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June 7 - June 9 | Ages 7-17
$90, t-shirt included
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 5:30pm-8pm
High School Lacrosse field | Equipment needed: Helmet, stick, shoulder pads, gloves, etc
Former top collegiate players and experienced coaches will offer a 3-day intensive skill-building camp for players at all levels and stages of development. Lacrosse beginners through HS varsity athletes are welcome. Specialized instruction for all positions will be provided.
Head Coach - John Werner
John grew up in upstate New York in the Rochester area. He attended high school in Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester, where he graduated from Bishop Kearney HS in 1990 after playing goalie for their varsity team. He continued his lacrosse career at Monroe Community College in Rochester for two years, playing midfield as a freshman and attack his second year, then attended Potsdam State University where he played attack in the ECAC his final two years of college lacrosse. He was named to the Junior College North All Stars for the 1992 North-South game. John has coached in multiple rec center clinics and programs, was the assistant coach for HHIHS from 2010-2012, and has been head coach from 2014 to the present.
First Assistant Coach (Offensive Coordinator) - Thomas Joyner
Thomas was among the first lacrosse players in Charleston, where he played for archrival Wando HS for four years as a varsity midfielder. In his junior and senior years, Thomaswas an all-state player, making first team midfield in 2007 and being among the five finalists for All-American honors his senior year. He was named the MVP in the SC Lacrosse League state tournament that year. While at Clemson University, Thomas played midfield for their club team, and following graduation coached as an Assistant Coach at JL Mann HS in Greenville in 2012 and 2013. He moved to Hilton Head and has been an assistant coach from 2014 through the present.
Assistant Coach (Goalies) - Ken KendrickKen began playing lacrosse in the Pittsburgh, PA area where he spent two years as a varsity midfielder and back-up goalie before graduating from the Sewickley Academy. He continued his lacrosse career at the University of Arizona, where he was the Wildcats’ starting goalie for 4 years. In his senior year, Ken was named to the MCLA All-Star team. Living in Hilton Head in the early 2000’s, he was a member of the HHI Sharks Men’s Club team until its disbanding in 2003. He served as the goalie coach for the University of AZ and has been a coach for the HHI Youth Lacrosse teams and the Bluffton Summer Lacrosse Camp, in addition to assisting at the varsity level on HHI since 2014. Ken is still actively playing lacrosse in the Men’s Senior League and travels to Vail, CO in the summer to run midfield and play back up in the goal for various men’s clubs.
Assistant Coach (Defense) - Andrew Pernice
Andrew grew up in the Long Island, New York area, playing youth lacrosse and attending high school at Lynbrook HS where he played defense for two years. Following graduation, he played at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT for four years, starting at close defense his senior year. Andrew played Men’s Club Lacrosse for the Graph-Tex, Lacrosse Unlimited, and Pioneer LC teams over a fifteen year period playing defense and some attack. He has been an assistant coach at Quinnipiac University in 2009, for Lynbrook Youth in 2001 and 2002, Nazareth College Lacrosse Camps in 2003-2005, the Newtown, CT Lacrosse Camp in 2005-2006, the Oceanside, NY Youth program 2010-2012, and the Hilton Head Summer Lacrosse Camp and HHI Rec Center programs in 2015 and 2016.
Assistant Coach (Statistics) - Rich ThomasRich began his lacrosse career as a freshman at the PingrySchool in NJ, playing goalie throughout his HS career there. Rich started in goal for three years and in his junior and senior years was named All-Tri-State (Private Schools in NY, NJ, and PA) Conference First Team. He continued at Princeton shifting to defense and backing up in the goal, and was named All-Ivy Honorable Mention at Defense his Sophmore year. Following a four-year tour of duty in the Army, Rich returned to Princeton as Assistant JV coach for two years. After completing his degree at Princeton, Rich became Assistant Coach at the Pingry School for one year and Head Coach for two. He played Men’s Club Lacrosse for the Long Island LC, the NYAC, the NJ LC, and the New South Wales Wallabys during an assignment in Australia for two years. Rich has coached in numerous youth programs in NJ, PA and SC, and initiated programs in Madison, NJ, Sparta, NJ, Delaware County, PA and Hilton Head over the years.
He was a Founding member of the Hilton Head-Bluffton Lacrosse Association, served as the Commissioner of the South Carolina Lacrosse League from its inception in 2003 until the sanctioning of lacrosse by the SCHSL in 2010, and has been the President, Area Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the SC Chapter of US Lacrosse since 2005. He was also a founder of Team Palmetto and a US Lacrosse certified official at the HS and Collegiate levels, serving as the Chief Assignor for SC officials for five years and the Founding President of the SC Lacrosse Officials Association, before he began assisting the coaching staff at HHIHS in 2014. He now serves as Head Statistician for the team in addition to helping as a goalie and defensive coach
Played High School Lacrosse in Albany, NY Shaker High School, graduated 1988 played Attack -Played DII Lacrosse at St. Michael’s College in Burlington, VT played Attack -Graduated all-time leading goal scorer (109 goals) and 2nd in points (150) / 2-time Varsity Lacrosse Captain /2-time First Team All-Conference Player -Inducted into the St. Michael’s College Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 for Lacrosse -After College, played for the Virginia Beach Sharks and Brine Elite before moving to Hilton Head Island where I played with the men’s team (when it was in existence) -Coaching Youth lacrosse as a volunteer locally over 17 years