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Bob Leary – U18 Head Coach

Bob Leary is currently the director of lacrosse operations for Lacrosse Oneonta and recently served as the Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach and Head Women’s Soccer Coach at SUNY Delhi from 2003 until 2016. He was recognized as Mountain Valley Conference Lacrosse Coach of the Year for 2005, 2010, 2013, and 2014 and Soccer Coach of the Year for 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2012. In the 2013/2014 academic year, he led both the Women’s Soccer team and the Men’s Lacrosse team to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament.  In 2012, Coach Leary was named Region III Coach of the Year and received the Scott D. Livie award as National Junior College Coach of the Year.  He served as president of the NJCAA Lacrosse Coaches Association from 2006 to 2012, he established the NJCAA Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Coach Leary has also served as member of the NJCAA Top 10 Poll Committee for Lacrosse since 2003. During his career, Leary has coached numerous lacrosse Academic All-Americans and All-Americans. He served as Head Coach for the Under 17 All Star Lacrosse Team, which was the first non-Australian team invited to Australia to compete in the Junior National Championships. Coach Leary helped lead Herkimer County Community College to a national championship in 1989 as Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach. More recently, Coach Leary has coached at the international level with the Iroquois Nationals. He served as Assistant Coach at the Under 19 World Championships in Coquitlam, British Columbia, where the Iroquois won the Bronze medal, their best finish to date. He also served as Assistant General Manager of Iroquois Nationals and was the Iroquois Delegate to Federation of International Lacrosse in July 2010.

 

Anthony Tocco – U15 Head Coach

With 30 years of lacrosse experience, Anthony Tocco began his career at South Kent School in Connecticut. Tocco, a team captain, was also named to the Western New England All Prep team in 1981. He attended Ithaca College as a pre-med student where he continued his lacrosse career as a long pole midfielder and defenseman. Tocco began coaching in 1988 after receiving a master’s degree from Cortland State University. After two years with a club team, Coach Tocco, together with Coach Bob Slate of Saugerties, formed the first ever Section 9 lacrosse program at Kingston High School in 1990. As Head Coach of the Kingston High School program, his teams amassed a total of five Section 9 titles, six divisional championships, and five All Americans. Coach Tocco earned Section 9 Coach of the Year honors in 2003. In 2006 at the Lacrosse national convention, he was inducted into the US Lacrosse century club for his 100th career win. He was named Man of the Year in 2009 for his contributions to the sport of Lacrosse. Recently, Coach Tocco founded and runs all aspects of the Rondout Valley Lacrosse program. Coach Tocco’s career record stands at 139 wins and 59 losses.

 

Bob Slate – Head Goalie Coach – U18 Assistant 
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Coach Slate has coached at all levels of the game since 1984. He is the head coach at Saugerties High School where he led the Sawyers to 9 consecutive Section 9 Class B Championships. Many of his players have been selected to all-league and all-section 9 teams including Tony Spada who was the first two-time, Section 9 All-American. Prior to launching the program at Saugerties he spent 10 years at Kingston High School with Coach Tony Tocco building the first varsity program in Section 9. He serves as the Section 9 Boy’s Lacrosse Chairman, is a member of the NYSPHSAA Boy’s Lacrosse Committee and is the US Lacrosse Mid-Hudson Region Chairman. During his coaching career he has been selected as US Lacrosse Mid-Hudson Region Coach of the Year and Man of the year. He has also been awarded Man of the Year award from the Capital Region. He organized the first Section 9 Lacrosse Officials Association. Prior to coaching at Kingston he was assistant coach in charge of defense and goalies at Marist College. His lacrosse playing career began at Watertown NY High School where was two year starter at goalie, an all-CNYCL selection as a senior earning him a spot in the 1980 Section 3 Exceptional Senior All-Star Game. He was a four year starter at SUNY College at Buffalo, team captain for 3 years and was twice selected as team MVP. He set the USILA Division III Single Game Saves record of 36 saves in 1983.  Post Collegiate and club lacrosse experience included playing with the Watertown Lacrosse Club (CNY Summer Club Champions in 1981) and named Most Valuable Goalie at the Rich Lacrosse Tournament in 1982. Slate was the starting goalie for the CNY Lacrosse Club in their win over Team Canada in May 1984. His coaching career began at The Nichols School in Buffalo where he served as JV assistant and program goalie coach. He was in charge of Summer Youth Box Lacrosse Program for the Watertown Lacrosse Club and worked with the Town Of Hamburg Youth Program.

