BOYS HYPE NIGHT August 7 - August 9, 2017
BOYS HYPE NIGHT
Age: 12 - 15 year olds
Date: August 7 - August 9, 2017
Time: Monday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: The Proving Grounds
This sold out program in 2016 is return in August 2017
The HYPE is real.
This is an elite training opportunity for players in grades 7 through 9, determined to compete against the best under the lights. The top 100 male and female lacrosse players along with the best coaches in the Philadelphia Area (grad years 2021, 2022, 2023) will be in attendance. Boys and girls HYPE NIGHT Camps draw from all local clubs and are separate events but will occur simultaneously.
The curriculum is based on a high intensity Division I offseason training regime. The curriculum was designed by Coach Henwood and Coach Lawrence who are both former division I head coaches. The training is structured with zero wasted time, dialed in staff, fierce competition, and players will be pushed to their limits. This camp is appropriate only for elite players who truly have a desire to compete, condition and learn.
We take safety, our staff, curriculums, training and player development seriously at NXT. We invite you to come experience the NXT difference.
- Athletic Trainer and Gatorade Hydration Station will be on site
What You'll Learn
Chief Operating Officer
NXTsports is proud to introduce Peter Lawrence as the company’s new full-time Chief Operating Officer. Peter, known to everyone as Coach Law, joins NXT from the University of Hartford, where he has spent the last 10-and-a-half years as head men’s lacrosse coach.
During his tenure at Hartford, Coach Law revamped the Hawks into a consistent contender for the America Easttitle. Under his leadership, Hartford made their first two appearances in the NCAA tournament by virtue of winning the 2011 and 2016 America East tournaments. He was named the 2011 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year. Law’s Hawks also excelled in the classroom, posting the top GPA among America East men’s lacrosse programs in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Lawrence co-founded NXTsports with NXT CEO Andy Hayes in 2009. He has been an integral part of the company’s growth at the executive level ever since. As COO, Lawrence’s unique leadership skills will continue to push NXT to the forefront of youth sports education. He will serve as educational director of the NXT Lacrosse Club, ensuring quality coaching at all levels. Coach Law will also assume curriculum responsibility for all of NXT’s lacrosse educational offerings, including Cradle Lacrosse, Play Fast camps and training, and the elite NXT Lacrosse Academy programming. Law will provide quality control to ensure that NXT programs in all sports, including lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, basketball and football, are executed at elite levels.
Peter, his wife Meghan and their three children relocated to Wallingford, PA in July of 2016.
Director of Guidance, Assistant Coach
Coach Leahy is in his 24th year as Head Coach at La Salle College High School. He has achieved an overall record of 418 W - 86 L (280 W - 4 L in the Catholic League) which includes the 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2013 PA State Championship, 2005 & 2007 EPSLA Finals, 2010 & 2011 PIAA Finals, 2006 EPSLA Final Four, & 19 Philadelphia Catholic League Championships. He is a 1992 graduate of Loyola College in Maryland where he played and coached midfield and was considered a face-off specialist. From 1995-1996 he played forward for the Philadelphia Wings. Coach Leahy coached the 2007 U.S. South UnderArmour All American Team. In 2010 Coach Leahy was the first lacrosse coach to be inducted into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Philadelphia Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and will join the 2016 Under-19 USA World Team Staff for the World Games in Conquitlam, BC, Canada - July 2016.
Director of Boys Lacrosse
Marty attended the University of Delaware, where he majored in Early Childhood Education and minored in history. He spent two years as a physical education teacher for children ages 3-18 while completing a Masters of Education at Cabrini College. He then spent time teaching in the Lower Merion School District (PA) at the elementary level. Marty taught for three years as a second grade teacher at Episcopal Academy. He began working at EA in 2011 as a Writing Specialist in the Lower School.
After learning to play lacrosse in the Rose Tree, Ridley, and Haven youth programs, Marty was a crafty attackman and an All Inter-Ac selection while at the Episcopal Academy, graduating in 2003. He then went on to play at the University of Delaware, helping the Blue Hens to two CAA championships and to reach the NCAA tournament in 2005 and 2007. “Coach Kupp” is the director of all boys programs and teams for NXT LC. He also directs Cradle Lacrosse and Trashcan Lacrosse programs and supports the curriculum development for all of NXT's educational efforts.
Coach Kupp has been an assistant coach at Episcopal Academy since 2011, working with the middle school and high school teams. Marty was an offensive assistant coach for both the JV + Varsity teams at Lower Merion High School as well as an assistant coach for Duke's LC from 2008-2010. He was also a volunteer coach with LEAPS.
