Limestone Lacrosse Camps Staff

J.B. Clarke, Camp Director & Head Men's Lacrosse Coach

J.B. Clarke enters his ninth year at the helm of the Limestone men’s lacrosse program following 12 years at Washington College and one season at Greensboro College. Named the fifth head coach in Limestone history during the summer of 2010, Clarke has an overall career record of 287-86 over 20 seasons and has coached in the NCAA Final Four at the Division I, II and III levels.

Coach Clarke, the 2014 and 2015 USILA Division II Coach of the Year, is the all-time winningest coach in Limestone history, posting his 129th win in the Blue and Gold with an 11-9 decision over Merrimack in the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship Game. He has posted a 140-18 (.886) record over his first eight years in Gaffney and has guided the Saints to three NCAA Division II National Championships (2014, 2015, and 2017) and five national championship game appearances.

He currently holds the highest career winning percentage in program history, winning 88.6-percent of his games at Limestone, and has guided the Saints to eight straight Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championships and seven Conference Carolinas Tournament Titles.  

Clarke serves on the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee and is the USILA Scholar All-America Committee DII Chair. He is the President of the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Association (IMLCA), and has served on the USILA Division III All-America Committee, the USILA National Poll Committee, and the U.S. National Team Selection Committee during his career.

Following the program’s third NCAA Division II National Championship in four years, he was honored with the Order of the Silver Crescent by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster in 2018. That award is the state’s highest civilian award for significant contributions, leadership, volunteerism, and lifelong influence within a region or community. The Order of the Silver Crescent is an once-in-a-lifetime achievement.

This past season, Clarke led the program to its 21st consecutive regular season championship with an 11-8 overall record and a 5-1 mark in conference play. That regular season crown was the 12th such title during Limestone’s time in Conference Carolinas and was the eighth under Coach Clarke’s leadership.

During the 2018 campaign, Limestone featured the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year while Tyler Gaulton, Tyler Papa, and Clark Walter were all named to the USILA/Nike All-America Team.

He guided the Blue and Gold to a fourth straight NCAA Division II Championship Game appearance in 2017, and the fifth title game overall during his tenure with the Saints. Limestone registered 20 or more wins for a third consecutive year, and tied its own NCAA Division II record for most wins in a season (21).

The 2017 Saints featured the nation’s top scoring offense with 16.09 goals per game and recorded 10 or more goals in all 22 games this past season. Limestone avenged its only loss of the season when it defeated Merrimack in the title game to clinch its third national championship in four years.

Limestone placed four players on the USILA All-America Team during the 2017 campaign while Kevin Reisman became the first in program history to win the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award twice. Clarke has mentored the national player of the year now in each of the past three seasons.  

In 2016, the Saints set multiple program records, including winning percentage (.955) and points per game (30.18), while setting new NCAA Division II benchmarks in wins (21), points (664), goals (424), and assists (240). Limestone also featured one of the top defenses in the country, ranking third nationally with 7.36 goals allowed per game. 

The Blue and Gold won 21 straight games during the 2016 campaign and reached the NCAA Division II National Championship Game for a third straight year. He recorded his 100th win at Limestone with a 19-5 decision over Pfeiffer on April 9, 2016 to become only the second coach in program history to surpass the century mark.

The Saints featured eight USILA All-Americans that year while Mike Messenger was named the 2016 Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award winner as the Most Outstanding Player in Division II. Additionally, Chris Clancy earned the NCAA Elite 90 Award – the third such honor for a Limestone student-athlete under Clarke’s mentorship.

During the 2015 season, Clarke accomplished something that no other coach in Limestone history had before when the Saints won a second straight NCAA Division II National Championship. Not only were the 2014 and 2015 teams the first to win consecutive titles, Clarke became the only coach in program history to win multiple championships.

The 2015 Saints set an NCAA Division II single season record with 20 wins, finishing the year with a 20-1 overall record after defeating Le Moyne 9-6 in the national title game. Limestone started and ended the year at No. 1 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll, and only slipped to No. 2 briefly following the team’s only loss of the season.

The 2015 team featured a program-record eight USILA All-Americans while faceoff specialist Kevin Reisman was named the Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award winner as the Most Outstanding Player in Division II. He led the country in faceoff wins, faceoff winning percentage, ground balls, and ground balls per game while Mike Messenger led NCAA Division II with 55 goals scored to earn First-Team All-American honors. 

In 2014, Clarke accomplished something that only two other men had achieved in the history of Limestone men's lacrosse - win an NCAA Division II National Championship. Returning a squad with no previous All-Americans, and only a pair of Preseason All-Americans, the Saints proved to be a team in the truest sense of the word.

The Saints went 19-1 during the 2014 National Championship season, winning 15 straight games to close out the year and culminating with a 12-6 win over LIU Post in the national title game. It was Limestone’s first championship since the 2002 season and the program’s third title overall.

Patrick Sheridan won all 19 of those games in goal for the Saints that season and was named USILA Goalkeeper of the Year while Limestone boasted a total of six USILA All-Americans in 2014.

On March 9, 2014, Clarke earned his 200th career win with a dramatic 8-7 victory over No. 8 Merrimack.

