2013-14 Skipjacks Coaching Assignments
Core to the development philosophy of the Skipjacks is our commitment to ensure each Skipjacks player has the same teammates and the same coaches all year long. Not only is this much more fun for the kids, but it is allows our coaches to have a real impact on the development of their players and their teams.
Our Skipjacks coaches lead the team practices and games throughout the year. We do also bring in specialty skills coaches throughout the year to add expertise in specific areas and add some variety to the training schedule, but it is our Skipjacks coaches that do the heavy lifting… I am extremely excited to announce the following line up of coaches for the 2014/15 season (possibly subject to slight changes between now and first practices):
4th Grade: Bill Daye, , and Greg Lally
5th Grade : Derek Weckbacher, Will Contento, Brian Connerty, Marshall Jones
6th Grade : John Todd, Mike Smith, Brad Matton, Mike Fanning
7th Grade : Paul Abbate, Lucas Hamary, Greg Levings, Matt McCullough
8th Grade : Kirk Douglas, James Beaudoin, Bill Riley, Jason Pithie
9th Grade and JV (White Team): Brian Fitzgibbons, Shawn Condon, Ryan Tierney
Varsity Teams : Greg Levings, Mike Smith, Pete Oswald
SEE BELOW FOR COACHES BIOS
Coaches Listed In Alphabetical Order
Coach and Board Member
Paul Abbate was a four (4) year starter at Goalie and Attack for Babson College (1984-1988). He recorded 30 saves as a Freshmen v. Colby College to set the Babson College school save record. Paul was named to the All Pilgrim League as a Freshmen and set a Freshmen save % season record for the Pilgrim League at 61.6%. During his sophomore through senior seasons, he scored 40 goals at Attack. Paul was the Captain of the 1988 team and was part of the teams who in 1986 & 1987 qualified for the ECAC Division III Lacrosse Tournament. He attended St. Sebastian's School from 1978-1984. His is currently the Director of Norwell Boys Youth Lacrosse and has three (3) boys in the youth program. Paul resides in Norwell with his wife and three (3) children.
Coach Beaudoin is entering his 12th year as a head coach with 140 career wins at the varsity level. Beaudoin has coached 7 All-Americans and 5 Academic All-Americans over those years. He started his career as a defensive coordinator for Bishop Brady High School (Concord, NH) in 2003, where the team was the NH State Championship runner-up. Beaudoin’s first stint as a head coach was at Hampton Roads Academy (Newport News, VA) where he led the school to its best season in 10 years, finishing 7th in the state. From there Beaudoin moved on to Chase Collegiate School (Waterbury, CT) where he was named US Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 2009 for Western New England private schools. He was also named Coach of the Year for DIII twice while in Connecticut. At Chase, Beaudoin won 3 undefeated division championships and 2 undefeated league championships. He has coached in 3 private school All-Star games and was named Vice President of the New England Secondary School Lacrosse Association. From Chase, Beaudoin moved on to be the head coach at Proctor Academy (Andover, NH). While at Proctor, Beaudoin gave the program its best season in over 20 years, finishing 2nd in the North.
Coach Beaudoin is currently going into his 4th year as head coach at Cohasset High School. He was named South Shore League Coach of the Year and Boston Globe Coach of the Year in 2013, the same year Cohasset returned to the state finals. In 2014 Cohasset won the DIII State Championship, and in 2015 Cohasset won its 3rd undefeated South Shore League title in a row and its second straight MIAA South title. Beaudoin is also the League Representative for the South Shore League in the EMLCA.
Beaudoin has previous experience with summer club programs in CT and NH, coaching the CT Lynx, World Class Lacrosse and the NH Tomahawks. Beaudoin played high school lacrosse at Proctor Academy and college lacrosse as a goalie at the University of Vermont.
Bill Daye "BD"
Director of Goalie Training, Coach, Board Member, Etc!
