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Little Laxers (K-2)

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!).

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.

Michelle NoeCoach Michelle is a Rowayton mom of three (Rose 5, Sammy 4, Grant, 1) and the Director of Marketing and Special Projects at Greens Farms Academy in Westport. She played lacrosse at GFA and Staples High School and played Varsity squash and ran Varsity cross country at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. She is excited to get out with the girls K and 1 group for some fun on the field and to develop a love of America's first sport. 

Anne Sharpe - Coach Anne lives in Rowayton with her husband Jamie and three children Addison (7), Lochlan (5) and Bailey (1). She grew up in Darien and played lacrosse at Darien High School her freshman year and then at St. George's boarding school for 3 years. She also played soccer and squash in high school. She went on to play lacrosse in college at the University of Virginia. She is a registered nurse and currently works in the Neonatal ICU at Stamford Hospital. She is very excited to get back on the lacrosse field and share her love of the game with the K-2 grade girls.
 
Skip Dunphy - Coach Skip lives in Rowayton with his wife Lorin, and his 2 kids Quinn and Whitney. He grew up in lacrosse hotbed Manhasset, NY where he was an All Country Attackman. He then went on to play lacrosse at Providence College, where he started all 4 years, was a 100 point career scorer and was a 1st Team All Conference player his Senior year.

 

Lightning (3/4)

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.

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.

Heather Schoff - Coach Heather lives in Rowayton with her husband Andrew and three children Ford(10), Cora (9) and Kate (6). She grew up in Darien and played lacrosse for Lisa Lindley at Darien High School for four years. She also played soccer and ran indoor track in high school. She went on to play lacrosse in college at Colgate University. She is looking forward to her first year coaching the Lightening Girls. Go Norwalk!

Juniors (5/6)

Francois Morin - Coach Francois has been around the game since he was a little kid and has been coaching for the last 9 years, for both girl and boys, from 1st grade to high school. He currently has two kids in the NJL program and one NJL alumni, currently a freshman at BMHS.

Todd Parkin - Coach Todd lives in Norwalk with his wife Olivia and three children Emmeline (10), James (8), and Gabriel (7) --- all Norwalk Lax players. He grew up in Kent but played lacrosse at Hotchkiss and freshman year at Cornell before retiring due to a shoulder injury. He works as a technology consultant and is excited to coach again this year with the 5-6 girls team.

Rob Powell - Coach Rob lives in Rowayton with his wife Sue and two daughters Morgan (14) and Kelsey (11). He grew up in Maryland playing soccer and basketball.  He has helped coach softball, basketball, and soccer for both boys and girls in Rowayton for the past 12 years.  By joining the NJL coaching team he is looking forward to bringing his passion for sports and having fun to the 5th-6th grade group of girls this year.  He’s also hoping to learn some new lacrosse skills during the season!

Allison Granata - Coach Allison lives in South Salem, NY. She grew up in Norwalk, CT and started playing lacrosse in middle school with NJL. She played lacrosse through high school at Brien McMahon. Continuing through to college at New England College where she graduated in 2017. She got her Bachelor of Arts in Business & Kinesiology. She also went on to get her MBA in Sports and Recreation Management. She continued to be involved in lacrosse coaching since then. Allison is excited to continue her passion of lacrosse through coaching the NJL 5th & 6th grade team.

Seniors (7/8)

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.

 

Amanda Spatola

 

Chris Luth

 

Rebecca Potash - Coach Becca grew up playing lacrosse in Greenwich and played varsity lacrosse at Greenwich High School. Becca continued playing at the University of Connecticut on the UCONN Women's Club Lacrosse team. After graduating in 2017, she moved to Rehovot, Israel, to teach English and volunteer for Israel Lacrosse. In Israel,  Becca was able to coach, introduce the sport to students across the country, and play on the Women's National Team. When she moved back to the states in 2018 to continue her teaching career, she was also a 5th-grade GYL travel team coach. Becca now teaches 4th grade at Rowayton School.

 

BOYS

Bantams (K-2)

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. 

 

Lightning (3/4)

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

 

Juniors (5/6)

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.

 

Seniors (7/8)

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.