970 LAX BOYS COACHES

Dom Alfieri- Founder & Director

Domenic Alfieri grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY where he was introduced to lacrosse in 1st grade and then his family moved to Austin, TX where he continued to play throughout Middle School and High School.  He then went on to play goalie for Texas A&M where he became a Two-Time All American and was selected to the All-Lone Star Alliance Team in 2000 and 2001.  He was also named the Lone Star Alliance Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and was the Texas A&M Defensive MVP in 2000.

After graduating from college, he returned to his alma mater James Bowie High School in Austin, TX where he was the head boys lacrosse coach and took his team to 5 district Championship games, winning 3 district titles.  His team went on to finish in the top 4 in the state 5 times.  He also spent 5 years as the boy’s lacrosse offensive coordinator at St. Joseph’s High School in Trumbull, CT where his team played in two state championships and won one state title.

Coach Dom moved to Fort Collins in December (2017) from Ridgefield, CT with his wife, Joy, and their 4 children: Carmella-14, Carmine-12, Giulliana-12, and Marcello-9.  During his time in Fort Collins, he was the head boy’s lacrosse coach for Rocky Mountain High School where he led his team to their 1st playoff appearance in 5 years losing to #4 ranked Rock Canyon with 26 seconds left in the game 7-6 and finishing the 2018 season as the #13 ranked team in Colorado.  He also is the Co-Founder of Northside Hustle an Elite Northern Colorado Travel Team and the Founder/Director for 970 Lax which is a boys and girls lacrosse youth program based out of Fort Collins. He is now the head boy’s lacrosse high school coach at RCS and is excited to lead RCS to its inaugural spring 2022 season as a varsity boys lacrosse program.

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Josh Schwall - Boys Youth Director

Josh’s lacrosse career started when he was 12-years old with the Fort Collins Vipers. Once he reached high school, he played close defense for the Fort Collins Unified Team.

After high school, Josh went to Montana State University where he played as a defensive midfielder. He earned 2 RMLC 2nd Team All -Conference awards for defensive midfield, and he was also the Captain and President of the team during his junior year. 

Josh transferred to the University of Central Florida for his senior year and continued playing defensive midfield. He earned an SELC 3rd Team All-Conference award for defensive midfield and graduated with a History Degree with a concentration in Judaic Studies. 

After graduating from college, Josh made Aliyah and moved to Israel, where he worked for Israel Lacrosse as the Program Director and Coach for the Be'er Sheva and Ashkelon Lacrosse Teams.  Josh also played for various international teams in Europe, including the NOAFES, Paddington Bears, and Adler in different tournaments across Europe.

Josh continues to play both field and box lacrosse in different leagues around the world. 

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Brandon Adams - Director of Coaching

I have been heavily involved with the sport of Lacrosse for the past 10 years

  • I was a Volunteer coach/goalie coach for Windsor High School 2019-2020
  • I coached Box Lacrosse for 970 Lax 1 year
  • I coached for the Loveland Titans Lacrosse club
  • 4 years as Head Coach U8, U8 and U9 and U10 last year. The U9 team I coached with the help of my assistant coaches and players took the U9 CYLA State Championship.
  • 1 year as assistant coach U12
  • Level 1 US Lacrosse coaching certified
  • Level 1 US box Lacrosse coaching certified
  • 2 Box Lacrosse training sessions with Matt Brown Offensive coordinator for DU Lacrosse (most notable)
  • Positive Coaching Alliance member (PCA)
  • Concussion certified
  • Multiple coaching clinics thru 10 years
  • I have coached multiple youth sports Football (tackle), Baseball and soccer
  • Coaching philosophy consists of three areas 1. FAMILY 2. HARD WORK 3. GREATNESS. When you build on these three areas during the season the will to
    compete and the desire to win are side effects that happen trough out the season kids enjoy themselves and their teammates and become a true team
  • I have a very strong passion for coaching at the youth level in sports. This time in a child’s life is important, its where their foundations are built not only in sports but for life as well. 110% Effort-Make Excellence a habit - Practice for Greatness!
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Dan Winnega

I have been involved in lacrosse for 18 years now.

  • In 2003 I was one of the founding 5 members of the University of Wisconsin Stout Men’s lacrosse team, where I started on defense 5 years.
  • Over 20 seasons of coaching different youth sports (wrestling, football, lacrosse)
  • 6 seasons coaching with the Loveland Titans Lacrosse
  • 2 season coaching Northside Hustle travel teams
  • 2nd season coaching with 970 Lax (1st Place Finish in 2020 Fall League)
  • 2 Undefeated seasons as Head Coach of Rocky Mountain High School’s Boy’s Lacrosse C-Team
  • Ran a summer travel team for 3 years to provide extra opportunities to Northern Colorado players to play past their regular Spring seasons
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Chance Mazzia

I grew up playing lacrosse in Portland, Oregon. During my Junior and Senior Year of High School I was a part of a team that won 2 state Championships. I have my B.S. in Computer Science & Masters in Education from CSU and I teach Computer Science at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins. In 2019, I coached a Fort Collins U15 White A team that won the CYLA Championship. Looking forward to coaching more lacrosse in Fort Collins!

