In 2002, Jonathan Montes took over a struggling Calverton School lacrosse program that had managed just 1 win in its first 2 years of existence. Within 3 years of Montes’ arrival, the Cougars went from worst to 1st in the Maryland Independent Lacrosse (MILL) to now consistently competing for the Maryland Independent Lacrosse League Championship.
In Montes’ second year, the Cougars took a dramatic step forward improving from (2-11) in 2002 to (13-5) in 2003 beating the eventual MILL Champions in the regular season 13-7. For his team’s accomplishment and record turn around, Montes was named the 2003 Washington Post Southern MD All Extra Lacrosse Coach of the Year. The Cougars continued their winning ways taking the Regular Season Championships in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Since 2004 the Cougars have been to 6 MILL Tournament Championships capturing the title in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 & 2011.
The 2005 season proved to be one of the greatest in the history of The Calverton School athletic program as Montes guided the Cougars to a school-record 16 wins capping off an undefeated season with a victory over the 2004 MILL champ The Heights School. Following the 2005 campaign, Montes was named The Washington Post All Metropolitan Lacrosse Coach of Year.
Since 2003, Montes has had 9 consecutive 10 win seasons with a total win loss record of 112-51. He was named2007 US Lacrosse Man of Year for his significant efforts to promote, develop and aid lacrosse at the secondary school level while improving the lacrosse opportunities for student-athletes in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. In 2011 Montes was named The Calvert Recorder Calvert County Boy’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year. In March of 2012 Montes stepped down from coaching at The Calverton School due to an impending move to Florida. He left behind a team that consisted of 14 College Commitments, 7 of whom were headed to compete at the Division I level and earned a reputation for producing Division I talent along the way. (Inside Lacrosse Article SMS Elite Vs. Black Wolf)
Montes Co-Founded Southern Maryland Select Lacrosse (SMS) in 2002 with the primary goal of focusing on Elite High School level recruiting. SMS fielded teams with players from more than 45 different high schools, 10 different counties in MD and 8 states.
Under Montes' guidance, SMS Elite became one of the oldest and most well-known select recruiting teams in the nation. Along the way, Montes has assisted more than 150 student-athletes achieve their dream of getting recruited to play college lacrosse at schools such as Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Yale, Penn State, Maryland, Ohio State, Towson, Salisbury etc. Click here: http://smslacrosse.com/page/sms-alumni.html
In June of 2012, Montes founded Gainesville RedHawks Lacrosse and Florida Generals Lacrosse. The Gainesville RedHawks were set up to begin to teach boys at the K-6th grade levels the game of lacrosse. The Florida Generals were founded as a spin off of the ultra successful elite recruiting program Montes started back in Maryland - SMS Lacrosse. The Generals primary mission is to help underexposed talent in the state of Florida been seen and recruited to play college lacrosse; however, starting in the summer of 2013 the Florida Generals began fielding teams (fall and summer) to compete at the U9, U11, U13 as well as the HS level.
He was named Associate Head Lacrosse Coach at Oak Hall School and helped OHS forge a record of 31-7 in two years (2013-2014). In June of 2014 he was named Head Lacrosse Coach at Oak Hall School. In his 1st year as head coach, the Eagles won the District 2 Championship with a starting lineup that was composed of 70% Freshmen and Sophomores - and only 1 senior on the roster.
Montes played college ball at The Ohio State University and is a former high school All American lacrosse player going 50-1 as a varsity lacrosse player with 2 undefeated seasons. While Montes has spent the majority of this career coaching at a small, academic private school (80 boys in the whole school 9th-12th grade) he also coached lacrosse for 2 years at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology – the #1 rated public high school in the nation (academically). He and his wife Heather have a son, Pierce (8) and a daughter, Isla (6) – both of whom play lacrosse and a daughter, Ivana (2) who is next in line to play.
Year Win Losses
Calverton School (Huntingtown,MD)
2002 2 11
2003 13 5
2004 14 3 Regular Season Champs**, MILL Runner Up
2005 16 0 Regular Season** & MILL Champions
2006 11 6 Regular Season** & MILL Champions
2007 10* 9 MILL Runner up
2008 11 5 Regular Season Champion
2009 12 3 Regular Season** & MILL Champions
2010 12 5 Regular Season & MILL Champions
2011 11 4 Regular Season** & MILL Champions
Oak Hall School (Gainesville, FL)
2015 14 6 District 2 Champions
126 57 Win/Loss Record
*Note in 2007 Laxpower rating service removed a game that was played at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex against a team from New York. The game was agreed to before travelling to Florida, uniforms were worn and refs were present. Unfortunately, as per Laxpower rules, any team can have any game removed at any time.
** Undefeated in MILL League play.