Our coaches are talented teachers of a game they love, and are also highly motivated volunteers. We are the only organization in Brooklyn whose coaching ranks include National Champions (Div I and II), Hall of Famers and former Professional Players.
Before stepping on the field or into the gym with players, all of our coaches have completed the following (no exceptions):
- Background Check
- Center for Disease Control Concussion Training Course (link here)
- Positive Coaching Alliance, "Double-Goal Coach®: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons" (link here)
- Working towards Level 1 US Lacrosse Coaching Certification (link here). Must be completed with 1 year of joining the Brooklyn Battery Lacrosse Club
- AED Operation (pending)
- First Aid Certification (pending)
- CPR Certification (pending)
- Appoved by BLC Board
Coaching Roster (Girl's Program)
Shari Appollon is a 2007 graduate of Syracuse University, having competed on the varsity lacrosse team as a defender for four years. While playing for the Orangewomen she was selected to the IWLCA All-Northeast Region Second Team, anchored a defensive unit that won the 2007 Inaugural Big East Tournament Championship and helped Syracuse to the second round of the NCAA championship for the first time in school history.
Upon graduation, Appollon spent time across the pond as a local development officer for the Timperley Sports Club in Manchester, England while also coaching at the University of Manchester. She helped the University team to a record of 14-4-1 and a first place finish in their conference for the first time in school history during their 2008-2009 season. At Timperley Sports Club she was a player-coach and led the club’s senior women’s team to two undefeated seasons and two league championships. While in England Shari was also able to play on the North Territorial team as a defender & helped them win the championship in 2008.
Jacqui Brady grew up in Valley Stream on Long Island. She attended and played lacrosse for Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, NY. She was also part of the NY State Federation championship basketball team while at HTHS. Jacqui went onto Cornell University where she worked out with the women’s club lacrosse team and participated and ran the women’s club basketball team. Since graduation in 2008 she's worked in NYC for Ambrose Employer Group, LLC, providing outsourced HR solutions to small-midsize white collar firms.
Annie Carroll grew up in Washington, DC. She attended The Maret School where she played on the varsity lacrosse team, eventually finding her place as the
starting center and absolutely loving it. She graduated in 2012. Though young and now attending Pratt Institute right here in Brooklyn for a BFA in painting, Annie has been involved in
lacrosse her whole life and is certainly not ready to let it go after transitioning into college. She has also been working with kids even longer than she has
been playing lacrosse. Annie has worked at summer camps with children ages 3-10 and has been volunteering for several art therapy programs focused on kids ages 6-12 since 2011.
Anne Crisafulli grew up in Garden City on Long Island. Playing on the varsity lacrosse team for 4 years at Garden City High School she was a member of 3 state championship teams, played for the NY Empire Lacrosse Team as a junior and senior, and was named All County senior year. She went on to play at varsity lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University where during her senior year she was a team captain and an academic All American. She was also named to the IWLCA North/South All Star Game. When she graduated she joined the NYAC Women's lacrosse team for two seasons. Since graduation Anne has been working as a buyer for J. Crew and is very excited to be coaching lacrosse in NYC.
Natalie Smith grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, where shewas a 3-year varsity player at Wantagh High School. In 2001, she played for the NYS Empires team and was named All-County Honorable Mention her senior year. She went on to play attackat Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT) where she was named to the ALL-NEC second team her junior year and was the team captain senior year. Upon graduation she joined a post colligate league, and played for Team Lacrosse Unlimited where the team spent several summers playing in tournaments within the Tri-State area and Ocean City, MD. Natalie lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn where she just moved this past August and is looking forward to spreading lacrosse into Brooklyn. She is currently working at AMG, an integratedmarketing agency on the Starbucks account.
Meredith Turits grew up in Mamaroneck, New York, and was quite literally the first child in line when the town started its youth lacrosse program. She played for Mamaroneck High School in Westchester County, and intramural at Tufts University. She's also an active soccer player in Brooklyn-based co-ed adult leagues. Meredith lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and is currently the online associate editor for Glamour magazine.
Debby Van Eendenburg grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota and started playing lacrosse as a freshman at John F. Kennedy High School. After graduating, she went on to play lacrosse at the University of Minnesota. Debby played attack for the Gophers, who were consistently ranked in the top 16 in the WDIA . While attending the University of Minnesota, Debby also coached seasonal recreational leagues of girls lacrosse (middle and high school) and coached 5th & 6th graders in her hometown. After graduating in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance, she moved to Brooklyn, NY and now works full-time for Students for Education Reform, a non-profit that organizes college students to take action to end educational inequity.
Coaching Roster (Boy's Program)
Tom Akel has been coaching youth lacrosse in Brooklyn for 5 years. He attended St. Anthony's high school in Huntington and went on to C.W. Post, playing midfield for the 1996 NCAA Division II National Champion Pioneers, where he also played wing end and was captain of the rugby team. In high school he was a member of the CHSAA league champion varsity wrestling team and named All-League. Tom is a life long martial artist with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and for several years has been studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai at Renzo Gracie's. After college Tom went on to train in martial arts professionally before pursing his Master's degree at Parsons School of Design. Since graduation he has been teaching game design and development at Parsons and is the Executive Producer and Executive Editor of MTV Digital.
