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Ray Arra

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Bryan attended West Chester University, where he majored in kinesiology and received a teaching degree in Health and Physical Education. He has spent the last five years as a heath and physical education teacher for children ages 3-21 at the Davidson School which is the education branch of the Elwyn Organization. While teaching at the Davidson, Bryan worked toward and received a Masters of Education Degree from Wilmington University. Coach Arra sees Health and Physical Education as the building blocks to active and healthy living. Besides physical well-being, Bryan knows that such education promotes positive self-esteem and self-image in young adults. Lessons learned here are the same lessons and interactions students will need to succeed in the game of life.

In both instances, one strives for excellence in realizing one’s potential, and this personal goal Coach Arra hopes to leave as his legacy with students. Coach Arra began playing lacrosse at the age of eight, coming up through the ranks of the Rose Tree Media Optimist program. He continued to enhance his knowledge of the game and skills at Penncrest High School, which recently just won the Pennsylvania State championship under the direction of coaches Jef Hewlings and Wayne Matsinger. His collegiate career started with the Delaware County Community College Phantoms where he was 1st team all-conference and named player of the week for three straight weeks. From there, he headed to West Virginia where he played for one season before finishing up his collegiate lacrosse career at West Chester University where he was named team captain his senior and super senior year.

Bryan played lacrosse for two years and wants to continue giving back to the game that gave him so many opportunities, so he began his coaching career at Cardinal O’Hara High School where he coached for four seasons as an assistant coach. He then moved on to the position of head coach at Monsignor Bonner High School where he spent two seasons. Shortly after that, he quickly moved to the collegiate ranks where he has spent the last two season coaching and recruiting at the Division III level for Neumann University.In 2004, Bryan started his coaching career at Cardinal O’Hara High School serving for four seasons as an assistant lacrosse coach and defensive coordinator. He then moved on to the position of head coach at Monsignor Bonner High School where he spent two seasons. After leaving Monsignor Bonner, Bryan moved on to the collegiate level where he currently is an assistant coach for Neumann University. Last season, Arra helped lead the Knights to their most successful season in the program's history. Arra also founded Rumford and Rumford Lacrosse Club Team after college because he wanted to give back to the sport that gave him so many opportunities.

The club team allows recent high school graduates the opportunity to play alongside some of the best collegiate players in the area before heading off to college. As club members, future collegiate players have the opportunity to hone in and polish their skills. Bryan also co-founded Eric Bishop’s 4 Rings Lacrosse Camp which allowed elementary players a chance to learn from the area’s best high school, college and professional players. You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take. When you work hard, good things happen. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.

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