Coach Hilton takes over the reigns of the Boys Program!

North Gwinnett promotes Don Hilton to head boys lacrosse coach after John Palocsik's resignation

North Gwinnett's head boys lacrosse coaching position has changed hands over the past week.

Longtime coach John Palocsik resigned last week for family reasons, athletic and activities director Matt Champitto said. Don Hilton, the Bulldogs’ junior varsity coach, has been promoted to replace Palocsik.

“John has done an outstanding job with our athletes and building our boys lacrosse program into a state power,” Champitto said.

Palocsik was named North’s head boys lacrosse coach prior to the 2015 season. He led his first team to the Area 4-AAAAAA championship and to the program’s first playoff appearance — which included a trip to the state quarterfinals. He was the Daily Post’s coach of the year that season.

North won the past two area championships undernships under Palocsik, going a combined 35-5 over the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The Bulldogs made the state semifinals in 2016 and 2018, and reached the quarterfinals in 2019. They were 2-2 in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic halted play.

Palocsik had a 78-20 record at North.

Hilton, a New York native, was a midfielder in college lacrosse for Albright College and NYIT. He also played for the New York Lacrosse Club in the American Lacrosse League.

As a coach, he has spent time at the college level at Florida State and at the high school level at North Forsyth. He also has been active as a club lacrosse coach.