Our Coaches

Our YLS Coaching Staff has been promoting lacrosse growth for all ages and skill abilities in Wake County and surrounding counties since 1998!
In addition to the Youth Lacrosse System Programs, we are proud to serve our community through various charitable affiliations including: Grip N' Rip Lax-Golf, Meg's Team, Light the Night: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Stick It to Cancer, Holly Springs Food Cupboard, NRH Food Drive, Battle For Our Heroes, the Ronald McDonald House, and Laps for Holly Grove ES

Coach Greenberg

Doug Greenberg

Director of Coaching

Email: Doug@YLSlacrosse.com


LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Indiana University, Captain, Team MVP, Big Ten All-Conference Defensemen
Franklin Regional High School, Captain, MVP

NC HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
2006-present Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Holly Springs H.S.
1998-2006 Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Southeast Raleigh H.S.

LACROSSE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT:
2005 Co-Founder, Holly Springs Lacrosse Club
2005 Co-Founder, Youth Lacrosse System, L.L.C.

LEADERSHIP & OTHER COACHING ROLES
Director, Youth Lacrosse System, L.L.C. (YLS)
Director, Holly Springs Lacrosse Club
Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Holly Springs H.S.
Head Coach, Thunderhawks Select
Head Coach, Holly Grove Lacrosse

HIGH SCHOOL COACHING AWARDS:
2008 Conference Coach of the Year
2005 North Carolina H.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year
Coach Holota

Nick Holota

Director of Coaching

Email: Nick@YLSlacrosse.com


LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
North Carolina State Lacrosse, SELC All-Conference Attack NCSU 2006
All-State Attack Livingston High School 2002

NC HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
2016-present, Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Middle Creek H.S.
2007-2015, Head Assistant Lacrosse Coach, Holly Springs H.S.
2006 Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Southeast Raleigh H.S.
2001-2005 Assistant Lacrosse Coach, Southeast Raleigh H.S.

LACROSSE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT:
2005 Co-Founder, Holly Springs Lacrosse Club
2005 Co-Founder, Youth Lacrosse System, L.L.C.

LEADERSHIP & OTHER COACHING ROLES
Director, Youth Lacrosse System, L.L.C. (YLS)
Director, Holly Springs Lacrosse Club
Head Coach, Thunderhawks Select
Head Coach, Holly Ridge Lacrosse
 
HIGH SCHOOL COACHING AWARDS:
2010 North Carolina H.S. Man of the Year
2008 North Carolina H.S. Assistant Lacrosse Coach of the Year
Coach Weber

Rick Weber

Camps and Leagues Manager

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
University of Toledo Lacrosse

NC HIGH SCHOOL COACHING EXPERIENCE:
2007-2011, Assistant Lacrosse Coach, Holly Springs H.S.
2006 Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Athens Dr. H.S.
2002-2005 Assistant Lacrosse Coach, Athens Dr. H.S.

LACROSSE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT:
Holly Springs Lacrosse Club

LEADERSHIP & OTHER COACHING ROLES:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, Head Coach
Holly Ridge Hornets Lacrosse, Head Coach
YLS Camps and Leagues

 

John Nicholas

Indoor Lacrosse Coach & Director, Thunderhawks Lacrosse Coach


Youth teams
2009-2011 U9 head coach BTAA 
2011-2013 u11 head coach BTAA 
2013-2016 u13-u15 head coach 

High School team
2014-2016 Freedom HS Assistant Coach

Travel teams 
2010-2013 Lehigh Valley Lightning u9-u11 head coach
2014-2015 Lehigh Valley Outlaws u15 head coach
2015-2016 Duke's Lacrosse u13 head coach
2015-2016 Bethlax LC (HS fall)

Box teams
Lehigh Valley Blast 2011-2013 u9-u11
Lehigh Valley Outlaws 2013-2016 u13-u15
Bethlax LC Box team 2016

Served as:
2009-2016 Bethlehem Township Athletic Association (BTAA) lacrosse coordinator boys & girls. 
President Lehigh Valley Youth Lacrosse League (LVYLL) 2014-2016
President BTAA 2013-2015

