Matthew Ramsay, Program Director & Recruiting Advisor
- Program Founder
- Associate Program Director
- Recruiting Advisor
- Head Coach (2019)
- Southington HS Varsity Assistant Coach (2010 - 2014)
- Southington HS Volunteer Assistant (2017 - Present)
Ramsay has been involved in the game of lacrosse for over 20 years as both a player and a coach. As a coach, Ramsay has been involved with various youth and high school programs across Connecticut and most noteably serves as the Varsity Assistant with Southington High School from 2010-2013. While at Southington, Ramsay commanded the offense and pushed the team to a state tournament appearance in his first season. In years to follow, the Southington Offense racked up countless victories and advanced to it's deepest appearance in the Connecticut State Tournament. Players who have competed under Coach Ramsay at Southington have moved on to compete at a variety of strong NCAA Programs including, but not limited to; University of Maryland, Wesleyan University, Western New England University, Southern New Hampshire University, Sacred Heart University and Endicott College.
As a player, Ramsay competed from 2004 - 2008 as a member of the Eastern Connecticut State University Men's Lacrosse Program. While competing at midfield for the Warrior's he played a strong part in the program's success as they strived towards not only capturing a conference championship, but towards a NCAA Tournament Bid. Following his years on the field at Eastern Connecticut Ramsay competed for various post-collegiate men's programs as well as against and alongside the Boston Cannons in several pre-season contests.
Matt Hoffman, Program Director
- Associate Program Director
- Assistant Coach (2021/2022)
- Goaltender Coach
- Recruiting Advisor
Hoffman joined Connecticut Valley Lacrosse roughly 4 seasons ago after being an active Coach and Member of the Windsor Lacrosse Community in Windsor, Connecticut. As a player, Hoffman competed for Westfield High School in Westfield, MA before moving on to Assumption College where he earned several honors during his four year career (2002 - 2006).
Ron Chase, Coach
- Southington HS Varsity Head Coach (2007 - Current)
- Hobart College Assistant Coach (2003 - 2006)
- Hamilton College Assistant Coach (2002 - 2003)
- Haverford College Assistant Coach (1999 - 2002)
Led the Blue Knights to 6 Class L playoff appearances including a run to the quarterfinals (’13). Also, in his time at Southington High School Chase holds the records for most wins out of any Head Coach to lead the Blue Knights program. As college coach, he coached primarily defense and goalies. Had 2 appearances in the NCAA tournament and two national top 10 rankings. As a player, Chase was a 4 year defenseman at West Chester University (’95-’99) a NCAA Div. II program that was eliminated in ’03. Chase helped lead West Chester to ECAC Championships and top 5 national rankings.
Justin Bard, Coach
- Westfield HS (MA) Boy's Varsity Assistant Coach (2015 - Present)
Former NCAA Division III All-American Attackman and current Westfield High School Boy's Varsity Assistant Coach, Justin Bard, joins the Connecticut Valley Lacrosse Staff as an Assistant Coach in 2017. As a player, Bard earned both National and CCC All-Conference Honors as a member of the Golden Bears Men's Lacrosse Program. In 2015 Bard ranked nationally with 4.35 points per game as well as led the CCC in goals (63) and points (87). Prior to competing at Western New England, Bard enjoyed similar successes as an attackman at American International College earning the 2014 Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year and being named 1st Team All Conference. Bard is a 2006 Graduate of Westfield High School where he also was recognized at an All-American and he also served in the United States Army National Guard.
Matt LaCroix, Coach
- Westfield High School Varsity Assistant Coach (2017 - Present)
LaCroix joined Connecticut Valley as an assistant coach during the summer of 2017. He will be joining the Westfield High School coaching staff this coming spring as an assistant coach. He has been volunteering for the past 4 years while playing at Springfield. LaCroix has been coaching summer lacrosse through various programs since the summer of 2014. He also provides individual lessons for faceoff specialists.
LaCroix graduated from Sringfield College this past May where he competed for four years under Coach Bugbee. During his time there the Pride won 4 NEWMAC titles and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament twice (2014 and 2016). He was a 4 time Academic All Conference recipient and as a senior captain he was selected to First Team All League as a faceoff specialist. LaCroix graduated from Westfield High School as an All American in 2013.
Mark Conklin, Coach
- Kingswood-Oxford School Boy's Lacrosse Head Coach (2015 - Present)
- The Gunnery School Boy's Lacrosse Head Coach (2010 - 2015)
- The Gunnery School Boy's Lacrosse Assistant Coach (2008 - 2010)
Conklin is another newcomer to our program joining our staff for the first time in the 2016 Summer Season. Conklin, as a player, competed for National Powerhouse, West Genesee High School (West Genessee, NY), from 1998 - 2002 before moving on to compete on the field for Division I, Hobart College from 2002 - 2006. Conklin's West Genesee team captured a New York State Championship and earned a #2 National Ranking in 2002. Following his playing days Conklin moved on to coaching when he joined The Gunnery School Boy's Lacrosse Staff in 2008. When he was promoted to Head Coach in 2010 he led The Gunnery Highlanders to 5 consecutive winning seasons and 2 league championship appearances. In addition, Conklin was also named the WNESLLA Division II Head Coach of the Year in 2014.
