FYL coaches background

Fairfield Youth Lacrosse (FYL), a non-profit youth lacrosse organization offering lacrosse programming for boys and girls in grades 1-8 will host an Open House Information Night at 7:30 on Thursday, Jan. 10 in the auditorium at Roger Ludlowe Middle School.
Registration for the spring season is currently open. Go to fylacrosse.com for more information.
Teams will be taught by a mix of technical coaches, parent volunteers and local high-school players.
Director of Coaching Development, Jim Kuczo, has aligned FYL with the Positive Coaching Alliance and will require that coaches participate in US Lacrosse Level 1 certification and complete a successful background check.
In addition, all coaches will be required to complete the CDC’s  “HeadsUp” Youth Sports Initiative as health and safety of the children is paramount.
The FYL Sports Medicine Advisory Board will be headed by Bob Moore of Moore Physical Therapy and will include local pediatricians, physical therapists, and strength training and conditioning coaches.
While the sport has steadily grown in popularity in town over the past 20 years, FYL’s goal is to encourage significant growth in participation at all grade levels.
FYL, was created for the purpose of promoting expanded access to the game of lacrosse in a fun, safe and sportsmanlike environment. Supporters, parents and volunteers have come together to bring this new opportunity to the families of Fairfield.
The goal of FYL is increasing the level of participation in the game of lacrosse in Fairfield, while instilling the values of good sportsmanship and team play.
Accessibility is key and players as early as first grade can come to FYL to learn the fundamentals and stick work necessary to play the game while older children new to the game will feel comfortable entering their first instruction in a supportive yet selectively competitive environment.
FYL has developed a coaching and teaching program based on promoting a progression of expectations for each grade to ensure seamless instruction across the entire program.
At the upcoming information night, many of the teams technical coaches will be on hand to answer questions and share their coaching philosophies.
Below is some background of some of the technical coaches affiliated with FYL.
John Mathews
Building off his experience as a champion midfielder at Syracuse, He is an expert coach who knows how to relate to players and inspire them to achieve success. Matthews has lived in Fairfield since 2005 with his wife Molly, daughter Molly and son Hudson.
He was a High School All American at Jamesville DeWitt in N.Y.
College highlights include winning a National championship at Syracuse University, where he started at midfield and played in four consecutive Final Four tournaments.
Matthews was the 2012 CT Post Coach of the Year at Weston High, where he won a state title in his first year in 2010.
Pete Greco
Currently the assistant coach at Sacred Heart University, Greco is a native of Hamburg, N.Y., where he was a two time All-American at St. Francis High School.
He continued his career at Sacred Heart University, where he started at the attack position all four years and was top five in scoring all four years.
Greco has spent the past five years working with Youth Lacrosse in the Fairfield County area.
Allie Davis
She is a Fairfield native, who graduated Fairfield Warde High in 2009 and graduates Springfield College in 2013.
Her high school honors include All League and All State at Warde, leading the team to both the FCIAC and state playoffs.
College honors include leading Springfield College into the NEWMAC championship game the past three seasons and the NCAA playoffs in 2012.
Davis was 2011 first team All Conference NEWMAC and USA College Lacrosse Women’s Division III All American second team.
She has been involved with many camps and clinics for girls in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Chris Moynahan
He played lacrosse at Rye High School in Rye, N.Y.  and was a four-year member of the Towson University men’s lacrosse team, which in 1991 was a NCAA DI finalist).
Moynahan spent eight years as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Sacred Heart University and also was Director of Soundview Lacrosse Clinics in Rye for seven years.
He has spent the past two years coaching 3rd and 4th grade girls lacrosse at Wakeman Boys and Girls Club.
Andrea Millard
She accumulated 159 career goals and 229 career points while at St. Lawrence University, one of two Saint women to earn back-to-back first team All America honors.
Millard was the first Saint woman to be selected to play in the North-South Senior Lacrosse All Star game, was the Attack Player of the Year in 1990, and led the 1990 team to St. Lawrence’s first New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association title in any sport and an undefeated regular season.
She was coach at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich from 1995-99 and currently helps coach 6th grade/JV boy’s lacrosse at Fairfield Country Day School.
Alex Lopes
Lopes currently is the volunteer assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Fairfield University.
Prior to this, Lopes served as offensive coordinator for the Kean University men’s program.
Since 2008 Lopes has been the North Jersey Regional Director for Trilogy Lacrosse, overseeing the program’s North Jersey Select Teams from youth through high school.
A 2009 graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, Lopes was a four-year member of the Hawks lacrosse program and remains eighth in program history with 52 career assists.
Will Mraz
Mraz grew up in Westport and played his collegiate lacrosse at Fairfield University. His college honors include being the leading goals and points leader in his junior and senior years. He was inducted as a member of the Fairfield University Athletic Hall of Fame.
As a co-founder of the Wakeman Boys and Girls lacrosse program, Mraz has been involved in coaching the town’s boys and girls lacrosse players almost continually since 1988.

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