An enthusiastic, positive, and knowledgeable staff that has the ability to inspire is what makes Cradle Lacrosse unique. We seek lacrosse enthusiasts who have the ability to teach the fundamental skills of lacrosse as well as the ability to work with kids. All of our coaches have played high school and college lacrosse and enjoy giving back to the game that they love while making kids smile.
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Dylan Brown is the Director of Programs for NXT Sports, where he directs and oversees the Cradle Lacrosse programs and Trashcan Lacrosse Programs. He also is the Head Coach for 2016 (8th Grade) Trashcan Lacrosse Club team.
He formerly served as assistant lacrosse coach at Westerville North H.S. (Westerville, OH). Dylan was a three-sport standout at Episcopal Academy and captained the Men’s Lacrosse team at Ohio Wesleyan University where he graduated in 2009 with a degree in anthropology and sociology. He resides in the Northern Liberties, Philadelphia.
Joanna started her lacrosse career in Suffern, New York at the age of 12. She was captain of her high school's varsity team, earned All-Section honors her senior year and competed in the Empire State Games. She went on to play Division 1 lacrosse at Drexel University in Philadelphia from 2009-2012. As a defender on Drexel's squad she received the Commissioner's Academic Award and the Best of Blue and Gold Award in 2011 and 2012. She graduated from Drexel University in March 2013 with a major in Corporate and Public Relations and Political Science. She loves coaching and introducing kids to the game of lacrosse.
Cindy Wilson is the fourth head coach in the women's lacrosse program's 14-year history.
In her first season at the helm this past spring, she led the Royals to an 9-6 overall record and a berth in the Landmark Conference tournament, Scranton's fourth appearance in the six-year history of the league.
Her efforts this past season didn't go unnoticed. She was voted by her colleagues as the conference coach of the year, sharing the award with Susquehanna's Laura Moan.
Individually, seven of Wilson's players earned all-Landmark Conference honors, including four who were chosen second-team all-Boardwalk region by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).
A 2009 graduate of Susquehanna University, Wilson came to Scranton after spending three seasons as assistant coach at Muhlenberg College in nearby Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Wilson, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Susquehanna University and a master’s degree in sports management from California University of Pennsylvania, was a four-year letter-winner (2006-09) with the Crusaders. She was a two-year captain (2008, 2009) and mainstay in the midfield, helping the Crusaders post 24 wins and finishing her career with 11 goals in 49 games played. Wilson, a native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, was chosen as second-team all-Landmark Conference in 2008, as well as Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association NCAA Division III Academic Honor Roll the same season.
Laura Patton enters her second season as head women's lacrosse coach at King's College. Patton cames to King's after serving as the lead assistant coach at Susquehanna University for three years.
The 2012 season saw Patton leading a short-handed King's squad to a 10-8 overall record and a spot in the Freedom Conference playoffs for the first time since the 2005 season. The 2012 Lady Monarchs also turned in three of the top six single season scoring performances in the programs history.
Patton was a four-year player and three-year starter at NCAA Division III Ursinus College which competes in the nationally-respected Centennial Conference. At Ursinus, she helped the Bears to a combined 39-28 overall record as well as a 24-12 mark in league competition, including three Centennial Conference playoff berths in 2005-07 Patton, who served as a team tri-captain during her senior season in 2008, totaled 49 ground balls, 22 caused turnovers, and 10 draw controls from her defensive position. In 2006 and 2007, she was named most valuable teammate by her coaches and teammates.
In addition, she received the Ursinus Student Athlete Advisory Committee Sportsmanship Award and made the college's athletic honor roll every season. Dean's List student, Patton graduated from Ursinus with a 3.51 overall grade-point average with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Exercise and Sport Science. She also received the Ursinus College Achievement Award.
Megan Corrigan is in her first year as the graduate assistant for women's lacrosse at Misericordia University.
A native of Boyertown, PA, she earned her degree in athletic training from Alvernia.
