DLA Coaching Staff

CHRISTIAN ZWICKERT

College Coaching Experience – UC-Irvine, Providence College, Dartmouth College, Franklin & Marshall College, Drexel University, Wesley College and Immaculata University. While at Wesley College Zwickert served as a USILA Coaches Poll Representative and a D3 Regional Advisory Committee Memeber for NCAA Playoff Selections.

Evaluated, recruited and coached college lacrosse players for 14 years.

International Experience – Former Head Coach (2001) and Player (1998 World Games-2000) for German National Team. 4x MVP vs. International Opponents. 2001 Euro Champion as Head Coach. Former US National Team Tryout Coach (2006). Former Head Coach and Assistant GM for Polish National Team (2010 World Games). General Manager for Polisht National Team 2014 World Games. International Coach for Japanese Lacrosse Association in Tokyo, Japan (1996). Current Coaching Development Panel Member for European Lacrosse Federation.

High School Experience – Former Head Coach at Delcastle, Salesianum School and Sanford School

Evaluated high school lacrosse players for over 15 years to play NCAA and NJCAA lacrosse. Assisted families to navigate the recruiting, financial aid and admissions process from a sound knowledge base having been a college coach at the D1 and D3 level. Assisted players in making sound decisions on “D1 vs. D3” question on real coaching experiences.

Other Lacrosse Experiences:

Former Delaware High School Official, Former Co-Vice President of the Delaware Lacrosse Foundation, Director of the Lacrosse for Cerebral Palsy Tournament, Director of local men’s and high school Summer Leagues and owner of Lacrosse Central in Elsmere, DE.

Current & Former College Coaches who played for Coach Zwickert:

Drew Delaney (F&M) – Head Coach at Elizabethtown. Former Head Coach at Arcadia University. Former Assistant at Limestone College, Washington & Lee and Washington College.

Chris Miller (Wesley) – Assoc. Head Coach at Washington College. Former Assistant at Wesley, VMI, Washington & Lee and Sacred Heart.

Shayne Lynch (Wesley) – Head Coach at Naval Academy Prep School. Former Defensive Coordinator at Wash. College.

Anthony Edwards (Wesley) – Head Coach and Atheltic Director at Deltech CC.

Robb Chambers (Providence) – Former top Assistant at Providence and Sacred Heart.

Pete Moran (Wesley) – Former Assistant at Wesley College.

Kirk Waldie (Wesley) – Former Assistant at Wesley College.

Robb Lombardi (Wesley) – Former Assistant at Essex CC.

Program Coaches with 4 or more years with DLA

MARK REYNOLDS Defense Coach

Defensive Coordinator
Defenseman – Caesar Rodney
Defenseman – Salisbury University
Head Coach – St. Mark’s High School
7th year with DLA

ADAM STARRETT Midfield Coach

Midfield Coordinator
Shooting & Dodging Coach
Attackman – St. Mark’s
Midfield – Wesley College
– 4 year starter
– Captain
Former Assistant – St. Mark’s High School
Former Head Coach – Brandywine High School
7th year with DLA

DAVE NABB Goalkeeper and Defense Coach

Goalkeeper Coordinator
Former Defensive Coordinator and Goalie Coach at St. Mark’s High School and Middletown.
Current Head Coach at First State Military Academy
Goalkeeper Coordinator – DLA
5th year with DLA

MATT DALEY

Attack Coach
Shooting & Dodging Coach
Attack – A.I. duPont
Attack – McDaniel College.
Former Assistant – Delaware Military Academy & Tatnall
Current Head Coach at Wilmington Charter
5th year with DLA

NICK PISACANO Midfield Coach Shooting & Dodging Coach

Midfield/Attack – Kings Park High School (NY)
Midfield – Wesley College
– 4 year starter
– 4x All Conference Player (PAC & CAC)
– 3x Team Captain
4th season with DLA

IAN CASSIDY Midfield Coach Shooting & Dodging Coach

Midfield – Kings Park High School (NY)
Midfield – Herkimer County Community College (NY)
– 2x NJCAA Semi Finalist
– NJCAA Soccer National Champion
Midfield – Mount St. Mary’s College (D1)
– 2x MAAC Champion
– NCAA Tournament vs. Virginia (scored goal)
– Team Captain
Midfield – Scottish National Team
Assistant Coach – Wesley College (4 years)
– Offensive Coordinator
– Recruiting Coordinator
Head Coach – Sanford School
5th season with DLA

KEVIN McDERMOTT Attack

Offensive Coach
Attack – Liverpool High School (NY)
Attack – Wesley College
– Program’s top 3 in leading scorer
– Wesley College Hall of Fame
Former Assistant – Salesianum (assistant for Zwickert)
Former Assistant – Wm. Penn
Head Coach – Wm. Penn
4th season with DLA
Program Coaches with 2-3 years with DLA

JOHN GRASER Defense

Defense Coach
Defense – Port Jefferson High School (NY)
Defense – University of Delaware
Former High School Head Coach
Former Assistant – FCA and MOT
2nd season with DLA

JIM McCLEAFT Goalkeeper and Defense Coach

Goalkeeper – Sun Valley High School (PA)
Goalkeeper Wesley College
– 4 year starter
– 4x All Conference (PAC & 2x 1st Team ALL CAC)
– 2x Captain
– USILA ALL-American
3rd season with DLA

MATT FAIRCLOTH Defense Coach

Defenseman – Caesar Rodney
Former Assistant Coach – Caesar Rodney
Head Coach – Caesar Rodney
3rd season with DLA.