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Todd Moran

Todd Moran is an East coast native having grown up in northern New Jersey, where he began playing lacrosse in 5th grade. He continued his playing days in high school for Westminster, a perennial Founder’s League champion, in Simsbury, CT, and during undergrad for Middlebury College, a D-III NESCAC school, in Middlebury, VT. Todd continues to play today for the Bushwoods C.C. squad in the CULL in Denver, CO.

Todd carries Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching Certifications from US Lacrosse. He is also certified by the US Center for SafeSport, and carries a PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance) certification along with being Heads Up Concussion certified. Todd also coaches for Arsenal, where he was nominated as the 2019 Rec Coach of the Year by the Arsenal staff and board.

Todd’s coaching philosophy is simple and direct: higher standard. And that higher standard philosophy is firmly rooted in respect and means the pursuit of excellence in every endeavor, on and off the field. And of course, a ton of fun. His passion for this sport is absolutely about shaping phenomenal lacrosse players, but first and foremost, it’s about developing boys into confident, compassionate, driven young men who care deeply about one another, our community, and candidly, the broader world outside themselves.

Todd has called Fort Collins, CO home since 2001 where he resides with his wife, Kelly, son, Ryder (9), and daughter, Zoe (7).

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Patrick Cumming

Currently employed at Otter Products for the last 13 years. He was born and raised in Fort Collins and has never left. He played lacrosse from 7th grade until he graduated from High School at Fort Collins High. He was on the 2007 State Championship team. He mainly played defense through his whole career. He has competed and played Lacrosse, Soccer, Hockey, Football, and MMA. He has coaching history in youth Soccer and youth Lacrosse with both boys and girls teams. 

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Ryan Sanders

Ryan Sanders started playing lacrosse his sophomore year of High School for the Fort Collins Vipers. He went on to play 5 years in the MCLA at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Ryan started coaching his sophomore year of college helping to start the St. Michael Albertville organization in Minnesota. Ryan spent 3 years coaching at STMA, helped to start the River Lakes Minnesota boys organization, and was an offensive advisor for 1 year at St. Cloud Tech High School. Ryan finished out his time in Minnesota as the Offensive Coordinator at St. Cloud State University. Ryan is now in his 4th year coaching at Rocky Mountain High School. He has also been working closely with the Northside Hustle and 970 lacrosse programs.

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Shane McGregor

Coach Shane has coached youth lacrosse in Fort Collins for six years. His focus on skill development and team concepts have resulted in championships in both the AYL and CYLA. Shane grew up in Denver playing soccer, hockey and lacrosse for East/Manual's state championship lacrosse teams. He holds a US Lacrosse Level 3 Coaching Certification and a US Hockey Level 4 Coaching Certification. Shane is an educator with a Bachelor's from Brown University and a Master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Bryan Gervais

I began my lacrosse career in 1989 as a sophomore at Overland High School in Aurora Colorado. A football and baseball player throughout my youth, this was the first time I had ever played lacrosse and quickly knew that playing goalie was my passion. I was named team captain for both junior and senior seasons and led the team to two state semifinal appearances. I played throughout college becoming the starting keeper for CSU as a freshman and winning (2) club championships. My passion has never waned and at 47 years old continue to play, adding to my 20+ years of playing experience.

I have three years of head coaching experience and one as an assistant with the Loveland Titans. I have helped coach two of those teams to CYLA state championships losing just one game in the first two seasons. I am a board-certified safety engineer and incorporate that experience into my approach to coaching. Believing that success is something attained through hard work, respect, and brotherhood, my coaching philosophy is focused on skill development and teamwork. I believe that the bonds, lessons, and experiences shared among players transcend beyond the lacrosse field and I am grateful to be a part of this sport. I live in Loveland with my wife Megan and have two children, Ella-12, and Camden-11. Certifications include 3D Lacrosse, US Lacrosse, and Safesport.

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Adam Fowler

Coach Adam Fowler was born and raised in Colorado Springs and has lived in Fort Collins since 2003. While in high school Adam played lacrosse for Air Academy HS. He started as a short stick defensive mid fielder and face off specialist. He has continued to play in various club and men’s leagues at both the attack and mid field position. Adam graduated from Colorado State University and is a financial advisor and Certified Financial Planner. Adam has five children and has coached youth lacrosse for eight years. He has been both a head coach and assistant coach over those years. Several of his youth teams have competed at the state championship level in Colorado. Over the last three years the team finished state champions twice and runner-up once.

