ABOUT SOFT LACROSSE™

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Soft Lacrosse LLC is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization that has a mission to provide a gentle introduction to the fundamentals of lacrosse. Unlock children’s athletic and leadership potential with us by nurturing self-confidence, hand eye co-ordination, footwork, and teamwork skills using time tested exclusive soft lacrosse techniques. We believe a great deal of success in life can start by picking up a lacrosse stick.

 

About bob turco

Bob Turco Founder

New Jersey USL Hall of Fame Coach Bob Turco founded Soft Lacrosse™ in 1985 and started the first ever, indoor Soft Lacrosse™ leagues in 1991 in Ho Ho Kus, NJ.

There are few who can rival the coaching experience and lacrosse knowledge of the Tri-State Lacrosse founder. In 1988, New Jersey voted him "Coach of the Year". In 1992 they voted him "Lacrosse Man of the Year".

In 2004, the New Jersey Chapter of US Lacrosse inducted Coach Turco into the Hall of Fame. In 2006 he led Ramapo High School to their first state championship.

His experience includes 10 years as a Varsity High School head coach with Kinnelon, The Peddie School, and Ramapo, and as an assistant with Bergen Catholic and Ridgewood. Coach Turco has also worked at the collegiate level with both Fairleigh Dickinson and Richard Stockton.

Most recently, his high school Alma Mater, The Peddie School, inducted both Coach Turco and his 1996 team into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. Bob is currently an assistant coach at Shawnee High School.

 

About alex buckley

Alex Buckley Regional/League Director

Alex Buckley is a native of Ridgewood, NJ, where he was an All-American attackman.

A 2007 Brown University graduate, in college he played midfield and attack, served as a captain, was named All-Ivy and All-New England, and was recently named to the Brown Lacrosse "Team of the Decade" for 2000-2009.

Additionally, he was recognized by the Brown Athletic Department in 2007 with the David B. Zucconi Award, given to the Brown male athlete who most consistently displays the ideals of sportsmanship and fair play.

In 2007, Buckley was selected 17th overall by the Los Angeles Riptide of Major League Lacrosse, and had a three year professional career.

Currently, he is the head coach of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, NC. In his first year at the helm, in 2014 his team won the state title and went undefeated for the first time in school history, finishing with a record of 22-0, and Buckley was named Coach of the Year.

 

About mike culver

Mike Culver League Director

Mike Culver, who was named The Record's Boys Lacrosse Player of the Decade, became the youngest athlete to be inducted into the Ridgewood High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his play not only in lacrosse and football but for his success on the lacrosse field for the University of Virginia, the Chicago Machine of Major League Lacrosse and the United States World Champion U-19 team, as well as his continued dedication to the sport of lacrosse on a national level.

While at Ridgewood High School, Culver was a three-year varsity letter winner and co-captain on the football team and garnered first team All-League, first team All-Suburban and first team All-County honors while playing linebacker for the Maroons as well as being awarded the prestigious Stroker Award in 2002.

On the lacrosse field, Culver was a three-year varsity letterman and a multiple All-League, All-Suburban and All-State honoree, capped off by his senior season, when he was named first team All-League, first team All-Suburban, first team All-State, Gibbs Division Player of the Year, All-Suburban Player of the Year, Bergen County Player of the Year, New Jersey Player of the Year and All-America.

Culver moved on to Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, where, in his freshman year, he made the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Honor Roll, and the Cavaliers won the ACC championship. In 2003, Virginia claimed the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's lacrosse national championship. Culver capped off the year by captaining the United States U-19 Team to the gold medal in the 2003 World Championships.

In his next three years, Culver accumulated numerous All-ACC and All-America awards, and, in 2006 as the captain of the Cavaliers, he led Virginia to an undefeated season and his second NCAA lacrosse national championship. At the conclusion of his senior season and his career with Virginia, he was honored with the UVA Team Leadership Award as well as All-ACC, Academic All-American, first team All-America and the NCAA National Defenseman of the Year awards.

Culver was the sixth overall draft pick in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft and went on to start for the Chicago Machine. He made the MLL All-Star game and was voted as the Sportsman of the Year for not only his athletic performance but for his work with charities and youth lacrosse programs in the State of Illinois.

 

About rich d andrea

Rich D'Andrea League Director

Former Georgetown captain, NJ Goalie of the year, and 2 time All American, Rich D'Andrea attended The Peddie School where he played football and lacrosse. He was the goalie of the Peddie School Men's Lacrosse team and served as Captain in his junior and senior seasons. He was a two-time winner of the Dietrich Von Schwerdtner "Outstanding Goalie of the Year in New Jersey" award, a two time All-American and had First Team All-State honors three times.

