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Alphabetical Listing of Coaches Credentials

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Geoff Beckett

Defensive coordinator at Merrimack College for the ’09 – ’11 seasons.  Prior to MC, Coach Beckett was the head coach of Pentucket High School.  Currently Geoff is assisting Ryan Connolly at North Andover High School

Bryan Brazill

Founded Home Grown Lacrosse in ’06 and is in his third season coaching at his Alma Mater, Merrimack College.  Bryan is the Head Assistant and the Offensive Coordinator for the nationally ranked Warriors.  Prior to Merrimack, Bryan was the Head Coach of Haverhill High School and the 2009 MVC coach of the year.  Coach Brazill was among the top 5 points producers in the country his Junior and Senior year at Merrimack as well as a captain in the ’05 season.  

Ryan Connolly

This is his third season as the head coach of North Andover High School.  Prior to taking over the position, Ryan assisted his father, coaching legend, Steve Connolly.  Ryan was a stand out midfielder at Division I the University of Massachusetts (U-Mass)

Brian Contona

Played his college lacrosse at Merrimack College and is now the director of the Andover Youth Lacrosse program.  Coach Contona is entering his 2nd year as an HGR coach.

Greg Melaugh

2013 All-American attackman at Merrimack College entering his 2nd year as an HGR coach.

Mike Morgan

Head Coach of the Merrimack College Men’s Lacrosse team.  Under Coach Morgan, the Warriors were Conference champions in the ’13 and ’10 seasons and the final four in ’09.  He was the NE-10 coach of the year in 2009 and the NEILA coach of the year in 2008.  Mike reached the 50 win milestone faster than any coach in DII history.  Mike was an All-American at Merrimack College in 2000.

Dan O’Brien

This is his second season as the head coach of Burlington High School.  Prior to that Coach O’Brien was the Head Coach at Dracut High and was 2 time MVC coach of the year in 2008 and 2011.

Matt O’Neil

Currently in his second season as the Head Coach of Malden Catholic High School.  Coach O’Neil was the Assistant Coach under Rick Mazzei for the previous three seasons.  Matt was a stand out attackman at Merrimack College from ’00 – ’03 and a captain in ’03.

Nick Pinto

Currently the Defensive Coordinator for Billerica High School.  Nick’s father, Peter Pinto, was one of the three original founders of the Raptors.  Coach Pinto is entering his 5th year as a coach for the program. 

John Smyth

Graduated in ’13 and was a stand out player at Merrimack College.  Coach Smyth was a player on the 1st Home Grown Lacrosse team in the summer of 2006 and has worked here for the past three years in player development.  John is entering his 1st year as a coach for the HGR program.  

Peter Smyth

Vice President of HGR lacrosse.  Coach Smyth is in his 3rd year as the Head Coach of his Alma Mater Austin Prep.  Coach Smyth’s Cougars posted an impressive 18-3 record last season and he was the CCL Coach of the Year.  Coach Smyth played professionally in the NALL for the Road Island King Fish and was a stand out player and 2 year captain at Nichols College.  Peter is still the all time points leader at Austin Prep.

Grant Whiteway

One of the three original founders of Raptors Lacrosse.  Coach Whiteway also founded the BIllerica Youth Lacrosse Program.  Grant was the Defensive Coordinator at Billerica Memorial High School for 10 years where he played his high school ball.  Coach Whiteway played his college lacrosse at the University of Lowell and was a captain and team MVP in ’87.  In addition to all of that, Coach Whiteway was inducted into the Billerica Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983 as a 12 season 3 sport varsity captain.