Back to the gridiron
Ethington steps down as Lackey boys hoops coach, takes on football position at Gallaudet
After being the frontman for the Lackey boys basketball team for the last two seasons, Luke Ethington recently stepped down as the head coach of the program.
The former Chargers coach now returns to the football coaching scene where he accepted an offensive assistant coaching position at NCAA Division III’s Gallaudet University, a federally chartered private university to accommodate students of the deaf and hard of hearing located in Washington, D.C.
Ethington’s son, Cameron, a 2015 Lackey graduate, attends Gallaudet and started in eight games as a true freshman on the football team as a center on the offensive line.
Luke Ethington officially started his new position on April 27 and will continue to teach at Lackey where he teaches English and is a AVID mentorship and ACT/ SAT coordinator. He is no stranger to being in the coaching ranks at the college level having been a
part-time basketball assistant for Division III outfit Alma College (Mich.) in 2002.
“I have been blessed to have been a head football, basketball and track coach during my career,” said Ethington, who stepped down as Lackey’s coach on April 11 and will be coaching the slot running backs at Gallaudet. “Now, I’m extremely excited to venture into the college world. Though I’ve had opportunities in the past to coach collegiately, this opportunity is one that I could not pass up.”
Ethington said that he was interested in coaching at Gallaudet even before his son went there, but when he saw that head coach Chuck Goldstein ran the program that is what helped spark his decision to make the move.
“When I saw that he was running this program I wanted to be a part of it,” Ethington said. “I met Chuck a few years ago and we always kept tabs on each other. He was always a class act. I’ve only been an assistant one year in my whole career. I wouldn’t work for just anyone. He’s a person I’m excited to work for.”
Gallaudet is officially bilingual, with American Sign Language and English used for instruction and by the college community.
“The main reason I chose Gallaudet was because it takes me out of my comfort zone,” he said. “With sign
language and communication barriers at hand, I have to learn new ways to accomplish tasks. Every day I will be faced with a challenge that is different from the day before. I embrace these type of environments because it develops a great deal of personal growth.”
In his two seasons at Lackey, Ethington led the program to a combined 2718 overall record. This past winter his Chargers finished third behind North Point and Westlake in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference’s Potomac Division at 7-5, ending with a 14-10 record overall.
“I’ve been telling people that I stepped down for all the right reasons,” Ethington said. “When [former Lackey principal] Dr. [James] Short
hired me, it was with the understanding that I would try to establish some things in the program to increase our competitiveness. I feel like that has been done, and now is a good time for someone to take the program to the next echelon. I had a great staff that made me look better than I really was, a great confidant in [athletic director] Tony Mast and solid support from my administration. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Before his brief stint with the Chargers, Ethington was the head football coach at McDonough for five seasons, most notably leading the Rams to a Class 2A state championship in 2010. During his five years, he coached the program to a combined 42-14 record, the
second-highest winning percentage in school history and 33 players committed to play at the college level during his time. Twice during those five years he was also named the All-SMAC and All-County Coach of the Year. He also was an assistant coach on the Lackey football program in 2007 that advanced to the 3A state semifinal game.
“I had the absolute greatest time coaching during these past two seasons.,” Ethington said. “Though I don’t have the deepest knowledge of the game, I had fun coming to work every day and pushing myself to learn something new. I was so blessed to have the
players I had in my program. They bought in from day one and made my job a lot easier from the start. The part I will miss most is the laughs we had together, but the process overall, from learning how to compete, to learning how to win. This young group is primed and ready. I expect great things from them.”
Ethington’s wife, Toni, is the head volleyball coach at Lackey and their oldest son Lucas currently plays junior hockey for the Binghamton Senators in New York. The Ethingtons’ two youngest, Dawson, 11, and Carson, 9, also plays hockey.
Luke Ethington stepped down as Lackey head boys basketball to take an offensive assistant coaching position at NCAA Division III’s Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.