finished 16-3 after falling to Salesianum in the state finals.

The 41-year-old Faircloth was twice named the Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year. He said he’s proud of what CR was able to accomplish during his tenure.

“That’s something I’ve always asked the kids — to leave the program in a better place than when you walked in,” said Faircloth. “That’s something I definitely tried to hold true to myself.”

“Matt was fantastic,” said CR athletic director Bob Beron. “We’ve had alumni call recently, thanking him for what he did for the program.
“Him stepping down was tough but the kids understand that Matt’s commitment to his family was his top priority. … He’s a great coach and a great guy. To be the type of coach who’s going to put your team in the state semis almost every year, that’s a tough task to do.”

Faircloth said that one of his assistant coaches, former CR standout Brooks Johnson, has applied for the head coaching job. In the meantime, Faircloth said he’ll do what he can to keep making sure the program is prepared for the season.

He also isn’t ruling out the possibility of getting back into coaching down the road.

“The last thing I said in there (his letter of resignation) was, ‘This isn’t a goodbye, this is more a I’ll see you again soon,’ ” said Faircloth, who teaches at Fifer Middle School. “I wanted to make sure they knew I’m not just turning my back on them. I’m still working on getting things ready for the season to try to help them out until somebody else takes over.”

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