“BD” as often referred to, is one of the most respected persons in the sport of lacrosse. He’s known for his passion for the game and in 2012 was named one of Lacrosse Magazine’s Most Twenty Influential Black Figures in Lacrosse History.
Bill Daye brings over 25 years of lacrosse knowledge to our program. BD has been successful at every level; he has been a part of championship programs, as a coach and as a player, from high school to the professional ranks.
In 2011, which would be his final coaching stint, Daye led the Boston Cannons to the Major League Lacrosse Championship; the 1st in franchise history. He was also named by his peers as the M.L.L. Coach of the Year, also the 1st in franchise history. BD was the Cannon’s skipper for 6 seasons, compiling a 43-29 record and leading the Boston to post season play in four of those six years. Daye was named to the MLL All-star game as a coach four times in that span; three times as an assistant and in 2011 as the Head Coach. 2 different Cannon’s players (Paul Rabil and Matt Poskay) were named League MVP and Offensive Player in subsequent years; one of those players (Paul Rabil) doing it twice in three years. Daye also coached 2 Most Improved award winners (Chris Eck, John Christmas) and 1 Goalie of the Year (Kip Turner). Prior to being named HC, Coach Daye spent one year as an assistant and lead the Boston Cannon’s defense to a league leading goals against average during that season. BD spent 2 years at Boston College, 1 year at Johns Hopkins and 1 year at North Carolina as an assistant coach.
As a player, BD was an intense competitor. One of the pioneers of Major League Lacrosse, Dean Daye was an MLL All-Pro, MLL All-Star and voted by his teammates as the MVP for the Boston Cannon’s inaugural season. While at the University of North Carolina, Daye was a 2 year starter in which he led his Tarheels into the post season and into the NCAA Final Four in both seasons. As a sophomore, BD helped lead the ‘Heels to an NCAA Championship in 1991. Daye came off the bench cold in relief of the starting goalie and made two saves, then threw an on point outlet pass which started a fast break and finished with a momentum changing goal. From then on, UNC played at a higher level and beat Towson St. 18-13; one of the biggest sports moments in NCAA history. During Coach Daye’s years at North Carolina, the lacrosse team won the National Championship once, appeared in the NCAA Final Four for 4 times and won 4 Atlantic Coast Championships.
BD’s high school career was just as successful as the “late bloomer” (BD started playing lax in 8th grade, goalie in 9th) played in 2 Long Island Championship games and 3 County Championship games. His senior year he was voted Honorable Mention All-American as well as All-County; he was twice voted all-League (one year as a midfielder). In BD’s senior year as the starting goalie, he scored 14 goals as an EMO Specialist who came out of goal, grabbed a short stick and did work. In his junior year Daye played midfield and then after completion of the spring season, made the Long Island Empire States Team as an alternate in the goal. BD played his HS lax at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, N.Y.
Off the field is where Daye earned his degree in Lacrosse. BD spent eleven years with the original family owned BRINE Lacrosse Company. There he was involved in the development of the innovative products in which Brine brought to the lacrosse consumer. After graduating from Brine and working towards his master’s degree, Coach Daye’s spent a semester abroad specializing in Head Protection at U of Cascade. Daye spent 7 years in Team Sales before landing a dream job with Nike, specializing in Lacrosse Team Sales.
Bill’s and his lovely wife Alison are blessed with two daughters who btw will be future lax stars; Adison and Ollie. Although originally from Huntington, Strong Island….BD, Ali, Adi & Ollie call Hingham, MA home. He loves to spend time with his family at the Cape, enjoys playing golf, makes mean pulled pork and his favorite EA Sports Hockey team is the Detroit Red Wings.
Dylan grew up in Norwell and played his high school lax at Phillips Exeter and St John Prep (where he was captain of both the hockey and lacrosse teams). He went on to play at Providence College and play both hockey and lacrosse at the division 1 level and was captain of the lacrosse team his senior year. He also had the amazing opportunity to play on Team Finland in the 2008 European Championships. Dylan lives in Braintree and has been coaching at the youth and high school levels for the past couple years.
Matt Clark is a graduate of Marshfield High School in 2004 where he played lacrosse as a defenseman. In 2003, his high school team was the Division 2 Eastern Mass Runner-up in Boys Lacrosse. Matt attended Salve Regina University from (2004-2008) where he was a four (4) year member of the Men's Lacrosse Team and played defense. He graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts in US History. Matt has been coaching at Norwell High School since 2011 as the Junior Varsity Boys Coach and currently the Varsity Boys Assistant Coach. Other coaching experience includes Skipjacks Lacrosse Boys Head Coach. Matt teaches in Hanover and lives in Marshfield.
Summer Coach and Face Off Coach
Paul Donovan is a graduate of Norwell High School in 2010 where he played lacrosse as a midfielder. He grew up playing lacrosse which was influenced by this older brothers and eventually become his favorite sport. While in high school, he played club lacrosse with the Blackjacks and EMass Jr. Minutemen. Paul currently attends Bates College where he is a member of the Men's Lacrosse Team and plays defensive midfield, offensive midfield and FOGO. He was selected to the Team Leadership Council at Bates College. Paul has been coaching at Skipjacks Lacrosse and at several camps each summer. Paul resides in Plymouth.
Kirk Douglas started playing lacrosse in the mid 1980’s. He attended Bridgton Academy Maine in 1989 where he started all 17 games at attack for the 16-1 Wolverines. After leaving Bridgton he headed to upstate New York to attend Elmira College. Kirk was a moved to midfield and was a 4 year starter. He was the third player in school history to be selected to an All Empire League team his senior season and still ranks in the top 20 all time leading scorers in school history. Kirk still plays club lacrosse and in various tournaments around New England. Kirk has been coaching with Marshfield Youth Lacrosse for 5 years now and is a member of the Marshfield Youth Lacrosse board.
He played at St. Michaels back in the mid-80’s and was a team captain and Brine All Star Selection his senior year. Since then he has been a driving force behind lacrosse in the south shore for many years. He has coached at virtually every level and was president of Norwell Youth Lacrosse for 6 years. He has most recently been the 7th grade coach for Norwell’s TPL A team.
Brian is currently serves as the Defensive Coordinator for the NCAA Division III Massachusetts Maritime Men’s Lacrosse team. Brian is a 2005 graduate of Bowdoin College where he played four years of lacrosse. Prior to Bowdoin, Brian played football and lacrosse at Boston College High School, captaining both teams in his senior year. After Bowdoin, he was the first head coach of the Bridgewater-Raynham Boys' Lacrosse team. He took a break from coaching from 2006-2011 while he was serving as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Brian is an administrator with the Pembroke Public Schools, works with the Pembroke High School Boys’ Lacrosse program and serves as head coach for Pembroke’s U15 Crossroads League team. Brian continues to play in the Olde New England Lacrosse League. He lives in Plymouth with his wife, Jessica and two daughters, Caroline & Grace.
Our resident southerner, Tyce grew up in southwest Florida and Lacrosse was introduced to him his Junior year in high school. He got the bug, quit varsity baseball, and the rest is history. After only two years at a club level,due to the overwhelming interest lacrosse became a varsity sport across Southwest Florida. Tyce is a great example of how the rapid growth of the sport has reach every corner of the map..
Tyce enlisted into the Marine Corps following high school. Since that time, he have played in numerous men’s leagues across the East coast and most recently has coached at numerous levels at Marshfield youth lacrosse.
