Exemplary service contributor to growth of lacrosse, two-time US Lacrosse service award recipient, head coach of Seneca Valley HS, two-time coach of the year in Montgomery County, Boston College graduate, captain and high-scoring attackman, New England collegiate all-star, leading advocate of varsity status for lacrosse in Montgomery County, pioneer of high school and youth lacrosse in the DC metro area.
Growing up in Corning, NY, Ed Kostolansky already knew a little bit about lacrosse hotbeds. When Ed first arrived in the metropolitan DC area in 1986, he quickly realized that the closest hotbed was 50 miles north of the region. That was about to change as Ed brought his superb organizational skills and a dogged determination to the task of building the needed infrastructure for establishing varsity lacrosse in Montgomery County. By 1989, Ed had organized a loose collection of high school club squads into the Tri-County Lacrosse League, which he served as president. By 1993, the number of teams from Montgomery County alone was sufficiently large that Ed reorganized those programs into the Montgomery County Public Lacrosse League, again serving as its president. In 1996, with Ed organizing the battle against enormous institutional resistance, Montgomery County finally incorporated varsity lacrosse into its high schools.
Ed took over as head lacrosse coach at Seneca Valley HS in Germantown in 1990. His team won the Montgomery County Championship in 1996, the Montgomery County Divisional Championships in 1997 and 2000, and the Maryland State Tournament West Region Championships in 2000 and 2002. When he stepped down following the 2002 season, Seneca Valley was firmly established as one of the leading teams in the league. Ed’s overall win-loss record was 131-60 (.686).
Ed’s service did not end there. He was Secretary of the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association for nine years, receiving its Outstanding Service Award in 2003. He served as the local representative to the National Interscholastic Lacrosse Association for 11 years. He represented Montgomery County lacrosse for nine years on the State Lacrosse Committee of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. He coordinated the boys’ lacrosse Top Twenty ranking for eight years for the Washington Post.
With all these responsibilities, Ed gave even more, serving on the Executive Committee of the Potomac Chapter, US Lacrosse, and as president from 1995-98. For all his efforts, Ed was twice recognized by the Chapter as Man-of-the-Year for the DC metropolitan area.
Ed and his wife Gina reside in Germantown, MD with their three daughters: Alexandra, Amanda, Kameron.