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Blue Star Coaching Staff

Blue Star believes that the strongest asset we have is our large network of incredibly talented coaches and players. This network reaches far beyond our four directors - to professional Canadian box lacrosse coaches, professional (MLL/NLL) guest coaches, current college players, and volunteer coaches. The majority of our staff has played for or been coached by MV Whitlow and Don Green, ensuring the consistency of coaching across the entire program.

Directors
Coaches
Box Lacrosse Coaches
Strength & Conditioning Coaches

MV Whitlow, Director of Blue Star Lacrosse

Coach Whitlow oversees all divisions of Blue Star Lacrosse. He hand picks the staff, advocates for college-bound players, and is the head coach of the sophomore all-star team. 
 
  • 14 State Championships (Peddie, St. Joe's, Lawrenceville, Hun)
  • Hundreds of players placed in D1, D2, D3 College Programs
  • Head Coach, The Hun School of Princeton, ’13- '19
  • The Lawrenceville School, ’04-’12
  • New Jersey Pride, Major League Lacrosse, ’01-’02
  • St. Joseph’s Regional, Montvale, NJ. ’00-’03
  • Cape Henry Collegiate, ’98, ’99
  • The Peddie School, Football, Basketball, Lacrosse ’92-’96
  • Playing Career - University of Delaware (Captain) '92
  • Conference Defenseman of the Year '92 
  • Vail Championships with Mt. Washington Tavern & MAB Philly
  • NLL Wings Championship Team 1995
  • USCLA All-Club Team 1995 

Email Coach Whitlow, MVWhitlow@bluestarlacrosse.com

 


Don Green, Director of All-Stars and Player Development

Coach Green is a founding member of Blue Star Lacrosse and the Head Varsity coach at Shawnee High School. He is the director of the All-Star program, the head coach for the freshman all-stars, and does elite training for goalies. Coach Green manages, and trains part time coaches and does recruitment counseling for players and parents.  
 
  • Head Coach, Shawnee High School
  • 2012-14 Head Coach, Robbinsville HS
  • 2011 Head Coach, The Hun School of Princeton
  • 2009-10 Head Coach, Montgomery HS
  • 2008-09 Assistant Coach, Montgomery HS
  • 2007 Freshmen Coach, Moorestown HS

Email Coach Green, Dongreen@bluestarlacrosse.com


Bryan Hopper, Director of Box Lacrosse

Coach Hopper is the director of the box lacrosse program and current coach at The Hun School of Princeton. In addition, Coach Hopper runs the digital marketing, digital advertising and overall digital web presence for Blue Star Lacrosse. 
 
  • Assistant Coach, The Hun School of Princeton, 2018-Current
    • 2 Prep A State Championships 
    • 2 MAPL Championships
  • Assistant Coach, Princeton Day School, 2017 
    • Mercer County Champions '17, Prep B State Champions '17
  • 2014 USILA Scholar All-American
  • FIL Team Israel Box Lacrosse, 4th Place at World Indoor Lacrosse Championships 2015, 2017 Eurobox Champions
  • Hamilton College (2x Captain, 2x All-NESCAC)
  • The Lawrenceville School Class of '09 (Captain), 3x State Champion ('07, '08, '09)

Email Coach Hopper, Bryanhopper@Bluestarlacrosse.com


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Eric DeStefano, Associate Director of All-Stars (Navy)

A Moorestown native and graduate of Salisbury, Coach Eric DeStefano is the associate director of All-Stars for the Navy program and runs teams, training and clinics in South Jersey for our all-stars.  
 

