Coaching Staff

Matthew Ramsay, Program Director & Recruiting Advisor
  • Program Founder
  • Associate Program Director
  • Recruiting Advisor 
  • Southington HS Varsity Assistant Coach (2010 - 2014)

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 & Goalie Coach
  • Associate Program Director
  • Assistant Coach 
  • 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).

Marc Graham, Head Coach (2021 Blue)
  • Eastern Connecticut State University Men's Lacrosse Head Coach (2018 - Current)
  • Vassar College Men's Lacrosse Head Coach (2012 - 2017)
  • Trinity College Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach (2006 - 2010)
  • South Windsor High School Boys Varsity Head Coach (1994 - 2004)

Graham came to Eastern in the summer of 2018 after serving as head men’s lacrosse coach at Division III Vassar College. The Vassar appointment followed a 16-year coaching career as an assistant coach at Trinity College and head coach at South Windsor High School.

In 2016, Graham led Vassar to its first .500 season (8-8) ever, and followed that up in 2017 with the first winning season (11-5) in the program’s first 30 years, and first Liberty League playoff berth. That season, Graham and his assistant coaches were voted Liberty League Coaching Staff-of-the-Year and five players were named to the all-league team.

Prior to accepting his first collegiate head coaching position at Vassar, Graham spent 16 years coaching lacrosse in Connecticut. Graham served five years (2006-10) as recruiting coordinator under James Finlay at Trinity, when the Bantams won 40 and lost 35 overall and qualified for the playoffs in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) – the most competitive conference in Division III – for an unprecedented three straight seasons. In 2009, Graham helped Trinity to a 10-6 overall record (4-5 NESCAC) and tied for the fourth-most goals in program history. With Graham, the Bantams were 5-0 against Eastern when the teams met in non-conference play.

As the 11-year head coach at South Windsor (1994-2004), Graham developed a comprehensive freshman, jayvee and varsity program that resulted in three trips to the Division II state finals in a five-year period and the 1999 state championship. As a member of Division I, South Windsor qualified for the state tournament in three of Graham’s final five seasons.

At Vassar, Graham was 39-65, including a 2018 season which included five losses to Top 20 teams – four of which compete in the Liberty League. Among the losses were those to No. 1 nationally-ranked and NCAA semifinalist RIT and to No. 9 national champion Wesleyan University.

The winningest coach in Vassar history, Graham took over in 2012 after seven different individuals had led the program through its first 24 seasons on the intercollegiate level.

Graham’s teams at Vassar featured 17 all-league players, one All-America, one USILA North-South Sr. All-Star and 80 league all-academic selections.

Graham earned his B.S. Degree in Recreation Management from Springfield College in 1994.

  • Northfield Mount Hermon Varsity Assistant Coach (2019 - Present)

John Tierney, former UMass-Amherst standout, joins our program as part of our staff in 2020. The Western Massachusetts native attended Wilbraham & Monson Academy from 2012-2015 and then moved on to the University of Massachusetts from 2016 - 2019. While at Wilbraham & Monson Tierney was known for his ability to score racking up 370 points in 56 games. Tierney was a 4x All New England Selection during his time at WMA and he also holds the WMA single game scoring record posting 10 Goals and 5 Assists in 1 game. In addition to competing at WMA during his High School years Tierney competed for the United States Under-19 team leading that team to victory over Team Canada in 2015. After leaving WMA he took his talents to the University of Massachusetts where he earned NEILA All-Academic honors and also competed in the NCAA Division 1 National Championship losing to Yale the year they won the title. Currently, Tierney is an Assistant Coach at Northfield Mount Hermon and he works as a Financial Advisor. 

  • Suffield High School Boys Lacrosse Varsity Head Coach (2020 - Current)
  • Suffield High School Boys Lacrosse Varsity Assistant Coach (2019 - 2020)
  • Pope Francis High School Boys Lacrosse Varsity Assistant Coach (2012 - 2018)

Cecchetelli has been involved in lacrosse for over 20 years both as a player and a coach. Prior to joining Suffield High School as the Boys Varsity Head Coach in 2020, Cecchetelli was an Assistant Coach at Pope Francis High School and in charge of the offense. While at Pope Francis, the team saw multiple 100pt scorers, one who still ranks 6th in scoring all time in Massachusetts. The Pope Francis team also had made multiple playoffs appearances and also won a league title while Cecchetelli was a part of their staff. 

  • Wilbraham & Monson Academy Assistant Coach (2019 - Current)
  • Pope Francis High School Varsity Head Coach (2016 - 2018)
  • Cathedral High School Varsity Head Coach (2014 - 2016)
  • U.S. Lacrosse Western Massachusetts Board Member (2017 - Current)

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.

 

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Ron Chase, Assistant Coach (2022 Blue)

 

  • 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.