She was a four-year starter for the Crusaders and led them to three MAC post-season appearances.
A two-time All-MAC honoree, she helped the Crusaders to the 2012 ECAC Mid-Atlantic championship.
She is pursuing her master's degree in organizational management.
Shaun Church is in his first season as assistant coach at King's College.
Church comes to King's with an outstanding background in the sport. A graduate of Hicksville High School in Long Island, NY, Church played two years at Onondaga Community College where he was an offensive and defensive midfielder under six-time national championship coach Chuck Wilbur. Church served as the team captain in 2009 when Onondaga completed an undefeated season which included a National Junior College Athletic Association national championship.
He then transferred to traditional NCAA Division III power Salisbury University where he helped the Sea Gulls to back-to-back national championships in 2011 and 2012. The 2011 team finished with a 21-1 mark while the 2012 team concluded a perfect 23-0 record. Church graduated from Salisbury in 2012 with a degree in Psychology.
In his four years as a collegiate player, Church was a part of two teams that combined for a record of 78-3 with three national titles.
Emily Bartlett played Field Hockey and Lacrosse at Penn Charter, class of 2006. She went to the College of William & Mary, where she majored in English and Secondary Education. Since graduation, Emily worked in Learning Support and Alumni Relations at Penn Charter, where she coached Upper School Girls JV Lacrosse. She is involved in supporting girls sports, through the Penn Charter Women's Legacy Fund and is thrilled for the expanding girls programming with Nxt!
Heather Ferguson is a 2004 graduate from Archbishop Carroll High School where she participated in both Varsity Lacrosse and Field Hockey all 4 years. She went on to play Division I Lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame. During her time there, her team was ranked in the top 10 in the nation multiple times and participated in the Final Four in her sophomore year.
Since graduating college in 2008, Heather has continued her lacrosse career by coaching year round. She was an assistant coach for two years at her Alma Mater, Carroll. From there, she went to Episcopal Academy and coached their JV team for one season and is currently the Assistant Varsity coach at Episcopal Academy. During the winter and spring, Heather is a clinician and coach for Phantastix Lacrosse, a club team, which participates in winter clinics and summer tournaments. Heather is very excited about joining Cradle Lacrosse as a coach this spring.
Stephanie DeLuca is a 2010 UConn (Storrs, CT) graduate from Downingtown, PA. She has been a part of Cradle Lacrosse for the past 18 months, assisting coaching and taking pictures and video footage for Cradle social media during sessions. Stephanie has worked with children since 2004 at D.A.R.C. camps and the Rock School West in West Chester, PA as camp counselor and dance teacher. In Connecticut, she studied Applied Mathematics and Physics as well as headed the Academic Committee for her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. As of this past Christmas, Stephanie is the proud sponsor mother of a Philadelphia Zoo river hippopotamus. She is currently an Engineering Masters student at Drexel University and lives in the city of Philadelphia.
My name is Ali May and I am currently a senior at Cabrini College. I have played lacrosse since the age of 6 and will continue to play through my senior year. I am a Finance Major and International Business Minor. Throughout my college career I have studied abroad in Italy throughout most cities including Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Capri. I want to become involved with coaching in the future because of all of the inspirational coaches I've had along the way, I feel I owe it to them to pass on what I have learned. I hope to help encourage all players at any age to take a chance and play a sport they absolutely love. I hope you all will love lacrosse the way that I do. (photo below is Ali May - USTC Cradle)
Taylor attended Merion Mercy Academy in Merion PA, where she was a stand out student-athlete and was selected first-team All-Main Line in lacrosse three years in a row. In addition to being a two-time captain in both soccer and lacrosse, Taylor was a National Latin Honor Society member and AP scholar.
Coach Taylor went on to play at Duke University, where she starred as a defender known for her ability to win groundballs. She comes from a lacrosse family, with two brothers currently playing college lacrosse and a third brother that will play at St. Joe's Prep this year.
