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Meet Our Coaches

We are here to provide you and your family with the best youth lacrosse experience possible! We are proud to bring you a group of highly skilled coaches and administrators. Read the bios below to learn more about your coach and other leaders in our community.

Neil Anderson | Head Coach, Chillax
Coed Chillax | Mad River Valley                                


Neal is the Head Coach and Athletic Director at Norwich University. A 2000 graduate of Merrimack College, Anderson played college lacrosse at the University of New Hampshire and at Merrimack. Neal was named a USILA-NCAA All-American and was also selected as a USILA-NCAA Academic All-American. He received the 2012 recipient of the Ace Adams Award, which is voted on by the officials of New England and highlights the sportsmanship of the program, coaching staff, administration and fans.

"Lacrosse is the fastest game on two feet. It's a ton of fun to play at any age and I love to share my passion and enthusiasm for the sport."

Curtis Taylor | Head Coach, Chillax
Coed Chillax | Waterbury 


Mark Prior | Head Coach, 3/4 Boys


I’m passionate about coaching lacrosse and sharing my experience with young players. I played attack at UVM and graduated in 2004. This is my third year coaching the 3/4 Highlander team, and I especially enjoy working with midfielders and attackers.

Tristan Weide | Head Coach, 3/4 Boys

As a dedicated member of the Highlander Lacrosse community, I am fueled by a deep passion for the sport and a commitment to nurturing young athletes' growth. Volunteering for the third year at the 3/4 grade level allows me to play a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of lacrosse enthusiasts. I relish the opportunity to share my knowledge, instill values of sportsmanship, and foster a love for the game in young players. Through volunteering, I aim to create a supportive and empowering environment where every child can thrive both on and off the field.

Ryan Kessler | Head Coach, 5/6 Boys

I was raised and went to school within the Harwood community. I played for the first Harwood lacrosse team, and have loved the sport since. Lacrosse is a sport where we can promote teamwork, provide physical education and support our players growth. I have two young men that will be playing on our team. I am excited to coach and develop our players and support the youth lacrosse organization.

Mark Fleckenstein | Head Coach, 5/6 Boys


I live in Fayston with my wife Jenneth and two boys (Noah and Finn) who both play and enjoy the game of lacrosse. I enjoy the sport and am happy to volunteer my time so that our community can continue to grow a strong lacrosse program for the benefit of all our kids.

Chris Lamonia | Head Coach, 7/8 Boys

Chris discovered lacrosse at age 7 in Baltimore, Maryland, surrounded by the sport's top coaches and mentors. His dedication, leadership, and work ethic made him a team captain throughout his school years and at Radford University's NCAA D1 lacrosse team. Ranking among the nation's top players, Chris achieved #5 in the country for most faceoffs won in NCAA Division 1 lacrosse and #8 in ground balls in 2000.

Following his successful playing career, Chris pursued coaching under renowned coaches like Bobby Shriver and Dave Klarmann, former NCAA D1 National Championship-winning coach. Since moving to Vermont in 2004, Chris has remained active in the lacrosse community, coaching various levels and forming affordable summer clubs. He currently coaches Harwood Union Varsity Lacrosse, instilling core values of hard work, commitment, and continuous improvement both on and off the field.

“I was fortunate to play lacrosse for and learn from the best lacrosse coaches in the game.  Through the game of lacrosse, I learned to lead by example and since I was never the best player on the field, I learned the real meaning of hard work, effort, being an active participant in my future and most importantly I learned what commit meant.  I learned to commit to my team, my family and my coaches to improve every day.”

Shawn Sullivan | Assistant Coach, 7/8 Boys


Joshua Staples | Assistant Coach, 7/8 Boys


Jess Deane | Head Coach,3/4 Girls

Jess fell in love with lacrosse in 9th grade when she and her friends decided that they wanted to try playing the "new sport" at the time. She played through high school and college, and has coached at the JV and varsity high school level. She's excited to get back to FUNdamentals with the 3/4 girls, and try to keep up with the ever-changing rules!

Jess Robinson | Head Coach, 3/4 Girls


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Email: [email protected]
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