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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 The Academy Program


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.


Program Details 

When Does Academy Train?

2022 - 2023

July 10, 2022 - February 5, 2023 (26 Dates)

(1) 90 minute practice each week on Sundays.
Grades 3-7 (5:00-6:30pm)

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

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

JULY 10, 17, 24, 31 AUG 7, 14, 21, 28

SEPT 11, 18, 25 OCT 2, 9, 16, 23 NOV 6, 13, 20

DEC 4, 11, 18 JAN 8, 15, 22, 29 FEB 5

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

Tournament Information

Tournaments are A La Carte & Approval Based

Tournament attendance is optional and completely up to each player. Only pay and play in the tournaments that work for your schedule. The majority of our selected competitions are located in the Great Lakes region to eliminate the burden of extensive traveling that you find with most club programs. *Players interested do need approval by Force Lacrosse Academy Staff for each tournament event. 


Oct 22-23    I   Boo Bash              I   Erie, PA

Nov 14         I   Turkey Shootout  I   Oxford, MI

Dec 27-28    I   Holiday Hustle     I   Wixom, MI

Dec 29         I   Nutcracker            I   Rocky River, OH

What Are The Costs?

Per Player

Grades 3-4: $630 per player for 3/4 Year program. 

- $157.50 Deposit

- $157.50 by October 1, 2022

- $157.50 by November 1, 2022

- $157.50 by January 1, 2023

Fees cover 18 practices & pinnie. 


Grades 5-12: $720 per player for 3/4 Year program. 

- $180.00 Deposit

- $180.00 by October 1, 2022

- $180.00 by November 1, 2022

- $180.00 by January 1, 2023

Fees cover 18 practices, performance training & pinnie. 

Approximate Tournament Costs:

- $100 per player, per tournament. 

These are optional! Attend just one tournament or all five. Whatever fits your schedule and budget. 

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.

Tournament Uniforms

- Approximate uniform cost: $TBD. 

Performance Training Attire

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

Coaching Staff

Our Coaching Staff


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.


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. 


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.


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.


​​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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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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Kelly MacLean

President & Founder of Kelly MacLean Achievement Center

Kelley's unique background as a former College Admission Representative as well as a High School Varsity Soccer Coach provided the basis for the company. Kelly repeatedly witnessed high school students making mistakes in their college search: often resulting in missed scholarships, lack of acceptance at their choice schools, or ultimately switching schools/majors. Kelly realized how overwhelming the process is and how costly mistakes can be. Kelly felt there had to be a better way to help students with their unique path and formed College Recruiting Specialists which was rebranded in 2019 at the Kelly MacLean Achievement Center.

Kelly MacLean Achievement Center (KMAC) focuses on providing information and resources specific to each student. The goal is to reduce college expenses while finding the best college fit through strategic preparation including major selection and career planning, college selection, subject specific tutoring, ACT/SAT test prep, high school course selection, study habits, time management, FAFSA prep, admission deadlines, admission essays, scholarships- applications and deadlines, and continuing to work with the students through their freshman year in college to ensure their success in college.

Kelly is a certified trainer for John Maxwell Leadership programs, ACT test prep provider for several local School Districts, featured expert contributor for Stack Magazine and as well as a member of OACAC (Ohio Association of College Admission Counselors), WISE (Women in Sports and Events), NCAA Compliance Forum, North Olmsted Chamber of Commerce, Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, Association of Sport Coaching Education, Former President of BNI Westside Connections Chapter and current member of BNI True North, previous board member for OFSA.

College & Academic





Force lacrosse academy is proud to announce the addition of college and academic preparation services to our program. We will be partnering with Kelly Maclean Achievement Centers in North Olmsted.  We want to take a realistic approach to college lacrosse and it starts by knowing where you stand as a player and a student.  We also want to help our youngest players understand early on how important academics are in their goals.  



If you want to change the lane you're in, we want to give you the tools to do so. 

We are not here to just take you to tournaments and hope for the best. 

We are educators working for you. 


Force college services is a multi-pronged approach to your future.







- We start with base evaluation of strength and speed.  We will measure your 20 yd shuttle, bench press, 40 yd dash, 3 cone drill and broad jump.  These are standard measures of strength and speed.  These will provide a baseline of your current athletic ability.  


- Position specific coach game video & practice evaluation of position specific skills. 


- Attack: Stick skills, shot speed, change of direction, field awareness & game IQ.


- Midfield: Stick skills, shot speed, change of direction, field awareness, defensive positioning, defensive approach, off ball play & game IQ.


- Long Polls: Stick skills, positioning, approach, off ball play, change of direction & game IQ.


- Goalie: Positioning, out-letting, communication, ball stopping with his hands, clearing, and game IQ.


- Face Off: Stance, hand placement, reaction time, clamping, exit, and quick clean ground balls.





- Meeting with both the child and parents to discuss the best options academically, socially and financially for college.  A review of your current academic performance and direction for the future.  For younger players we will discourse goals and the path to those goals.


Cost of the evaluation is $300.




Now that your player has been assessed and you have found your current lane both academically and athletically.  We will help you down your path to achieve realistic goals.  We will offer services to help you achieve those goals.






- One on one training with a position specific coach. 5 sessions $250


- Film evaluation and breakdown this film can also be used for recruiting purposes.  This film package will consist of 5 one on one film break down sessions.  Film taken at all tournaments will be copied and edited for your use in the recruiting process. $300


- Recruiting 101 -  The ins and outs of how to get looked at by the colleges you are interested in.  We want to show you an effective and not overly expensive way to find a home for your four years of college.  $150








- These sessions will happen in our new players lounge at Force River.


 - Group Test prep, ACT/SAT or COOP/HSPT,  (4)  90 minute sessions. (minimum 10 students) $170


- Group Study Skills Session includes our proprietary planner and study guide book, (4) 60 minute sessions of 3-5 students. Perfect for students of all ages. $195


- KMAC Advancement Center also offers a wide range of services out of their offices in North Olmsted.




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

and defending.


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.


Advanced skills. Players joining the academy should be able to play competent lacrosse and is looking to develop his game to an advanced level of lacrosse.


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.”

GRADES 3 - 4  I 5 - 6  I   7 - 8   9 - 12

MEN'S Ages 18+ Summer League


How To Register


Create a login

> CLICK: "Register Here" below

> CREATE: "New Account" through Sports Connect.

(Previously know as Blue Sombrero)



> LOCATE: "The Academy: 2022-23 Westside Boys Lacrosse"

> Select appropriate age division



> FILL OUT: Medical Form & prompts. 

> COMPLETE: Payment plan and apply deposit.


Kevin Walz Email:

Phone: 440-935-7615 

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