“We are excited to have J.L. and his family join the Maryland lacrosse family,” said Tillman. “I have tremendous respect for him as a person, mentor and recruiter. He has been leading others for a long time and he has a strong willingness to express his convictions. I wanted our hire to bring a diverse background and be willing to challenge myself daily to find the best way to do things in all areas of our program. He is a very bright guy who believes in developing strong relationships. His character and work ethic are impeccable and he will be a positive influence on the young men in our program.
“J.L. will be a good fit in this position that Ryan Moran held for the past six seasons. Ryan did an outstanding job during his tenure and I want to thank him for everything he did. We will miss Ryan and wish nothing but the best for him and his family.”
"I want to thank Mr. Anderson and Coach Tillman for this opportunity,” said Reppert. “I would also like to thank Mr. Gladchuk and Coach Sowell for the opportunities they provided me at the Naval Academy the last three years. I am excited to join the University of Maryland and the Terrapin lacrosse program. It is an exciting time to be at Maryland as we enter the Big Ten."
Reppert comes to College Park after spending the prior three seasons as an assistant coach at Navy. Reppert helped improve Navy's shooting percentage immensely, jumping from 28th (.280) to 13th (.311) over the course of his first season in Annapolis.
Under Reppert’s tutelage, Midshipmen Tucker Hull and Sam Jones became only the fourth set of classmates in Navy history to reach 100 points. Jones finished his career with 144 points, while Hull ended his career with 135. The 279 points combined are the most ever for a pair of graduating classmates at Navy.
Prior to returning to the Naval Academy, where he was a four-year starter at attack for the Navy lacrosse team from 1996-99, Reppert was the senior assistant coach/offensive coordinator at Washington College in 2011 under head coach Jeff Shirk, a 2000 Maryland graduate.
Reppert was an assistant coach at Harvard for Tillman during the 2009 season. In Reppert’s one season with the Crimson, Harvard posted its most victories since 2002 by winning eight games, including a 9-6 victory at No. 5 Duke to open the season. The Crimson earned five All-Ivy League selections and garnered seven nods to the NEILA All-New England team.
As a senior at Navy, Reppert helped lead the Mids to an NCAA Tournament berth in 1999. He was voted team captain by his peers as a senior and was also the recipient of the Vice Adm. E.C. Waller Award, which is presented to a Navy lacrosse player for spirit, morale and dedication to the program.
Reppert graduated from the Academy with honors in 1999, earning a bachelor of science degree in political science, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He went on to graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 2004, earning his M.B.A in finance and was a Conrad Scholar.
From 2000-03, Reppert was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar as a finance officer. He was promoted to Captain in 2004 and began working in the Programs and Resources Department at Headquarters Marine Corps as a Congressional Liaison. After serving nine years in the Marine Corps and achieving the rank of Captain, Reppert left the corps to begin his coaching career.
Along the way, Reppert held high school assistant coaching jobs at St. Albans (D.C.), Episcopal (Va.), Gonzaga (D.C.), Robert Louis Stevenson (Calif.) and Poway (Calif.). He has also served as the manager of Champions Field House in Rockville, Md., and as founder and partner in Breakout Lacrosse Company, based in Washington, D.C.
Reppert, a 1995 graduate of Loyola Blakefield, resides in Annapolis, with his wife, Jill, and son, Liam. Reppert comes from a lacrosse family with his brother, Brad, playing collegiately at Towson, his father, Joseph, being a well-respected high school and college official for 35 years, and his sister, Sarah, playing collegiately at Auburn.