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Catonsville Hires Pair Of Lax Coaches

Catonsville Hires Pair Of Lax Coaches

CATONSVILLE, Md. – Greg Witkop, assistant director for College Athletics at the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville (CCBC Catonsville), announced today the hiring of Molly Evans as new head coach of the Cardinals women’s lacrosse team and the promotion of assistant men’s lacrosse coach Ben Libertini to interim head coach.  

Molly Evans

CCBC Catonsville’s new Head Coach for Women’s Lacrosse, Molly Evans spent the last seven seasons as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Hood College (Frederick, Md.).  “I left Hood because the commute was tough on me and I have two small children,” Evans said. “When I saw that the [CCBC] Catonsville position opened up I thought it was a great opportunity for me to stay involved in the game and continue my passion, which is coaching lacrosse.” 

Evans is replacing CCBC legendary head coach Tom Taylor, who retired after 17 years at the helm of Cardinals women’s lacrosse. He compiled a 125-53 (.702) record and led CCBC Catonsville teams to NJCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships in 2001-2005 and 2008.  A 2013 CCBC Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Taylor coached 26 NJCAA All-Americans, his teams earned three NJCAA Region XX Championships and eight Maryland JUCO Conference women’s lacrosse titles.

“Tom Taylor was a great coach and very respected in the community,” Evans said. “I had the pleasure of knowing Tom the past seven years when I was at Hood. I always respected his hard work, his passion not only for the game but for his players, but most importantly for his determination to build a strong program.” 

In 2014, Evans’ last season at the helm, Hood started the season 4-0 for the first time in the program’s history and went 5-8 overall. The Blazers were 4-3 at home and outscored their opponents 71-29 in the team’s five victories. Hood also had its first All-Conference women’s lacrosse player in 2007, under the tutelage of Evans.

Now, Evans is not only tasked with following a legend, but with rebuilding a program.  “My short term goals are to get student-athletes back to Catonsville,” Evans said. “Getting the team involved, building chemistry and teamwork which can eventually lead to our ultimate goal which is winning a championship again.”

Evans graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice and Law Administration, where she was also a four-year starter on defense and two-time team captain for women’s lacrosse. During her time at Western Connecticut, the women’s lacrosse team advanced to the Little East Conference Tournament four consecutive years, and took third place in Evans’ senior season (2005).  The following year, Evans was the head junior varsity girl’s lacrosse coach at Mercy High School (Middletown, Conn.) and assisted with the varsity team.

In 2007, Evans earned her Master’s in criminal justice at American International College.

Ben Libertini

Ben Libertini, who joined the Cardinals coaching staff in 2014 as an assistant and offensive coordinator, has been named Interim Head Coach for Men’s Lacrosse at CCBC Catonsville.  “It’s an honor to coach and be a part of the CCBC Catonsville men’s lacrosse team,” Libertini said. “I am eager to work with the [student-athletes] and continue building this program.”

A 2007 graduate of York College, Libertini holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and minor in business administration. He spent four seasons (2003-2006) as a member of its men’s lacrosse team. He was a team captain, Most Valuable Player, and NCAA Nominated Player of the Week in 2006. Libertini scored 75 goals and had 28 assists (103 points) in his career for the Spartans. In his senior year (2006) he scored a team-high 35 goals and assisted on 12 others, while also leading the team in shots (117) and shots on goal (66).

After graduation, he began his coaching career in 2007 there as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator.

For additional information, visit the team website at www.ccbccatonsvillecardinals.com.