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HIGH SCHOOL COACHES

Coach Rich Claflin

Father, Coach, and professional who makes it “ALL ABOUT THE KIDS”. Lacrosse offers so many relationships, experiences, opportunities, and life lessons. After graduating from Newton North High School in the late 80’s, went on to play at Plymouth State College, as well as several “laid back” club and tournament teams. Coaching experience runs from Youth up through the College level. As Newton Youth Lacrosse President, he has coordinated and Coached at every level of Youth Lacrosse, including Newton’s very successful MBYLL Select programs. He has assisted at both the High School and College level. Starting with the Prime Time Penguins Select Program, Rich has been with PIATELLI LACROSSE since its inception. Rich has been a Law Enforcement officer for the past 18 years, and currently resides in Newton with his wife and three children.

Coach John Wait

John played his Collegiate Lacrosse at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, where he was a 3 year starter at LSM and Defense.After graduating 1992 John started coaching the recently started Duxbury Youth Lacrosse Program in Duxbury, MA.  There he coached the U-13 and U-15 levels, before moving on to be the First Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator at Duxbury High under current Quinnipiac University Head Coach Eric Fekete. John eventually took the Head Coaching position at Duxbury High School, leading the team alongside now current Head Coach Chris Sweet. In his 6 seasons at Duxbury, John’s teams were perennial tournament participants and in 1998 he led them to EMASS Semi Finals.Along with Jack Piatelli and Steve Schairer, John helped start the King Philip Youth Lacrosse Program in Wrentham, MA. From 1999 – 2013 he coached at every level of the program from Learn to Play through U-15. In 2008 he helped start the Friday Night Lights Lacrosse League which is a town select league for advanced U13 & U15 players. His teams won the FNL League Championship in 2010 & 2011 at U13 and the MBYLL Select Championship in 2013 at U15.From 2009 – 2013 John coached for the Prime Time Lacrosse Power Penguins Select Teams, where he coached teams to a multiple tournament championships.  He was also responsible for the development of a lot of their younger players.  John has also coached at numerous camps and clinics throughout New England.Over the last 2 decades John has coached 3 High School All Americans, Numerous All-Conference players, as well as Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Patriot Ledger All-Scholastics. Many of his players have taken their game to the college level competing at the Division 1, 2 & 3 levels.John works as the Operations Manager at ExhibitSense in Westborough, MA and lives in Cumberland, RI with his wife Lisa and 3 children Daughter Casey and Sons Daniel and Ben.

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Coach Dan Connors

Dan grew up in Framingham, MA where he was a high school lacrosse all star, he went on to play lacrosse in college,  JV @ UMASS, Amherst and graduated in 1991.  After UMASS, Dan continued his schooling and received his Master’s and Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy at Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.  Dan began coaching lacrosse shortly after college at Acton Boxboro Regional High School from 1994-2000.  He later coached boys youth lacrosse U13 and U15 in Framingham and has been coaching in Hopkinton for the past three years, where Dan, his wife Jennifer, son Jake, and daughter Hannah reside.  Dan and his wife own JumpStart Physical Therapy and Sports Training in Natick and Norwood, and are in the process of opening up a third clinic in Newton.   Since college, Dan has played on numerous men’s club lacrosse teams and continues to play.   He is also a certified emergency medical responder and was the part of the medical team for the professional indoor Boston Rockhopper Lacrosse team 2012.

