The Hoosier Lacrosse Academy
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The Hoosier Lacrosse Academy, an elite organization run by lacrosse professionals, is the premier player development group in the great state of Indiana. Founded in 2008, we have set ourselves apart by maintaining a blue collar, level headed approach to the training and development of lacrosse players.  Hoosier Lacrosse is built on a foundation of integrity and a philosophy that coaching and improvement should not stop.

Why choose Hoosier Lacrosse Academy?  As with anything in life, to be effective you need education, practical experience, and a great mentor to make it to the next level. We select the best coaches who have high standards of integrity and professionalism because we understand that it takes more than playing accolades and a passion for lacrosse to make a great coach. Great coaches must have the ability to teach. Our staff members are not only experienced lacrosse coaches, several are teachers by profession!

At Hoosier Lacrosse Academy, we have in mind the best interests of our athletes while maintaining a commitment to fielding strong teams. We work the mind and the body with a dynamic style that is both realistic and challenging, giving close attention to the proper techniques and mechanics that are essential for success. Our programs of individual skill instruction, game situation drills, and scrimmaging will benefit everyone, from new players to those who want to play at the highest level, both on and off the field.

We believe lacrosse is more than a game but also know at the end of the day it must be fun, and Hoosier Lacrosse will offer the tools young lacrosse players need to take their game to the next level.

Our coaches have been fortunate to have coached thousands of players with hundreds of them going on to the varsity college ranks.  We even have developed pro indoor, pro outdoor, DI captains and DI college coaches too!  If you want to be developed and mentored by coaches that have a proven track record then the HLA is a great choice.

Founder / Coach / Trainer

Coach Ken started playing lacrosse in 1981 as freshmen at the Illinois powerhouse New Trier High School in Winnetka Illinois. In college Coach Ken was a 4 year starter and captain of the Illinois State University Lacrosse Team. Because the team was new Coach Ken used this opportunity to begin his career in coaching by teaching his fellow teammates.

After college he continued to play for the highly competitive post collegiate team Lincoln Park from 1990 until moving to Indiana in 2009. While in Illinois he coached Varsity and JV players at Glenbrook North & Highland Park High Schools. In 1999 & 2000 he was selected to coach Team Illinois Varsity, which had winning tournament records at the Vail Colorado tournament. Ken’s biggest accomplishment was to be one of a handful of dedicated coaches and lacrosse enthusiasts that grew Illinois lacrosse from just 7 high school teams to a state sanctioned sport with over 8,000 male and female athletes playing at all levels from 1st grade thru adult.

From 1992 until 2008 Coach Ken was the GM of Lacrosse America, one of the largest and most successful lacrosse programs that ran instructional and competitive programs in Illinois. Athletes coached by Ken have gone on to play professionally and at colleges such as Syracuse, Duke, Denver, Ohio State, Yale, Cornell, Harvard, Army, Loyola, North Carolina, Ohio Wesleyan, Georgetown, Notre Dame and many other established lacrosse programs. Even the 2006 Indiana High School coach of the year was coached by the Hoosier Lacrosse director.

In 2007 Coach Ken moved to Indiana and quickly got involved in the local lacrosse scene and in 2008 he founded Hoosier Lacrosse. Coach Ken is dedicated to help grow the sport in Indiana and is excited by the enthusiasm of the players and their parents.  He lives in Westfield with his 2 children Brook and Zachary.

Playing Experience
Lincoln Park LC – Chicago, Il. 1990-2007
DILL – Box League – 4 X Champion 2000-2007
Illinois State University – 4 year Captain, Team MVP, 1986-1990
New Trier High School, Winnetka, Il. 1981-1985

Coaching Since 1986
Hoosier Lacrosse 2008-Present
Noblesville Youth Lacrosse, Director of Coaching – 2012-2015
Noblesville HS 2010-2011
Guerin Catholic HS – 2009
Team Illinois Varsity – Summers 1998, 1999, 2000
Highland Park HS 1998-1999
Glenbrook North HS 1995-1997
Lacrosse America 1992-2008
Illinois State University – Player Coach 1986-1988