  • Bacon Academy Varsity Head Coach (2013 - Current)
  • Ledyard HS Varsity Head Coach (2006 - 2013)

Martin has been coaching lacrosse in southeastern CT for the past 13 years. After graduating from Assumption College, where he had a successful 3-year career at midfield, he took the reigns at Ledyard High School in 2006. In 2010, Martin broke school records by leading the team to a 16-0 regular season and #1 seed in the Class S state tournament. Ledyard captured their first ever ECC regular season title and also won the tournament title that year. Martin led Ledyard to back-to-back Class S state semifinal appearances in 2009 and 2010. He was named Connecticut's Class S Coach of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Martin took over at Bacon Academy, where the team has been improving its record every year. In addition to coaching high school lacrosse, Martin has coached in the summer, fall, and winter seasons with the CT Whalers out of Yale University and the CT Cardinals out of Wesleyan University. He has coached players who have gone on to play at Lafayette University, Western New England University, St. Michael’s College, Assumption College, Western CT ST University, Limestone College, Wesleyan University, and UCONN. Martin has also had the opportunity to learn and study under talented coaches including Andy Shay (Yale), Ryan Polley (Boston University), Lelan Rogers (Syracuse University), Brett Holm (Brown University) and John Raba (Wesleyan University), among others.

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  • Glastonbury Youth Lacrosse Coach & Board Member
  • Glastonbury High School Lacrosse Board Member

Coach Wallace, a self-proclaimed defensive wizard, brings 28 years of coaching experience to Connecticut Valley Lacrosse and we are thrilled to continue ot have him as a member of our staff. As a player, Coach Wallace competed for both the football and lacrosse programs at Western Connecticut State University from 1990 - 1993. He also competed for Connecticut Valley Lacrosse Club's Men's Open Team (2002 - 2017) and in the Pioneer Valley Lacrosse League (1989 - 2002). The Windsor, Connecticut native and Glastonbury, Connecticut current resident also founded Top Dawg Lacrosse which put together Youth & High School Select Teams ffor 9 years before merging with Connecticut Valley Lacrosse in 2018.   

  • Northwest Catholic High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach (2020 - Current)
  • Avon High School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach (2018, 2011 - 2016)

Coach Kossbiel joins the Connecticut Valley Lacrosse Coaching Staff in 2020 as an Assistant Coach with our 2023 Blue Squad bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and a lengthy background in the world of lacrosse. Kossbiel is presently at the helm of Northwest Catholic High School's Boys Varsity Lacrosse Program and previously was a Head Coach of Avon High School's Boys Varsity Lacrosse. While at Avon, Kossbiel was nominated for Coach of the Year in 2013 and his teams racked up over 100 win during his tenure. Coach Kossbiel also volunteered with the Avon Youth Lacrosse Program and presently serves as a Private Lesson Coach through CoachUp. Prior to his coaching days, Kossbiel was a Defenseman and LSM at NCAA Division III, University of Scranton. 

  • President, Founder & Head Coach Capital Preporatory School (2015 - Current)
  • 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. 

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  • Agawam Youth Lacrosse President (2014 - Current)
  • Agawam Youth Lacrosse Head Coach (2001 - 2003, 2013 - Current)
  • Westfield Youth Lacrosse Assistant Coach (2004 & 2012)
  • Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse League Vice-President (2016 - 2018)
  • Western Mass Arsenal Club Lacrosse Team Founder and 2023 Head Coach (2015 - 2018)

Coach Moore played his High School lacrosse in Westfield, MA where he earned All Western Mass first team and All Western Mass all league first team honors as well as serving as team captain his senior year.  Moore then went on to compete at the NCAA Div I level as a defenseman for Quinnipiac University from (1995-1998) where he was a starter his Junior and Senior years and still ranks 16th all time for ground balls in a single season.  After college, he spent more than a decade playing men’s league for the Westfield Cranx as well as a variety of masters teams throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.  Coach Moore has been very involved in the development of youth lacrosse since 2001 as a Coach, town program president, club team coach, and former Vice-President of the CVYL.


 

 

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  • Springfield Central High School Varsity Assistant Coach (2017 - Current)
  • 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 Springfield Central High School. 

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  • 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. 
 

Joe Lancour, Guest Coach

 

  • Bellingham (MA) HS Varsity Head Coach (2007 - 2010)
  • Windsor HS Junior Varsity Head Coach (2011)
  • Development Officer English Lacrosse Association (2012 - 2013)
  • Agawam Youth Lacrosse Head Coach (2014 - Current)

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. 

  • Eastern Connecticut State University Men's Lacrosse Asssitant Coach (2017 - Current)

Callahan handles practice and game duties as well as recruiting and scouting and was instrumental  in maintaining the program's continuity and visibility in recruiting circles for several months in the interim prior to the hiring of Graham in the summer of 2018. Due to Callahan's work, all four members of the class of 2022 -- Garrett Lapham, Jack Lombardo, Evan Mau and Payten Nevins -- were major contributors as freshmen in the spring of 2019.

The Kingstown, RI native appeared in 34 matches at Eastern, playing on back-to-back Little East Conference playoff championship and NCAA-qualifying teams in 2012 and 2013, those teams winning 13 of 14 LEC regular-season matches and all four LEC playoff decisions. All four of Callahan's teams reached the LEC playoff title game.

Callahan holds a B.S. Degree in Sport and Leisure Management from Eastern. 

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  • 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.

 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

Kevin St. Pierre, Guest Coach

 

  • Southington HS Freshman Head Coach (2010 - 2011)
  • Southington HS Varsity Assitant Coach (2011 - 2018)

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. 

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, Guest 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 - 2018)
  • Bates College Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach (2018 - Present)

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.

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  • 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.