Coaches

Ira Vanterpool

A member of the ’95 National Championship Lacrosse team while at Syracuse University. He also played an integral role in helping steer the Orange to Final Appearances in ’96, ’97, and as a team Captain in ’98. Coach Vanterpool has been coaching lacrosse at the high school level for 18 years, starting at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, CT. He currently serves as the Director of lacrosse and boys head varsity coach at Greensboro Day School in Greensboro, NC where he received the PACIS Coach of the Year award in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as the USLacrosse NCISAA Coach of the Year in 2015.

Marc Winbush

Coach Winbush is a native of Montclair, New Jersey where he played high school lacrosse. He was an accomplished player helping his team make it to the New Jersey State Championships his senior season. That same year he was selected to the All-Star Garden State Lacrosse Team as a starting Attackmen. Marc continued his lacrosse career playing at Washington & Jefferson College, where he led in assists and was second in scoring as a freshman.

Marc has coached in the Winston-Salem Lacrosse Association for four years and was named “Coach of the Year 2008”, to Athletes for Others. He was selected as the All-Star team coach all four years; two as an assistant coach and two as a head coach.

In 2009 Marc founded PPPLAX, Inc., (Triple-P-Lax), a nonprofit organization established to promote Christian values-centered character development and foster inclusion among youth across various racial and socio-economic backgrounds through the sport of lacrosse. Triple-P-Lax is now an official Emerging Group Affiliate of US Lacrosse and only 1 of 7 organizations of its’ type nationwide.

In 2010 Marc served as Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach of East Forsyth High School, coaching the Fighting Eagles to an 8-3 inaugural season. In 2011 Marc took the helm at Forsyth Country Day School taking the Furies to the State Quarter-Finals for the first time in school history. In 2012 Marc was named PACIS Coach of Year and is steadily helping to expand the game and improve the quality of lacrosse in North Carolina.

Marc’s greatest joy and accomplishment as a coach is helping youth identify and expand upon their life purpose for the betterment of themselves and society.

Dan Tichy

Coach Tichy is a 2001 graduate of Manhattan College. He started with the Manhattan Men’s Lacrosse program his freshman year when they entered Division I competition in 1997. Here he played attack and had the opportunity to build a Division I program, qualifying for the 2000 MAAC Tournament; the first ever post-season qualification for the Manhattan Men’s Lacrosse program. In 2002 Manhattan went undefeated in conference play winning the MAAC Championship and advancing to the first round of the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Georgetown 12-7.

Post-graduation Dan continues to take part in the lacrosse community. In 2008 Dan started coaching at New Providence High School in New Jersey where he was the Assistant Varsity Coach for the Pioneers. He also played in the American Lacrosse League (ALL) from 2005 – 2009. After moving to North Carolina he became a member of the Greensboro Day Bengals Lacrosse coaching staff in 2012 where he is the Assistant Coach/Offensive Coordinator who directed the Bengals Offensive to finish second in scoring in the NCISSA in 2012. Coach Tichy continues to devote his offseason time to coaching youth programs and clinics, playing on various tournament teams, and growing the sport of lacrosse in North Carolina.

Brennan C. Thompson

A 2008 graduate of Western Guilford High School, where he was a 3x all-state defender and co-captain of the 2007 state championship team. He graduated from Colorado College in 2013. He was a member of Colorado College Men’s Lacrosse team from 2009-2011, which included Colorado College’s first NCAA appearance in 2011. Coach Thompson was the varsity boys’ lacrosse defensive coordinator for Palmer High School (Colorado Springs, Colorado) from 2012-2013.

Mike Flaherty

Mike played Lacrosse for WPI in Worcester, Massachusetts. Received All-conference honors all four years

Originally from Massachusetts, relocated to North Carolina in 2012 to work as an electrical engineer for Analog Devices.
Coach Flaherty also serves as an assistant and goalie coach for Greensboro Day School.

Don Croom

Coach Croom is a Greensboro native and former Ragsdale High school Midfielder and defenseman. He graduated from Ragsdale in 2009 and attended North Carolina A&T State University.

Coach Croom has served in several roles across different club programs in the Greensboro lacrosse community including the Triad Blackhawks, Greensboro Select, and now Triad Elite. Coach Croom formerly served as the Ragsdale High School Head JV coach/ Varsity Coach from 2009-2011. He is a member of the Greensboro Day coaching staff where he served as Head middle coach 2012-2013 and currently serves as a varsity assistant.

Mark Crisco

Coach Crisco is entering his fourth season as Defensive Coordinator for the Guilford College Quakers. Since joining the staff in 2013, his recruiting and coaching efforts have contributed to the Quakers lacrosse programs elevated success. He helped Guilford advanced to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) playoffs in both 2015 & 2016.
In his first three seasons with the Quakers, Crisco has coached six All-ODAC defensive players, set a school record for Goals against Avg. (8.88 in 2015), and boast one of the highest scoring defensive units in Division III.
Prior to Guilford, Crisco spent two seasons as defensive coordinator and volunteer assistant coach at conference rival, Shenandoah University. In 2013, Crisco coached a hornet defensive unit that set a school record for caused turnovers in a season.

Crisco graduated from the Stevenson University with a BA in Communications in 2011 with a concentration in video production. Starting his college career at LIU Post as a defenseman. He was an active player for the Pioneers from 2007-09, including the 2009 DII National Championship team. Prior to his collegiate career, Crisco attended Bel Air High School in Maryland and was a standout 4-year varsity letter winner. Earning himself All-state and all-district honors as a Defenseman.

Kevin McKendry

Coach McKendry is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina where he was the starting goalie for the 2014 and 2015 state championship teams at Cardinal Gibbons High School. In 2014 and 2015 McKendry was selected all-conference, 1st team all-east region, 1st team all-state, and US Lacrosse All-American. McKendry went on to play division 1 lacrosse at Marist College where he is finishing up his second year.

Patrick Boppel

Coach Boppel is a four-year letterman at R.J. Reynolds High School under coach Jim O’Neill. All-Conference midfielder as a sophomore, All-State midfielder as a junior. Currently playing at High Point University under Head Coach Jon Torpey.

Michael Thomas

Coach Thomas is a current member of the men’s lacrosse team at Greensboro College, previously played lacrosse at the University of Mount Olive. Team captain, leading scorer, all-area and all-conference selection senior year at Page High School. Former fall ball Triad Blackhawks and TYLA U-11 minutemen assistant coach, preseason skill building sessions for Grimsley’s men’s lacrosse teams.

Alex Cole

Coach Cole is Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. Played four seasons at Nazareth College in Rochester from 2006-2009. He was named to the USILA North/South game in 2009. Team Captain, All-Conference performer, and also team defensive MVP for the 2009 season. Alex helped Nazareth win two Conference championships and make two NCAA tournament appearances in 2007 and 2009.

Coach Cole was the defensive coordinator for Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2010 – 2013. He was named Division II Assistant coach of the year in the state of Ohio in 2011. Also in 2011, helped Indian Hill reach the state semi-finals. He was also the defensive Coach for Velocity Lacrosse travel club in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 2010 – 2013.

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