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Andrew Allsup 

I grew up in Loveland, Colorado and started playing lacrosse in the fifth grade. After multiple youth programs I was among the first kids to initiate and fight for a CHSAA sanctioned team in Loveland. It finally happened my sophomore year and through the help of Thompson Valley high school our wish was granted.

I started coaching in the eighth grade and coached off-and-on until I went to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. I played there for a year and moved back to Northern Colorado.

I have coached with players/ coaches from the Mammoth, Outlaws, Denver Pioneers and CSU Rams through youth programs, camps and clinics.

I continue to play today and I believe this helps me be a better coach. I look forward to this season and growing the game of lacrosse.

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Grant Jellison

Coach Grant Jellison began his lacrosse career in 2008 in Bloomington, Indiana. He played travel lacrosse in high school for Indy Elite and Team Indiana and was named 1st Team All-State and Defensive Player of the year during his senior year in 2011. He played lacrosse for NCAA Division 3 Marywood University in Scranton, PA for one year before relocating to Colorado State University in 2013 to play for the Rams through the spring of 2016. Jellison coached the Rocky Mountain High School Junior Varsity Lacrosse Team in the spring of 2018 and looks to build on his experience with 970 Lax this spring. Outside of lacrosse practice Grant can be found on a golf course or at the nearest Chipotle.

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Taylor Reynolds

I grew up in Greenville, SC and started playing lacrosse in 7th grade. When I started out, the sport was really just catching on and growing rapidly, similarly to what I have seen here in Northern Colorado. I started out playing offense and really didn’t find my groove until switching to the goalie position in my second year. I was a starter on my high schools varsity team as a freshman and we went on to win the South Carolina State Championship three years in a row (my Senior year we suffered a close loss in the finals.) I received various awards throughout my career such as South Carolina Defensive Player of the Year, 3x 1st Team All State, and High School All American. I chose to forego the recruiting process as I knew I did not want to play in college, but I have really enjoyed coaching and working to develop the young players skillsets.

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Alec Martinez

Alec Martinez is a full time Broker & investor, and part time lacrosse coach. Born in Broomfield, Alec has participated in Colorado lacrosse as a player, coach, and referee. He is dedicated to help players at all levels develop their skills, endurance and performance, all through positive reinforcement. 

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Grant Breeden

I started playing lacrosse when I was 4 years old so I have now played for 17 years. Grew up in the Denver area playing youth lacrosse for DLC. Played 6 years of Denver Elite field and box. Placed 2nd at Nationals for U13 championships. Was a member of Team USBOXLA national. 4 time varsity letter and 2 time state champion at Regis Jesuit High School. Member of the Coquitlam Adanacs in British Columbia. Played 2 years for CSU and started both years at midfield. Currently a member of the Fighting Bison, back to back champions, in the CCBLL. Just recently named the #10 overall American prospect for the NLL from the NCBS and the #2 junior eligible for the 2021 draft. Was the nations 3rd leading scorer this past summer. I have coached Denver Elite for 3 years and officiated for 5 years.

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Nate Duff

Nate Duff is a New England Native who moved to Fort Collins in 2008 to attend Colorado State University. He studied Health and Exercise Science where he received his Bachelors of Science in 2012.

Nate began playing lacrosse in 5th grade when he began falling in love with the sport eventually becoming an obsession. He was recruited to play college lacrosse by several Div. II & Div. III schools including; Tufts University, SNHU, Plymouth State, Wheaton College, & UMASS Lowell to name a few, but decided to focus on his studies while attending CSU.

Nate met his wife Allison while attending CSU and planted their roots by raising their two children; Evelyn & Tanner. During the day by profession, Nate is a Realtor at Hub Real Estate in Fort Collins, CO.

Previous Coaching Experience:

-Level 1 Crossfit Certified Instructor
-Coach at Wild Horizons Crossfit 2010-2015
-Coach at Old Town Athletic Club (OTAC Crossfit) 2012
-Coach/Instructor Golds Gym Loveland 2014-2016
-Coach/Instructor Action-X/Perform-X 2012

Lacrosse Certifications:
-US Lacrosse Coach Certified
-Safesport Coach Certified

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Chris Forbes

I have coached with the Vipers program for the past 2 seasons focusing on fundamentals, sportsmanship, and hard work. I grew up in New Jersey playing ice hockey and lacrosse before moving to Fort Collins in the mid 90's to attend CSU. I've had the privilege of playing for some amazing coaches and teams and look forward to passing on all that I can to this upcoming generation of players. I hold a BS from CSU and work as a Fire fighter out of the Brighton area. Most importantly I'm an extremely proud dad with a son and daughter both playing for the 970 Lax program.