Henry grew up playing for the Abington Lacrosse Club. He then played for Penn Charter, graduating in 2003. While at Penn Charter, he was a 2 time captain, 3 time all Inter-Ac League selection, All State, All American, and recipient of the George Kruse Inter-Ac Sportsmanship Award. Henry then went on to play for Cornell University. In Henry's years, Cornell was 4 time Ivy League champions, 4 time NCAA Division I playoff participants, and was a 2007 NCAA Division I Semi-Finalist.
Henry works with Trashcan Lacrosse, where he has been the head coach of the 2018 team and also assists with our fall and winter programs. We are thrilled to have Henry and his sister Emily involved with Cradle for their second year!
Coach Lindsey started playing lacrosse her freshman year at Archbishop John Carroll High School. She quickly picked up a love for the sport and became a member of the Phantastix Club team. Lindsey played Division 1 lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame and graduated in 2008 from the Mendoza School of Business with a Marketing degree. Her 2006 team competed in the NCAA Women’s Division One Final Four at Boston University. She currently resides in Conshohocken and works as an Events Coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles. Lindsey is very excited to join Cradle Lacrosse since it is hard to find a coaching schedule that fits well with her busy work schedule.
As a player, Coach Tim was a 4 year letter winner, State Champion, and All-American at the Episcopal Academy. He then attended Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a degree in Public Health. He enjoyed a stellar career as a two-way midfielder. During his time at Hopkins, the Blue Jays enjoyed a resurgence under Coach Dave Pietramala and reached the Final Four three times.
Tim formerly served as an assistant coach at the Episcopal Academy. He lives in Philadelphia, where he operates a jewelry store, and a direct sales company.
After graduating from Haverford High School in 2007, she moved on to play attack for the West Chester University Women's Lacrosse Team. In 2008, The Golden Rams captured the Division II National Championship Title in Houston Texas. In the 2010 and 2011 seasons, the team competed in the Final Four tournament amongst the most elite teams in Division II. After ending a successful lacrosse career, Kelsey graduated in 2011 with a degree in Health and Physical Education. She currently works as a substitute teacher in various districts around the area, coaching both lacrosse and tennis at Haverford High School.
Emma graduated from Duke in 2012 where she played for the BLUE DEVILS for 4 years. In her senior season she started all 19 games, she lead the team in draw controls with 89 and caused turnovers with 19. Emma also ranked third on the team in points with 20 goals and 20 assists on the season. Emma finished her career as Duke’s all-time leader in draw controls with 265 and ranks 6th on NCAA career charts. Emma was also a Tewaaraton Award nominee as well as All-ACC honors. Prior to Duke, Emma was a member of the World Championship U19-National Team. She was a four year varsity player at Baldwin School and a three-time First-Team All American choice.
Bill aka "Coach Knuckles" graduated with honors from Penncrest High School in Media, Pa in 2002, attended Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana and Graduated from Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland in 2006.
Bill is an Assistant Coach at Trashcan Lacrosse Club, working with the 2017 team as well as our fall and winter programs. "Coach Knuckles" is a favorite of many Cradle kids, and is a veteran on the Cradle curcuit.
He is an all around lacrosse enthusiast who has held a variety of coaching positions ranging from the scholastic to club ranks. Stops included are Penncrest High School (PA), Greenwich High School (CT), The Salisbury School (MD), Dukes Lacrosse Club (PA), and Rose Tree Media Optimist (PA). He is also experienced in coaching basketball at all levels and up for any pickup games.
Kim Wenger attended Great Valley High School (2008) and has recently graduated from Duke University (2012), where she played and was captain of the varsity lacrosse team. During her time as a Blue Devil, Kim played as a midfielder in every game and was a two-time All American (2011-12). While in college Kim helped to coach youth lacrosse in the Durham area. Since moving back to the area, she is working with a financial firm in Conshohocken and helping coach Great Valley High School’s girls’ lacrosse program. Kim hopes to create a fun and energetic atmosphere for young players who strive to learn and better their game.