Cultural Ambassador / Coach

Playing experience:
32 years as a traditional Ojibwa bagattaway player and Cherokee stickball player. Other athletics 4 years high school football at Castle High school 2 regional and 1 sectional championship. 2 years college football Western Ky Univ. 8 years Army divisional football as player. 16 years Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling 4 U.N. Heavy weight championships. Career, 16 years United States Army, 3rd Ranger Battlion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Now President of Native American Educational resources a 501 c3 non-profit , that helps Native American youth excel academically and athletically. Coaching career ,Castle boys JV lacrosse from 2010 -2017 102 wins 11 losses . Castle Girls lacrosse assistant varsity coach 2017 to present. Castle High and Middle School Football line coach 2008 until present 6 Siac Championships and 3 Sectional and 1 regional championships .

Coaching philosophy:
No one quits ,no one is ever left behind. No team will ever out work us on or off the field.

Director of Coaching
Coaching Experience
Park Tudor HS head Coach 2015 – Present
Hoosier Lacrosse 2013-Present
Lane Tech High School 2000-2008
Illinois High School Coach of the Year 2001
Lacrosse America 1996-2012
Ultimate Lacrosse Camp
Badger State Lacrosse Camp
University of Notre Dame Lacrosse Camp
Team Illinois
Chicago Select
Playing Experience
Libertyville High School, IL (captain)
Team Illinois
Illinois High School All-Star Game
Franklin & Marshall College
Lincoln Park Lacrosse Club
Windy City Lacrosse Club
DILL Box League
After seeing lacrosse for years on television, Drew first picked up a stick during the summer before 8th grade. He played and coached under Chicago lacrosse legend Rich Martin, making the varsity team at Libertyville High School during his sophomore year. In high school he also had the opportunity to travel and play with the Illinois state team before his senior season, after which he played in the state all-star game.
Drew went on to play in the Centennial Conference, the best in Division III, with the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats. Returning to Chicago, he took up the helm at Lane Tech High School, the first high school team in the city of Chicago. Blessed with young men of talent and dedication, Lane went from being a winless program to a team that scored several upsets of successful suburban programs en route to winning Coach Bogan the Illinois High School Coach of the Year award in 2001. Lane Tech continued to be competitive under Coach Bogan, producing four NCAA lacrosse players and more than a dozen state all-stars during his tenure.
Drew has continued to play lacrosse as well, winning multiple championships in the DILL (a Chicago box lacrosse league) and competing first for Lincoln Park Lacrosse Club and more recently for Windy City Lacrosse Club. He and his wife moved from downtown Chicago to Indianapolis in the summer of 2013, marking the first time in his life Drew has called anywhere but Chicagoland home.
“Lacrosse has blessed me in so many ways. I have made many dear friends in both the playing and the coaching ranks, and I have had the honor and privilege of coaching some fine young men and then watching them grow into adulthood and serve others as coaches, policemen, firemen, soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, teachers, and more. I have faced obstacles and challenges, enjoyed exhilarating victories and suffered agonizing defeats. I have been inspired by my players, humbled by my competition, and educated by my mentors. Lacrosse has taken me to Chicago’s inner-city alleys, to the mountains of Colorado, to the bayous of Louisiana, and to places all across the country. The opportunities this game has afforded me are too many and too valuable to put into words.”
Coach / Trainer

Experience and Accolades

4-year starter on the East Lansing High School (MI) Varsity Lacrosse team (3x Captain)
3x Capital Area Lacrosse Association All-Conference Honors
2x Lansing State Journal All-Area Dream Team
All-State Honors as an attackman
Champion Lacrosse and Team Total Lacrosse summer travel teams
4-year scholarship player at Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Tech Lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the Year Award winner