Email Coach DeStefano, Ericdestefano@bluestarlacrosse.com

Mike Webster 

Head Coach, The Pingry School
NJ Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee
NJ Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee
4x State Champion (1993, 2006, 2015, 2016)
Over 300 Career Wins

Jeff snow

Offensive Coordinator, The Hun School of Princeton
4 MAPL State Championships @ Hun ('15, '16, '18, '19)
3 Prep A State Championships @ Hun ('15, 18, '19)
3 State Championships @ Gilman School ('98, '00, '09)
Dual County Coach of the Year, Lowell Sun Coach of the Year @ Beford (MA) ('96)

Bill Sutphin 

Head Varsity Coach, Lenape High School
Division Titles in '10, '12, '16
3x US Lacrosse South Jersey Coach of the Year
2x Burlington County Times Coach of the Year
2x Courier Post Coach of the Year
1x Philly Lacrosse Coach of the Year

Sam Kossoff
15 State Prep Championships 
Coached at The Lawrenceville School and McDonogh (MD)
Defensive Coordinator at McDonogh School in 2004 (#1 Ranking in Nation and Undefeated)
 

Steven Sanczyk

Assistant Coach, Seton Hall Prep
Lehigh University 
Kinnelon, NJ

dAN LAMELA, Director of Camps
Stockton University Class of 2014
Brick Memorial High School

Murf Butler

Associate Director of All Stars
Ole Miss 2018
Hopewell Valley, NJ 

Dan Fowler

Assistant Varsity Coach, Lenape High School
*Specializes w/ Blue Star Goalie Training*

Dean Lamela - Defense
Penn State University '19
The Lawrenceville School
Brick, NJ
 

Drew Lamela - Goalie
Chestnut Hill College Class of 2016
Brick Memorial High School
Brick Township, NJ
 

Owen Black - MIDFIELD
Villanova University
The Hun School of Princeton
Princeton, NJ

Chris fake - Defense

Yale University - 2x 2nd Team All-American
2018 National Champion
2018 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
The Hun School of Princeton

 

 

Kyle Horihan

Williams College '20
The Hun School of Princeton

LUKE PRYBYLSKI - ATTACK

Villanova University
Westfield/The Hun School of Princeton
Westfield, NJ
 

Griffin Moroney - attack

Salisbury University
The Hun School of Princeton
Califon, NJ

Matt Lajoie

Gettysburg College '23
Lenape HS '18

Austin Haynes - Defense

Delaware University '19
Delaware Record Holder for Caused Turnovers
Moorestown HS

CHRIS ASLANIAN - ATTACK
Coach at Princeton University
MLL Outlaws
Hobart College '19
Westfield/The Hun School of Princeton
 

Brendan black - Attack

Villanova University
The Hun School of Princeton
Princeton, NJ

Gib Versfeld - Goalie

Amherst College
The Hun School of Princeton
Langhorne, PA

Brian Einstein

Assistant Varsity Coach, Lenape HS 2014-2018
Co-Head of the Boys Program at Moorestown Field House
Widener University Class of 2014
Lenape HS '10

 

Shane Doss - Goalie

Notre Dame University
Glen Ridge High School
Glen Ridge, NJ

Griffin Thompson - Goalie

University of Virginia
National Champion 2019
The Lawrenceville School 
Princeton, NJ

 

Matt McCall

Assistant Coach, Shawnee Varsity

Tim Montgomery - Attack

Towson University
Lenape High School
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Mitch rothstein - FACEOFF

Cornell University
Haddonfield Memorial High School
Haddonfield, NJ

Colby Wehner

Canisius College '15
Irondequoit HS (NY) '11
 

Cole Touhey - Goalie

Rutgers University
Rutgers Prep
Bridgewater, NJ

Dan Wigley - Midfield

Loyola University
Shawnee High School
Medford Lakes, NJ

ZACH COLE - FACEOFF

St. Joseph's University
Lenape High School
Mt. Laurel, NJ

MIKE SHINSKE - MIDFIELD

Penn State University
Shawnee High School
Medford, NJ

Chris Hellauer 

Assistant Coach, Pingry Varsity
Pingry School '09
Tewksbury, NJ

CONNOR GAFFNEY - FACE-OFF

Lehigh University
Lenape High School
Mt. Laurel, NJ

Bryan Hopper, Director of Box Lacrosse

Coach Hopper is the director of the box lacrosse program and current coach at The Hun School of Princeton. In addition, Coach Hopper runs the digital marketing, digital advertising and overall digital web presence for Blue Star Lacrosse. 
 
