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Coach Bios - Boys



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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 accomplished coaches and administrators. Read the bios below to learn more about your coach and other leaders in our community.


 

James Brugger
Varsity Head Coach

James was born and raised on Long Island in Elmont, New York. He relocated with his family to the Lake Norman area in 2005. James and his wife Keri have two children; a son James who played at Lake Norman High School and a daughter Madison. James played lacrosse for Lake Norman High School and Madison played for Lake Norman United.  

James attended Elmont Memorial High School on Long Island, where he played defense for the Spartans until graduating in 1989. After graduation he attended C.W. Post University in New York and played defense for the Pioneers from 1990 until 1993. James also played defense for the Long Island Lacrosse Club & Sailin' Shoe Lacrosse Club from 1990 through 2005. In 1995 he also returned to C.W. Post University as a Graduate Assistant, in 1996 he became Assistant Coach and in 1997 he was the Defensive Coach.


After relocating to Lake Norman in 2005, he began coaching at Lake Norman United, which he continues to do today. In 2009 he became the Assistant Varsity Coach for the Lake Norman High School Boys Lacrosse Team and in 2012 helped coach the Wildcats to an NCHSAA State Championship. He has been the Lake Norman High School Boys Varsity Head Coach since 2013 and coached the boys to the State Championship in 2018.

Steve Supek
Junior Varsity Head Coach                         

Supek has coached with Lake Norman United since 2012. His experience and coaching skills have made a positive impact on the LNU Lacrosse program.  In addition to coaching the LNU middle school teams, he also coaches at the high school level. He is currently the head coach for the Lake Norman High School JV Lacrosse Team and Assistant Coach for Varsity. Supek has been a long-term member of the LNU Board of Directors and currently holds the Vice-President position.

Prior to his arrival at Lake Norman, Coach Supek lived in New York, where he played Middy for Sewanhaka High School and CW Post College. Following College Steve worked for the New York City Fire Department until 2012 when he relocated to the Lake Norman area.

Steve’s favorite part of coaching is watching the boys improve their game year over year and grow into outstanding young men. His advice to young athletes is “never be complacent”. You can always get better at something.  The only place success comes before work is the dictionary.

 

Peter Geraffo
Coach - Boys

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Greg Miller
Coach - Boys

Greg has coached lacrosse for 5 years, with 3 of those years coaching for Lake Norman United. Greg grew up playing Ice Hockey and has two sons that current play on the LNU team.

Mark Walgren
Coach - Boys

Mark began playing lacrosse in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he strung his first traditional stick at the age of 13.  Mark played attack and middy for Forest Hill Central High School from 1988 through 1991, helping lead the Rangers to an OK White Conference Championship in 1991. After graduating high school, Mark attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas, where he spent the next 4 years attending classes and playing attack and middy for the Sam Houston State BearKat Lacrosse Team.

Mark has been with the LNU program for 3 years. He began as an assistant coach in the spring of 2014 and continued that role through the spring 2015.  He became the Head Coach for the Lake Norman United Boys 9U team in the spring of 2016.  Mark has certifications in CPR, First Aid and he is Concussion Protocol Trained.

“I think that Lake Norman United is a wonderful program that teaches kids the fundamentals of lacrosse, as well as provides team building for the boys.”  The best part of being a coach is watching the kids grow from having little to no experience in the sport, to building their foundation and gaining a passion for lacrosse.

His advice to young athletes – “ The memories of the game does not come with a win or a loss, but comes from the time spent building bonds with your teammates.”

Three words that best describe Mark - Passionate, Energetic, and Committed. “I truly love the sport of lacrosse and find great reward in the commitment to the boys to share this passion with a high level of energy in every interaction that we share.”



Chris Joffe
Coach - Boys

Chris has been a Head Coach for the Lake Norman United boys program for the past 5 years. In 2015 he led the middle school boys team to a championship at the “Rage by the River” tournament in Hickory, North Carolina.

Chris is a native to the Charlotte area; he attended North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, where he played middy for the Vikings from 1998 through 1999.  During his two years with the Vikings, he was the team captain and was chosen to play in the Charlotte Top 50 All Star Game.

Following high school, Chris attended college at University of North Carolina Wilmington.


  



John Stiles
Coach - Boys

John is the newest addition to the Lake Norman United Lacrosse coaching staff. He was assistant coach for the 9U boys, Fall 2016. As assistant coach John focused the boys on the development of skills, sportsmanship and knowledge of the game.

John attended high school in New York, playing Middy for John Jay High School in Cross River, New York for 4 years. He has since relocated to the Lake Norman area and is excited about being a part of the LNU family. “I'm very impressed with the LNU program. LNU is dedicated to love and knowledge of lacrosse.” “Last years 9U team impressed me with their tournament play. When LNU goes to a tournament, it brings out the best in our players.” The most impressive thing about the LNU program is the talent from the parents, players, and practice makes players coaches.

For John, the best part about being a 9U coach is simple; it's about seeing each kid improve in his or her own way and seeing them work together as a team. Sportsmanship is at the top of John’s list of important lacrosse player attributes, “I highly disapprove of unsportsmanlike conduct”. 

His advice to young athletes – “Always wear your gloves whenever you’re using your lacrosse stick, practice ground-balls, make sure the 'Pocket' on your stick is just the way you want, you can find anything about lacrosse on the internet, practice Wall-Ball and cradling.

Three words that best describe John - Fun, Competitive, Smart

 
 

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