Very few high school programs – in any sport – have been as consistently successful as the Falcons. Saint Stephen’s has reached the state tournament four times since winning its lone title in 2001, and advanced to the final four in 2011, 2014 and 2015. SSES has an active streak of district championships dating back to 2011.
In 25 seasons under former Head Coach Marc Jones, who retired following the 2017-18 season, the Falcons captured 19 district, nine regional, and one state championship. New Head Coach Stephen Adair continued that legacy in his debut last year, guiding SSES to a 14-4 record, a district title and regional playoff appearance. The Falcons have posted a 109-20-18 record since 2010-11. Their last district loss came during the 2009-10 season, a string of 56 games in which SSES is 53-0-3.
The program has produced a string of successful Division I collegiate players, including Frank Glover (Boston College), Alex Walters (North Carolina), Dale and Kevin Peterson (Yale), Antonio Colacci (New Hampshire), Trevor Mulqueen (East Tennessee State) and others.
Former Falcon Brad Rusin was an EA SPORTS All-American, first-team all-state and all-area following his senior season in 2005. He went on to become an all-conference performer at UCLA. The defender has appeared in 187 professional matches as a member of the Carolina RailHawks (NASL), Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS), Orlando City (USL PRO), Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL), San Antonio Scorpions (NASL), Miami FC (NASL) and Indy Eleven (USL).
Adair, whose coaching resume includes high school and club experience in Florida and Virginia, as well as collegiate experience at Virginia Wesleyan, Old Dominion, and William & Mary, enters his second season at the helm of the Falcons in 2019-20. His biggest challenge will be to replace the production of graduated Noah LaBelle, who scored 23 of the team’s 59 total goals a year ago. Senior Jacob Whorf was the only other double-figure scorer (14 goals) and he will need to lead the offense. No other returning player scored more than twice. With uncertain scoring punch, the Falcons may have to lean on a stingy defense and senior goalkeeper R.G. Sherrill for success after averaging a miniscule 1.016 goals against per game last season.