Coach Greg MacDonald

Graduated Longmeadow High School (LHS) in 1993. Two-Year Captain of the Varsity LHS Lacrosse Team. All Western Mass Defenseman (92' and 93').  High School All-American (93')   Part of the 1992 LHS Massachusetts State Lacrosse Championship Team.  Played in the North/South All-American Game (93').  Played Collegiate Lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst (94' thru 97').  Was a three year Defensive starter for Coach Greg Cannella.  Played in two NCAA Tournaments (95' and 97'). Volunteer Assistant Coach for Umass (98').  Have been involved with youth lacrosse in the Western Mass area for the past five years.  Currently the acting  President of Longmeadow Boys Youth Lacrosse.
When I'm not coaching lacrosse...
Have spent the last 13 years in specialty pharmaceutical sales.  Currently manage 7 Account Managers throughout the Northeast as an Institutional Division Manager.  President's Club Award Winner (04', 05', 13')

Coach Bussy Adams

Bussy is the current head coach at Newton North high school where he has been with the program for the past thirty-five years, amassing 13 Bay State league championships, 5 Eastern Mass championships, and 3 Massachusetts State Lacrosse championships in 20 state tournament appearances.In 28 seasons as head coach, Bussy has coached 561 games, accruing 403 wins. He has been named Bay State league Coach of the Year 4 times, and was named Boston Globe coach of the Year in 1994. In addition to his experience with Newton North High School lacrosse, Bussy has also served as a coach for the U-15 Team USA team in Melbourne, Australia, and the National High School All Star game in Ohio. Bussy currently serves as a coach in the Newton youth lacrosse program at the U-15 levels where he is also on the Board of Directors. He had started the Newton Recreation Indoor Lacrosse Program in 1989, and has been the Director of the Garden City Lacrosse Camp since 1993. As a player, Bussy was an All-America selection and captain at Newton (North) High School where he also held the school scoring record. After Newton North, Bussy enjoyed a tremendous career at Boston State College (now, UMass-Boston) where he was named Team MVP as well as named to the National North South All Star game and was selected as the MVP of the New England Senior All Star game. Bussy was enshrined in the Newton High School Hall of Fame in 2004 and the UMass-Boston Hall of Fame in 2006.Bussy has been a member of the Newton Police Department since 1983, serving as a youth officer for 18 of those years and most recently appointed Youth Investigator. For his dedication and professional approach to the young people of Newton, Bussy received the Judge Franklin Flaschner Award, and was honored with the Newton Youth Commission Service Award. Bussy currently resides in West Newton with his wife Shelli, and their two sons, Bryce and Hunter.

Coach Mark Tully

Mark began playing lacrosse in High school at Austin Prep located in Reading, MA. After graduating high school, Mark attended Norwich University where he enjoyed playing lacrosse and football all four years. Mark was named defensive player of the year and Team Captain of the lacrosse team his senior year. Upon graduation from Norwich University Mark accepted a Commission as an Officer in the United States Army and served four years active duty assigned to the 10th Mountain Division. In 1996, Mark then accepted an appointment to become a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where he has been employed for the past 18 years working in New York City and Boston, MA.Mark has been coaching lacrosse for the past 7 years within the Foxboro Youth Lacrosse Organization at the U9, U11 and U13 levels. Mark currently is the Director of Boys Lacrosse for the Foxboro Youth Program. During the Spring Season, Mark coaches a U11 town team, a U13 town team and the U13 Select Team. For the past 3 years, Mark has enjoyed coaching players at the U13 level for the Primetime Penguins during the fall / winter and summer seasons. Mark has also coached numerous camps and clinics for the Outlaws Lacrosse Program over the past four years.  Mark currently resides in Foxboro, MA with his wife Nancy and three boys, Brendan, Kevin and Matty.

