Huge thanks to Eric Moore of River City Lacrosse for sponsoring the High School Boys Lacrosse Clinic on Sunday, March 4th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Warhill Sports Complex in Williamsburg. The clinic was a huge success with the players and not only did they receive first class instruction but some really sick lacrosse gear donated by River City. Prizes for the event included Maverick heads, lanyards, tshirts, a complete stick, balls, and tons of really nice stuff. In total over $800 worth of gear was given to the players as door prizes.
The coaching staff from the University of Richmond Mens Lacrosse Team was there teaching shooting skills, both offensive and defensive skills, foot work, and so much more.
Williamsburg’s Fielding Crawford, Offensive Coordinator was there to instruct shooting skills, dodges, and some really fancy footwork, Fielding Crawford is a 1999 graduate of Christchurch School. In high school he was All-American. He played for two years at the University of Delaware, then completed a B.S. degree in history education at East Carolina University in 2004. Crawford is now a high school social studies teacher at Warhill High School in the Williamsburg-James City County public schools system.
Crawford’s coaching experience includes an assistant coach position with the East Carolina men’s club team in 2004. He served as coach at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg from 2005–07, and as JV head coach at Deep Run High School in Richmond from 2009–10.
It was really cool to have Coach Crawford at the clinic, he has a calm cool demeanor and the bite of a cobra when that stick is in his hand.
Matt Lefchik Defensive coordinator was there to instruct defensive skills. Coach Lefchik not only trained some really good defensive skills but emphasized the need to get good grades in school and the importance of character in everything you do. Coach Lefchik is a commanding presence and left quite an impression on all the clinic participants, we are glad to have him on our side and not the other way around.
Matthew Lefchik begins his first season as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach for the University of Richmond. He serves as the defensive coordinator for the team.
Lefchik grew up in Downingtown, Penn., where he played three years of varsity soccer and lacrosse at Downingtown High School. Lefchik’s passion for soccer transitioned when he became a fan and advocate of lacrosse in ninth grade. He began developing his athletic knowledge and lacrosse IQ the following summer. Lefchik’s lacrosse passion heightened when he converted to a defensive long pole player. He became a three-year varsity player, senior captain, all-conference team player, and achieved a spot on the Pennsylvania All-Star team.
Lefchik attended Widener University, where he served as a four-year starter, undefeated in the MAC conference for four years, two-year All-MAC conference player, and made the senior North/South team.
Lefchik continues to play in men’s lacrosse leagues and tournament teams. He currently coaches and trains youth and high school players for the Rebel Elite Lacrosse Club in Pennsylvania and Venom Lacrosse Club in Virginia.
The University of Richmond’s Spiders have impressive wins over Miami, East Carolina, and Central Florida to start the season at 3-0. On March 24, they will meet Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech sits atop the MCLA Division 1 rankings as is sure to be a great game. The Richmond Spiders are inviting everyone to come cheer them on when they meet West Virginia at home on April 20th.
The clinic also featured Jason Elkin, President of Elkin Sports Performance to teach proper warm-up, conditioning and agility drills.
Jason grew up in Richmond and competed in wrestling at Freeman High School where he found his passion for training. While attending Virginia Commenwealth University, Jason became an assistant strength coach at the University of Richmond.
As an assistant strength coach at University of Richmond, Elkin worked with all sports and trained future pro athletes including Sean Casey (Boston Red Sox), Shawn Barber (NFL 10 years) and Paris Lenon (Detroit Lions). He continued his education in the field of strength and conditioning by earning a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of Tennessee. While on the strength and conditioning staff at Tennessee, Elkin was in charge of the Baseball team’s training regimen. During this time, the team broke, and still holds, the record for most home runs with 108 in one season. Elkin also worked with the football team, track and field program and basketball team. Jason had the privilege to train future NFL greats Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts, Super Bowl MVP), Leonard Little (St. Louis Rams), Al Wilson(NFL 8 years) and Deon Grant (Seattle Seahawks) to name a few.
Ryan Horton, Strength & Conditioning Coach was on hand to teach proper warm-up, stretching, and speed drills. ESP did a tremendous job in teaching the importance of conditioning and proper warm up drills. Elkin Sports Performance has trained student athletes, college athletes, and professional athletes. Jason Elkin, ESP Founder and President trained 7 All Americans while at the University of Tennessee including Payton Manning, Quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.
Rich Prado of Playin School College Recruiting Videos met with parents to give some tips on the college recruiting process. Rich has great results in the college recruiting game and we are really fortunate to have him share his expertise with the student/athletes and their parents. If you have questions about college recruiting for any sport please give Rich a call.
Rich Prado of Playin School is a graduate of William & Mary and has been producing college recruiting videos for student athletes all over the US. Rich volunteered his time to produce some videos for Team Venom earlier this year and the players. You can check them out by clicking here.
York Lacrosse Club wants to give a big shout-out to Eric Moore, Jason Elkin, Ryan Horton, Glenn Carter, Fielding Crawford, Matt Lechik, Mike Moreno, Thomas Moreno, and all the folks who worked behind the scenes to make this clinic such a great success.
We would also like to thank the “blue” Warriors for allowing us to rent their field and canceling their practice so that we could conduct the clinic. We wish them a great season and are all looking forward to their home opener with Hampton Roads Academy on March 8, at 7:00 pm at the Warhill Sports Complex.
See photos from the event
- Building a Warhill Boys High School Lacrosse Club Team (warhilllax.wordpress.com)
- Battle of Hampton Roads 2011 (williamsburglax.wordpress.com)
- High School Boys Lacrosse Clinic (williamsburglax.wordpress.com)
- York Lacrosse Club High School Boys (williamsburglax.wordpress.com)