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THE ACADEMY

A progressive training program that complements the mind and body of the lacrosse player.  Focusing on the educational elements of the game accompanied by speed and strength training specific to lacrosse!

About

About The Academy Program

ESTABLISHED 2020

Created to focus on the educational elements of lacrosse.

 

Our aim is to keep players engaged in lacrosse training and competition  beyond the traditional lacrosse season.  

 

Coaches from across Cleveland will participate in weekly sessions focused on both position specific development and team development.  

 

Academy will include one day of lacrosse skills training 

and one day of physical training per week.  

 

Coaches with experience in all age groups, including college, from across Cleveland will lead intense practices designed to improve upon player’s current skill levels and prepare players to become highly competitive.  

 

Participants will be assigned to one of two groups based on their current skills.  Players will practice with players at the proper skill level.

Practice will consist of 90 minutes per week focusing on position warm ups, position specific drills, advanced drilling in regards to practice topic and topic team education such as clear, ride, zone.

Details

Program Details 

When Does Academy Train?

2024 - 2025

July 28, 2024 - January 26, 2025

(1) 90 minute practice each week on Sundays.
Grades 3-8 (5:00-6:30pm)

Grades 9-12 (6:30-8:00pm)

- Practices will be held at Force Sports - Rocky River.

JULY 28 AUG 4, 11, 18, 25

SEPT 8, 15, 22, 29 OCT 6, 13, 20, 27 NOV 3, 10, 17, 24

DEC 1, 8, 15 JAN 5, 12, 19, 26

1 Hour Performance training each week (Grades 5-12 Only) 

- Choose from a flexible schedule that works for you to build your athletic foundation

Age Group Breakdown 

- Grades 3-4 l Grades 5-6  I  Grade 7-8  I  Freshmen  I  High School

What Are The Costs?

Per Player

Grades 3-4: $910 per Player for 24 Weeks of Training!

  • Deposit: $227.50

  • 9/1/24: $227.50

  • 11/1/24: $227.50

  • 1/1/25: $227.50

Grades 3-4: $525 per Player for 12 Weeks of Training!

  • Deposit: $131.25

  • 9/1/24: $131.25

  • 11/1/24: $131.25

  • 1/1/25: $131.25

Grades 5-12: $1,010 per Player for 24 Weeks of Training!

  • Deposit: $252.50

  • 9/1/24: $252.50

  • 11/1/24: $252.50

  • 1/1/25: $252.50

Grades 5-12: $625 per Player for 24 Weeks of Training!

  • Deposit: $156.25

  • 9/1/24: $156.25

  • 11/1/24: $156.25

  • 1/1/25: $156.25 

Uniforms and Training Gear

Per Player

Academy Training Pinnie

- Each player will receive a practice pinnie to be worn for each weekly practice.

- Cost included in program fee.

Performance Training Attire

- Players only need athletic clothing and shoes. No lacrosse gear, or cleats, is needed for Performance. 

Coaching Staff

Our Coaching Staff

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Kevin Walz

Academy Program Director

Over 29 years of coaching experience for youth, club, high school and collegiate programs. Oberlin College Head Coach 2002-2012.

Current Director of Westlake Youth Lacrosse.

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Matt Scheel

Academy Coach

Playing Career

 

Western Reserve Academy ’04

  • Attackman, Division 2 State Champion ‘01, MSLA A Bracket Runner Up ’04, WRA Gold Medal Award Winner ‘04, First Team All Midwest ‘04All American ‘04

United States Military Academy at West Point ‘05-06

  • Patriot League Rookie of the Year ’05

 

Coaching

  • Dublin Coffman 2007 - Offensive Assistant

  • Westlake 2014 - Offensive Coordinator

  • Western Reserve Academy 2015 - Offensive Coordinator

  • St Edwards 2016 - Volunteer/Offensive Assistant

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Rory Jeffers

Academy Coach

Played at University of Dayton (MCLA) and currently plays for the Cleveland Demons (IBLA). Assistant Coach at St. Edwards High School from 2007-2013.

Currently in 8th season as Assistant Coach at Baldwin Wallace University (DIII OAC). Specializes on mechanics, player development and transition offense. 

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Kevin Bresnahan

Academy Coach

St. Ignatius High School 3-year letter winner. Played club at University of Rochester. Current Head Coach at Avon Lake High School.

10+ years of experience at the youth & HS levels.

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​​Alan Katigbak

Academy Coach

Played & is currently coaching at St. Ignatius HS. Played at University of Dayton ‘86-’90. Has 11 years of Youth & HS Coaching experience.

Founder of Lake Erie Summer Lacrosse League.

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Benjamin Hobbs

Academy Coach

Played and coached for University School. Graduated from Hobart College in 2000. Over 25 years of playing/coaching experience in NEO Lacrosse. Currently coaches in Avon Lake. 

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Andrew Spreng

Academy Coach

Grew up playing lacrosse in Westlake's youth program and played at Westlake High School.  Went to Miami University and shortly after graduating started coaching at Strongsville.  Was the JV coach for two seasons (2018 & 2019) and is now the current Head coach at Strongsville.

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Max Rennillo

Academy Goalie Coordinator

Played & is currently coaching at St. Ignatius HS.

Played for Endicott College & Heidelberg Univ.

Has over 14 years of coaching experience. 

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Kevin Schroeck

Academy Coach

Played & former coach at St. Edward HS.  Played for Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Has held Assistant, Head Coach, Offensive 

Coordinator and Faceoff Specialist positions. 

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Tj Discenza

Academy Coach

Played for St.Ignatius HS and The Ohio State University.  Over 15 years of coaching experience at youth and high school levels.

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Matthew Kostecke

Academy Coach

Played at Detroit Country Day School, in Michigan (State Champs in 1999).  Went on to play four years at Wheeling Jesuit University.  Varsity coach at St. Edward High School (2017-2021) as Defensive Coordinator.  Over 10 years coaching Youth and High School Lacrosse.  Currently Westlake Youth 7/8 Girls Lacrosse Head Coach.

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Paul Allen

Academy Coach

The Gow School, Western NY: Class of ‘89.  Started club team & played at Muskingum College. Started AYLA in 2014. Middle School Head Coach. 2015 Avon High School, Head Coach to 2019.

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How To Register

Registration

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CLINICS & LEAGUES

Clinics
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Learn To Play

Grades K - 12

For athletes that have never played and need to learn basic passing, catching, scooping, cradling, shooting

and defending.

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Intermediate

Grades 2 - 8

Intermediate basic skills and game play. Play with both hands. Dodging technique. Game play basics. Shooting for speed and accuracy. Defending as a team. Passing, catching and shooting on the run.

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7v7 Leagues

Grades 3 - 12

7v7 format is optimal to increase

the speed of the game and increase “touches” for the boys. This is following the move in US Lacrosse, US Box LAX and our National Youth Lacrosse training guidelines. 

Younger boys need a field that is

age appropriate to increase their development both technically

as well as their “Lax IQ.”

CONTACT US

Kevin Walz Email: Kevin@force-sports.com

Direct Dial: 216-920-6091

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