Thomas Foote, Coach
- Suffield Academy Boy's Varsity Head Coach (2014 - Present)
Thomas Foote is the head lacrosse coach at Suffield Academy, where he also teaches math and is an assistant football coach. He is excited to join Connecticut Valley and ready to share his love of the game with its passionate, talented players.
Foote played at traditional Eastern Mass power Newton North High School before heading to Amherst College, where he played attack for four years for the Lord Jeffs. When not coaching in the summer, he plays for Francie’s of South Hadley in the Pioneer Valley League.
Foote has over a decade of coaching experience with both boys and girls at the youth and high school levels. He’s worked with the Newton and Suffield youth lacrosse programs and previously served as the boys’ JV coach and girls’ varsity coach at Suffield Academy. His Suffield teams feature disciplined defensive and aggressive offensive styles. Foote’s four years leading the Tigers included the team’s first winning record in eight seasons, the program’s first-ever All-American and Academic All-American, and the 2017 Western New England Division II Team Sportsmanship Award.
Michael Piccin, Coach
- Agawam High School Varsity Assistant Coach [2009 - Present]
Piccin competed collegiately at Herkimer Community College where he assisted the team in capturing a National Championship in 2005. While at Herkimer he was also named an Academic All-American. From there he took his talents to Limestone College, a Division II Powerhouse in South Carolina. While at Limestone Piccin helped lead the Saints to 2 National Championship Semi-Final Appearances, he earned All-Conference Honors, was named Captain, and also named a NCAA Division II Pre-Season All-American. Currently, Piccin is a Physical Education Teacher in the Springfield (MA) School System and he also coaches the Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Team at Agawam High School.
Lee Mascolo, Coach
- President, Founder & Head Coach Capital Preporatory School (2015 - Present)
- Eastern Connecticut State University Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach (2012 & 2014)
- England Lacrosse Association Development Official (2013)
Coach Mascolo is the man behind the entire Capital Prep Lacrosse program currently overseeing 5 total teams. Capital Prep's program has grown substantially since 2015; at the present moment Mascolo has assisted Hartford's first lacrosse program in building a Boy's Junior Varsity team, a U10 Girls team, a U12 Girls team, a U12 Boys team, and a U14 Boys team. Prior to beginning his task to build a lacrosse program at Capital Prep, Mascolo was working with Eastern Connecticut State University where he also competed as a midfielder and attackman from 2007 - 2011. As a member of Eastern Connecticut's lacrosse staff Mascolo was responsible for recruiting, man down defense, and scouting opponents. Furthermore, Mascolo's lacrosse adventures have taken him oversees. In 2013, he worked for the English Lacrosse Association and was the Head Coach of the University of Liverpool leading the club to an undefeated 16-0 season.
Robert Cecchetelli, Coach
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Luke Jenne, Coach
- Pope Francis High School Varsity Head Coach (2016 - Present)
- Cathedral High School Varsity Head Coach (2014 - 2016)
- U.S. Lacrosse Western Massachusetts Board Member (2017 - Present)
Coach Luke has been involved with both boys and girls lacrosse for over 20 years coaching and volunteering from youth to High school. As Head Coach at both Pope Francis and Cathedral the past four years each team has gone into the playoffs and won at least one tournament game in each season. Coach Luke was a defensemen and graduate at Longmeadow High School in 2001 and went to and graduated from Westfield State College in 2006. Coach Luke has had graduates from his teams go on to play or soon to be playing at each divisional level in college.
Andrew Sheehan, Coach
- Springfield Central High School Varsity Assistant Coach (2017 - Present)
- South Hadley High School Junior Varsity Head Coach (2017)
- South Hadley High School Varsity Assistant Coach (2016)
Sheehan joined the Connecticut Valley Coachign Staff in the Fall of 2017. He is a 2011 Graduate of West Islip High School on Long Island where he was a member of the 2010 New York State Championship Team. Sheehan then took his talents to NCAA Division II, American International College, where he was a 4-year starter and 2-year captain of the Men's Lacrosse Team. He remains in the AIC recordbooks as being 2nd all-time in ground balls.
After college Sheehan went on to coach lacrosse with South Hadley High School in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Presently, he is working with the first ever High School Boy's Lacrosse Program in Springfield, Massachusetts at Springfield Central High School. Off the field, Sheehan is a special education teacher at the High School of Commerce in Springfield.