"You are what you repeatedly do"
Director of Showcase Lacrosse + Head Coach
Brett attended Holy Ghost Prep in Bensalem PA where he had 11 varsity letters including four in lacrosse and soccer. In soccer he was one of only three freshman to ever make varsity, three-year all-league selection, two-time first team all-area and was a first team Philadelphia Inquirer selection. During his soccer career Holy Ghost won four league championships and captured two district titles. In basketball, Holy Ghost made two District 1 title appearances and were district champions in 2004. His senior year the squad was considered one of the best teams ever from Bucks County with a 31-1 record only falling in the state championship. He ended his basketball career as a three-time all league selection including MVP in 2004 and two- time all-area including Bucks County Player of the Year in 2004,Philadelphia Inquirer all-area mention, and was all Southeastern Pa and South Jersey team in basketball and soccer by Scholastic Play by Play Sports. In the classroom at Holy Ghost he was the Freshman Class president, involved with Community Service Corps, and Special Olympics. As a senior he was selected as the school's Scholar Athlete.Brett first started playing lacrosse when he was in eighth grade for Lower Bucks lacrosse. At Holy Ghost Prep he was a four year letterman, three-time all-area, three-time Northeast League selection and two-time captain. His senior year at Holy Ghost the Firebirds captured the school's first ever lacrosse league championship and Brett was selected to play in the Southeastern PA All-Star game. Brett was the first ever Division 1 recruit from Lower Bucks County where he continued his career at the University of Delaware. As a Blue Hen, he was a four-time letter winner and was a captain of the 2008 squad. The Blue Hens appeared in the CAA championship game three years and were the first ever male sport in the schools history to capture a CAA title in 2007. The 2005 and 2007 teams went to the NCAA tournament and in 2007 advanced to the school's first ever Final Four appearance for men's lacrosse. He finished his career at Delaware as one of the program's all time leaders in caused turnovers, was selected to play in the North South All-Star game and was considered one of the best defensive midfielders who has ever played. Off the field at Delaware, he was the team's representation on the Student Athlete Advisory Council, tutored young children, and broadcasted Delaware basketball and football games. In addition he was one the final four nominees for the National Student Leader Award and was selected for the Outstanding Contribution award for athletics at the conclusion of his senior year. Upon graduation from the University of Delaware he was drafted by the Washington Bayhawks now the Cheasapeake Bayhawks of the MLL. Since 2008, he has played with the Bayhawks and now is a member of the Rochester Rattlers. In addition he has played in the NLL since 2009 and won a championship in his second year as a member of the Washington Stealth. He is currently a member of the Philadelphia Wings after being traded to the Wings in September 2010.Has been a volunteer assistant at Holy Ghost Prep the past few years assisting with the lacrosse and basketball programs.Play hard and have fun while doing it. Hard works beats talent when talent does not work hard. I want to see every player achieve their goals and I will do my best to help them. I hope my experience playing and coaching will not only mold my players into great lacrosse players but also great young men.
Coach Hayes is the co-founder and President of NXT Sports. He directs the Trashcan Summer Camp at Episcopal Academy, the Trashcan Winter Program at Episcopal, the Philly Showcase, and many other NXT events. He graduated from Trinity with a B.S. in Biology and currently teaches freshmen and sophomore biology at Episcopal. Andy played lacrosse and soccer at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, earning all-Conference honors in both sports.Andy just completed his seventh season as boy's head lacrosse coach at Episcopal Academy. In 2010, Andy led the Churchmen to a 16-6 record and to the championship game of the highly competitive Inter-Ac league, where they dropped a one-goal heartbreaker to national power Haverford School. Andy also serves as President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association.
Dylan graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2009 with a degree in anthropology and sociology. Coach Brown is currently the Director of Programs at NXTsports.Dylan was a three sport standout in football, basketball, and lacrosse at Episcopal Academy and captained the Men’s Lacrosse team while at Ohio Wesleyan.Coach Brown coaches all age levels and is a very well liked coach at all NXTsports programs. He is formally known as the Director of Cradle Lacrosse, but coaches extensively with all of our programs. Dylan formerly served as assistant lacrosse coach at Westerville North H.S. (Westerville, OH). He is the head coach of our Trashcan 8th grade team which had a very successful summer while competing in some of the best events for their age level. In addition to helping out at the Trashcan Lacrosse Winter Program, he also serves as the Director of Cradle Lacrosse and leads it's national expansion.Play Fast.
