IMG Academy Names Tom Marechek as Director of Lacrosse
On July 24, 2019, IMG Academy announced the addition of National Lacrosse League and US National Lacrosse Hall of Famer Tom Marechek as Director of Lacrosse. In his role, Marechek will oversee all aspects of the IMG Academy lacrosse program for boarding school, camps, professional player training and events.
“It’s exciting to join a school as world-renowned as IMG Academy,” Marechek said. “As a former player and now a coach, this is a unique opportunity to combine cutting-edge resources, education, and one of the most diverse student-bodies in the world to build something really special in lacrosse.”
Marechek added, “IMG has been one of the only teams south of Maryland consistently among the nation’s best in the rankings, so I am looking forward to seeing how much further we can take this program.”
Marechek was a four time NCAA All-American at Syracuse University. After college, he played 12 years for the Philadelphia Wings, a professional indoor team that retired his number in 2006. He was inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame in 2007, US National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012. Prior to joining the Academy, Tom was the varsity boy’s lacrosse coach at McDonogh School, Glenelg Country School, and Friends School, both in Maryland. Through his own endeavors, Tom has successfully managed a camp lacrosse business, instructing over 17,500 lacrosse players throughout the United States since 1995.
In addition to the appointment of Marechek as Director, Joe Taylor joined the program to take over as lacrosse program and business manager, and the Girls Lacrosse program named Jason Levesque as head coach. Levesque initially joined IMG Academy in 2016 and previously served as interim head coach of the team.
Since the inaugural 2013 season, IMG Academy lacrosse has emerged among the nation’s top programs, appearing in the national top-25 rankings each of the past six seasons. During that time, nearly 70 players have developed to earn a spot at an NCAA Division I program, including the likes of national powers Duke (Cam Badour), Syracuse (Nick Papa, Sean Donnelly, Jared Fernandez) and University at Albany (Tehoka Nanticoke, Mitch Laffin).