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Larry Hintz

Coach Larry is coming into his 9th year as a Youth Lacrosse Coach.   Through his commitment to the sport, Larry attended and is certified as a level 1, 2, & 3 Coach through US Lacrosse.  When not coaching, Larry is dedicated to watching his two boys, Landon (a Senior) and Brady (a Sophomore) playing lacrosse at the high school level. 

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Heath Manering 

I have played several sports myself, but from my experience in the Navy, and playing for the Naval basketball team, I have gained a lot of experience through discipline and the power of respecting your teammate in order to achieve more in life working together.

Through the years, I have coached all ages of kids, from flag football, YMCA basketball, Volleyball and now, for the past 3 years, youth Lacrosse. Coaching, these young athletes it’s my objective to help them grow as individuals, help them see their strengths and get them to achieve their goals athletically and personally. I believe in structure and discipline, I coach with high energy by creating a fun and yet, educational environment to learn the basic fundamentals in order to become a better athlete. With that said, everything we do as a team has purpose, helps team work together and creates a culture of accepting our flaws encouraging mistakes and working to improve on those opportunities.

As a coach I like to create team credos, to help build the culture of accountability and team family. Furthermore, set the expectations upfront so our athletes know what is expected from them and from us, as coaches, as well to encourage parents to read it with their child for team support, and they too understand what we as coaches expectations are as they watch practices and games.

Finally, I have coached side by side with Bryan Stump and Dom these past few years to learn that the only limitations these young athletes have, are the ones We as coaches, have put on them. I personally have grown by having the opportunity to coach these athletes, watching their growth before our eyes and see them become stronger athletes, leaders and build long lasting friendships.

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Tomas Martinez 

I’m coach Tom, I've played about 9 years of lacrosse as a midfielder growing up. I am currently a student at Colorado State University studying mechanical engineering. On the side I like skiing, hiking and of course coaching lacrosse!

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Ken Pytluk

Ken was born in Staten Island, NY and grew up playing many sports through high school and into college. He relocated to Colorado in 1996 to pursue his degree in Exercise & Sports Science at CSU, in addition to already earning his degree in Biology.Ken has over 25 years of experience training athletes. As well as, holding multiple advanced training certifications for personal training, sports performance, corrective exercise and nutrition.Ken’s list of athletes includes elite high school and youth athletes of diverse sports including: lacrosse, baseball, softball, soccer, hockey, tennis, wrestling, volleyball, basketball and jiu jitsu, to name a few. He has created a highly effective system for sports performance training that reduces risk of injury, increases speed, agility, strength, endurance, and power. Other clients have included athletes from MLB (Toronto Blue Jays & Arizona Diamondbacks), Tennis and Golf professionals, Olympics (Judo 2008), Professional MMA fighters (UFC, Bellator, WSOF & M-1 Global).Ken is married to his lovely wife Kelly for 17 years and have two boys, Parker (14) and Brody (12). His boys are active members of the lacrosse community in Northern Colorado and he’s coached them in all of their sports, including lacrosse for 5 years. In his spare time he actively trains and competes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and recently took silver medal at the 2018 IBJJF World Masters Championships. His website http://www.kenditioning.com“The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell."

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Mic DeBellis

HIGH SCHOOL: Four year starter in lacrosse and three year starter in football at Emmaus High School. An All-American, two-time All-State and three-time All-League in lacrosse. Played on best nationally ranked summer lacrosse travel team (Duke's Lacrosse Club), won a National Summer Title at Champ Camp.
COLLEGE: Scholarship athlete at Siena College ('09-12') started as freshman and went to 3 conference championships, winning 1 and going to the NCAA's. Transferred to University at Albany for my last year of eligibility, won 1 conference championship, went to the NCAA's, played attack with two Tewaaraton Trophy winners, and was a top nationally ranked team.

EDUCATION: Graphic Design, Printmaking, Marketing, Textiles, and Music

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Bryan Stump

I've coached young kids for three years in flag football and two years in lacrosse. I had a one-year internship with Dom in my first year of lacrosse coaching. I encourage these very young men to have FUN! Understanding how to communicate with elementary kids, building confidence and foundational skill sets, perseverance, and more are key factors to a successful year with players and parents. Coach Heath and I work very well as a team and put purpose behind everything we do which include drills, communication, and practice preparation. We often limit the abilities of these young athletes to what is our adult bias. This is where Coach Heath and I realized our kids can do so much more with challenges and positive reinforcement to smash these adult biases. We do work on shooting left-handed, we do work on one-handed cradling, and many other skills sets that our players can do if we give them the opportunity to try. As a coach one great opportunity is to teach players life lessons. We share experiences, so others can learn. I support making mistakes as that's how many people learn best. We hold our players accountable for behaviors and language. I feel being a coach is more rewarding watching players make good life choices than winning games. Until these kids reach middle school, my philosophy of competition will be; have fun and do your best rather than focus on winning games.

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