Dallas, TX: Coaches
C2C Lacrosse has the top coaches in Texas. Most coach both select and school lacrosse at C2C and the top school programs around Dallas. They coach both girls and boys lacrosse at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels and some compete at the post graduate US National Team level.
Coaching Experience: John Marano is a Director of C2C and the Assistant Coach of the C2C Elite U13 Black team. John has spent countless hours coaching at the youth and high school levels. He coached high school as the Head Coach of Plano West Varsity team in 2009, Offensive Coordinator for St. Mark's for two years, and Head Coach for McCallum High School Varsity in Austin, Texas. John's coached numerous youth teams for Hebron Lacrosse since 2010, for Plano West Lacrosse and Frisco Lacrosse since 2009, for C2C since 2008, and for Castle Hills lacrosse since 2006.
Playing Exprieence: John grew up on Long Island, NY and has been playing lacrosse for more than 30 years. John continues to play lacrosse competitively and has recently received All Vail Honors for facing off and MVP of the Ashville Lacrosse Tournament!
Leadership Experience: John Marano is the Founder and "C2C" Coach of Coast-2-Coast Lacrosse, which is a lacrosse academy here in Dallas with over 400 students athletes. He is a co-founder of the Hebron Hawks Lacrosse Association, and a co-founder of the Castle Hills Lacrosse Club. His love of teaching and his ability to inspire others have brought much success to a number of teams and individuals across the country. Founding C2C has enabled him to truly grow the game of lacrosse…the right way.
Coaching Experience: Alex Poole is a Director of C2C, the Head Coach of the C2C Elite 2014 team, and the Head Coach of the Coppell High School Varsity team. He has coached at Greenhill School, Episcopal School of Dallas, and Southern Methodist University where he helped deliver a top 25 MCLA finish. US Lacrosse named Alex the National Boys' Coach of the Year in 2008.
Playing Experience: Coach Alex Poole played his high school lacrosse at St. Paul's in Baltimore, Maryland and college lacrosse at the University of Maryland where he was known as "the locker room coach" and a true leader of the team.
Leadership Experience: Alex has inspired youth as a coach with Lonestar and as a founding partner of Coast 2 Coast. He is known for his passion for the game, his organizational skills both on and off the field and for an ability to promote excellence in player development and to foster player and parent enjoyment of the game through his leadership.
CHRIS VAN DORN
Coaching Experience: Chris Van Dorn is a Director of C2C, the Head Coach of the C2C Elite 2015 team, and the Assistant Coach of the Highland Park D1 Varsity team since 2005. During that time at HP, the Scots have won four DI Texas State Championships in '08, '09, '10, and '12, and were nationally ranked, #20 by Laxpower and #18 by Inside Lacrosse magazine, in 2009. The Scots are the first TX team ever to be ranked in the Top 25 nationally. In 2004 he was the Head JV Coach at Highland Park. In 2003 Chris was the Head Varsity Coach of then Division I Clear Lake High School.
Playing Experience: played at William Floyd High School on Long Island, NY, where he was a 4-year letterman, 4-year starter and a two-year captain on varsity. As a senior, Chris was the MVP of the team and an All League midfielder. Chris was recruited to schools such as Yale, Dartmouth, Colgate, Hamilton, Notre Dame and many others. He decided to play at Dartmouth, a highly competitive Division I school, and was a 4-year letterman that graduated in 1996 with a B.A Government.
Leadership Experience: Chris is a founding partner of Coast 2 Coast.
Coaching Experience: Kevin Barnicle is a Director of C2C, the Head Coach of the C2C Elite U15 Black team, and the Head Coach of the Greenhill School Varsity team. Previously, he was the Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach and Program Director at the Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD). In his six years at ESD, the Eagles lacrosse team has been named three-time, Division I, Texas High School State Champion Runners-Up, was honored as the Division I, North District Coach of the Year in 2006, and in 2007, the Eagles were named Texas High School Division I State Champions. For the first time in ESD's history, the men's lacrosse team were the Southwest Preparatory Conference Champions for 2008. The 2008 team also finished first runner-up in the Texas High School Division I State Championship. Kevin began his coaching after college, where he spent a year abroad, coaching boy’s and girl’s lacrosse at the prestigious Charterhouse School in Surrey, England. On returning to the states, Kevin spent 3 years coaching at the Division III level at Hartwick College in New York and his Alma Mata, Springfield College. He has spent his summers coaching youth lacrosse players throughout the country at camps such as, Peak Performance, Player’s Choice, the Hartwick JV Shootout.
Playing Experience: Kevin Barnicle began his lacrosse career in Simsbury, CT, where he was a four year starter at close defense at Simsbury High School as well as a captain in his senior year. He was recruited to play lacrosse at Springfield College in Massachusetts, a perennial Division III powerhouse. While at Springfield, Barnicle earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and was a four year starter at close defense for the Pride. In his senior year at Springfield, he was named captain, 1st team All-NEWMAC, and asked to play in the 1999 Division III North-South All-Star game in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Leadership Experience: Kevin is a founding partner of Coast 2 Coast.