Geoff has been playing and coaching lacrosse for nearly 30 years. Born and raised in Central New York, he played lacrosse at Auburn High School where he played 3 years at the Varsity level, receiving all-county honors as a defenseman. He continued his career at Whittier College (1994-1997) in California where he was a 4 year starter at close defense on the NCAA Division 3 program, which was nationally ranked in the USILA Top 20 each year. Geoff also garnered 1st Team All-Conference honors in 1997. After graduating college he moved back to the Syracuse area and played one year of Senior B Box Lacrosse for the Onondaga Nation (Iroquois Lacrosse Association) and field lacrosse for Tully’s Lacrosse Club (USCLA). He then moved to Boston in the fall of 1998 and joined the Commonwealth / Brine Outlaws (USCLA) until the league folded in 2002. After that, he joined up with the Boston Crabs (ALL) , MegaMen LC and Pink Whales LC and continues to play with the clubs on a regular basis. Geoff has also participated in high profile tournaments around the U.S. including Vail (Jammin’ Salmon), Lake Placid (Creeker House, Atlantic), Vegas (MegaMen), Cape Cod (Pink Whales), Glastonbury (Boston Crabs), and many others.
Aside from his desire and passion to play, Geoff also had coaching stints at Umass Boston (1999, 2000), North Quincy HS (2001, 2002) and Boston College (2006) as a defensive coach / coordinator. He also participated in coaching clinics and camps as a volunteer all over New England.
Geoff is also a certified EMLOA Lacrosse Official here in the Bay State, officiating mostly youth and high school games as well as high profile youth tournaments.
Geoff resides in Dorchester, MA where he enjoys being the best uncle to his niece (Elizabeth) and nephew (Robbie) who live in the Berkshires (Pittsfield) & he hopes to convert them into lacrosse players! He enjoys cross-fit training, hiking, mountain biking, lake-life and his favorite EA Sports Hockey team is the San Jose Sharks.
Summer Coach and Goalie Coach
Pat Johnston graduated from Norwell High School in 2010 and is a former Clipper Lacrosse Captain and standout as a Goalie. He led his high school team in 2010 to the Division 3 Eastern Mass State Finals for their first appearance in school history. Pat played high school club lacrosse for the Black Jacks. He currently attends Rochester Institute of Technology where he is a member of the Men's Tigers Lacrosse Team. His coaching experience includes Skipjacks Summer teams and several summer lacrosse goalie camps. Pat resides in Norwell.
Jake Jones graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 2005 where he was a four (4) year Varsity player and High School All American. He attended Springfield College (2005-2009) where he was a member of the Men's Pride Lacrosse Team and played midfield. While in college, Jake was Captain his senior year (2009) and First Team All Pilgrim League in 2007, 2008 & 2009. His coaching experience includes UMass Amherst Volunteer Assistant Coach, Belchertown High School Assistant Varsity Coach and Marshfield High School Varsity Coach. Jake resides in Plymouth and is a teacher in Marshfield.
Coach & Board Member
Mark was a 4-year starter at Trinity College and team captain in 1994. Since then he has coached at nearly every level , and from 2002-2011 he served as GM of The Boston Cannons. He is currently the President of Marshfield Youth Lacrosse and coaching on many levels within Marshfield Youth Lacrosse. He currently lives in Marshfield and will be coaching our 7th Grade AA team for the 2013/14 Skipjacks.
Originally from upstate state New York, Greg played 4 years at Springfield College and graduated in 2009 with a Major in Physical Education. Currently, he is the Associate Head Coach for Marshfield High School as well as a special education teacher in the High School. Before moving to Marshfield, he coached in upstate New York for 4 years.
Chris was a two-time All-American attackman for Garden City's 1994 New York Class B State Champion team. He has three NCAA championship rings from his time at Princeton (1996 - 1998), where he was a three-time All-American and a captain. He was named All-Ivy three times, and All-NCAA Tournament Team twice. He is second all-time in career goals at Princeton and fifth in career points. In 2003, Chris helped the LI Lizards win the MLL championship. Chris lives in norwell and is an attorney in Boston.
