2010 Winter Players Clinics - Session 3 January 31st Team Defensive and Team Offensive Play
Coach Ryan Polley, Assistant Coach at Yale University, will be available to assist players with their Defensive play and Team Defense before the season. These are two key areas that can really help you succeed. Please take advantage of this clinic to increase your skills prior to the season.
Additionally Coach Andrew Whitley, Assistant Coach at Fairfield Univeristy, will be available to assist players with the Offensive play and Team Offense. Coach Whitley will also conduct a Face-Off session and Goaltending session as part of the Team Offensive section.
10:00 – 12:00 pm Players instruction must be register online, there will be $10/ person player fee, payable online or at door to cover the cost of the gym time for the clinic,
You will be instructed by Coach Ryan Polley, Coach Andy Whitley and RHAM Youth Coaches on Defensive Play, Team Defense, Team Offense and Offensive Play, Face-Offs and Goaltending to help take your game to the next level
Please bring your lacrosse stick and full equipment.
This will be the third in a series of Clinics for players this winter.
For additional information or questions contact Paul Burton RHAM Youth Lacrosse Coordinator (
) (860) 508-2323.
Ryan Polley, the former Merrimack College head coach and second-team All-American player, joined the Yale men's lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant in the fall of 2006.
During his three seasons as head coach at Merrimack, Polley took the program from a 6-8 record in 2004 to two consecutive 11-5 finishes. His 2006 team finished with a No. 8 Division II national ranking and he received New England Division II Coach of the Year honors.
Prior to becoming his alma mater's head coach, Polley stayed in Andover where he was head coach for the first three years of the women's lacrosse program at Andover High School. His 2003 team went undefeated in the regular season, and in his three years Polley sent 13 players to collegiate women's lacrosse programs.
As student at Merrimack, where he received a B.A. in business administration, Polley played basketball and football in addition to lacrosse, though he played lacrosse exclusively during his last two years. He was a three-year captain on the lacrosse team and received various accolades, including second-team All-America and academic All-America while being named to the All-Northeast Team and the All-ECAC squad.
In addition to his coaching experience, Polley has held a number of finance and accounting jobs. In 2006, he was assistant controller at Marine Polymer Technologies Inc., a Massachusetts chemicals company.
Andrew Whitley is currently an assistant coach at Fairfield University where he coaches face-offs and assists with the offense. He has been coaching at Fairfield since September, 2009.
Previously, Whitley spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Yale University (2007-9). While at Yale, he worked with the goalies and defense. During his time at Yale, he helped George Carafides finish 4th in school history in career saves with 535.
Whitley, who served as Wesleyan University's defensive coordinator from 1997-2000, moved to Yale after four seasons (2003-06) as an assistant at the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT, where he helped the Hilltoppers win their first ever conference title in 2006. He was named Fairchester Athletic Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2005.
At Wesleyan, Whitley helped his team qualify for two ECAC tournaments while working with the defense and goaltenders. Whitley also coordinated the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association weekly polls and post-season all-star teams from 1999-2004.He attended both Alfred University and Franklin & Marshall College, earning the Diplomat Award for character and leadership in 1996 from the latter. Whitley, who earned his degree in sociology from F&M in 1996, was a two-time all-Centennial Conference Goaltender and played in the 1993, 1994 and 1995 NCAA Tournaments. He currently ranks 18th in Centennial Conference history with a .574 save percentage and 25th with 346 career saves.