SHANE TOMPKINS Midfield Coach

Midfield – William Penn High School
Midfield – Silverbacks
Midfield – Florida Southern University (D2)
Assistant Coach – Florida Southern University (D2)
2nd season with DLA

ANTHONY EDWARDS Goalkeeper and Defense Coach

Goalkeeper – Catonsville High School (MD)
Goalkeeper – Catonsville Community College (MD)

– 2 year starter of #5 team in NJCAA

Goalkeeper – Wesley College

– 2 years
– Captain
– Eric Potts #5 Award Recipient

Former Assistant – Wesley College
Former Assistant – DTCC – Terry
Athletic Director and Head Coach – DelTech CC – Terry Campus
2nd season with DLA

Courtney Dowell

Goalkeeper and Defense Coach
Head Coach TRIBE Lacrosse
Goalkeeper – Massapequa HS (NY)
– All-conference selection
– Team’s Most Improved Player as a senior.
Goalkeeper – Ithaca College (NY)
– Led Team to Empire 8 Conference Finals
3rd Season with DLA

Samantha Kotowski

Goalkeeper and Defense Coach
Goalkeeper – AI duPont High School
Goalkeeper – Neumann University (PA)

– 4 year starter
– All Conference Goalkeeper as Freshman and 2nd in Conference in Saves. Ranked 12 in nation in D3.
4th Season with DLA

Hannah Cowan

Attack Coach and Offense Coach
Attack – Ursuline Academy (4 year Varsity Starter and 2x All State.
Attack – West Chester University (PA)

– 2013 Leading Scorer / 2014 2nd Leading Scorer
– 2014 All-ECAC Attack
3rd Season with DLA

JEREMY FORESTER Offense Coach

Head Coach – St. Elizabeth High School (12 years)
Coach Forester is a new addition to the Silverbacks Coaching Staff with 11 years head coaching experience coaching the Vikings . Forester has been a long standing staff member of Coach Shillinglaw’s summer camps.
2nd Season with DLA
New DLA Program Coaches

NATE GORSKI

Midfield Coach Shooting & Dodging Coach
Midfield/Attack – Caesar Rodney
Midfield – Wesley College via DTCC
– 2 year starter
Former Assistant Coach – DelTech CC
Current Head Coach at St. George’s Vo-Tech
1st season with DLA

ERIC DAY

Defense & Strength Coach
Assistant Coach – Elkton High School (MD)
Former Pittsburgh Select and Mt. Lebanon Youth Lacrosse Coach
Former Head Coach – Frostburg University Women’s Lacrosse
Former D1 and D3 College Football Head Coach and Assistant Coach
1st season with DLA

PAUL McCOMMONS

Defense & Goalkeeper Coach
Current Head Coach at Caravel Academy
Former Goalkeeper – Dover High
Goalkeeper – Ohio Wesleyan (D3)
Former Long-time Assistant Coach – Salesianum School
1st season with DLA

RONNIE SANNA

Midfield, Attack, Shooting & Dodging Coach
Current Head Assistant & Offensive Coordinator at Caravel Academy
Attack – Salesianum
Attack – Former starter at Marymount University
Former Assistant Coach – Salesianum
1st season with DLA

DLA Intern Coaches

ANDREW MICHALOWSKI Attack Coach

Attack – Charter School of Wilmington
Attack – Silverbacks
Attack – West Point Prep
Attack – Current Senior at Army (#19)

CHRIS DALEY- Attack Coach

2nd Season with DLA
Attack – AI duPont HS
Attack – Silverbacks
2 year starter at Mt. Union (he’s a Junior). 2nd Team All Ohio Conference as a Freshman.
1st Season with DLA

DLA GUEST COACHES

MATT BARAN – Goalkeeper Coach
Matt played for Coach Zwickert at Salesianum before transferring to Tatnall. Baran was the starting goalkeeper at D1 Bucknell University and a former MLL goalkeeper for the NJ Pride.

NICK TAYLOR – Defense Coach
Nick Taylor played 4 years at defense for Fairleigh Dickinson University from 2004-08. Taylor was voted as a team captain for the 2007 and 2008 campaigns and received All-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) First Team accolades following his 2008 season. Nick is a new Head Coach at Arcadia University after serving as assistant coach at Cabrini College for 2 seasons. Before Cabrini, Taylor spent 4 seasons as Defensive Coordinator at Catholic University.

SHAYNE LYNCH – Defensive Midfield Coach
Coach Lynch is the Head Coach at Naval Academy Prep School. Former Assistant Lacrosse Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Lynch, a captain his senior year, was a 4 year starting defensive midfielder at Wesley College.

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