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.@BlackBear_LC announces Jenkins, Devlin, Mo as youth coaches

Monday, 31st July 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, Club  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/31/17

Black Bear Lacrosse has announced three new coaches for its youth club teams.

Pat Jenkins

Black Bear is pleased to announce that Former Aliso Niguel High School (CA.) Head Varsity Coach, Ignite Lacrosse Club Founder (CA.), and current Perkiomen Valley Youth Head Coach Pat Jenkins has been hired as the Head Coach of the Black Bear 2025 (5th grade) team.

Coach Jenkins on joining the Black Bear Lacrosse Club: “Player development has always been a passion of mine. After coaching on both coasts, including with (PV Youth) in the Spring, I’m looking forward to instilling that same dedication, technique, and passion that I’ve seen from (PV head) Coach (Bryan) Churchey and some of the most exciting programs.”

Coach Jenkins recently moved back into the area with his wife Corina and their daughter. “The opportunity to work with these players at a young level is a great opportunity for myself, the players, and our club. I’m looking forward to getting started!” he said.

See at bottom the info on the 2017-18 season tryouts Aug. 5-6, 20 at Phoenixville

Coach Jenkins brings with him an exceptional coaching resume. He took a perennial “bottom feeder” program in Aliso Niguel over in 2012 and immediately had an impact on the Wolverines’ program, turning it from the bottom feeder into a regional and league contender culminating in 2014 and 2015 with 15-3 and 12-7 campaigns while advancing to the California Regional State Play-Offs.

Coach Jenkins also brought an east coast style of play implementing a fast paced playing style and transition minded philosophy program wide. He was also very instrumental in implementing a quality youth feeder program for Aliso Niguel and the surrounding area’s helping build the local community and spread the sport of lacrosse in the the region.

Jenkins’ credentials:
– 2x Coach of the Year
– 2x League Champions
– 3x Playoff Appearance
– Coached 3 different Player of the Year’s while at Aliso Niguel High School
– Highest percentage of collegiate alumni playing at the collegiate level in school history

“I first met Pat when I was a freshman at Cabrini in 2008, he was one of the first upperclassman to welcome me to the team and feel apart of something bigger than myself,” said Churchey, the Black Bear Director. “Pat brings with him a passion and dedication to coaching kids that is very rare, he pours all of himself into helping the kids grow both on and off the field.

“Having him in our program as our 5th grade Head Coach is a blessing I know he is going to have an immediate impact on the club, our community, and more importantly the kids he gets the opportunity to coach!”

Coach Jenkins graduated from South Brunswick High School in New Jersey in 2004 earning 1st Team All-State as well as Conference and Offensive Player of The Year. He then played years years for Division III powerhouse Cabrini University graduating in 2008 helping the Cavaliers earning four NCAA play off Berths, four Conference Championship, and a National Ranking of #3 in the country his season year in 2008. Moving out to California in 2010 Coach Jenkins saw a need for lacrosse and founded IGNITE Lacrosse Club building it up to eventually eight total teams, three team events, and 400 players annually by 2015 responsible for all executive responsibilities including annual business planning, staffing, logistics, and overhead.

Dan Devlin

Black Bear Announces Dan Devlin as its NEW 2024 Team Assistant Coach

The Black Bear Lacrosse Club is pleased to announce that 2015 Perkiomen Valley alum and currently NCAA Division II Georgian Court University (N.J.) Defenseman Dan Devlin as the club’s NEW 2024 Team Assistant Coach.

“Dan is the perfect example for young kids to hear it is never too late to start playing. He is one of the hardest working kids I’ve ever coached at PV and has earned everything since he started playing as a 10th grader,” said Churchey. “Dan has a great understanding of the game of lacrosse is very passionate about coaching as well as helping kids learn the sport the right way. I can’t think of a better young man to be my assisting our 2024s this year!”

Coach Devlin has first picked up his long pole as a 10th grader after hearing a lot of positive things about the Perkiomen Valley HS Boys’ Lacrosse Team from his friends. From their, the rest is history. Going from ZERO experience as a 10th grader to a Varsity starter his senior year and earning All-League Honorable Mention as well as a partial scholarship to continue his lacrosse Career at Division II Georgian Court University under Head Coach Mickey Hoover where he has been a 2-year starter for the Lions as a close Defenseman.

Devlimn has also been volunteering the last two summers with the club’s 2021 team helping it to four playoff appearances and a 3rd place finish at the Patriot Games in 2017. Coach Devlin will be working with the defensive unit on the 2024 team as well as helping working with the goalie’s development.

Kevin Mo

Kevin Mo Hired as 2025 Team Assistant and Youth Team’s Goalies Coach

The Black Bear Lacrosse Club is pleased to announce that 2017 Perkiomen Valley alum and Division II Seton Hill rising freshman goalie Kevin Mo as the club’s NEW 2025 Team Assistant Coach.

Though he’s just graduating high school Mo already has a strong coaching resume: three-time team captain for the Vikings, 2nd Team All-League Selection in 2016, 1st team All-Area Selection in 2017 leading the team to its best record in history and being the netminder for the #1 ranked team defense in school history in 2017. Mo has been a consistent volunteer with the Perkiomen Valley Youth Club his entire high school career as well as helping coach the goalies for Black Bear’s 2021-2022 teams the last two summer on a volunteer basis. He also was a volunteer this summer at the Collegeville camp.

“Kevin is the most dedicated and selfless individual I have ever come into contact with words can’t describe how invaluable he’s been to the growth and development of our PV program these last four years,” said Churchey. “Kevin possesses great character for a person of his age but he’s extremely knowledgeable, I’d trust him to lead any group of kids regardless of level to be honest, he’s that committed to a team and to leading them.”

Coach Churchey has seen his netminder on the field and behind the scenes be a leader for his program and giving back to the PV community countless hours of service. To say we’re club are excited Kevin will be a role model and leader to our kids as an assistant would be an understatement!”

Coach Mo will be in control of the 2025 team’s defensive unit for Head Coach Pat Jenkins as well as working with its goalies. Coach Mo will also be in charge of developing ALL youth team goalies arriving early for practices to do drill and technique work with the kids.

Black Bear tryouts:
Times for each of the teams are LISTED BELOW:
Grades for each team are for September 2017 school year.
Players are recommended to come to both days of their respective teams tryouts
(Click the days and times for the grade level to REGISTER TODAY!)

2026 (4th Grade) 2025 (5th Grade) August 6th, 4:00pm-5:30pm
2024 (6th Grade) August 6th, 4:00pm-5:30pm
2023 (7th Grade) August 6th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
2022 (8th Grade) August 6th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
2021 (9th Grade) August 5th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
2020 (10th Grade) August 5th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
2019 (11th Grade) August 5th, 6:30pm-8:00pm

TO LEARN MORE VISIT BLACKBEARLAX.COM AND CLICK ON TRAVEL TEAMS OR CONTACT PROGRAM DIRECTOR BRYAN CHURCHEY AT 610-246-4788 OR blackbearlacrosseclub@gmail.com.

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