Known to many cradlers as the Cradle Shark, it’s not very hard to see or hear Coach Bodnar’s presence on the cradle lacrosse field. Chasing minnows since Cradles initial launch in 2009, John has been coaching cradle for 6 years and directing for 3.
John has coached at all different levels and has worked numerous NXT camps and events. He is the current face-off coach for all NXT lacrosse club teams. Under Coach Bodnar’s tenure, 6 NXT face-off guys have committed to a Division I program. In addition to NXT LC, John is also going on his 7th year coaching as an assistant coach under NXT CEO Andy Hayes at Episcopal Academy. In 2014 John also started the Philly Faceoff League, an outlet for Face-Off guys in the Philly area where they can practice and train together.
John has been teaching Special Education to 9th and 10th graders at Penn Wood High School in Yeadon, PA for the past 6 years. He received his Master’s in Education from Cabrini College in 2009.
John was an excellent player at Madison High School (NJ) and at Division III power Cabrini College, where he earned all-conference honors as a face-off midfielder in 2006.
When he’s not teaching or coaching, you can find Coach Bodnar hanging out with his dog Lexi at his home in Media, PA.
Background: As a college student at Drexel University, Colin founded his own elite club (Bandits Lacrosse) and elite team tournament (Meltdown) in suburban Philadelphia. Upon moving to Chicago in 2012, Colin became a full-time member of NXT Sports where he serves as CTO and Chicago Regional director.
As a Player: Colin was named: 2 x Drexel University Captain; NCAA Division One Academic All-American; Drexel University Most Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete; North/South All-Star; 2 x CAA Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year and 3 x All-CAA selection.
As a Coach: Colin dedicated most of his time working closely with all teams and age levels his former club program, Bandits Lacrosse. In addition, Colin has coached at the collegiate level as Assistant Coach at Princeton University from 2011 - 2012 and Robert Morris University Chicago 2012-2013.
In Chicago: Colin currently lives in Lakeview and is a MBA student at the University of Chicago.
Born and raised in Elk Gove Village, IL, Patrick is a 23-year-old alumni of St. Viator High School and graduate from D3 Adrian Collage located in Adrian Michigan. At Adrian, Pat earned his undergraduate degree in Business Communications while serving as a 4-year starter in goal for the Bulldogs. During his collegiate playing career he received All-Conference Awards and brought home Adrian's first ever Conference Championship. “My journey to Adrian was one I will never forget as it allowed me to take great pride in Chicagoland lacrosse. Cradle Lacrosse has given me the opportunity to develop student athletes going through that same journey and now serves as the pinnacle of my lacrosse career.”
Jake Padilla is currently the head coach for the men’s varsity lacrosse team at Neuqua Valley in Naperville, Illinois. Jake was formally the program founder, director and head coach to both the men’s and women’s varsity teams at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, Illinois.
Jake is also the Founder and CEO of Deep Dish Lacrosse, a Chicagoland program dedicated to elite player development. Program offerings include camps, clinics, philanthropy, and travel teams. Visit www.ddlacrosse.com for more info.
Fun Fact: Padilla has been a head coach since he was 20 years old. When he’s not playing or coaching the game, you can expect to find him on a river fly-fishing.
Kyle has been a youth lacrosse coach for over 6 years and in various areas of the country. Kyle served as Head Coach at Robinson High School in Northern Virginia; Head Coach for Washington DC Breakout Lacrosse U11 team; and Head coach for Chicago Blues Lacrosse U-17 & U19 teams.