In 2013, his team finished 16-2 overall and delivered Conference Carolinas Regular Season and Tournament Championships for the fifth straight year. The Saints also made their 14th straight NCAA Division II Tournament appearance, defeating No. 8 Seton Hill 16-13 in the national quarterfinals.

Clarke led Limestone to a 17-2 overall record and 5-0 Conference Carolinas mark in 2012 and advanced to the program’s seventh NCAA National Championship Game after defeating an unbeaten Le Moyne program on their home field. Limestone nearly came home with their third title in program history, but fell to Dowling, 11-10, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

During his first season with the Saints in 2011, Clarke guided the squad to a 15-2 overall record and a four-week stretch as the No. 1 ranked team in the country. The 15 wins tied the program mark for most wins in a season, and the team was selected to host a national semifinal game for the first time since 2004. Limestone had three players earn USILA First-Team All-American honors in his first year.

Prior to joining the Saints, Clarke served as the head men’s lacrosse coach and Assistant Director of Athletics at Washington College. He guided the Shoreman to a combined 138-63 (.687) overall record in 12 years, becoming the fastest coach to reach 100 wins in program history. He led the program to seven NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and reached the Centennial Conference Championship in eight consecutive seasons. Clarke mentored 28 USILA All-Americans and 78 All-Centennial Conference honorees while in Chestertown.

Before his time with the Shoreman, Clarke was the offensive coordinator for Dave Cottle and Division I Loyola College in Baltimore, Md. The Greyhounds reached the NCAA Division I National Semifinals in 1998 and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation.

Clarke first became a head coach at the college level in 1997 when he served one season at the helm of Greensboro College (N.C.). During that season, he turned around a team that went 3-9 in the previous season and transformed it into a team that would go 9-5 and finish in the Top 20 of the NCAA Division III national rankings.

A longtime offensive architect, Clarke applied his skill set as the offensive coordinator at Duke University from 1992-96. During his time in Durham, the Blue Devils won an ACC Championship in 1995 and appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament in 1994 and 1995. The team recorded the program’s first NCAA Tournament win in 1994 with a 14-9 decision over Maryland.

He has also served as an assistant at The Ohio State University and at Roanoke College in Salem, Va. While with Roanoke, Clarke helped the Maroons reach the NCAA Division III National Championship Game during the 1992 campaign.

In November 2017, Coach Clarke was inducted into the US Lacrosse Connecticut Chapter Hall of Fame.

J.B. and his wife Lisa have three children – daughters, Jessica and Samantha, and son, Jack – and one granddaughter, Graycen.

Jeremy Phelps, Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach

Jeremy Phelps begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Limestone College men's lacrosse team. He will serve as both the faceoff coach and defensive coordinator.

Phelps joins the Saints after helping guide the University of Massachusetts to a sweep of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season and tournament championships during the 2018 campaign. The Minutemen finished with a 12-5 overall record before getting edged by Yale University, the eventual NCAA Division I National Champions, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

He mentored one of the nation’s top faceoff specialists in Noah Rak, a 2018 First-Team All-CAA selection, while the faceoff unit finished in the top-15 nationally in winning percentage. Rak, who was taken by the Charlotte Hounds in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse Draft, ranked ninth in NCAA Division I with a 61.1-percent winning percentage and eighth overall with 8.06 groundballs per game.

Prior to his time at UMass, Phelps spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Division III Rhodes College (Tenn.). The Lynx boasted one of the nation’s top defensive units in 2016, allowing just 6.25 goals per game, before the team posted a program-record 14 wins and a conference title in 2017.

While serving as a defensive coordinator for two years at Goucher College, Phelps completed a coaching internship during the fall of 2016 at the United States Naval Academy. He worked closely with faceoff specialist Brady Dove, who was a First-Team All-Patriot League selection during the 2015 season.

The Charlotte, N.C. native got his start in coaching at Division III Guilford College (N.C.) in 2011, working primarily with the faceoff unit, before taking over as the defensive coordinator at Division III Marywood University (Pa.). His defenses consistently ranked in the top-tier of each respective conference.

Phelps graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Winthrop University in 2010 and a Master of Education in Athletic Administration and Leadership from Goucher College in 2015.

Will Campbell, Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach

A four-year player at UNC, Will Campbell begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Limestone College men's lacrosse team. He will serve as the team's offensive coordinator.

Campbell joins the Limestone staff after serving as the offensive coordinator at Division III College of Wooster (Ohio) last season. In just one year with the Fighting Scots, he helped the team improve in every major offensive statistical category as they climbed as high as 28th nationally in goals per game.

Following a four-year playing career with the Tar Heels, Campbell was signed to the practice squad with Major League Lacrosse’s Ohio Machine and promptly helped guide the franchise to a pair of playoff appearances. The Machine advanced to the MLL Championship Game in 2016.

The Columbus, Ohio native played in 34 career games over four years at UNC, helping to lead the program to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances during his time at Chapel Hill. Campbell tallied eight goals and seven assists over his career and was named to ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Campbell graduated from the University of North Carolina with a bachelor’s in history.