TEAM CONNECTICUT STAFF BIO'S
Eric Bailey - Director
As a four year letterwinning Midfielder at UMASS Amherst with 100 career points coach Bailey earned MVP honors w/13 points in the 1996' East/West New England Game held at Brown University and competed in the 96' North /South Game. His 1993' and 1995' UMASS teams made the NCAA playoffs ultimatley losing to Princeton.
Prior to UMASS Coach Bailey was a starting attackman on the undefeated 1992' Bridgton Academy (ME) team that played a national schedule. before that coach still holds records at Cheshire HS for points/season and career.
Bailey started his coaching tenure in 1996 while at Umass but at Cheshire HS in 2007 under Rich Pulisciano he coached alongside his brother Lee between 2007-2010'. During his tenure at CHS coach Bailey was selected unanimously as the 2009’ CT HS Assistant COY (Def Coord) and the 2010’ CT HS State Assistant COY (Off Coord). In 2010-2011 Bailey moved onto Quinnipiac University. During the 2011 Quinnipiac seaon the team enjoyed a winning season, a league championship opportunity and most importantly to him the friendships cultivated throughout his tenure.
Bailey accepted the North Haven assistant coaching position spring 2012 and was then named head coach of North Haven HS in 2013. In 2014' he was named the (SCC) Coach Of The Year and CT HS (Class M) COY. Under Bailey's dierction NH HS ha sundergone a healthy transformation.
Graham Niemi - Associate Director, College Recruiting Coordinator
Coach Niemi was a four-year letter-winner for the Maryland Lacrosse team and a 1997 graduate. Each of his Terrapin squads reached the NCAA playoffs and his 1995 team fell to Syracuse in the title contest. Niemi, the 1996 William P. Cole Award winner as Maryland's best midfielder, was a two-year starter who became an undergraduate assistant coach for the 1997 Terrapin team that made it to the NCAA final. He went on to coach the defense for a National Junior College championship team at Anne Arundel Community College and then serve as graduate assistant at Washington College (24-7, 2 NCAA tournaments). In 2001 he was an assistant for a Loyola (Md.) College squad that reached the NCAA quarterfinals before returning to his alma mater in 2002 as an assistant. Niemi, who has played or coached in nine different NCAA tournaments, was the defensive coordinator for Washington College and coached in the 2002 NCAA tournament. He served as the head coach of the Finnish National Team for the 2008 European Championships and has acted as the Yale Men's Lacrosse teams Offensive Coordinator since 2003.
Mike Velez - College Recruiting Coordinator
Coach Velez is currently the Head Coach at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. After serving as assistant coach and defensive coordinator for six seasons, Velez took on head coaching responsibilities in 2011. In his time at Choate, Velez has coached 7 All-Americans, 14 All-New England selections, and numerous All-Founders’ League honorees. In 2013, Choate won the Founders’ League title and Velez was named US Lacrosse Coach of the Year in Western New England. Coach Velez has helped numerous players reach the collegiate level with recent graduates attending Duke, Denver, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Villanova, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Lehigh, Tufts, Amherst, Middlebury, St. Lawrence, Gettysburg, and many other Division I and III schools. He has also coached two Major League Lacrosse Draftees, one FIL World Lacrosse Championships athlete, several league Player of the Year honorees, and a two-time Division III Player of the Year. As a high school student-athlete, Velez graduated from Choate, was an All-Founders League Lacrosse honoree and an All-Western New England Honorable Mention. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2004, Velez won a National Championship and was a four-year varsity letterman at Middlebury College.
Four-time CT Coach of the year 2001/2002/2010/2017, Cheshire HS Varsity Head Coach since 1998, CHSCA Gatorade Coach of the Year 2002, National Coach of the Year 2002, CT HS State Champions 2002/2010, Responsible for placing 177 student-athletes into college. Cheshire HS & Dean College Hall of Fame. Springfield College Goalie.
Brian is currently the Head Coach at Foran High School of Milford. Previously he has been involved with the programs at Branford HS, West Haven HS, St Joseph's and Marist College. Coach Adkins was the CT Lacrosse Coach of the Year 2002 & 2007. In 2003 Coach Adkins was CT HS State Champion, Coach of the Year as well as the CT Lacrosse Man of the Year. Coach Adkins was awarded the New Haven Register Coach of the Year 2003, 2005 and the CHSCA Coach of the Year 2006. In 2007 coach Adkins' Branford HS team was state runner-up and he was named the US Lacrosse Connecticut Coach of the Year. Brian has served as a US Lacrosse Area Chairmen (State of CT) 2013 - present.
Ethan McDonnell - Director of Player Development
From Montreal, Canada, Coach Mac made his way to Connecticut first as a four-year student at Choate Rosemary Hall. At Choate, Coach Mac captained both the football and lacrosse teams. Upon graduating from Choate in 2009, Coach Mac matriculated to Concordia University in Montreal where he captained the University’s lacrosse team. While at Concordia, Coach Mac played Senior A & B box lacrosse, both in the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League (QSLL) and the Tri-Nations Lacrosse League (TNLL). In 2012, Coach Mac returned to Choate Rosemary Hall to join the School’s faculty and to coach football and lacrosse, serving as the football team’s assistant defensive coordinator and the lacrosse team’s offensive coordinator. Since then, Coach Mac has won 2, back-to-back, New England Championships in football and has won a Founder’s League Championship in lacrosse in 2013. Coach Mac has helped shepherd his lacrosse players to the next level, having coached players currently at Duke, Denver, Brown, Dartmouth, Notre-Dame, Fairfield University, Yale, St. Joseph’s, Middlebury, Tufts, Amherst, to name a few.
