By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/7/14
Noel Breger, who served as head coach at perennial Delaware contender Archmere Academy for 20 the past years, has been named head boys’ lacrosse coach at Unionville.
Breger compiled a 67-23 record at Archmere the past five years, leading the Auks to the state playoffs each year.
He replaces John Rohde, who retired after many years as the Indians’ coach.
Breger, a native of Howard County, Md., answered these questions about his new job.
Why did you desire to coach at Unionville? “The opportunity to coach in the Ches-Mont League and to coach against District I teams. Who wouldn’t want to challenge the best? I also love that there is only one tourney for lacrosse in PA. Divisions divide bigger from smaller schools, but that doesn’t mean that smaller is weaker. I mean even David shot side arm.”
What are your short-term goals? “I want to give the graduating seniors a real sense of success in their final year by making the District 1 playoffs and getting a win They are a great bunch of guys and I want to do them proud. I also want them to set the tone for the underclassmen as the model for the teams to come.”
What are your long-term goals? “To put Unionville back on the map for lacrosse in PA, get fans in the stands without having to promise them corn dogs, and making it to the state playoffs.”
Can you describe your general coaching philosophy? “I believe that every player on the field should be a threat, which means they are both confident and extremely conditioned. I believe that the sport is beautifully physical and if you are not willing to play both beautifully and physical you should find something else to do. And I believe that you should challenge yourself at every moment by playing the best teams and players you can. If you set the bar low, you only win in the game, ‘Limbo.'”
Is there anyone that helped you (role model) that you’d want to acknowledge? “My father, who introduced me to lacrosse. We moved from Delaware to Maryland in the late 1970’s and he took me to a UMBC v Towson State game. I had never seen a game before and I fell in love with it as I walked into the stadium. Also, Dr. Bill Doyle and Jim Malseed of Archmere Academy for having faith in me and letting me start the program all of those years ago; and every JV kid who ever stuck around to help string a cage in the cold of February.”