Groton Mystic Youth Lacrosse

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Alan Burnett:  Al grew up in Mystic, on the Stonington side, and was introduced to lacrosse in high school at Mount Hermon School in north central Massachusetts.  In college at Denison University, he lettered all four years.  In his freshman year, Denison was the only undefeated team in the nation and for his four years they dominated the Midwest, and beat the likes of Syracuse, Princeton, North Carolina, and Notre Dame.  He was captain his senior year.  Al has coached at Northfield Mount Hermon, formerly Mount Hermon, Stonington High School, Fitch High School, and Groton Mystic youth lacrosse, formerly the Seals, starting in 1992.

John Casey: John Grew up in Enfield, CT where he was forced to play golf in the spring because his high school did not have lacrosse.  He joined his first lacrosse team as a freshman at Westfield State College in Massachusetts, which had a Division III varsity program -- proving it is never too late to start playing.  John transferred to UConn after his sophomore year and he played for its men's inter-collegiate club team (UConn does not have a varsity men's program).  After college, John moved to the Washington, DC area where he played on post-collegiate club teams.  After moving to Mystic in 1998 to serve in the Navy JAG Corps at the Submarine Base, John helped coach the SEALs boys' senior team from 2000-2003.  John returned to coaching when his son Jack joined the bantams team in 2010.  His daughter Nora plays on the girls' 14U team where John is an assistant coach.  John has completed the US Lacrosse Level 1 coaching certification.  He is a partner with the law firm of Robinson & Cole LLP in their New London office. 

Brian Clang: Brian grew up in Uncasville, CT where he enjoyed the unlikely combination of football and golf throughout his high school years. He started playing volleyball 20 years ago and still enjoys playing beach volleyball in the summer where he teams up with his wife in doubles. When not busy with lacrosse he is an Information Technology manager working for CSC at the Electric Boat site here in Groton. Brian currently has two daughters in the lacrosse program, Elizabeth is in the 14U-8th program and Sophia in the 14U-7th program where he will be the head coach. Despite not being lucky enough to have the opportunity to play lacrosse he has enjoyed coaching on both teams. He completed the Level 1 Women's Lacrosse Coaching Certification program and continues to learn about the sport and is looking forward to coaching on both teams again this year.

 

Leslie Driscoll: Leslie grew up in Longmeadow, MA where she started playing lacrosse at Suffield Academy. She later went on to play lacrosse at St. Bonaventure University (New York) where she completed her degree in elementary education. Leslie received her master’s in administration at Boston College. She is a currently teaching third grade in Ledyard. Leslie has two girls in the program -- Lilly (U11) and Charlotte (U9). This is Leslie’s second year and she loves instilling her love of the sport with upcoming athletes.

David Johnson: Dave graduated from Springfield College with a BS in Physical Education with Coaching Concentration. While at Springfield, he was a four year varsity player in soccer. He was originally recruited to coach lacrosse by Dave Schulz. He has coached youth lacrosse for the past 9 years. He has also been a long-time coach for Groton Soccer. He is a member of the CT State Referee program (Grade Level 8) and a member of the CT Soccer Officials Association. In his "off" seasons, he assigns referees for the Groton Soccer Club and teaches skiing at Okemo Mountain in VT while maintaing his day job!

Katey Kokomoor: Katey grew up in Cocoa Beach, Florida where she was first introduced to lacrosse in middle school physical education class.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a Master's of Education in Exercise Technology.  She has worked in the exercise and wellness field for over 25 years (including running the employee exercise facility at Kennedy Space Center).  Currently, she practices massage therapy in her own therapeutic massage practice.  She began coaching youth lacrosse 13 years ago when her first of four children joined the SEALS lacrosse program.  Her 2 oldest daughters played lacrosse all the way through high school (for Fitch) and one played in college.  She has another daughter currently playing for Fitch HS and a son on GMLA Senior boys team.


Michael Luethy:   Michael is a father of five children (3 girls and 2 boys) and a grandfather as well.   His oldest daughter played lacrosse with the SEALS program and also through Fitch HS.    Currently, two girls are in the GMLA program as well as his youngest son.    Michael grew up in Maryland and was involved in both Rec League and High School Lacrosse, as well as football and rugby in college.   Sports have always been an important avenue for building respect, camaraderie and sportsmanship, and he has encouraged all of his kids to participate.   He has been coaching with the GMLA girls lacrosse program for the past 4 years, and is currently helping out with the U15 girls team.   Michael also serves as the GMLA League Secretary.   He has a B.A. Degree in Biochemistry and an M.S. Degree in Applied Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Nebraska and has worked as a scientist for the Monsanto Company for the past 18 years


Katie O'Leary: Katie is a mother of four, 3 lax players -Jack/Boys U15, Maggie/U13, Bridget/U11, and Colin/still baseball :-)!  She loves sports and spending time with her kids and their friends. She played Division II Basketball for St. Anselm College from 1992-96 and coached boys and girls basketball at the middle school level in Birmingham, MI while she was a teacher (before having her children).  She has coached basketball for the GBA- Micro/Junior boys and Micro girls, as well as 4th/5th and 6th grade girls for Groton Basketball Club. This year she is again looking forward to helping on the sidelines for the U11 Girls.