 

Jeramie Collins – U13 Head Coach

Kingston High School
Head Football Coach- 2009-2014
Head Lacrosse Coach – 2010, 2014
JV Lacrosse Coach – 2011-2013

9ers Lacrosse Assistant- 2013-Present

BA – Physical Education – Cortland State 1991
MA – School Counselor – LIU/CW Post at West Point 1996

Coach Collins has coached football, track, and lacrosse at all levels for the past 25 years. Collins is a volunteer firefighter for the past 30 years, most recently as an Assistant Chief with Spring Lake Fire Department, Kingston NY.  He and his wife Kathleen reside in Hurley NY with their three children, Kendall-16, Peter-15, and Kevin-13

 

Bill Bacon – U15 Coach

17 years lacrosse coaching experience. Graduate of Clarkstown South High School, SUNY Oswego, Teacher Valley Central Middle School.   Current – Varsity Assistant Lacrosse Coach Pine Bush High School. Director – Pine Bush Youth Lacrosse Camp. Selected as US Lacrosse Mid-Hudson Region Assisant Coach of the Year and Man of the year. Former  -Varsity Assistant Lacrosse Coach Valley Central High School, JV Lacrosse Coach Valley Central and Clarkstown North High Schools, UMASS lacrosse camp instructor. , Director – Pine Bush Youth Lacrosse Camp. Founder –Raptors Youth Lacrosse Club, Pine Bush Youth Lacrosse Club.

 

 

Dave Mahoskey, Shooting and Man-Up Tactical Coach

High School: Gold Medalist-1992 Empire State Games; Captain of Mahopac High School; 2xAll-league, 2xAll-section, All-County; 2x section 1 class “A” champion; 2x NYS Regional Champion; 2x NYS semi-Finalist.

College: Captain of Herkimer C.C.C.; 1st Team All American; 1994 Most Outstanding Midfielder; 2x National Champion; 2x Regional Champion; 2x Region 3 All-tournament team; 2x NJCAA All-tournament 1st team; Most Outstanding Offensive player of NJCAA National Tournament; Most Outstanding Player of National Championship game

Full athletic Scholarship to Loyola University; Captain of the Loyola Greyhounds. Captain of North team when we beat the South @ Johns Hopkins for the NJCAA all-star game….scored OT winning goal.

Professional Lacrosse: 16th overall pick in 2004 Major League Lacrosse Draft – Drafted by the San Francisco Dragons in 2006 MLL-Supplementary Draft

 

Casey Westermann – U13 Assistant Coach

Coach Westermann is currently the Head Coach at Kingston High School

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Experience

  • 10+ years playing experience, still active
  • High School Lacrosse : Union Endicott
  • College: SUNY Delhi

Coaching

  • 4 years of coaching
  • Rondout/Kingston Youth 5th grade – 8th grade
  • Kingston JV (3 years)
  • Kingston Varsity (Current)

 Kiersten Tupper – U15 Girls Coach

Coach Tupper graduated from West Genesee High School in 2008. While at West Genesee she helped the team to consecutive New York State Lacrosse Championships in 2007 and in 2008. She was named to the NYS All-Tournament team in 2008, All-Central New York Player of the Year following her senior season she was also named to the First-Team All-CNY squad. She was named West Genesee’s Most Valuable Player after setting the record for assists in a single season (93). Her lacrosse career continued at the University of Connecticut where she was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (2010), she ended her career ranked No. 2 all-time at UConn with 81 assists and No. 4 all-time with 169 points. She graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies then continued at UConn as the graduate assistant; tutorial coordinator in the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes while working towards her master’s in Educational Psychology: School Counseling.

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