Gerry is currently an Assistant Coach at Chaminade HS on Long Island. Previously he has been involved with the programs at St. Mary's, Chaminade and Adelphi University. Gerry is a tremendous defensive coach who played collegiately at Hofstra University and is continues to coach at NYAC team in NYC.
Coach White has led the Guilford HS boys lacrosse program since 2006. In both 2009, 2012 & 2016 Coach White was named the Connecticut Class M Coach of the Year by the CHSLCA. Coach White played collegiately at Plymouth State.
Scott Bement - Goalie Coach
Upon graduating from Canandaigua Academy in ’08, Bement play his college ball at the University of Hartford where he received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. After being named the America East Rookie of the Year in ’09, he went on to become a four time all-conference goalie selection. In ‘11, he help lead the Hawks to an 11-7 record and the programs first ever America East Conference championship, where he was named to the all-tournament team. In ‘12 he was one of three players to be named captain and finished his career 4th all-time in the program for career saves.
After graduating, Bement stayed in Hartford to be the volunteer coach for the Hawks in ’13 where he was responsible for the goaltenders and helping the defense. In ’14 he became the goalie coach at Sacred Heart University while earning his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. After a successful two years, he was promoted to defensive coordinator for the ’16 season. Bement currently lives in Cheshire, CT and is a Sales Rep for the Tennant Company.
Coach Carpenter played collegiately at Eastern CT State University from 2004-2007, he is the all time leader in assists and points, a two-time first team LEC Conference selection & Little East Conference "Player of the Year" in 2006 & 2007. Coach Carpenter led Division III in points and assists per game in 2007. Following graduation, coach served as the Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Eastern CT State University from 2008-2013. He currently is the head coach at North Branford.
Coach Alessi comes from a long line of lacrosse success in his family. A standout player at Branford and Quinnipiac, Alessi became the second coach in school history taking the reigns of the ND lacrosse program for the 2014 season. In his two years, he has led the Green Knights to double-digit wins each season. ND is coming off its best year in school history winning 13 games and advancing to the semifinal round of the CIAC Class M tournament for the first time in the spring of 2015. Alessi, who was a high school all-American at Branford and helped lead Quinnipiac University to the league playoffs in each of his four years as a Bobcat, is a para-professional at East Haven HS and has a Master’s Degree in Education from Quinnipiac University. Alessi was a four-year letterwinner in soccer and lacrosse at Branford. He helped guide the Hornets to the 2003 Division I state title and the 2005 Southern Connecticut Conference regular season championship in lacrosse
Coach Devine was a CT HS 2X All SCC, 2009' Super Jr, 2010' 1st Team All-State, 2010' CT State Champion, Eastern CT State University 2011-2014, 4X All Little East Conference Awardee, 3X All-American, 2012' LEC Player of the Year, 1st Team all ECAC & 1st Team all New England, Eastern CT University Grad Assistant 2015'. Co-Offensive Coordinator Cheshire HS/2017' Class L State Finalists, Assistant COY Award.
while earning all-State honors in both sports.
Coach Kennedy played his high school lacrosse at Southington HS. He is a teacher and the current boys lacrosse head coach and assistant football coach at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.
Coach Stefanow brings 25+ years of experience coaching high school kids in both the prep and public school arena. He has had the pleasure of helping and watching his players go on to play at some of the top programs in the country at all collegiate levels. Coach Stefanow is currently the head coach at Farmington High School where he also coaches football and is the head wrestling coach at SMSA/University in Hartford.
Coach Krutz has 20+ seasons w/the Cheshire Rams. From upstate NY attended Canisius college and has been an integral part of growing the Cheshire lacrosse program and as a teacher and coach. Joe has coached football and lacrosse at Cheshire High for 20+ years.
Defenseman for Branford HS from 2002-2005. All-SCC, All-State, All-Area and Captain in 2005. 2003 CT State Champions. Four year starter at defense for Sacred Heart University. Member of both football and lacrosse teams. Currently an assistant football coach at University of New Haven and assistant lacrosse coach (Defensive Coordinator) at Notre Dame-WH.
Quincy is a 2013 North Haven HS Grad. Coach Pecora was also a two year Captain of the NH HS lacrosse and football teams, a two time All-SCC Selection (2012,2013) and a 2013 All-State Selection as a Face-off Midfielder. Currently a Junior at UCONN, after last season Quincy was honored with a First Team All PCLL Conference Selection. Following last spring his proudest honor came when he was voted Captain and Team MVP by his UCONN teammates. Coach Pecora has been around lacrosse his entire life and has been teaching camps and clinics for the last 8 years. Quincy is a young, energetic, mature coach who has a great pulse on the current state of the game and is focused on teaching our players the right wy to play