Kevin St. Pierre, Coach
- Southington HS Freshman Head Coach (2010 - 2011)
- Southington HS Varsity Assitant Coach (2011 - Current)
St. Pierre has been a member of the Connecticut Valley Lacrosse staff for the past 6 Seasons holding multiple coaching roles with the program through that time. St. Pierre has established himself as one of the most dedicated, driven, and well-versed coaches on our Staff and as a key coaching staff member at Southington High School where he has been an Assistant with the Boy's Varsity Program since 2011. Prior to his present role as an Assistant Coach at Southington St. Pierre served as Head Coach and Assistant Coach with both the Freshman and JV programs. Aside from his involvement with the High School Program St. Pierre has contributed and volunteered his time with area youth programs and he has remained active in the coaching/lacrosse community since completing his career at Eastern Connecticut State University. As a member of the Eastern Connecticut Men's Lacrosse Program St. Pierre contributed at midfield from 2006-2009; the 2009 Eastern Connecticut Men's Lacrosse Team is one of the most talented in school history advancing to the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament and easily capturing the Little East Conference Championship during that season. Just prior to his time at Eastern Connecticut State University St. Pierre competed at the JUCO Level with Dean College and before that as a member of the Southington High School Varsity Boy's Lacrosse Team.
Eric Balslov, Coach
- Agawam High School Varsity Assistant Coach (2013 - Present)
- Agawam High School Junior Varsity Head Coach (2013 - Present)
- Belchertown High School Varsity Head Coach (2012)
Coach Balslov hails from Long Island, New York where he was a member of the Mt. Sinai High School State Championship Boy's Lacrosse Team in 2008. After High School, Coach Balslov went on to compete at Springfield College as a midfielder; during that time Springfield College made the NCAA Tournament each season. Presently, Coach Balslov is a member of the Agawam High School Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Coaching Staff and he is entering his 5th Season. Coach Balslov is also a teacher in the Agawam School System.
Brian Praetorius, Guest Coach
- Bard College Men's Lacrosse Head Coach (2017 - Current)
- Trinity College Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach (2011 - 2017)
- SUNY-New Paltz Assisant Coach (2009 - 2011)
As a player, Praetorius competed at WNEC as an offensive midfielder from 05-08. During his time, he played in back-to-back NCAA quarterfinal games, and the team finished ranked 3rd in Division 3 in 2007. Praetorius graduated with 38 points in 3 seasons. He played post-collegiately with CVLC.
As a coach, Praetorius has been involved in leading the Trinity College men's lacrosse program to new heights. In 2011, the program advanced to its first-ever NESCAC Semifinal, and in 2012 its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, winning their first-round game. In 2016, the Trinity offense ranked 4th all-time in program history in total goals scored, 1st in shots/game, and 1st in EMO %.
Praetorius also sits on the Board of Directors for Inner City Lacrosse, helping spread the game and provide mentorship to Hartford-area youth.
Drew Deane, Goalie Coach
- Goalie Coach
- ECSU Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach (2013 - 2014)
- English Lacrosse Association Development Officer (2014-2015)
- WNEU Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach (2015 - Current)
As a player, Deane competed as a goaltender for Rockville High School before moving on to Eastern Connecticut State University (2010-2013). After graduating, Deane remained active in the Connecticut Lacrosse scene as he competed for several Men's Club Programs throughout the year.
Taylor Leahy, Floating Assistant Coach
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Scott Rossi, Floating Assistant Coach
- Head Coach Berlin High School Varsity Lacrosse (2012 - Present)
Coach Rossi's playing career began in college as one of the founding members of the Eastern Connecticut State University Men's Lacrosse program. After graduation he played with several post-collegiate clubs located in North Haven, Hamden and Brookfield. One of Coach Rossi's most memorable playing experiences came when he was selected as a Master's League All-Star and competed against the Irish National Team.
Rossi's coaching career goes back roughly 20 years. He began as a youth coach in Hamden, Connecticut before founding the Berlin Youth Lacrosse Program. Aside from his experiences in youth lacrosse Cocah Rossi has served as Head Coach of the Berlin Boy's Varsity Lacrosse program since it's inaugural season in 2012. In just 5 Seasons Coach Rossi's teams have won 45 games, made three straight Class M tournament appearances, and were named Co-Champions of the CCC South during the 2015 Regular Season.
Patrick Bushnell, Floating Assistant Coach
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Joe Lancour, Floating Assistant Coach
- Bellingham (MA) HS Varsity Head Coach (2007 - 2010)
- Windsor HS Junior Varsity Head Coach (2011)
- Development Officer English Lacrosse Association (2012 - 2013)
Coach Lancour brings a wealth of knowledge to the Connecticut Valley Lacrosse Coaching Staff and will be entering his 5th season with the program. As a player, Coach Lancour competed for NCAA Division II Assumption College from 2002-2005 before moving on to compete overseas in Great Britain. As a Coach, Lancour has served as Varsity Head Coach of Bellingham High School (Bellingham, MA), Junior Varsity Head Coach of Windsor High School (Windsor, CT), and as a Development Officer with the English Lacrosse Association.
Joe Gentile, Floating Assistant Coach
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Rory Nunamacher, Floating Assistant Coach
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