Alex found lacrosse in 6 th grade after one of his friends convinced him that it was more fun than baseball. After his first practice, Alex was hooked and never looked back. Alex would go on to be an All-state player and 3x time team captain for his East Lansing High School Trojans. The exposure he obtained through playing lacrosse for the Champion Lacrosse and Team Total summer teams earned him a scholarship to play at NCAA Division II Florida Institute of Technology. Alex started on attack as a Freshman before moving to midfield for his Sophomore and Junior seasons. Due to an injury sustained at the end of his Junior season Alex was unable to play during his Senior season, yet remained with the team to assist the coaches. During his senior year, Alex helped his coaches by writing scouting reports for upcoming opponents, assisting with carrying out the practice plan, and running the substitution box during games. Following his senior season, Alex graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Tech with a B.S. Degree in Psychology and is now a Special Education teacher on the south side of Indianapolis while working towards his Master’s degree at Marian University. Alex is thrilled to bring his passion for the game to Hoosier Lacrosse!

Playing experience
Warren Central High School 2013-2016 (captain)
HLA 2015-pres
Monmouth College 2016-pres
Coach experience
Warren Central 2016
HLA 2016-pres
Coach

Playing Experience
Bedford High School, Bedford Ma 1983,1984

Norrisville Masters Lacrosse 2010-2011
Hoosier Lacrosse 2011-Present
Coaching Since 2005
Center Grove HS Head Coach 2013-2016
Hoosier Lacrosse 2011-Present
Red Lion Lacrosse, Pa 2005-2011
Two Time Undefeated York County Pennsylvania Champions (21-0, 23-0)
Gotham City Thunder, Pa 2008-2011
Norrisville Youth, Pa 2011
Coaching Philosophy
Coaching philosophy includes sportsmanship, honor, respect and developing a role for every player that ensures they have playing time. Everybody plays in every game.
Coach & destroyer of goal scorers
Coach

Coaching Experience
Park Tudor Assistant Coach 2015 – Present
North Central Assistant Coach  2014-2015

Playing Experience
Park Tudor School (captain)
Team Indiana
Indiana High School All-Star Game
Indiana University Lacrosse
Empire Lacrosse Club
Hoosier Lacrosse Box Lacrosse Club

Brett first found lacrosse in a gym class in 8th grade.  Drawing on his years of hockey, Brett noticed lacrosse quickly fell into place as a sport for him. Brett was a member of Park Tudor’s first and only state championship team. He was afforded the opportunity to be a part of Team Indiana and represent the state at the Notre Dame Classic that brought all star teams from all over the Midwest together.  He looks forward to continuing to coach at his alma mater and hopefully help bring another title to the school. Following high school Brett continued his playing career with Indiana University were over his four years the team steadily climbed the rankings and for a young program they built respect in the tight knit community. After college he kept his love going with playing in various clubs around Indianapolis. He began his coaching career at North Central where he worked closely with the student athletes to achieve their goals. Finally, his alma mater had a coaching position open and he jumped at the chance to get back to his roots and join a very impressive coaching staff.  The staff he joined has a fantastic outlook and strategy for helping to produce quality young men on and off the field. Brett is very excited to join Hoosier and looks forward to sharing his joy and knowledge of the game.

Coach
AJ walked on to Taylor University’s men’s lacrosse team his freshman year with no experience, But by that spring he had become a starting D-Middie. Through his college career he became a starting 2 way middle then starting attack his junior year. Not only becoming one of the programs top walk on players, He became the president of the program as well as a captain and one of the leading scorers in the 2014-15 season. Going into his senior year, AJ looks forward to a great season with the Taylor Trojans.
AJ is from the south side of Indianapolis. Going to school at Franklin Central High School, He played varsity soccer for 2 years, and coached soccer since he was 16. AJ’s Coaching experience has ranged from first time soccer players to state winning  travel teams, He was also a coach for the A.C. Milan soccer camp and Franklin Central soccer camps in Indianapolis.
 
AJ is excited to start at Hoosier lacrosse. With a passion for coaching and growing the game, he is looking forward to making his mark on the growth of lacrosse. “Lacrosse is at a great phase in it’s growth right now. It’s very impressional so it’s up to the right people to make it grow in a positive way.” With the urge to grow the sport on the south side of Indy, he is excited to start making his impact on the lacrosse culture. 
 