Mike works full time for an insurance broker called The Graham Company in their Technical Development Department and is responsible for new hire training and development. In his free time he enjoys cooking, sports, and music.Mike played at Springfield High School in Delaware County, graduating in 2005. He was a 4 year letter winner in soccer and lacrosse and a member of 2 PSLA Final Four teams and won the Central League Championship in 2005. He then played collegiately at Drexel University. Graduating in 2010, Mike was the recipient of the Randy Voight Coaches Award as a senior. He continues to play for GMH in the spring and summer. Mike's goal is to teach the fundamentals of both position and team defense based around a tough, hard-nosed philosophy.
"Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow" - Norman Vincent Peale
Chris lives in Philadelphia and is the National Sales Manager for Elevation Lacrosse.Attackman, St. Joseph HS (South Bend, IN), Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY), Gryphons LC (Philadelphia division of the ALL).I was previously the head boys lacrosse coach at St. Joseph HS (South Bend, IN), assistant coach with Team Indiana and Program Director for Michiana Falcons Youth Lacrosse. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2010, I've been an assistant coach with the UPenn NCLL Lacrosse team and have served as an interim coach with Edge Elite (Toronto, Ont.).I believe in creating a competitive, efficient, positive and fun environment that demands each player bring their best effort every time they step on the field.
Nile was born and raised in Bala Cynwyd. He graduated from Lower Merion High School in 2010 and Ursinus College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics and minors in African American studies and environmental sciences.Three-year varsity letter winner at Lower Merion High School for both football and lacrosse. Captain of the 2010 Lower Merion lacrosse team. 2010 Honorable Mention All-Central League.
Four-year varsity letter winner at Ursinus College, a Division III school participating in the Centennial Conference. Captain of the 2014 Ursinus lacrosse team where the Bears had a school-record five conference wins. 2014 Honorable Mention All-Centennial Conference.
Nile began his coaching career with the Cradle and Trashcan Lacrosse programs. Coach Nile truly enjoys coaching all age groups. Six years of coaching experience with NXT Education programs.
Cradle Lacrosse, 2010-present
Trashcan Lacrosse / Play Fast Training, 2010-present
Trashcan LC 2020 assistant coach in 2012
Trashcan LC 2023 assistant coach in 2013
Trashcan LC 2020 assistant coach in 2014
NXT LC 2025 head coach in 2016
Work hard and have fun doing it.
Gerry played midfield for Episcopal Academy, graduating in 2010. He went on to play for Bryant University as an attackman and midfielder under Coach Mike Pressler. During his time as a Bulldog, his team won three consecutive NEC Championships, making it to the NCAA tournament in both 2012 and 2013.Gerry first began coaching in 2010 with Main Line Youth Lacrosse Camp, where he established a strong foundation of skills and concepts for his players to build their careers upon. Since then, he has had the opportunity to work with players ranging in age from five to 14 years old.
Graduate of Elmira College in 2002 with a major in history and secondary education certification. Received a Master's degree in Education from Cabrini College in 2011. Currently I am a social studies teacher at Penncrest High School. In addition to lacrosse, I have coached football at the high school and youth levels.Played at Penncrest High School and Elmira College. Captain of 1998 Central League champion Penncrest team and two year captain at Elmira College.Began coaching at Penncrest in 2003 as the head J.V. coach. Have been an assistant varsity coach at Penncrest since 2009, helping them to a historic State Championship season in 2014. I also coach with the Rose Tree Optimist youth lacrosse club.I think a \"Team first\" approach best explains my coaching philosophy. The focus should be on team success through hard work, development of fundamental skills, and consistent positive feedback to all players.
I was first introduced to the game in 7th grade, but it wasn't until my freshman year at Lower Merion High School that I fell in love with the game. I have not looked back since, lacrosse is a very big part of my life, and I don't know where I would be without it.Lacrosse was my only sport throughout high school at Lower Merion. I played at Immaculata and Cabrini College from 2010-2014.I have coached kids from age 3 to 18 while working with the Cradle, Trashcan, and NXT Lacrosse programs since 2010.Coaching is my way of giving back, my way of sharing my love of the game with others. At NXT we are above and beyond when it comes to coaching, that's what separates us from the competition.
