Pletz steps down as EHS lax coach

By on November 12, 2014
Kevin Pletz is shown talking to his team during a timeout this past season. Pletz, who spent five yeas as EHS boys lacrosse coach, recently stepped down from his position.

Kevin Pletz is shown talking to his team during a timeout this past season. Pletz, who spent five yeas as EHS boys lacrosse coach, recently
stepped down from his position.

Kevin Pletz had the unenviable task of replacing a local legend when he was named to succeed Ephrata boys lacrosse Coach Mike Ream, who passed away suddenly at the start of the 2010 season.

But Pletz, an assistant under Ream for five years, somehow held that group together. And the Mounts went on to honor their fallen former coach by winning a section championship that season.

And they have soared ever since. Not only did Pletz take over an already good program established by Ream, but he grew it into one of the elite in the L-L League and District Three as well.

Now, after five years at the helm, Pletz has decided to call it quits. Recently, the 30-year-old resigned from his post to pursue “other interests and opportunities” in his life.

He said once he made the decision, he wanted to inform the school as soon as possible so they could begin the process of finding a replacement.

“I didn’t know if I was going to be available in the spring,” he explained. “I made the decision and wanted to give them an opportunity to find a coach with a much time a possible.”

Under Pletz, Ephrata went 79-29 in his five years at the helm and was routinely a post-season participant. The pinnacle for the program came in 2012 when the Mounts became the only team other than Manheim Township or Hempfield to ever claim an L-L League crown. That squad went on to win the District Three championship as well and made its first-ever State appearance while compiling a stellar 22-3 record.

“That was an incredible year,” he remembered fondly. “I had a great group of kids who worked and wanted to be great, and I was just thankful to be a part of it.”

While 2012 was thrilling, Pletz said the program’s biggest accomplishment was joining Hempfield and Manheim Township as one of the perrenial powers in the L-L League.

“When I was being interviewed for the position, I said one of the main things I wanted to do was for us to become an elite program in the area,” he said. “When someone thinks of Ephrata athletics, I wanted lacrosse to be one of the things they think about. I think we did a pretty good job with that.”

As for the year he took over and the way it happened, Pletz said already being in the program made the transition to head coach a lot easier for both he and his players.

“It was certainly difficult in the way it happened but Mike had a good program started and I was a part of that pretty much from the beginning,” he said. “Transitioning into it wasn’t very difficult because I was very in tune with the program as it was. I knew all the players so from that aspect it was a lot easier than starting with a new program.”

While he admits it’s difficult to walk away, Pletz doesn’t rule out returning to the sidelines in the future.

“When I resigned I said it was going to be nice to have a break and finally get a spring back because I’ve been doing this for 10 years,” he said. “But I said I can’t see myself staying away too long. In the next five years, I’m sure I’ll get back and involved in some way. Of course that will depend on where I’m at and the opportunities that arise.”

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