Varsity Girls Lacrosse Head Coach Rick Sofield has decided to step back from head coaching duties and transition into a new role as a Volunteer Assistant Coach of the team. Former assistant coach Brittany Stevenson will assume the responsibilities of Head Coach for the spring 2022 season. Rick leaves behind a dazzling legacy as a head coach at Bishop Ireton. After assuming the role in 2011, he has won more than 77% of games, led the team to five WCAC Championships (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), four VISAA Division 1 State Championships (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018), guided more than 50 players into NCAA lacrosse programs and received numerous coach of the year honors including USA Today National Coach of the Year.
“Rick Sofield was one of the best hires Bishop Ireton HS made during the 21 years I was affiliated with Bishop Ireton,” said interim WCAC Commissioner and former Bishop Ireton Athletic Director Bill Simmons. “He was an innovator and a motivator with an infectious enthusiasm who believed in his players, encouraged them, and drew out their best. His unequalled record speaks for itself. I will be sad to see him leave but forever grateful to him, his wife Alice, and his entire family that they were with us for the last ten years.”
As Coach Sofield steps back, the school is thrilled to welcome Brittany Stevenson into the head coaching role. Brittany is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Old Dominion University. She served as the Associate Head Varsity Coach at Hayfield Secondary School from 2009-2013 before taking the Head Coaching job for the varsity girls team at South Lakes High School from 2013-2015. In 2015, she became the Associate Head Varsity Coach under Rick Sofield at Bishop Ireton and has been with the Cardinals for the past 6 years. Between 2013 and the present, Coach Stevenson has also served over the years as Head Coach for Crash Lacrosse Club and Capital Lacrosse Club, and she is the Director of Pride Girls’ Lacrosse Club (2019-Present).
“Brittany is one of the architects of the culture that has made Bishop Ireton Girls Lacrosse so successful,” said Rick Sofield. “Her knowledge, passion and dedication will be integral to the development of our outstanding student-athletes.”
“We are so thankful for Rick’s dedication to excellence and sportsmanship at Bishop Ireton, and for the winning legacy of girls’ lacrosse that he has built over the last decade,” said Head of School Kathleen McNutt. “He will be missed as head coach, but we are excited for the legacy to continue with Coach Stevenson at the helm. She has been instrumental in creating our amazing program alongside Coach Sofield. We look forward to many more years of continued success under her tremendous leadership.”