Playing Experience
Taylor University 2012-2016 (captain)
Hoosier Lacrosse 2013-Present
 
Coaching Experience
Franklin Central Soccer Club (2009-Present)
St. Francis Soccer Club (2010-2012)
A.C. Milan Summer Soccer camp (2011)
Hoosier Lacrosse (2015-Present)
Coach

Coaching Experience:
2016- Present Head Coach at Noblesville HS
2015-2016 Assistant Varsity coach at Center Grove
2014 – Present Hoosier Lacrosse Academy

Playing Experience:
U of Dayton – MCLA
Brebeuf HS

Coach

Coaching Experience
Center Grove HS Varsity Lacrosse – Defensive Coordinator – 2015
Hoosier Elite Summer Travel Team – Co-Head Coach (Defense) – 2014
Center Grove 7th & 8th Grade Lacrosse – Assistant Coach – 2014
STEPS Youth Lacrosse Summer Camp – Assistant Coach – 1999-2000
Mountain Lakes 4th Grade Lacrosse – Assistant Coach – 1999-2000

Playing Experience
Circle City Copperheads – 2015-Present
Hoosier Lacrosse – 2014-Present
Indoor Box Leagues – 2004-2005
Indiana University – Midfield (Starting FOGO) – 2003
Mountain Lakes, NJ – High School Varsity – Defense – 2001-2002

Rob grew up in Mountain Lakes New Jersey, a small town hotbed of lacrosse, where the sport’s popularity is unrivaled even by a successful football program.  He was a 4 sport varsity athlete but always loved lacrosse most.  Coached by Tim Flynn (Head Coach of the 2012 U19 American Team – World Champions), Rob forever learned the fundamentals of lacrosse and multi-sport defensive principles.

Rob developed into a two-year letter winner and one-year starter at Mountain Lakes, playing long stick defense.  Deciding to pursue an undergraduate business degree, Rob came to Indiana University.  At IU, Rob moved to the Short Stick Midfield position and earned a starting role his freshman year as the team’s face-off specialist.

Coaching Philosophy
Lacrosse is a game where kids of diverse talent, ability, speed, & size can compete and even excel.  As America is the “Land of Opportunity”, Lacrosse is the “Sport of Opportunity”.  I want to help our players recognize this potential and exceed their ambitions.

What People are Saying

Below are some testimonials that we have received about The Hoosier Lacrosse Academy that we are excited to share with you.


Had a great experience with The Hoosier Lacrosse Academy!  We want to hear from you and share it with existing and potential members.  Please help us grow the game and submit a testimonial about your experience!

Nico Pariambada
Nico Pariambada
Good coaching runs deeper than the game you are playing.

As a player, Hoosier lacrosse helped me get better and better day in and day out. If you play lacrosse, both box and field are essential to becoming the best player you can be. Play fast, have fun, and develop your overall lacrosse ability at the same time -- what more can you ask for? But Hoosier is more than that. Hoosier has taught me principles and morals used on the field that will carry on into my personal and professional life. With Hoosier lacrosse, you're getting the tools you need to become a better player and person from coaches that truly care.

Brian Galloway
Brian Galloway
Outstanding!

This was our second year with Hoosier Lacrosse. The staff is knowledgable and does a great job with the kids. My son has learned so much at the camps that we are enrolling in box lacrosse and winter training. I would recommend Hoosier Lacrosse to everyone!

Kyle Kreutzinger
Kyle Kreutzinger
Center Grove HS Coach
Spring/Summer Box League

Had such a great time developing and improving skills over this past spring & summer's box league. The league takes place one night per week, and gives players of all ages a chance to improve their skills playing the fastest game on two feet, in an even faster environment being on a hockey floor! Reaction times, sprinting ability, fast breaks, precision shooting, and team communication were all attributes that were improved upon participating in box. Field play is dramatically improved from polishing these skills learned in box play. These are all skills that any player needs for their game to be taken to the next level. Bottom line is, if you want to get better, PLAY BOX. Hoosier Lacrosse Academy gives you the tools to improve the most efficient way possible, so what are you waiting for!?