In addition, the Peddie Lacrosse team was named Prep A State Champions, and ranked 13th nationally.

At the college level, Rich served as goalie of the Georgetown University Men's Lacrosse team. Rich was Captain of a 50-player roster his Senior year. He was a two-time winner of the Jason "Prof" Decker Unsung Hero Award, as well as a two-time All-League Goalie. He appeared in four straight NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal appearances.

Rich currently teaches English at Princeton Day School, where he is Head Coach of Boys Lacrosse. Princeton Day School was 2014 NJ Prep B State Champions and Co-Champions of the NJ Bianchi Division for Boys Lacrosse.

 

About michael de laurentis

Michael DeLaurentis League Director

Former Ursinus captain and Hightstown Head Coach Michael DeLaurentis began playing lacrosse in 8th grade at the Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ. Mikey "D" took face/offs and played d-mid for Coach Bob Turco during his final season at Peddie going undefeated. Mikey transitioned to defense at Ursinus College. Playing both close defense and long stick middie, DeLaurentis was a leader on and off the field serving as defensive captain and making dean's list.

Mikey began his coaching career in 2007 at the Peddie School. He was an assistant coach at Robbinsville HS for two seasons before becoming the Head Coach at Hightstown High School in 2011. During his first season, DeLaurentis led the Hightstown Rams to the school's first ever winning season and first trip to the state playoffs.

DeLaurentis was at the helm at Hightstown four seasons before moving down to North Carolina. He has worked with Tri-State Lacrosse summer leagues and camps, has put on clinics, and worked with youth and middle school leagues. He looks to bring his knowledge of the game and passion for teaching the fundamentals south to North Carolina.

 

About marc jacobson

Marc Jacobson League Director

Former Major League Lacrosse player Marc Jacobson grew up in NJ with a true legend of lacrosse – his father Steve – and carried on the family tradition. At Ridgewood High School, Marc was a two time all-state goalie, in 1990 and 1991. He led the team to consecutive state championships, with an undefeated season in 1991, and broke the state record for consecutive wins. Marc was an All-American in 1991 and played in the US Lacrosse National North-South High School game.

At Denison University, Marc was a four-year starter and named to the North Coast Conference Team all 4 years. He was also honored as the North Coast Conference Goalie of the Decade- ‘90s. Marc was named Division III All American in 1994 and 1995 and played in the Division III North South Game in 1995.

After college, Marc was a member of the New Jersey Pride in the MLL and represented Latvia in the 2006 World Lacrosse Games. Marc has played club lacrosse for the Tri-State Men's Club team since 1997 and has coached for the Tri-State All-Stars the past 8 years. Marc is currently the Head Coach at Wayne Hills High School and has been since 2007. In 2010, he led the team to a school best 15-3 record and a Passaic County Championship, while being named Passaic County Coach of the Year.

 

About ryan korn

Ryan Korn League Director

Former Captain and three time ECAC All-Academic scholar Ryan Korn started playing lacrosse in a local youth league in Little Silver, NJ when he was in 4th grade. He attended Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, where played four years of varsity lacrosse serving as captain for the last two. He played for one year at Providence College before transferring to Hobart College, where he played four years of varsity lacrosse serving as captain for the last two.

He was a three time ECAC All-Academic, and received the Kent W. Marbury Lacrosse Award for Character and Leadership his final year.

Recently, he has coached both Tri-State Lacrosse and a small inner city program at the Future Leaders' Institute in Harlem, NY. Since graduating college, he has completed a post baccalaureate pre-medical program at the University of Rochester, and continued on as a full-time Human Subject Research Coordinator in the Neuroscience Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics.

 

About victor lucia

Victor Lucia League Director

Victor Lucia first picked up a lacrosse stick when he was a freshman at Ramapo High School in Northern New Jersey. By the time he was a sophomore he was starting on varsity at long stick mid-field. Under the coaching and tutelage of Bob Turco, Victor was chosen to be the Defensive Captain his senior year. He helped lead the team to win the 2006 NJ Group II State Championship, a first for the schools program.

Ending the season with a 19-3 record, Victor was recruited to play Division I lacrosse at Sacred Heart University.