  • Assistant Coach, The Hun School of Princeton, 2018-Current
    • 2 Prep A State Championships 
    • 2 MAPL Championships
  • Assistant Coach, Princeton Day School, 2017 
    • Mercer County Champions '17, Prep B State Champions '17
  • 2014 USILA Scholar All-American
  • FIL Team Israel Box Lacrosse, 4th Place at World Indoor Lacrosse Championships 2015, 2017 Eurobox Champions
  • Hamilton College (2x Captain, 2x All-NESCAC)
  • The Lawrenceville School Class of '09 (Captain), 3x State Champion ('07, '08, '09)

Email Coach Hopper, Bryanhopper@Bluestarlacrosse.com

Luke Wiles

Growing up in Orillia, Ontario, Coach Wiles attended the University of Delaware.

NLL career
  • 8 Year NLL Veteran
  • Drafted 4th overall in 2005 NLL Draft
  • Named to 2006 All-Rookie Team
  • Garnered over 450 points
  • 3x NLL All-Star
  • 12+ years coaching Box Lacrosse
Junior Career
  • Played six years for Orillia Rama Kings and St. Catherines Athletics
  • Led the league in scoring for two straight years ('01-'02)
  • Led the Athletics to Minto Cup National Championship
  • Named tournament MVP in 2003
  • Finished Junior career with 404 points in 108 games
 

Alex Turner

Growing up in Kamloops, British Columbia, Coach Turner is an experienced Coach and Lacrosse Player. 

NLL career
  • 6 Year NLL Veteran
  • Drafted 32nd overall in 2008 NLL Draft
  • 8+ years coaching Box Lacrosse
Junior Career
  • Played for New Westminster in the BC Jr A

Brad MacArthur

General Manager:
Brooklin Redmen (Senior A)


Head Coach:
Clarington Green Gaels (Junior B)
Team Israel Box Lacrosse (International)


Hailing from Barrie, Ontaria, Coach MacArthur is currently the general manager of the Brooklin Redmen (Senior A).  Additionally, he is the head coach of two box lacrosse programs: Team Israel (international) , and the Clarington Green Gaels (juniors).  Prior to Coaching, he played in the NLL for seven seasons. He has coached the likes of Mark Matthews and is highly respected throughout the box lacrosse world. He will teach players the correct way to play indoor lacrosse which will have a tremendous impact on their field game! 

Na'ati Akauola - Performance & Wellness Consultant

Coach Na'ati Akauola is currently the Head of Strength and Conditioning at the Hun School of Princeton. He presides over the training and lifting regiments of the athletics department and takes a forward thinking, progressive and wholistic approach to strength training and conditioning.  He has a BA from Rutgers University and a masters from California University of Business.
 
Email Coach Akauola @ na'atiakauola@hunschool.org

Laura Poore

Coach Poore attended Westfield State University where she studied and became certified as an athletic trainer. Upon graduating, she then attended University of Massachusetts Amherst where she received her Master's of Science in Kinesiology.  For the next three years, she worked as an athletic trainer at Amherst College. She currently resides in Princeton and works as the assistant strength and conditioning coach and a science teacher at Hun. 

 
Email Coach Poore @ laurapoore@hunschool.org

Contact Us

For General Inquiries:
maddiebreschi@bluestarlacrosse.com
For Questions about All-Stars:
dongreen@bluestarlacrosse.com
For Questions about Box Lacrosse:
bryanhopper@bluestarlacrosse.com

For Questions about Camps:
Danlamela@bluestarlacrosse.com

About Us

Based out of Basking Ridge, Mt. Laurel & Princeton, New Jersey, Blue Star Lacrosse is a leader in the lacrosse industry focused on developing lacrosse players from youth through high school. We run year round lacrosse training with camps, clinics, box lacrosse and travel all-star teams. Our All-Star teams are among the most competitive in the country. What separates us is our level of dedication, communication and our ability as teachers of the game that we love!

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