Grayson Gardner
Grayson Gardner

Hoosier Lacrosse Academy played a big role in helping me become the player I am today. The summer travel teams and box league helped me develop the fundamentals that have allowed me to take my play to the next level. I would highly recommend Hoosier Lacrosse Academy for those who want to start their lacrosse career the right way.

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Do you believe in Honor, Integrity, Team and have a Passion for Lacrosse!!!
Hoosier Lacrosse is looking for a few great male and female coaches for our programs throughout Indiana. If you love lacrosse and teaching we would like to hear from you.

The Hoosier Lacrosse Academy is looking for a few great male and female coaches for our programs throughout Indiana. If you love lacrosse and teaching we would like to hear from you.

Why play Lacrosse?
The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse – the big or small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse. An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Long sprints up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, precision passes and dodges are routine in men’s and women’s lacrosse. Lacrosse is played with a stick, the Crosse, which must be mastered by the player to throw, catch and scoop the ball.
Today’s lacrosse enthusiasts play this primarily amateur sport for love rather than financial reward. Long after the more high profile collegiate athletes have used their skills to enter the professional sports arena, the finest men and women lacrosse players are using their talents in the dynamic amateur competition known as ‘club’ lacrosse

 

Lacrosse is considered one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. The cost of outfitting a lacrosse team is less than hockey and football. In the last decade, the number of high school and youth teams has increased by 65 percent and the number of college and club teams has risen by 62 percent. There is a growing interest in the game among countries around the world which have never before been involved. Once a minor pastime played in the shadows of baseball stadiums in the Northeast of the United States, lacrosse has become a national sport with more than 200,000 active players.

Brief History
With a history that spans centuries, lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America. Rooted in Native American religion, lacrosse was often played to resolve conflicts, heal the sick, and develop strong, virile men. To Native Americans, lacrosse is still referred to as “The Creator’s Game”.

Ironically, lacrosse also served as a preparation for war. Legend tells of as many as 1,000 players per side, from the same or different tribes, who took turns engaging in a violent contest. Contestants played on a field from one to 15 miles in length, and games sometimes lasted for days. Some tribes used a single pole, tree or rock for a goal, while other tribes had two goalposts through which the ball had to bass. Balls were made out of wood, deerskin, baked clay or stone.

The evolution of the Native American game into modern lacrosse began in 1636 when Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit missionary, documented a Huron contest in what is now southeast Ontario, Canada. At that time, some type of lacrosse was played by at least 48 Native American tribes scattered throughout what is now southern Canada and all parts of the United States. French pioneers began playing the game avidly in the 1800s. Canadian dentist W. George Beers standardized the game in 1867 with the adoption of set field dimensions, limits to the number of players per team and other basic rules.
New York University fielded the nation’s first college team in 1877, and Philips Academy, Andover (Massachusetts), Philips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire) and the Lawrenceville School (New Jersey) were the nation’s first high school teams in 1882.
The first women’s lacrosse game was played in 1890 at the St. Leonard’s School in Scotland. Although an attempt was made to start women’s lacrosse at Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1914, it was not until 1926 that Miss Rosabelle Sinclair established the first women’s lacrosse team in the United Sates at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Men’s and women’s lacrosse were played under virtually the same rules, with no protective equipment, until the mid-1930s. At that time, men’s lacrosse began evolving dramatically, while women’s lacrosse continued to remain true to the game’s original rules. Men’s and women’s lacrosse remain derivations of the same game today, but are played under different rules. Women’s rules limit stick contact, prohibit body contact and, therefore, require little protective equipment. Men’s lacrosse rules allow some degree of stick and body contact, although violence is neither condoned nor allowed.
Field lacrosse is sometimes perceived to be a violent and dangerous game, however, injury statistics prove otherwise. While serious injuries can and occur in lacrosse, the game has evolved with an emphasis on safety, and the rate of injury is comparatively low.

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. Youth participation in the sport has grown over 77% since 2006 to nearly 400,000 in 2012. No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years and there are now an estimated 282,000 high school players.

Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing sport over the last nine years at the NCAA level with 671 college teams in 2012, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than 500 college club programs, including nearly 200 women’s teams that compete at the US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates level.