Patrick McCavanagh has been playing and coaching lacrosse for (25) years. He grew up in Long Island where he played lacrosse at Sachem High School and was a New York State Class A Finalist. He continued his career at Boston College (1996-1999) as an attackman and midfielder, where he was a four-year starter on their Division 1 Varsity Team. Patrick had a successful career at BC collecting 125 points and establishing himself as one of the top-10 scorers in the program's history. McCavanagh continued to play competitive Club Lacrosse in Chicago for the Lincoln Park Lacrosse Club (2000-2006) and in Boston for the MetroLacrosse Club Team (2007-2010) where he was selected to the ONELL All-Star team. Patrick returned to coach at his alma mater for 3 years at Boston College (2010-2012) where he led his team to consecutive berths in the MCLA National Championship Tournament, including a quarterfinal run in 2011. In 2011 he was voted Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League Coach of the Year. Patrick has experience coaching at the youth level for Lacrosse America, MetroLacrosse, Duxbury Youth Lacrosse and as a counselor at the West Point Lacrosse Camp. He resides in Hingham, MA with his wife Catherine and (2) children.
Matt has coached with Chris at Norwell High School as the defensive coach for the past three years. He played at Fairfield University for four years and since graduating in 1992 has played extensively at the club level and coached whenever he could.
North River Founder/Director, Coach
Chris McGuirk has been playing and coaching lacrosse for twenty (20) years. He grew up in Norwell and played soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey in high school at Thayer Academy (1993-1997), where he was recently inducted into the Thayer Academy Athletics Hall of Fame. He continued his career in lacrosse at the University of Vermont (1993-1997) as a midfielder, where he was a two-year captain and selected to the NEILA East/West Game his senior season. Chris started coaching high school in Portsmouth, NH from (2003-2008) where he was instrumental in the growth of their youth program and coached the varsity team for 3 years. In 2008, the PHS varsity team went to the NH State Finals and he was voted NH Div 3 Coach of The Year. He moved back to Norwell, MA in 2009 and coached the High School Boys Lacrosse Team from 2009- 2013. He is the Founder and Director of NLAX Lacrosse established in 2009. Chris resides in Norwell with his wife and three (3) children.
Kevin is a lax junkie who has been playing lax anywhere and anyway he can for the last 20+ years… He grew up in Syracuse, NY and played High School Lax at CBA. He went on to play at Villanova, continued to play indoor in NJ for 3 years, then in the A.L.L for a few years in NYC. Currently keeping the dream alive playing box with The Blazers and ONELL men’s league. New to the coaching side of the sideline but he looks forward to sharing his passion for the sport with our Skipjacks.
Coach - Director of Face-Off Training
Pete grew up in Cohasset and played at Thayer Academy where he was All-ISL and Patriot Ledger All Scholastic his senior year (2008). He went on to play midfield and take face offs at The University of Vermont. Currently he is a small business owner and entrepreneur who lives in Boston.
A relative newcomer to the coaching ranks of lacrosse, Jason started coaching in the Skipjacks program on an interim basis for the Fall 2012 season and ended up guiding the 5th grade team to a third place finish at the Bitter Lacrosse Festival in Stowe, VT in his head coaching debut. Jason is a long time Norwell resident who played four years of Baseball and Football at Norwell High School. Jason graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY where he lettered for three seasons for the Football team and lettered for four seasons for the baseball team and was a captain for two. After college Jason played and coached semi pro baseball for 10 years, retiring in order to devote his athletic efforts at coaching at the Youth level. He has served as an assistant football coach at Norwell High School, assistant baseball coach at Wentworth Institute of Technology and has been coaching football for Norwell Youth Football for the last five seasons. He is currently the President of Norwell Youth Football, a board member for Norwell Little League and has been involved in coaching youth sports in the town of Norwell for over six years.
Bill Riley is a graduate of Hanover High School in 2006 and was a member of the soccer, ice hockey and track teams. He attended the University of New Hampshire and received his undergraduate degree 2010 and earned a Masters Degree in Physical Education in 2011. While in college he participated in several intramural sports including floor hockey, ice hockey, soccer, innertube waterpolo, basketball, dodgeball, broomball, flag football, and softball. He is currently a Teacher's Aide at Norwell High School and his coaching experience includes Norwell High School Freshmen LacrosseTeam as well as the Soccer and Ice Hockey teams. Bill is twenty-five (25) years old and resides in Hanover.
