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Back for its fourth year, the NXT Lacrosse Academy (NLA) looks to help take the high-performing lacrosse players game to the next level. Check out the college coach list for Session I and II!
Back for its fourth year, the NXT Lacrosse Academy (NLA) looks to help take the high-performing lacrosse players game to the next level. The program has served over 400 athletes and has sold out each of the previous three years. The application process ensures the highest level of competition possible at each session. The NLA is filled with the area’s most talented players from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. 31 Division I and 13 Division III schools have been represented by NLA participants. Last year’s roster featured players committed to Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Richmond, Hofstra, Salisbury and, Stevens Tech.
In 2018, players across 22 different clubs participated in this training. The NLA offers small group, position-based instruction based on Division I training curriculum with elite coaches from former and current college coaching background. Each of the two sessions is broken up into three training groups, middle school (grad years 2023-2025), high school (grad years 2019-2022) and high school committed training (2019-2020). The high school committed training is back after making its debut last year and is only open to 2019 and 2020 committed players, ensuring the highest level of competition.
Each week prior to working on the field there will be a college level film review led by our NLA staff. Film watched will be relevant to the skills and drills being implemented during the training session. The goal of the NLA is measurable improvement over the four-week academy.
The NLA is directed by Peter Lawrence, who brings 12 years of Division I head coaching experience to the field. Peter is joined by two other former NCAA coaches, Steve Layne, and PT Ricci, as well as eight current NCAA coaches. Five of the 11 coaches have Division I coaching experience, giving players a true Division I college-style training session.
The first NLA session is set to begin on January 6th and run every Sunday through January 27th. The second session will run on Sundays from February 3rd to 24th. All sessions will be held at Main Line Sports Center. Below is a list of the coaches that will be at both sessions.
CURRENT NCAA COACHES:
Former standout faceoff specialist at The Ohio State University
Volunteer Assistant at the University of Delaware
Former four-year defensive starter at St. Joseph's University
Volunteer Assistant at St. Joseph’s University
Nick Taylor - Haverford College
Head Coach at Haverford College
Former Head Coach at Arcadia University for four seasons
Former Assistant Coach at Cabrini University (2013-2014)
Assistant Coach at Franklin & Marshall
Captain of the 2014 Lynchburg College Men’s Lacrosse team that reached the NCAA DIII National Championship
Offensive Coordinator at Eastern University
USILA First-Team All-American and All-CAC First Team at Salisbury
Head Coach at Ursinus College
Former Defensive Coordinator for four seasons at Ursinus before taking over as Head Coach
Volunteer Assistant at Neumann University
All-Conference player at Neumann University in 2013
Ron Garling - Cabrini
Kyle Gardner - Neumann
FORMER NCAA COACHES:
Peter Lawrence (Director of NLA) - Hartford
Former Head Coach at the University of Hartford (12 years)
Defensive Coordinator for Team Scotland in the 2018 FIL World Games
Former Division 1 New England Coach of the Year (2011)
2x All-American and ODAC Player of the Year at Roanoke College
PT Ricci - Loyola, Towson, Haverford, and Cabrini
2x MLL Champion and 1x MLL All-Star for the Florida Launch
Has coached at Towson, Loyola, Haverford College, and Cabrini University
Former All-American at Loyola University
Steve Layne - Richmond and Loyola
Former Assistant Coach at Richmond University
Former Director of Lacrosse Operations at Loyola University
Was a three-year starter at Loyola University
To learn more and register for NLA Session I, click here
To learn more and register for NLA Committed Session I, click here
February 13th and 27th, NXT has been teaming up with Greenepsych and CHOP to deliver talks on topics that relate to mental health and well-being as well as achieving performance related goals. To join us on this journey, we are extremely fortunate to have Mitch Greene, PhD, Lauren Ruhl, LPC, and Brian Vernau, MD, FAAP, CAQSM.
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