2016 Lehigh Valley Lacrosse Officials Association Sportsmanship Award 
2014 LVYLL u11 Allstar team head coach
2016 LVYLL u11,u15 Allstar team head coach
Playing Experience 
Keystone jr College club 1981-1984
Temple University club 1984-1986
Team Member Hershey Medical Center Summer Team 1982-1987

Ron Cohn

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Sachem High School, Long Island, NY
SUNY Farmingdale College, Long Island, NY
UNC Charlotte Lacrosse Club, Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Lacrosse Club, Charlotte, NC
Asheville Lacrosse Club, Asheville, NC
 
NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select U9
YLS Jr. Hawks
YLS Camps and League


Matt Bracciante

Youth Coach
LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Butler University, 1993-1997 Attackman
Baldwinsville High, Syracuse, NY, 1992 NYSHS Runner-up

NC HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Providence H.S., Assistant Coach, Charlotte, NC
Holly Trinity Middle School, Charlotte, NC

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select U9
YLS Jr. Hawks
YLS Camps and Leagues


Steve Gunn

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
East Carolina University, Attack \ Midfield
Southeast Guilford High School, Attack \ Midfielder

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Northern Guilford High School, Head Coach
Southeast Guilford High School, Assistant Head Coach

LACROSSE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT and OTHER ROLES:
YLS Thunderhawks Select
West Lake Wildcats Lacrosse, Head Coach
Southeast Guilford Middle School, Head Coach
Old North State Lacrosse Club
Mountain Island Lacrosse Club

COACHING AWARDS:
2x Confefence Coach of the Year


Garrett Schwartz

919 Elite Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Bucknell University, Midfielder
STX Outlaws
Staples High School, Westport CT

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Holly Springs High School, Assistant Coach
North Mecklenburg High School, Assistant Coach

OTHER ROLES:
Co-Founder Charlotte Youth Lacrosse Association
Babson College, Offensive Coordinator
Lufkin Road Middle School Coach
President, Charlotte Lacrosse Club
President, Holly Springs Lacrosse Booster Club


Taylor Ferguson

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
North Carolina State University
Holly Springs H.S., Captain 2013
All Conference, All Region Middie

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Holly Springs High School,  Assistant Coach
Holly Springs Lacrosse Club
YLS Thunderhawks Select, Assistant Coach
YLS Camps and League
 
 

Will Forrestal

Youth Coach
LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Guilford College
Holly Springs H.S., Captain 2014, Team MVP
All Conference Attackman

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select
Camps and Leagues

LEADERSHIP & OTHER COACHING ROLES:
Coach Brauner

Kevin Brauner

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Ball State University Lacrosse

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, Head Coach
YLS Gold Hawks, Head Coach
YLS Camps and Leagues
Coach Ward

Matt Ward

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Norwalk High School, Norwalk CT
Lynchburg College, Lynchburg VA
CST Lacrosse Club
Raleigh Lacrosse Club
 
NC HIGH SCHOOL COACHING EXPERIENCE:
1994, Head Coach Norwalk HS JV
2001, Head Coach East Chapel Hill JV
2002-2004, Assistant Coach East Chapel Hill Varsity

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, assistant coach
YLS Camps and League
   

Ronell Conyers

Youth Coach
LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
East Carolina, Midi
Southeast Raleigh H.S.

NC HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Milbrook H.S., assistant coach

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, Head Coach
YLS Gold Hawks, Head Coach
YLS Camps and League

LEADERSHIP & OTHER COACHING ROLES:
Head Athletic Trainer/Sports Medicine, YLS

Jack Shelton

Coach

COLLEGE & POSITION: 
University of Tampa
Cardinal Gibbons H.S., Class of 2016 

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, assistant coach
YLS Camps and Leagues

LAX AWARDS AND HONORS: 
High School: Southern States Elite All-Star 2013 
NCHSAA 3x State Champion

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU AS A PLAYER: 
Playing with a group and working for each other, and scoring goals of course. 

WHAT HAVE COACHES ALWAYS NOTED ABOUT YOU: Versatility and toughness 

ADVICE FOR YOUNG PLAYERS: Your time as a player is very limited, make it count.

