DLA Coaching Staff

DLA DIRECTOR

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

 

 

 

 

 

CHRIS DALEY

Attack Coach

Attack - Charter School of Wilmington

Attack - Silverbacks

Attack - West Point Prep

Attack - Current Senior at Army (#19)

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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