Greg was a Standout (yes, that’s a capital S) at Hingham High where he graduated in 2002. While at Hingham he was a 3-time All American and MA player of the year in 2002. He went to Deerfield for a PG year in 2003 and was the NE Defensive Player of the Year. Greg continued his lacrosse career at Bucknell where he was a 4 year starter, key member of the Defense, and captain his senior year. Since graduating in 2007, he has coached at both the youth and High School level, most recently as a member of the Hingham High Coaching staff.
Dave played at Nichols, D-3. Since college he kept the glory days alive and well playing box and club. He started coaching a couple years ago at South Shore Votech and went to the playoffs both years. After that he left to start Rockland Youth lacrosse where we have been very competitive and have a similar philosophy as Skipjacks. Last year, he was also the first year as a Coach with Rockland High.
Ryan Tierney has been playing lacrosse for eleven (11) years. He graduated from Norwell High School in 2010 and is a former Clipper Lacrosse Captain and standout as an attacker. He led his high school team in 2010 to the Division 3 Eastern Mass State Finals for their first appearance in school history. Ryan played high school club lacrosse for the Black Jacks and the Emass Jr. Minutemen. He attended Lynchburg College where he was a member of the Men's Hornets Lacrosse Team. His coaching experience includes Norwell High School Freshmen Team and Assistant Varsity Coach, Norwell Youth Lacrosse 7th and 8th Grade Teams and NLAX Summer teams. Ryan resides in Norwell
John "JT" Todd
JT has been coaching at Hingham High School since 1987, taking over as Head Coach in 1989. Before Hingham JT played 4 years of lacrosse at Saint Michael's College in Vermont as a defensemen and midfielder after picking up the game at Bridgton Academy in Maine.
JT continues to guide Hingham to be one of the top programs in the state. Over the past 25 years JT's teams have posted over 350 victories and had 21 players selected as All-American's as well as 3 Academic All-American's. During his tenure his teams have have qualified for the State Tournament 23 out of 25 years as well as won multiple league championships, appeared in 3 State Finals plus won 2 State Championships. He has been elected Patriot League Coach of the Year 8 times and was named Boston Globe Coach of the Year in 2001. JT has had over 140 players go on to play at the next level ranging from club to D1. This group includes many college Captains and All Stars, but is mainly comprised of young men that just love to play the game. JT has also been very active with Hingham Youth Lacrosse since its inception in 1987 and over the past several years has helped run the fall and winter skills programs.
The game of lacrosse gave JT a priceless friendship with the legendary Weymouth HS coach Tony Manzelli who's coaching style never lost site of the individual and the true value and meaning of lacrosse while coaching young men. JT feels strongly that Coach McGuirk has assembled those qualities in the Skipjack/North River program and is excited to join the coaching staff for all the right reasons.
Tim is originally from Manhasset, Long Island where he graduated from Manhasset High School in 1987, playing under Hall of Famers Alan Lowe, Bob Rule and current coach Bill Cherry. Over the years he has played with and against many All-Americans in both high school and college. He started playing lacrosse in the 4th grade, and continued on through College. He went on to become a four (4) year starter at Midfield and Attack for the then Division 1 University of New Hampshire (1988-1991). From his sophomore to senior year, he recorded 48 goals and 15 assists at attack (he made his living doing the dirty work in front of the goal) . He is currently on the Norwell Youth Lacrosse Board, and also coaches in the Norwell girls youth program. He resides in Norwell with his wife and 10 year old twins.
Derek played 3 years varsity as a LSM and close defender at Duxbury high-school from 05-07 where he was key member of 3 div. 1 championships. He continued his playing career at New England College where he was a 4 year starter on close defense and selected as 2nd team all conference in TCCC 2011. Derek graduated in 2011 from their sports and recreation management program and currently resides in Duxbury.