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.@THEDUKESLC expands with launch of Duke’s Chester County

Tuesday, 11th September 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, Club, Posted 9/11/18
From Press Release

Duke’s Lacrosse Club is excited to announce it is expanding with the launch of Duke’s Chester County.

Picture from Left to Right: Ebe Helm, Duke’s Lacrosse Club Founder; Anthony Branton, Marketing & Communications Director for Duke’s Lacrosse of Chester County; Tom Shrader, Owner and Director of Team Operations Duke’s Lacrosse of Chester County; Mike Mackrides; Vice President of Duke’s Lacrosse Club, Owner of Duke’s Main Line Lacrosse and Owner of Indian Springs Day Camp

The newest Duke’s Program will open in the spring/summer of 2019 with teams in the Classes of 2023 through 2026. Tryouts will be held in the spring.

The program is led by Director Tom Shrader, a former Bishop Shanahan standout who played football at Temple and West Chester; and partner/Duke’s Lacrosse Strength and Conditioning coach Anthony Branton, who also starred at Bishop Shanahan.

“I’m very excited to be expanding Duke’s Lacrosse into Chester County,” Shrader said. “Having grown up playing in their program, I know firsthand how much they care about each of their players from the youth age all the way through high school.”

“Duke’s Lacrosse is a fantastic club team and brand that has an established system of player development and recruitment assistance that I can’t wait to set hold in the Chester County and surrounding area,” said Branton.

“It’s wonderful to know that we will be on the ground floor bringing in an additional lacrosse club team to the Chester County area. There are so many good club teams currently and Duke’s Lacrosse of Chester County will be the newest addition helping youth and high school lax players develop their game and give back to their local community.”

For more details about Duke’s Lacrosse of Chester County and to stay up to date on future tryout days, clinics, showcases and tournaments please visit and subscribe to its newsletter.

Tom Shrader Bio
Shrader played for The Duke’s Lacrosse Club in High School from 2004-2008 and played at Malvern Prep and Bishop Shanahan High School. While at Malvern Prep, Tom was a member of the State Championship team in 2006. He was recruited by a number of Top Division 1 Lacrosse teams in High School but went on to play Football at Temple University and West Chester University. While at Bishop Shanahan, Shrader received recognition by the Maxwell Club and was All Ches-Mont and the Most Valuable Receiver in the Ches-Mont league. Shrader is a face-off and offensive coach at Bishop Shanahan High School and assisted the team to a 21-1 record and to the first State Championship in school history.

Anthony Branton Bio
Anthony Branton was a 4 year varsity letterman in lacrosse before graduating Bishop Shanahan in 2007. Having sustained a major knee injury late into his senior year season, Branton chose to pursue other avenues of sport, exercise and fitness while studying at St. Joseph’s University. Completing his certificate in personal training and Speed, Agility & Quickness (SAQ) specialization from The National Academy of Sports Medicine, he has been actively involved in multiple long distance endurance races, competitive physique and body building contests, and operated strength and agility training clinics. He has spent the last 6 years training a wide variety of fitness populations ranging from weight loss, strength and weight training, athletic SAQ training, and injury prevention.

Duke’s Lacrosse of Chester County to host 12th Annual Ricky Whelan Duke’s Instructional Clinic #3
Duke’s Lacrosse of Chester County is excited to announce it will host the third of four Annual Ricky Whelan Duke’s Instructional clinics on Sept. 16 at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown. As the host and to kick off the Duke’s Chester County Program for this Ricky Whelan Clinic, directors are pleased to announce that legendary coach Dave Pietramala of John Hopkins will be the featured clinic speaker.

The Ricky Whelan Dukes Instructional Clinics are used to instruct ALL players on advanced skill development work on weaknesses and refine basic lacrosse fundamentals to be as effective as possible in a play fast environment. The clinics are open to the public and all current Duke’s Elite, Duke’s MainLine, Duke’s Young Guns, Duke’s Virginia, Duke’s Twist, and Duke’s Nationals Players. You may register in advance online or walk up and register. Walkup registration is 1:15-2 pm; Goalies report 1:30 pm for warmup. The clinic runs from 2pm-4pm.

For more information and directions for this clinic and Duke’s three other instructional clinic dates, times, and locations and to register online please refer to The Duke’s Lacrosse Club website at and click on the schedules tab.



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