Coach Joe Heney

Joe Heney is a Long island native, growing up in his hometown of Plainview, N.Y.  After a successful four years playing lacrosse in high school, Joe was recognized as an All Nassau County attackman in 2006.  He attended Springfield College and played Lacrosse for the Pride from 2006-2010.  He was named Pilgrim League Rookie of the Year in 2007. As a senior captain in 2010, he led the team in points and helped anchor conference championship squads from 2008-2010.  After graduation from Springfield, Joe began his teaching career in the Agawam School District, teaching Physical Education and Health.  During that first year he received the distinctive Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award, given to new teachers who demonstrate outstanding performance.  Continuing his affiliation with Springfield, he served as a volunteer Assistant for the Pride from 2012-2013.  While lending his time to the Springfield College lacrosse team, Joe also served as an assistant coach for Agawam HS in 2011 and West Springfield HS in 2013. During the summer months Joe has been coaching with the 413 Lacrosse Club for the past three years.  Joe worked primarily with top high school players in area, and was able to learn a tremendous amount while collaborating with some of the best coaches in New England.  Last spring, he took on the job of Head Coach for the Agawam High School Boys Lacrosse Team.  In this first year, Coach Joe Heney led the Brownies to one of the most successful seasons in program history,   a 14-5 season as well as an 8-0 record in  league play.  He received the 2014 High School Coach of the Year Award for the significant and positive impact he had on this team. The 2014 Brownies also received the Don Johnson Sportsmanship award, given by officials in the area to a team who exudes a positive attitude towards teammates, opponents, and officials. When Joe isn’t teaching or coaching he enjoys biking, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

Coach Mike MacDonald

Mike began playing lacrosse in middle school with the Lincoln-Sudbury youth development clinics and continued to play through college.  Mike was a two sport athlete for four years and Team Captain his senior year in both Lacrosse and Hockey, first at Lincoln-Sudbury then at Holy Cross.   As a midfielder Mike was the leading goal scorer his senior year at Holy Cross and was named team MVP.  Upon graduation Mike entered the commercial interiors industry and now owns a manufactures rep organization in Boston.Mike has been coaching lacrosse for the past 5 years within the Hopkinton Youth Lacrosse Organization at the U9, U11 and U13 levels. During the Spring season Mike coaches the U11 and U13 town select teams. For the past 2 years, Mike has enjoyed coaching players at the U11 and U13 levels for the Hopkinton Pirates Club team during the fall / winter and summer seasons.

Coach Russ Mooney

Coach Mooney compiled over 300 victories at Minnechaug Regional High School, with 4 sectional championships and a Massachusetts State title in 2005. An inaugural inductee into the Western Massachusetts Lacrosse Hall of Fame, he played his college lacrosse at Springfield and coached the team in 1981. He has also been active in coaching youth lacrosse as an instructor at multiple camps and clinics. Coach Mooney's daughters, Caitlin and Courtney, played lacrosse at AIC and Central Connecticut State University  respectively, and son, Connor at UMASS. Coach Mooney resides in Ware with his wife Lori and his labs, Baxter and Jake.

Coach Kevin Campbell

Kevin played Lacrosse at attack for Longmeadow High School from 1973 - 1975 and was coached by New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame Coach Bill McCullough. His teams won back to back Massachusetts State Championships in '74 and '75, Captained the team in '75 and participated in the NE East-West All Star game as a Senior.

Kevin continued his playing career at UNC as a Tarheel from 1976 - 1979 and competed for two NCAA Tournament Teams versus Navy in '76 and Johns Hopkins in '77. At UNC he was coached by USA Lacrosse Hall of Fame Coach, Willie Scroggs.

Following college he played club lacrosse for many years, most notably with the Windy City Lacrosse Club of Chicago.

Kevin founded the Lakeville, MA Girls Youth Lacrosse program in 2006 and coached his two daughters, Paige and Ali now Collegiate players at Springfield College and Endicott College respectively. He was instrumental in the formation of the Apponequet High School Boys and Girls Lacrosse programs in 2009 and has lived in Lakeville for 23 years with his wife Christine. Kevin is a Sales Manager for the W.B. Mason Co. in Boston, since 1988.

Coach Chris Shaw

Chris is a graduate of Needham High School. After high school, Chris went on to play 4 years of lacrosse at Providence College, where he captained the team in 1988. Chris now lives in Canton with his wife and three sons. He has coached in the Canton Youth Program at all levels (U11, U13, U15 and Select) for over ten years as well as with the Primetime Penguins for four years. Chris is currently the MBYLL Select Director for the Canton Youth Lacrosse. He works in Sales and Marketing for Coca-Cola Refreshments.

