Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/3/19
From Press Release
Registration is open for the NXT Lacrosse Academy (NLA), a training program for committed and uncommitted boys lacrosse players that features elite instruction by many current and former Division I and III coaches.
Back for its fourth year, the NXT Lacrosse Academy (NLA) looks to help take the high-performing lacrosse players game to the next level. The program has served over 400 athletes and has sold out each of the previous three years.
The NLA features some of the area’s elite players from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Last year’s roster featured players committed to Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Richmond, Hofstra, and Salisbury.
The first NLA session begins January 6 and runs every Sunday through January 27. The second session will run on Sundays from February 3 to 24. All sessions will be held at Main Line Sports Center in Berwyn.
In 2018, players across 22 different clubs participated in this training. The NLA offers small group, position-based instruction based on Division I training curriculum with elite coaches from former and current college coaching background.
Each of the two sessions is broken up into three training groups, middle school (grad years 2023-2025), high school (grad years 2019-2022) and high school committed training (2019-2020). The high school committed training is back after making its debut last year and is only open to 2019 and 2020 committed players, ensuring the highest level of competition.
“I am doing the NLA Committed for the second year in a row because I want to keep developing my game so I can help my high school team be successful this spring, but also because I want to prepare as much as I can to be a contributor on my college team as early in my college career as possible,” said, Peyton McNeill, a 2019 midfielder at Penn Charter who signed with Lafayette. “There is great competition at the NLA Committed which helps to simulate the kind of talent I’ll be playing with and facing at the college level. The coaches are knowledgeable and passionate about the game, making their tips and advice extremely helpful.”
Each week prior to working on the field there will be a college level film review led by our NLA staff. Film watched will be relevant to the skills and drills being implemented during the training session. The goal of the NLA is measurable improvement over the four-week academy.
The NLA is directed by Peter Lawrence, who brings 12 years of Division I head coaching experience to the field. Peter is joined by two other former NCAA coaches, Steve Layne, and PT Ricci, as well as nine current NCAA coaches. Five of the 12 coaches have Division I coaching experience, giving players a true Division I college-style training session.
Below is a list of the coaches that will be at both sessions.
CURRENT NCAA COACHES:
Jamison Koesterer – UMBC
Assistant Coach at UMBC
Two-time National Champion as a player at Johns Hopkins
Spent four seasons as an Assistant Coach at Ohio State prior to UMBC
Trey Wilkes – Delaware
Former standout faceoff specialist at The Ohio State University
Volunteer Assistant at the University of Delaware
Charles Giunta – St. Joseph’s
Former four-year defensive starter at St. Joseph’s University
Volunteer Assistant at St. Joseph’s University
Nick Taylor – Haverford College
Head Coach at Haverford College
Former Head Coach at Arcadia University for four seasons
Former Assistant Coach at Cabrini University (2013-2014)
David Alyanakian – F&M
Assistant Coach at Franklin & Marshall
Captain of the 2014 Lynchburg College Men’s Lacrosse team that reached the NCAA DIII National Championship
Eric Kluge – Eastern
Offensive Coordinator at Eastern University
USILA First-Team All-American and All-CAC First Team at Salisbury
Gary Mercadante – Ursinus
Head Coach at Ursinus College
Former Defensive Coordinator for four seasons at Ursinus before taking over as Head Coach
Evan Zielinski – Neumann
Volunteer Assistant at Neumann University
All-Conference player at Neumann University in 2013
FORMER NCAA COACHES:
Peter Lawrence (Director of NLA) – Hartford
Former Head Coach at the University of Hartford (12 years)
Defensive Coordinator for Team Scotland in the 2018 FIL World Games
Former Division 1 New England Coach of the Year (2011)
2x All-American and ODAC Player of the Year at Roanoke College
PT Ricci – Loyola, Towson, Haverford, and Cabrini
2x MLL Champion and 1x MLL All-Star for the Florida Launch
Has coached at Towson, Loyola, Haverford College, and Cabrini University
Former All-American at Loyola University
Steve Layne – Richmond and Loyola
Former Assistant Coach at Richmond University
Former Director of Lacrosse Operations at Loyola University
Was a three-year starter at Loyola University