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Image of head men's lacrosse coach Jay Sothoron.Jay Sothoron
Head Coach

Jay Sothoron enters his third year as head coach of the Cardinal lacrosse program. He compiled a record of 12-14 in his first two seasons and will continue play in the East Coast Conference for 2011.

Sothoron was both the team captain and named MVP during his last year at Herkimer Community College, when his team was ranked #1 in the country going 18-1 despite losing in the national championship game. Sothoron graduated from the two-year community college and went on to finish his playing career at Division III Greensboro College, Greensboro, N.C.

He was a starter his junior and senior year as a standout player. After graduation in 1999, Sothoron was hired as the first assistant and the defensive coordinator. He spent two seasons coaching at Greensboro until returning to his high school alma mater, St. Mary's Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Md.

Sothoron worked at St. Mary's as assistant athletic director and varsity assistant lacrosse coach for five years. In 2006 Sothoron was named U.S. Lacrosse National Assistant Coach of the Year for secondary schools. During the 2007 season Sothoron was promoted to associate head coach. St. Mary's Ryken (SMR) won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship with a record of 19-2. In 2007 SMR received its first national ranking and was ranked 13th in Maryland. During Sothoron's five years at the high school, SMR compiled a record of 71-22. Sothoron has coached at numerous lacrosse camps over the years. He is a camp commissioner at the University of North Carolina lacrosse camp and he is the director of the southern Maryland youth lacrosse camp.

He and his wife, Nikki, currently reside in Wheeling, WV.

Image of Mike Jaques.Mike Jaques

Assistant Coach


Wheeling Jesuit University promotes Mike Jacques from volunteer to Grad assistant. 

Mike returns to WJU after completing his first year as a volunteer assistant.  Mike did a great job as a volunteer coach being responsible for the goalies, face-off men, and running the box.  His responsibilities have been increased and he will be a key part in in our success. 

From 2006-2009 Jacques was a four year starter and team captain.  Mike was a short stick defensive midfielder who excelled shutting down other teams middies and creating transition for the team.  As a captain his leadership was very good on and off the field.  Prior to to his career at WJU Mike excelled playing Junior B indoor lacrosse in Sarnia Ontario for the Sarnia Pacers. 

Coach Jacques currently resides in Wheeling while seeking his masters degree in organizational leadership.

Coach Sothoron on assistant Mike Jacques: “Mike was a senior captain for me in 2009.  He stayed on as a volunteer assistant running the box for us last season.  He did a great job and gained valuable experience.  He will work primarily with the goalies and face-off men this season.  He will also assist me with the offense.  Mike is a hard worker who is dedicated to this team and program.  He is a great asset for this team.”

Image of John Kennedy.Joe Wascavage 

Assistant Coach


Joe Wascavage, a native of Drayden, Maryland, comes to Wheeling Jesuit to join the lacrosse team as a graduate assistant coach. Joe will run the defense for the 2011 season.

A 2010 graduate from NCAA Division I Towson University, Wascavage brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the WJU lacrosse program. 

A three-year starting defenseman Towson, Wascavage was named to the Harrow Sports Face-Off Classic All-Tournament Team during his junior year.

Prior to his collegiate career, Joe was a High School All-American, First Team All-Metro, and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year at St. Mary's Ryken High School in Leonardtown, MD.

In addition to coaching duties, Joe is working towards Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Coach Sothoron on assistant coach Joe Wascavage: “I am thrilled to have Coach Joe Wascavage on staff.  I have a unique relationship with Joe.  I had the privilege to coach Joe during his high school career so he understands what I expect.  He understands my coaching philosophy and we are on the same page with what we want to achieve on the defensive end of the field.  Coach Wascavage will look to build on the solid defense returning from last season.  Joe brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience playing at the division 1 level.  Already this fall our defense has made major improvements.  We look forward seeing our defense improve under Coach Wascavage’s leadership.”

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