Coaching Experience: Molly Ford is the Director of C2C Girls Program and Head Coach of Coppell Girls High School Varsity team. Molly is a member of the US National Team Member and Georgetown Hoya graduate.
Playing Experience: Molly was a member of the 2011-12 US National Team. She was selected this year for the 2012-14 U.S. Women's National Senior Team. Prior, Molly played attack for the Georgetown Hoyas from 2007-10 where she was a three-time All-American, a Tewaaratan Award nominee, the Big East Most Valuable Player in 2010, a three-time All-Big East player, and The Hoya's Athlete of the Year in 2009.
Coaching Experience: Zack Colburn is the Director of C2C Recruiting Services, the Assistant Coach of the boys' C2C Elite 2015 and C2C Elite U15 Black teams, and the Head Coach of Allen Eagles Varsity team. Zack is a US Lacrosse Hall of Famer from New Jersey where he was an assistant coach for Rutgers University. Zach has worked with MVP Lacrosse Camp for the past three years. MVP Lacrosse Camp runs clinics for players and coaches from the youth level thru high school and provides college recruit consulting. Zach’s lacrosse coaching experience has spanned the full range from the youth teams of Collegeville, PA, to the middle school and high school level at Perkiomen Valley, PA, to the college ranks with DIII Swarthmore College and DI University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University.
Playing Experience: Zach earned All-State honors in high school while playing at Wilton High School in Connecticut. Wilton won the state championship during Zach’s junior and senior years. At the University of Pennsylvania he was named All-Ivy, All American, and Team Captain. Zach then played at the post collegiate men’s club level with perennial Philadelphia Lacrosse Association power house, Eagle’s Eye, and MAB Philadelphia. In 1995, Zach received the Krongard Award which is the highest award that a United States Club Lacrosse Association player can receive. This award recognizes outstanding play and sportsmanship at the club level over many years of play. Zach played on three US National Teams en route to three World Championships in 1990, 1994, and 1998.
Leadership Experience: Zack Colburn is Director of College Recruiting at Coast 2 Coast. He was inducted into the University of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1994, the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association Hall of Fame in 1999, and the US National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002.
Coaching Experience: Matt Mueller is the Assistant Director of C2C Recruiting Services, the Assistant Coach of the C2C Elite 2016 and C2C Elite U11 Black teams. He is also the Head Coach of the Coppell Junior Varsity, Assistant Coach of the Coppell Varsity, and Coach of the Coppell 5th/6th grade teams. Prior Matt was the assistant director at Future Stars Camp in New York, the director of lacrosse at Camp All-Star at Saranac Lake and the assistant coach of the varsity team at Saranac Lake.
Playing Experience: Matt Mueller attended high school in Saranac Lake, NY where he played 3 years of varsity lacrosse. He was a captain his junior and senior years and graduated as the all time leader in assists. After graduating high school, he went on to play at Division III Cortland State in central New York. He was a member of the team from 2004-2006. He then transferred to Plattsburgh State University. While attending, he was a two time captain and elected team rookie of the year as a face-off and two-way midfielder. He graduated with a degree in Communications and a Minor in coaching.
Coaching Experience: Mike Cook is currently Assistant Coach of the boys' C2C Elite U11 Black team and Head Coach of the Plano West 5th/6th Black team. Previous C2C experience includes coaching the U9 Texas Bandits in their inaugural year. Prior to Plano West, Mike coached for, and served on the Board of, the Plano Wranglers. He began coaching youth teams in 2007.
Playing Experience: Mike started playing youth lacrosse in New Canaan, Connecticut. As he grew into the sport, he began to focus on Long Stick Middie, and Defense. Mike moved to Plano, Texas midway through high school, in 1987, where he continued to play the sport with the Dallas Boardwalk Men's team (as there were no youth programs available at the time), and later founded the Stephen F. Austin Lacrosse Club. Mike continues to play today for the Plano Men's team.
Coaching Experience: Melissa is currently a coach for the C2C Elite Girls team and the Head Coach of the University of Dallas Women's team. She served as the University of Oklahoma's temporary Head Coach during fall 2011.
Playing Experience: Melissa began playing lacrosse in Dallas at Ursuline Academy. There she was named to the North Division Team Texas in 2006. She went on to the University of Oklahoma where Melissa was a two-year captain and two-time Most Valuable Player. She was also a three-time Dean's List honoree at OU. Melissa graduated in May 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Criminology.
Coaching Experience: Frank Sica is the coach for the C2C Girls teams and the Assistant Coach for the Allen Girls Varsity team. Frank started the Girls Lacrosse program at Highland Park and was the Head Coach for the Highland Park Girls Varsity team for five years. He coached at Episcopal School of Dallas for four years and also coached for Nitro Lax, H-Lax, and Sica Lax. At Sica Lax, the Girls U15 select team competed in the US Lacrosse Central Regional tournament advancing to the Semifinals and qualifying for the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship.