The Landon lacrosse program will be in good — and familiar — hands when Rob Bordley '66 steps down as head coach after the 2018 season: Ian Healy '00 will take the reins as head varsity coach beginning with the 2019 season, and Bordley's son J.R. '00 will serve as associate head varsity coach.
"Following Rob Bordley is a little bit humbling," Ian said. "He's such an incredible piece of Landon as a coach and as a teacher — he's an institution here. I've known the Bordleys since I was 4 years old. J.R. and I grew up together. So for J.R. and me, this is kind of a unique familial experience, not just a professional one. We feel great about the fact that we get to keep Landon lacrosse in the tradition of the family and the culture that Rob has built with people who really understand it."
Ian and J.R. played for Rob during their time as Landon students and were teammates on Landon's first national championship lacrosse team in 1999. They went on to play together at the University of Maryland, where they both won the Daniel Slafkosky Coaches Award for "best work effort over his career" — J.R. in 2004 and Ian in 2005. Both were a part of ACC championship teams, and Ian played professional lacrosse for the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
Ian has been an assistant coach on Landon's varsity lacrosse team since he returned to the school in 2015 as an Upper School history teacher. J.R. has taught Middle School history and coached varsity lacrosse at Landon since 2007.
Rob announced this fall that 2017–18 would be his 48th and final year as a full-time teacher and coach at Landon after a run that (so far) includes 643 career wins (No. 4 all-time among high school lacrosse coaches), 31 Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) championships, five Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year Awards, and four No. 1 national rankings.
Ian says that he, J.R. and the rest of the varsity lacrosse coaching staff are excited to pick up this mantle of excellence.
"We'll try to follow Rob's footsteps," Ian said. "The greatest skill that he's taught us, and that he himself has as a coach, is to empower all the other coaches. Rob's success is because he knows how to involve others, knows how to empower others, and knows how to get other people to give their best. We hope to pay that forward. We're humbled, we're honored, it's exciting, and we're looking now to see if we can send him out with one more special season."