Seth Basham is a PeeWee coach and father of two BLC PeeWee players. Seth is active in coaching AYSO youth soccer and 78th Precinct youth baseball teams in
Brookyln, but lacrosse is his passion. Seth grew up playing lacrosse in the Boston suburb of Newton and went on to play Division I lacrosse in college at Colgate University, where he
helped the team win three DI ECAC titles. After college, Seth played club
lacrosse in Washington, DC and went on to coach the mens' club team at Columbia University. Seth works in finance.
Phil Caulfield grew up playing lacrosse in the Washington, D.C. area. In high school, he was a defenseman for the nationally ranked Georgetown Prep program in Bethesda, Md., coached by U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame member Kevin Giblin. He went to Loyola University in Maryland (formerly Loyola College) and Columbia University. Phil works as journalist and is a contributing writer for Inside Lacrosse magazine. Two of his three brothers were standout lacrosse players. One was a high school All-American, the other a captain at Fairfield. Both now coach youth programs in Northport, Long Island and Bethesda, Md.
- 2 years played at Johns Hopkins
- 2 Years at Syracuse
- Defense, face-offs, and long stick midfield.
- 2 time high school all American at Brewster High School
- Captain of 2004 Syracuse team
- Won 2004 National Championship
- Named All-tournament Team for 2004 Final Four
Chris Einhorn grew up in Huntington, Long Island and played on a lacrosse scholarship at Loyola University in Maryland on their attack and Midfield units. After graduating in 2005, Chris entered the world of finance and currently works at Blackrock here in NYC. He has been very involved in the promoting Lacrosse in the NYC area, notably through volunteering and supporting the 7th and 8th grade lacrosse program at the East Harlem School.
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 midi. Under the coaching and tutelage of Bob Turco, who in 2004 was elected into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, 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. Since 2005 he has been coaching youth lacrosse every summer at the North Jersey Lacrosse Camp.This spring Victor will be completing his education at Brooklyn College where he majors in English Education. His plans consist of teaching the future leaders of our country, while coaching the best sport on earth in the greatest city of the world.
Chris Moran started playing lacrosse as a freshman at Shenendehowa High School in upstate New York. His senior year he was co-captain of the varsity team, playing on both man-up and man-down squads due to his balanced game. Recruited for both hockey and lacrosse, Chris decided on Roger Williams University where he played varsity level lacrosse until architectural studies became the priority. After college he joined the Albany Capitals Lacrosse Club, and was head coach of a 7th and 8th grade travel team for some of the Capital District’s best players. As an active player in NY hockey leagues his local team, the Ice Hawks, won the league championship in 2007, 2008 and 2011. He currently works as an architect designing residences for private clients all around the U.S. Most days you will find him in Prospect Park with his adopted pup Layla.
Joe Nocella began his lacrosse career in Croton-on-Hudson, NY at age 10. He was captain and leading scorer of his high school team. After a year at Division 1 Drexel, Joe played 2 seasons at Division III City College. He was the captain, leading scorer and MVP for those 2 seasons, and was recently elected to the CCNY Hall of Fame. His school record of 10 goals in a game still stands for a team that has been playing lacrosse for 120 years. Joe then moved on to lead teams at the University of Missouri and the University of Kansas in the (then) Big 8 Lacrosse League. Today, Joe is an architect at HOK, owns a world renowned bike shop (718 Cyclery) and is a professor at Pratt. Joe has been a youth lacrosse coach for 4 years, and has the most supportive wife and kids (2) in the world. Joe recently completed his Level 1 US Lacrosse Coach Certification.
Matt Regan is a Queens native and grew up in Garden City, NY. He started playing lacrosse at an early age and played until attending Regis High School in Manhattan, which unfortunately did not have a program. At Regis, Matt played varsity soccer and volleyball. Matt started playing lacrosse again at the club level at Loyola University Maryland. Matt currently attends Brooklyn Law School.
Khalid West is a married, father of 3, who learned to play Lacrosse in Onondaga County's, Liverpool, NY. He's played since the age of 14. After helping his highschool team earn runner-up in the 1989 Class A NY State Championship, he went on to play his first year at the nationally-ranked University of Massachusetts, under the renowned coach Dick Garber, where he also studied Geology. After college, he came back to his birthplace NYC, and pursued a career in Technology. He currently develops software for Snocell- a mobile startup, and produces internet content for various companies. He started coaching Lacrosse to expose his children to the sport, and they love it. You can find him on a computer, his bike, basketball courts around NYC, with a lacrosse stick, on a snowboard, practicing shaolin kungfu, and/or studying some ancient scrolls in a hole in the wall.