Coach Ryon Lynch

Coach Ryon Lynch played high school lacrosse at Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick Maryland. He played collegiate lacrosse at Springfield College. He was named an USILA All-American during his time at Springfield College.  He has been the offensive coordinator for Springfield College for four years. 

Coach Robert Wood

Coach Robert Wood played four years of lacrosse at Algonquin Regional High School. He is the current coach for the Framingham State Rams. 

Coach Ben Menard

Coach Ben Menard played lacrosse at South Hadley High School. He played collegiate lacrosse at Springfield college. He has coached at different colleges, including Springfield and AIC. He is currently a graduate assistant coach at Western New England University. 

Coach Tom Swiconek

Tom Swiconek played lacrosse at Longmeadow High School. He coached Longmeadow High School for 6 years. in 2013, he was named U.S. Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year for the Western Massachusetts chapter. Tom is responsible for helping to start a lacrosse program in Chicopee where he has coached as well. He is currently coaching his 3rd year at East Longmeadow High School. 

Coach Dave Roche

Coach Dave Roche is currently the head coach at Framingham state University. Dave has also been a coach at the highschool level for over 25 years at Needham Highschool and Algonquin High School. He has a lot of experience working with kids and developing them into strong lacrosse players. in 2001, Dave Roche was named the Emass Coaches Association and Boston Globe Coach of the Year. 


COACH DAN O'CONNELL

Coach Dan OConnell grew up in Longmeadow Massachusetts and has actively been involved in Lacrosse both as a player and coach for over 30 years. He played on Longmeadow high Schools 1979 State Championship team an further played Lacrosse for the University of Massachusetts in the early 80's. He has participated as a coach and counselor at many youth and college summer camps and clinics throughout New England. In 1985 he served as Head Coach of Western New England College, and further coached at the Former Cathedral High school and is currently coaching at East Longmeadow high school with Marc Maccarini. Dan lives in East Longmeadow with his wife Nuchjaree and son Jack.

COACH Thomas FOOTE

Thomas is the head lacrosse coach at Suffield Academy, where he also teaches math and is an assistant football coach. He is excited to join Western Mass’s premier club program and ready to share his love of the game with its passionate, talented players. (Paragraph) Thomas grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, playing at Newton North High School for legendary coach (and now Warrior Elite colleague) Bussy Adam. He then went to Amherst College, playing attack for four years for the Lord Jeffs. When not coaching in the summer, he plays for Francie’s of South Hadley in the Pioneer Valley League. (Paragraph) Thomas has over a decade of coaching experience with both boys and girls at the youth and high school levels. He’s worked with the Newton and Suffield youth lacrosse programs and previously served as the boys’ JV coach and girls’ varsity coach at Suffield Academy. His Suffield teams feature disciplined defensive and aggressive offensive styles. Thomas’ three years leading the Tigers included the team’s first winning record in eight seasons as well as the program’s first-ever Academic All-American.

Coach Andrew Higgins

Andrew played college lacrosse at Union College.  He graduated from Union in 2010. At Union, he was named to the Liberty League all-academic team in 2009 and 2010.  He led the team in points his junior season. Andrew is a graduate of Berkshire School where he was the lacrosse MVP in 2006. Andrew also attended King Philip High School and was the lacrosse team's MVP in 2003.  Andrew currently lives in Franklin with his wife, Alice. 

Coach Frank Arena

Frank played lacrosse at Hopkinton High School as a close defenseman and LSM. He began his coaching career at Hopkinton right after his graduation in 2003 as a head coach for the freshman team and assistant for the junior varsity and varsity games. He then coached at Westborough High School for 6 years, 4 as an assistant and 2 as a HC. In those seasons, he won one Mid-Wach A title and two Central Mass championships.  Frank started the lacrosse program at AMSA Charter School in Marlborough. He has been the coach at AMSA for seven years now. In 2017, his team won a share of the Colonial Athletic League title in 2017 and qualified for the tournament for the first time. He also became the coach of the Worcester State club program in the spring of 2018.