Mike Podgajny (pronounced puh-GO-nee), a graduate of Ridley High School and the University of Notre Dame, possesses years of championship-quality experience as both player and coach at the sport’s highest level. He now works as a financial professional in Greater Philadelphia.Mike first started playing in sixth grade in the Ridley youth lacrosse system. After playing one year at Monsignor Bonner High School, Mike starred for Ridley High’s state champion teams during 2002 and 2003. He earned State Championship MVP honors in 2003 and All-America honors in 2004.
Podgajny attended the University of Notre Dame and developed under Kevin Corrigan and Gerry Byrne into a tough, well-rounded midfielder who led Notre Dame to league championships and NCAA tournament appearances. Podgajny, a two-time USILA All-American, was part of a strong midfielder corps that has produced some of the sport’s rising stars. In addition to his success on the field, Mike and the 2008 lacrosse team were awarded “The Trophy,” an award to recognize the Notre Dame team who demonstrates a commitment to community through their unparalleled service to Notre Dame and South Bend, Indiana. For his efforts in the classroom and on the field, Mike also earned the honor of Scholar All-America during his senior year. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, he was drafted by the San Francisco Dragons of the MLL. Mike led a four-year MLL career, playing for the Dragons, Boston Cannons, and Denver Outlaws. He earned player of the game honors and Rookie of the Week honors in 2008.
He is currently a member of the GMH Philadelphia Lacrosse Club that competes in the American Lacrosse League each spring and summer. Assistant Coach – Princeton University, Colorado College, Ursinus College. Among his many responsibilities as a college coach, Mike brings valuable experience as coordinator of individual development as players from each team have been All-American honorees.
I believe in each player understanding his role and committing himself to excel in that role. Our staff will work together to develop each young man, expanding his skill set, knowledge, and character. -Honor the game. -Play hard and play together. -Focus on the little things; the big things will take care of themselves.
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