Jon Pearse: Jon grew up in Concord, MA and started playing lacrosse when he was in 7th grade. He played midfield for 4 years at Concord-Carlisle High School.  His senior year, they defeated Longmeadow to win the Division 1 State Championship being only one of three teams to win a state championship in school history. He received the Paul Cain Award for perseverance, dedication, and love of the game. He did a post-graduate year at Northfield Mount Hermon where he further polished his skills prior to moving to the collegiate level. He attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where he started as a freshman. He has 3 daughters (Skyler, Zoe, and Macy), all of whom are involved in the GMLA girl’s program at different levels. They all began their lacrosse careers at a much younger age than he did. He can only imagine how far they will go.


Brian Russo: Brian grew up in the Boston area as a lifelong Red Sox and Celtics fan.   He played hockey, baseball and ran track throughout his high school and college years but would certainly have preferred to play lacrosse if it had been available.  Both his son and daughter made the switch from little league baseball to lacrosse a couple of years ago. His daughter plays on the U13 team.   Brian has completed the Level 1 Women’s Lacrosse Coaching Certification program and spends most sunny days out practicing with his kids. Brian has several years experience coaching youth sports and looks forward to coaching the girls U13 team again this year.   He lives in Mumford Cove and works at Pfizer in its business development group.

Theresa Tuthill: In days of old, Theresa played lacrosse with a wooden stick from the Tuscarora Indian reservation.  She was co-captain of her University of Rochester team, and served as an Assistant Coach for 6 years during graduate school. While an engineering professor at U. of Dayton, she coached the Women’s Lacrosse club team. Theresa has coached youth lacrosse since 2003, and has kept current (from her days of playing with no boundaries and no goggles) by attending numerous US Lacrosse Coaching clinics.

Michael Kornacki: Michael Kornacki currently lives in Groton, CT but grew up in Franklin, CT. He just recently moved back to the states from Germany where he was a Department of Defense substitute teacher. His wife Kimberly serves in Groton at the Naval Submarine Base New London with The United States Army. He has two boys Aiden and Abel that both play for Groton Mystic Lacrosse Association. He is currently working towards his degree in personal training at Three Rivers Community College. Michael has coached baseball, soccer and lacrosse for many years. He now solely coaches lacrosse. He also received The President's Volunteer Service Award and The Certificate of Achievement from the US Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany for volunteering. His love for family, lacrosse and teaching kids has made him the dad, coach and mentor he is today.

Brian Sheffer: Assistant lacrosse coach for the past two seasons. Also coached soccer, baseball and softball in Groton.
 

George Fricke: George Fricke grew up in the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida. In June of 2001, he enlisted in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. The majority of his 16 year career has been spent with the Marine Corps in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During which he deployed to Kuwait, Haiti, Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. While stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, he earned his Associate’s Degree and a teaching certificate from Florida State College of Jacksonville. During his tour in San Antonio, Texas, he continued to work towards a Bachelor’s Degree in History. George and his wife, Christie, along with their two children, Charlie(6) and Amelia(3) recently relocated to Groton from San Antonio, Texas. Chief Petty Officer Fricke is currently stationed at New London Subase where he is enrolled at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute to become a Submarine Independent Duty Corpsman. Throughout the years, he has been a devoted member of the Morocco Shrine Temple of Jacksonville, Florida, supporting crippled and burned children and Shrine Hospitals International. In San Antonio, he was very passionate about his volunteer work with the organization WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students). As a consistent, positive male role model in children’s lives, he volunteered countless hours to this school-based, father-involvement program to support safety and education. His coaching experience includes assisting with his son’s 5U soccer team for three seasons as well as being the head coach for the Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston men’s soccer team. This will be his first season as an assistant coach for his son’s lacrosse team. George is honored to be working alongside such an energized and experienced coach lineup. He is looking forward to helping your children develop their lacrosse skills and creating an environment where their self-esteem, communication and social skills, and overall wellness can flourish.

 

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