Steve Cardillo


LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
UMass Club Lacrosse, Defenseman
Raleigh Lacrosse Club
Montville High School, NJ

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Hawks, Head Coach
YLS Thunderhawks Select U9, Assistant Coach

 

Brad Stevens


LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
High School:
St. Mary’s HS (Annapolis, MD) 1987-1991, Defense & Long-Pole Midfield
All-Anne Arundel County / MSA A Conference Finalist - 1991

College:
United States Naval Academy Prep School (Newport, RI) 1992, Defense, Team Captain
United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), Three-year letterman - 1994-96
Two Navy Stars (Beat Army) - 1994 & 1995, NCAA Division I Tournament - 1993 & 1994
Awarded USNA 'Waller Award’ - 1996
Post-Collegiate:
Virginia Beach Sharks (American Lacrosse League) - 2000-06

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Blackhawks
YLS Thunderhawks Select

LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Catholic HS (Virginia Beach, VA) - 2000-03, Varsity Assistant Head Coach & Defense Coordinator
VHSL Private Division II State Champions - 2001
South Beach Lacrosse U-9 (Virginia Beach, VA) - 2014-15
V3 Lacrosse U9, U10 (Virginia Beach, VA) - 2015-16


Zach Willow

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Lenoir Rhyne, Division 2, Midi
Holly Springs H.S., Faceoff Midi, Captain, Class of 2012

COLLEGE & POSITION:
Lenoir Rhyne Face-Off Midi

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Holly Springs Lacrosse Club
YLS Thunderhawks Select, assistant coach
YLS Camps and Leagues

LAX AWARDS AND HONORS: 
High School: All Conference 
College: Top 10 Face Off Win % (D2) 

CAREER/MAJOR:  Resource Specialist, Ettain Group 
Sports Management w/ Business Minor 

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU AS A PLAYER:
The drive to always better myself and others I’m playing with. Taking advantage of all opportunities at every level of the game. 

WHAT HAVE COACHES ALWAYS NOTED ABOUT YOU: 
Calm and composed, hardworking, motivated and con-
tributing to overall team success 

ADVICE FOR YOUNG PLAYERS: Practice, Practice, 
Practice. “Every practice is a game, and every game is a playoff.”

Nick Flohr


LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Washington State University Club Lacrosse, Attack\Midfield

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Middle Creek High School, Assistant Coach
Red Creek Head Coach
YLS Camps and Leagues
Holly Springs High School, JV Coach

OTHER ROLES:
NFHSAA Certified Lacrosse Official
Coach Mike

Mike Schlegelmilch

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Lenior Rhyne, Div 2, Defensemen
Holly Springs High School Captain, Class of 2011
All-Academic, All-Conference Defensemen
 
NC HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
2009-present, Assistant Lacrosse Coach, Youth Lacrosse System, L.L.C.
Assistat Coach, Team Battle Lax

LEADERSHIP & OTHER COACHING ROLES:
Assistant Coach, Holly Springs Black Hawks (7th-8th Grade)


BRETT JOHNSON

  919 EliteCoach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Holly Springs H.S., Defensemen, Class of 2012
 
NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, assistant coach
YLS Camps and League
Coach Southwick

Graham Southwick

  919 Elite Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Randolph College, Attack/Midfield 
Middle Creek H.S., Class of 2013
All Conference Attack

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, assistant coach
YLS Camps and Leagues

LAX AWARDS AND HONORS: 
High School: All Conference 
Played for the first YLS middle school teams in 2005 

CAREER/MAJOR:
Mathematics, Physics/Engineering major 

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU AS A PLAYER:
Just being competitive and having fun 

WHAT HAVE COACHES ALWAYS NOTED ABOUT YOU: 
 Good goal scorer/shooter 

ADVICE FOR YOUNG PLAYERS: Don't be a one sport athlete, have fun and practice hard

Jack Doetzer


LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Hampden-Sydney, Midfield
Middle Creek High School, All Conference Midfield

NC HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:



