Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/19/13
From Press Release
Crowley and Holmes, both memebrs of the Philadelphia Wings, are combining their extensive expertise of playing and coaching to create a platform to meet the needs of the lacrosse community.
“We believe field coaching is at a high level in the Philadelphia area and Fusion will certainly strengthen it more,” said Holmes. “We will also provide expert box lacrosse instruction, filling a void that is recognized by college lacrosse coaches across the country.”
Fusion aims to be a one-stop skills training center for lacrosse players to supplement their youth travel schedule. “We provide box lacrosse opportunities, which is a necessity,” said Crowley. “What really separates us, though, is the instruction and training we provide within our progressive platform.”
Fusion’s philosophy is in its commitment to “player-coach” experience. “Our coaches must fit the criteria of having played college and/or professional lacrosse while also having coached high level high school or college lacrosse” said Crowley.
Holmes has been a career coach and professional standout since 2006 after graduating from the University of Virginia. This included a return to UVA as an Assistant Coach, winning the National Championship in 2011. Currently, Holmes is the Defensive Coordinator at Malvern Prep.
Crowley, who grew up playing box lacrosse in Vancouver, is Stony Brook’s all-time leading scorer, was a two-time first team All-American, and NCAA D1 midfielder of the year award winner. Crowley was the MVP at the MLL All-Star Game and the league’s top scorer and has coached locally at D1 St. Joseph’s University. In addition, he is the Offensive Coordinator at the Shipley School.
Holmes and Crowley are joined by Fusion assistant coaches, including professionals Matt Mackrides (Malvern Prep, Penn State grad) and Eric Hoffman (Pennridge, Ursinus College, as well as Princeton grad and Germantown Academy offensive coordinator Alex Haney.
“We have built a progressive training platform that is being delivered by a team of coaches that we are extremely excited about. We are doing everything we can to make sure players and their families get the most bang for their buck,” said Holmes. “We want this to be the unique advantage that boosts Philadelphia players to the top of the heap.”
Fusion provides a variety of programs. These include girls’ training programs, boys’ youth box training programs and leagues, high school box team training and leagues, and box lacrosse tournaments.
Fusion’s flagship programs are the two Elite travel teams (2018 and 2017) based out of Malvern Prep. Crowley and Holmes will serve as head coaches of these outdoor travel teams, but players will spend a great deal of time improving their game by training indoors with box lacrosse.
Fusion specializes in its ability to improve skills through the combination of indoor and outdoor training. “Our rigorous practices are at the centerpiece of the Fusion Travel experience. We will have box training camps, box practices, and a series of outdoor training camps throughout the year in addition to traveling to top-tournaments nationwide,” said Crowley
Fusion 2017 and 2018 Elite Tryouts take place on October 6 and 13 at Malvern Prep (2-4pm for 2018’s and 4pm-6pm for 2017’s) and Fusion aims to compete with elite teams right away. They will also be directing their Winter box lacrosse programs at SMG Sportsplex in Warminster and 422 in Pottstown, and a third facility to be announced soon.
For more details on programs and to register, go to playfusionlax.com.