Jake grew up locally and was a lifer at Episcopal Academy, graduating in 2002. He then attended Middlebury College, earning a degree in literary theory and classical political philosophy in 2006. Jake went on to become a consultant specializing in advertising technology & marketing strategy, and has worked for Razorfish, Publicis, Booz & Co. and PwC. Jake first discovered his love for the sport while playing for the Ashbee youth program under the legendary Norm Treinish. In high school, Jake was a four-year letterwinner as a LSM & defenseman at Episcopal, earning All Inter-Ac honors and served as co-captain. He was also a standout player and co-captain for the PennStar and Dukes elite club teams. In college, Jake went on to play for perennial DIII powerhouse and multi-time NCAA champion Middlebury College, helping the squad to back-to-back NESCAC championships and strong NCAA tournament showings, reaching the national final in 2003 and 2005.Jake previously coached youth lacrosse in San Francisco, working with Philly product Matt Ogelsby for his All-West Lacrosse program. Jake's coaching philosophy is aimed at working with players to spark a powerful passion and enduring love for the great sport of lacrosse. He encourages his players to focus on T.T.E.F. (Technique. Team-play. Effort. FUN!)
Coach Castle played at Penn Charter and went on to Johns Hopkins where he helped the Blue Jays win two national championships. George is a former member of the Philadelphia Wings and plays currently for the Kentucky Stickhorses. He has previously served as a coach in the Trashcan Club program and for Delaware County Christian School.Penn Charter Johns Hopkins University5 year coach at Johns Hopkins Blue Jays camp in Baltimore, Maryland. 2 year coach at Calvert Hall High School lacrosse camps in Baltimore, Maryland. Assistant coach at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania (2011-present) Head coach with Trashcan Lacrosse Club 2017, 2011-2012There are no bad questions. The best players are always willing to learn more and improve on their weaknesses.
Director of Goalies
Mike grew up in Sparta, NJ where he started playing lacrosse and competing as a goalie in fifth grade. Mike attended Sparta High School and was the starting goalie for his junior and senior seasons, graduating in 2008. Mike went on to play DIII lacrosse at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA where he was named the starter at the beginning of his sophomore season. In a time of desperation, Moravian College ended up cutting the Men’s and Women’s Varsity Lacrosse programs. Heading into his junior season, Mike and a teammate created the Moravian College Lacrosse Club. The Greyhounds enjoyed much success in the NCLL by capturing two Eastern PA Division titles and advanced to two elite eights and one final four. Mike was selected to first-team Eastern PA in both seasons and was elected to first team All-NCLL in his junior season.
After graduating Moravian, in 2012, Mike spent a year playing and coaching in England as a part of the English Lacrosse Association exchange program. His main focuses were coaching the Oxford University Men’s Lacrosse team and acting as a player-coach for the Reading Wildcats in the English Premier League. Upon returning to the states, Mike continued to coach for LB3 and was the goalie director of Lacrosse Evolution.
Mike serves as our Director of Goalies and will work to individually develop every goalie in our youth and high school practices. He is also available for and passionate about private training.
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.
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 stared with the Delaware County Community College Phantoms where he was 1st team all-conference and named player of the week three weeks running. His playing career then headed south to West Virginia where he played for one season before culminating 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.
Drew joined the NXT staff after spending just over a year at South Kent School, in South Kent (Conn.). At South Kent, Drew was the head coach of the boys' lacrosse team, as well as a faculty member, teaching Pre-Engineering and African-American history. Upon moving to Chicago, Drew took the Assistant Varsity coaching position at Fenwick High School.3-year starter and Captain at Hartford University. Named 2013 All-Conference America East. Drew has an identical twin brother that played defense for the Hawks. Drew graduated the University of Hartford Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in U.S history, and a minor in sociology.
In his time with NXT, Drew helped launch NXT Chicago and coached club as well as lacrosse education programs. Since 2015, Drew moved from Chicago to Philadelphia to join the NXT Events team and his role now centers around marketing. Drew serves as a dedicated coach in our Play Fast, Hype Night and NXT Lacrosse Academy programs and you may see him making appearances from time to time as a gust coach at NXT LC practices.
2x Varsity Letterwinner 2x Captain PW High School
2x OSU Groundball Award Recipient 3x All Suburban One American Conference
2x ECAC Rookie of the Week 2010 George Kruse Memorial Sportsmanship Award
After graduating from Plymouth Whitmarsh High School I was fortunate enough to face-off for two seasons at Ohio State before injuries ended my playing career a bit early.
Since graduating from OSU, I have been working in the Masters of Education program at Saint Joseph’s University and coaching the JV lacrosse team at Lower Merion High School.
In addition, I’ve worked privately with many young face off specialists in the area.
I’m very excited to be a part of the NXT Family and I'm looking forward to working with any player that is eager to make a difference at the face off X.
The Proving Grounds707 Conshohocken Road
Conshohocken, PA 19428