Arno Oliver


919 Elite Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Lenoir-Rhyne, Midfield
Middle Creek High School, All State Long Stick Midfield

NC HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:



EJ Lilie


LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
University of Alabama, Goalie
Holly Springs High School, Attack \ Goalie

LACROSSE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT and OTHER ROLES:
YLS Thunderhawks Assistant Coach
YLS Camp Coach
YLS Camp and League Participant 2006-2010


Jackson Bingham

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Methodist University, Goalie
Holly Springs H.S., Goalie, Captain, Class of 2015
 
NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, assistant coach
YLS Camps and League

Kevin Parker

Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Cardinal Gibbons H.S., Goalie

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select,U13, assistant coach

Sean Mayefskie

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Methodist University, Captain
Holly Springs H.S., Midi, Captain, Class of 2013
 
NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, assistant coach
YLS Camps and League

Andrew Ruskey

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Methodist University
Holly Springs H.S., Captain 2013, All Conference

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, assistant coach
YLS Camps and Leagues

LAX AWARDS AND HONORS: 
High School: Captain, All Conference, Brine National
Classic NC Team 
College: Scholar-Athlete Award 

CAREER/MAJOR: Marketing 

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU AS A PLAYER: 
My teammates and my love for the game really motivate me as a player. It is a great feeling to know that I have a group of guys around me that push me to be better every day on and off the field. 

WHAT HAVE COACHES ALWAYS NOTED ABOUT YOU:
My coaches have always noted my passion for the game. I play my hardest every time I step on the field.

ADVICE FOR YOUNG PLAYERS: Always put in the extra work outside of practice. Extra work when no one else is watching will really get you to that next level.

Scott Johnson

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Holly Springs H.S., Attack, Captain, Class of 2015

NC HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, assistant coach
YLS Camps and League

Dylan Haupt

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Guilford College, 4x Student-Athlete Honor Roll
Athens Drive H.S., Class of 2012
 
NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, assistant coach 
YLS Camps and Leagues

LAX AWARDS AND HONORS: 
High School: All Conference, Helped Athens Dr. to NCHSAA final four 

College: Helped Guilford to their first ODAC Tournament 

CAREER/MAJOR: Sports Management 

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU AS A PLAYER:
My teammates, love playing with the guys around me. They make everything a lot easier 

WHAT HAVE COACHES ALWAYS NOTED ABOUT YOU: 
Size is definitely something I would see under my name on a scouting report. 

ADVICE FOR YOUNG PLAYERS: Not all about size and strength, ability to use both hands and increasing  lacrosse IQ is crucial for an elongated career at the next level.

Dan Haupt

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Guilford College, 5x Student-Athlete Honor Roll, Academic All-ODAC Team
Athens Drive H.S.
 
NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Thunderhawks Select, assistant coach
YLS Camps and League

LAX AWARDS AND HONORS: 
High School: All Conference, Helped Athens Dr. to NCHSAA final four 
College: Helped Guilford to their first ODAC Tournament 

CAREER/MAJOR: Biology 

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU AS A PLAYER: 
Doing my best in order to support my teammates. 

WHAT HAVE COACHES ALWAYS NOTED ABOUT YOU: 
Coaches have always noted my size and speed. Also my ability to shoot with both hands. 

ADVICE FOR YOUNG PLAYERS: Young players should try and play as much as possible. Keeping your stick active and playing lacrosse year round will develop your lacrosse fundamentals.
Coach Dantzler

Alex Dantzler

Youth Coach
LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Catawba, Division 2, Attack
Holly Springs H.S. Captain, Class of 2012
NC All State,All Region,All Conference Attack

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Camps and Leagues

Corron Boston

Youth Coach
LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Lenoir Rhyne, Division 2, Midi
Holly Springs H.S. Captain
All Region, All Conference Midi

NC LACROSSE COACHING EXPERIENCE:
YLS Camps and Leagues


James Hughes

Youth Coach

LACROSSE PLAYING CAREER:
Hampden Sydney, Division 2, Attack
2013 Second-Team All-ODAC
Middle Creek H.S. Captain, Class of 2012
NC All American, All State, All Region, All Conference Attack
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