Little Laxers (K-2)
Kingsley Keller - Coach Kingsley grew up outside Philadelphia where her love for the game of lacrosse started early on. During her high school years at The Shipley School, she was a four year starter and in her senior year was co-captain, team MVP, high scorer, and elected to the “All Main-Line” team. After Shipley, she went on to play Division I lacrosse at Lafayette College and then at University of Denver. In her sophomore year for the Pioneers, she was the team’s high scorer. While in Colorado she was an assistant coach for the woman’s Cherry Creek high school junior varsity team. Currently Coach Keller lives in Rowayton and is happily married to her husband Barrett. Together they have two Little Laxers – Wynne & Lane and a puppy named Boomer who helps out with ground ball training when the girls aren’t at practice. If you don’t see Coach Kingsley drafting up the next offensive scheme for the Little Laxers, you can find her on the paddle court.
Erin Berry - Coach Erin graduated from Lafayette College, where she was a captain of, and 4-year starter on, the women's lacrosse team and was named to the First Team All Patriot League in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Coach Erin was also a captain of the Lafayette College women's field hockey team. She lives in Rowayton with her husband, Sean and her children, John and Alice, who are both Norwalk Lacrosse players in the Bantam and Little Laxers programs.
Vincent Cataldo - Coach Vin enters his third season coaching the Little Laxers and is excited for the upcoming season! He is looking forward to teaching, training and most importantly having fun with the team, alongside Kingsley and the other parent coaches, who are integral to the success of the program. Vin grew up playing lacrosse on Long Island and was a starting long-stick midfielder and scholar athlete for the West Islip Lions. Vin graduated from Fordham University, where he was a three year captain and President of the Fordham University club lacrosse team. Vin lives in Rowayton with his wife, Christine, and their three amazing daughters, Charlotte (Little Laxers), Ellison (Little Laxers) and Amelia (future Little Laxer!).
John Ward - Coach John is a Connecticut native and firm believer that Fairfield County has always been the real hotbed of Boys and Girls lacrosse talent thanks to its youth programs! He graduated from Wilton High School in 1994 where he won three State Championships as part of the Varsity team. In his Senior year he was voted All-FCIAC, All-State and All-American. John went on to be a four-year member and two-time captain at the University of Pennsylvania where he still holds the all-time career goals record for the program. He was selected to the first team All-Ivy League team in 1997 and named an Honorable Mention All-American that same year. John has two daughters in the NJL program; Tess (Lightning) and Laine (Little Laxers). His coaching philosophy is simple: play hard, have fun and let good things happen!
Talbot Schaffer - Coach "Tally" grew up in New Canaan, CT where she played varsity soccer and lacrosse, captaining the lacrosse team her senior year and elected as a Connecticut All-State player. Coach Tally's lacrosse career continued in the NESCAC for Hamilton College. Tally's first coaching experiences started in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she was a ski instructor before moving back to Connecticut in 2014 and settling in Norwalk. A proud mom of a Norwalk Lighting son and a Little Laxer daughter. Tally is very excited to coach her first season and help grow the Norwalk program.
Taylor Lane - Coach Taylor is a current member of the Yale University Women's Lacrosse Team, Graduated from Greenwich Academy with Soccer and Lacrosse Honors, Soccer captain and 2x Lacrosse captain of team ranked 25th in the nation, 3x Under Armour All-American, Comet Lacrosse Youth Coach and Norwalk Junior Lacrosse Alum. Taylor is the proud sister of Maddie who is a player on the Junior 5/6 team.
Spencer Hempleman - Coach Spence grew up in Westchester, NY where he was captain of the Hackely School. He graduated from Tufts University where he was a captain and 4-year starter. At Tufts, he was the recipient of the Baggataway Award for the player who best represents the game of lacrosse. He also represented Tufts at the East West All-Star game. Spencer currently is the assistant coach for Greens Farms Academy Boys Varsity lacrosse team. Spencer coached Norwalk Junior Lacrosse Girls Lightning for the previous 5 years and coached Greenwich Youth Lacrosse 5/6 boys travel team winning 4 CONNY champioships. Spencer is the father of 3 kids all currently in the Norwalk Junior Lacrosse Program: Sadie (Senior), Hazel (Junior), and Wylie (Bantam). When not coaching lacrosse, Spence can be found coaching something else.
