Elizabethtown Area High School boys lacrosse head coach Allen Shissler has resigned from his position following four seasons with the team. He exits the role with a record of 27-36. The school board accepted his resignation as part of its vote to approve the personnel report at its meeting on Tuesday, June 26.
Shissler took over from Jim Miller in 2015 as the head coach for the varsity team after serving as the junior varsity coach for the first two seasons of the program’s existence. The Bears went 7-9, 8-8 and 9-7 in his first three seasons, making the Class 3A District 3 playoffs in 2017.
However, the team took a step back in 2018, finishing third-to-last in the Lancaster-Lebanon League with a 3-12 record. The season was marred by injuries to the majority of the roster, as well as a tough schedule; nine of their losses were to teams who made the District 3 playoffs.
A graduate of EAHS, Shissler got his start in coaching with the GEARS middle school program before joining the newly founded high school team in 2013. He has also been the goalkeeping coach for the girls soccer team since the same year.
The Bears have lost 14 seniors to graduation at the end of the 2018 season (Isaiah Shickley, Cole Baker, Tyler Evans, Elliott Kline, Kole Gingrich,Ethan Bridgehouse, David Rich, Adam Kimball, Chase Clements, Logan Kanode, Jaden Rudy, Owen Shaffer, Jonathan Minnich and Nicholas Hendershot), so there will be plenty of voids to fill come 2019. However, many of their underclassmen got varsity experience last season, so whoever the new head coach will be should have a good deal of talent to work with.