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High School: McDonogh School, MD (2009)
· Varsity Football, Wrestling, and Lacrosse
College: St. Mary’s College and Washington College (2013)
· Faced off and two-way middie
Semi-Pro: Chicago Outlaws (current)
Fun Fact: 3 brothers played varsity sports in college
Background: Jess was born and raised in Chicago. He is a certified High School English teacher in MD and IL and plans to stay in Chicago teaching and coaching lacrosse. Jesse majored in English and secondary education in college, graduated with a B.A. Jesse is the oldest of four children; his younger 2 brothers (12, 14) are also lacrosse fanatics. Jesse's Dad (Jim) is head coach at Whitney Young.
As a Student: High School: Northside College Prep '09 (Chicago, IL) College: Washington College '13 (Chestertown, MD)
As an Athlete: Team Illinois; IHSLA All-Star (Northside Prep Captain x 2, team MVP); Washington College 2010 Most Improved; Chicago Outlaws
As a Coach: Lacrosse America; Whitney Young High School (Chicago, IL)
Paul Hails from Connecticut. After a successful playing career as Goalie at Syracuse University, Paul moved to live and work in Chicago as a accounting professional.
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Virginia / Maryland
Kim has been involved with girls lacrosse for almost 30 years: first as a player, then umpire, coach, national and local volunteer, parent and always as a fan. Kim coached numerous years with the Linganore Urbana Youth Athletic Association, Urbana and Good Counsel High Schools and 10 years at the Elite Club level. She is currently the Rebels Lacrosse Club Recruiting Coordinator assisting student athletes with the collegiate recruiting process and is the owner of Radical Lacrosse which hosts camps and clinics throughout the Western Maryland area.
Kim was raised in the first hotbed of lacrosse, Syracuse, NY and played lacrosse and rugby at DIII Clarkson University. She spent 10 years volunteering with US Lacrosse where she served on the USL Board of Directors, Women’s Division Board, Youth Council, Region’s Council and is the Past President of the Western MD Chapter and Former Director of the Western MD Fall Ball program. Kim also coached for the Metro Baltimore National Tournament team and has presented at the US Lacrosse National Convention. She is a US Lacrosse Level 3 certified coach and is a Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Certified Coach. She currently resides in Ijamsville, MD with her family.
Erik has been playing lacrosse for 28 years and coaching for 10 years. His passion for the game is evident in his high tempo, positive energy, and focus on fundamental. Erik played his high school lacrosse at Broadneck in Annapolis, MD where he won 2 state Championships. He then continued on and played both lacrosse and Football at Penn State. After graduating with an Economics degree, he continued playing outdoor lacrosse and extended his game to the arena. He was invited to play with the US Indoor lacrosse team, which helped him to develop his experience and knowledge further. Erik coached for 4 years at Urbana High School leading them to 4 Regional championships and 3 state title games. In 2007 he was named US Lacrosse Assistant Coach of the Year. He coached at Division 1 Mount Saint Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD. Erik currently plays professional indoor lacrosse for the Charlotte Copperheads, and is still active with Team USA. Erik is also the founder of Lionheart Lacrosse, a youth development program.
Coach Sarah Mott graduated from Hood in 1995 with a BA in Early Childhood Education and in 2000 with a Master’s in Education. She has played lacrosse since high school where she participated on the Hampshire All Star Team and then went on to Hood College to played for their women’s team.
Sarah has a passion for lacrosse and finds that being on the field with new players is great source of fulfillment. Her positive approach toward teaching and demonstrating the fundamentals has benefited her ability to coach the sport. She enjoys coaching girls and working with them on improving their weaknesses while enhancing their strengths. "I would love to continue to broaden the spectrum of the youth that would like to play lacrosse.
Sarah has three children; 2 boys and a girl. Before she became a mother, Sarah worked as a Kindergarten Teacher for the Frederick County Public School system.
Susan Stuart is Colorado College’s first and only varsity head coach. Susan has established Colorado College as a perennial contender for an NCAA Division III playoff bid and a contender for a national championship.
Keith is the current Head Coach at University of Northern Colorado.
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