Amy Rebbechi - Coach Amy lives in Rowayton with her husband and 3 boys. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and went on to American University for graduate school. At Hobart she played goalie and co-captained her team her senior year. Amy moved to Darien in 2010 and was hired as the goalie coach at Darien High School under head coach Lisa Lindley. While on staff the team went on to win States and 2 FCIAC championships. Amy and her family moved to Norwalk in 2013 and decided it was time to change allegiances. She volunteered her time as a goalie coach at Brien McMahon High School when Amanda Spatola was head coach in 2015. Since then she has volunteered for the Norwalk 3/4th boys program. When not playing lacrosse in the back yard with her 3 boys, you can find her doing CrossFit or basically any sport she can get her hands on.
Harrison Dunne -Harrison has been involved with lacrosse as a player and a coach for 35 years. He started his career playing at Fox Lane High School in Bedford NY. He was then a three-time letterman midfielder and Captain for the McDaniel College Green Terror playing in the historic Centennial Conference. This followed 8-years on the Los Angeles Lacrosse Club. He’s served as a head or assistant NJL coach for the last 12-years. All three of his daughters have come through the NJL program with a current sixth grader and his two oldest are Senators for McMahon's varsity team. He has pride and passion for introducing the game to the newest generation and this will be his fourth season coaching the Boys Bantams.
Matt Corry - Coach Matt grew up in Norwalk and played lacrosse for legendary NHS Coach Randy McCue, the father of lacrosse in Norwalk CT. Coach Matt was a three time captain for the UCONN club lacrosse team and also played for the Irish National Team in the 2007 European Championships. As a coach, Matt has coached with NJL since his son was in Pre-K and all the way through his NJL playing career. 10 year went by fast! Matt has also coached at the club level for Team Make-A-Wish and the CT Rhinos. Matt serves as the Boys Vice President for NJL and will be helping to coach the 3/4 boys (the bobble heads) this season.
Thierry Francois - Coach Thierry (pronounced Terry) Francois grew up in Norwalk and played lacrosse for two great Hall of Fame Coaches, Randy McCue (NHS) and Rick McCarthy (Eastern). Coach Thierry played lacrosse at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he is still one of the top-scoring leaders and has played lacrosse at a high level as an attackman for many years. He has played in tournaments as far as Australia, Hawaii, and Las Vegas with many pro players. As a coach, Thierry has conducted individualized training and coached high school winter sessions, and last season coached his son’s 3rd/4th grade Biddy basketball team
Chris Martens - Coach Chris grew up on lacrosse hotbed Long Island attending Bethpage High School. After racking up numerous athletic and academic awards playing football and lacrosse as a Golden Eagle, Chris played collegiate lacrosse on the Division 1 level at UMass-Amherst under Head Coach Greg Cannella. As a 3-year starter on the Midfield and Man-Up units, they reached the NCAA Quarter Finals in 1995 and 1997, losing to Princeton in close contests both years. After the conclusion of his senior year in 1998, he represented UMass at the East-West All-Star game. Present-day, Chris continues to be involved in the game of lacrosse as a Head Coach for the CT Wolves lacrosse program in addition to Norwalk Youth Lacrosse. He lives in Norwalk(Harbor View community) with his amazing wife(Kathleen), two beautiful daughters(Finley & Eloise), and two annoying dogs(Tito & Rhodey).
Conor Ronan - Coach Ronan grew up in Northport, NY and played close defense for Northport High School. Following High School Coach Ronan played college lacrosse at Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida. At Rollins, he led the team as a 3-time captain and started all 4 years. As a coach, he has worked with a variety of age groups for Team Tiger in Northport, and has also coached the last 2 years for Norwalk Lacrosse.
Matt Lopes - Coach Matt grew up in Southington and played lacrosse up to freshman year of college, was captain of his high school lacrosse team and a scholar athlete. Coach Matt began a new path in Architecture at college but re-engaged his passion for lacrosse when he moved to Norwalk 10 years ago and joined the O'neills Lacrosse Club team. He has been coaching NJL for 6 years and will be helping the 7-8th graders this year alongside father/coach Chris Boyle. He also enjoys mountain sports and when he's not on the field, you can find him skiing or biking!
Chris Boyle - Chris Boyle grew up in the Boston area and started playing lacrosse in high school and in a post-grad year at Deerfield Academy, and then played club lacrosse at Boston College. Chris has two lacrosse playing sons, one in 9th grade at McMahon and the other in 7th grade. Chris has coached at bantam and youth levels with NJL and for Highland Park, TX as well for a club team in the Dallas metro area. Chris is happy to be helping out this season with the 7/8 boys and hopefully will get out with the Bantams too.