He parted ways with the school to pursue a career in the music industry, where he produced and negotiated collaborations with local to multi-platinum certified artists. He is the director of the North Jersey Lacrosse Camp and the assistant varsity lacrosse coach at the Dalton School in Manhattan.

Currently he is completing the requirements to become an English teacher at Brooklyn College. His plans include teaching the future leaders of our country while coaching the greatest sport in the world.

 

About thomas moore

Thomas Moore League Director

International Lacrosse enthusiast, and Turkish National Men's Lacrosse coach Thomas Moore is currently a band, choir, and general music teacher at Clay Battelle Middle/High School, located just outside of Morgantown, West Virginia. A born and raised West Virginian, Thomas attended Morgantown High School where he was an attackman from 2000 to 2003, which was a member of the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse League.

Coach Moore then went on to play long stick midfield and attack for West Virginia University who, formerly a member of the NCLL, is now a member of Division I MCLA.

Coach Moore was instrumental in forming the Morgantown Lizards Post-Collegiate Men's Lacrosse Team and has played in international tournaments in Turkey and Israel.

He is also very involved with international lacrosse, being named Head Coach of the Turkish National Men's Lacrosse Team in 2013. In July of 2014 the Republic of Turkey made their first appearance in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships, held in Denver, Colorado. Team Turkey finished 22nd in the world and was the second highest ranked newcomer behind Team Israel who finished 7th.

Thomas is also involved in youth lacrosse in Morgantown, West Virginia, coaching the Morgantown High School Boy's Lacrosse Team. He has led the Mohigan Lacrosse Team to four state championship appearances and two state championship titles since he accepted the head coach position in 2008. Thomas was also an assistant coach for the West Virginia University Women's Lacrosse Club from 2009 to 2012.

Aside from lacrosse, Thomas graduated from West Virginia University with his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and is currently enrolled to receive his Masters in Athletic Coaching Education.

 

About jj quenault

JJ Quenault League Director

Coach Quenault is entering his 16th season as the Rutgers Preparatory School head lacrosse coach.

Throughout his career, Quenault has lead the Argonauts to 7 Prep State Title performance, 3 Prep State Titles, 1 NJSIAA State Championship, US Lacrosse NJ Chapter coach of the year, Star Ledger coach of the year and NJ officials coach of the year.

 

About erik stilley

Erik Stilley League Director

2014 South Jersey Coach of the Year Erik Stilley began his lacrosse career in South Jersey where he currently resides.

The two-time All American served as captain both junior and senior year at Shawnee High School. He began his collegiate career playing for the Johns Hopkins National Championship team before completing a Business Marketing degree at Rutgers University in 2010.

After graduating, he started coaching with Tri-State Lacrosse, his former high school all-star team. He currently assists in the youth operations of Tri-State in South Jersey and is the Head Coach of Shawnee High School, where he was named South Jersey's Coach of the Year in 2014.

 

About anthony terranova

Anthony Terranova Regional/League Director

Four time All Big East Academic Honoree and former Rutgers University Captain Anthony Terranova was raised in Flemington NJ where he attended Hunterdon Central High School. He was a High School All-American and earned first team All-State and All-Conference honors. Anthony was part of 4 State Championship teams, 2 in football and 2 in lacrosse.

He then attended Rutgers University where he was a two time captain and lead Rutgers to their first ever Big East playoff berth.

Anthony was awarded All Big East Academic Honors all 4 years he played and finished with High Honors in his major. He was selected to the All-Big East team his senior year where he was the only player to tally a point in every game. He earned weekly honors in the Big East.

He is the Regional Director for Soft Lacrosse™ in New Jersey and is currently coaching his 7th year with Tri-State lacrosse.

 

About ross turco

Ross Turco League Director

He graduated from The Peddie School in 1996 where he received All-American honors playing on an undefeated State Championship team. He played at University of Denver in college before heading home to New Jersey to develop the first youth summer club program. He has managed successful youth lacrosse programming in New Jersey for the past twelve years.

The Tri-State Lacrosse youth all-star program is one of the largest and most competitive in the country. Ross is also formerly the head lacrosse coach at Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ.

 

About martin turco

T. Martin Turco League Director

Marty was an All American/ All State goaltender in Lacrosse for the Peddie School in Hightstown New Jersey. His undefeated team in 1996 was ranked 4th in the Nation and never trailed in a single game that year. He has the lowest goals against average in school history and is a member of the Peddie School Sports Hall of Fame.

He played college lacrosse at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

Marty Turco resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has 3 beautiful children and has over 20 years of club lacrosse / coaching experience.