Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/22/15
From Press Release
Coach MV Whitlow (Head Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach for The Hun School of Princeton) has announced the launch of Blue Star Lacrosse, a new leader in lacrosse development. Blue Star Lacrosse will provide players of all ages and their families the tools and opportunities they need to be exceptionally positioned in today’s lacrosse world, and to maximize their potential.
Whitlow, along with Blue Star Lacrosse directors/coaches Don Green and Bryan Hopper and Chief Operating Officer Mary Merlo, hopes to be at the forefront of a new model for lacrosse development programs in which families and players benefit from a streamlined approach to all aspects of an athlete’s development process on and off the field.
“As the competitive lacrosse landscape continues to evolve around the country, players and parents find themselves wondering what tournaments they should attend, what camps they should participate in, and what they should be doing in the off-season,” says Whitlow. “Blue Star Lacrosse is proud to supply the answers, combining the best coaching available, a highly efficient organization, targeted exposure for players and personal support for families throughout the college recruiting process.”
Serving families with boys in grades 3-12, Blue Star has Youth and High School All Star travel teams beginning Fall 2015, and will offer other programs, clinics and events throughout the year.
This forward-thinking, teaching-based program allows players to maximize their potential in a healthy environment that emphasizes a team-first approach. Team Blue Star coaches, who have more than 40 combined years of coaching experience, are dedicated to helping players develop sharp lacrosse athleticism and fundamentals as well as strong character and ethics.
Players can expect continuous evaluation by the full coaching staff, off-season guidance and a travel schedule that includes the events most well-suited to give them meaningful exposure to competition and recruiters.
Team Blue Star Tryouts On Sunday, September 27
Blue Star Lacrosse will be holding tryouts for its inaugural HS and Youth All Star teams on Sunday, September 27 at The Hun School of Princeton. Participants can choose to attend a Tryout Clinic, which includes the tryout as well as instructional coaching for players on the field and concurrent educational sessions for parents with Coaches Whitlow and Green, highlighting trends in the modern lacrosse recruiting process. For tryout and clinic times and to register, visit the Blue Star Lacrosse website at www.bluestarlacrosse.com.
About Blue Star Lacrosse’s Coaching Staff
• MV Whitlow is currently the Head Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach for The Hun School of Princeton. Coach Whitlow brings an impressive tradition of success to Team Blue Star. He boasts more than 15 state championships in his 23 years of coaching. Most recently, Coach Whitlow led The Hun School Raiders to the number four overall national ranking in just three years. He has coached at youth, high school, college, and professional levels.
• Don Green’s eight years of coaching experience is backed by a stellar playing career at Nazareth College, where he received all-conference honors while being a part of two Empire 8 Championship teams and an NCAA semifinalist team. With a Masters in Counseling from The College of New Jersey, Coach Green brings a holistic approach to the recruiting process, finding the best fit for all players and families based on academics, social aspects and lacrosse.
• Bryan Hopper is a 2009 graduate of The Lawrenceville School, where he played for Coach Whitlow on multiple nationally ranked teams. At Hamilton College, he was a two-time captain under Coach Scott Barnard, a USILA Scholar All-American and two-time All-NESCAC award winner. He graduated in 2014. Coach Hopper is currently a member of the Team Israel National Lacrosse team.