Our staff with members from NCAA Div. (I, II, III), MCLA Div. I, II programs, and MSHSL certified coaches. Mentors and leaders who help inspire. Our staff has not only a passion for the game, but a unique way of creating relationships with our players. Traveling with our players enables an opportunity for our coaches to spend time, create a bond/trust, and have fun off the field in everything we do in the summer. With this connection we get to know players on a different level, which translates to being able to motivate the players the right way on the field. Full Time staff to help advise students and families in collegiate opportunities and custom development plans We strive to push players out of their comfort zone. We expose the players to a faster, more competitive game against talented and driven opponents. In practice and training we focus on max rep drills, skill/technique breakdowns, and decision making opportunities in game play scenarios. Our players are not role players, they are leaders. In a game setting this translates to a more confident, skilled, responsible player. In the off season our staff travels out of the state to NCAA program across the country to continue our education and create vital networking contacts with college coaches. We create relationships, and help gain a better understanding of culture and the coaching staff for potential opportunities to our student athletes. Brandon Husak Bio Program Director / White Bear Lake Boys Varsity Head Coach Coach Brandon Husak (former Loons player from 2000) has been the Minnesota Loons Lacrosse Program Director since 2011. In 2016 Coach Husak opened the Loons Training Center an all inclusive academics, fitness, and lacrosse development center in Roseville MN. Coach Husak began coaching with Minnesota Loons attack/goalie clinics and camps with the MN Lax Loons in 2006 and ever since has joined the staff coaching teams through the years. In 2002 Coach Husak began developing the White Bear Lake Lacrosse association. Through the years at WBL, Coach Husak grew the program to an MBSLA Varsity team. In 2007 the Bears won the MBSLA State title with a season record of 15-0. Coach Husak was awarded the "Coach of the Year". The next year the Bears moved into the MSHSL with its second year with Boys Lacrosse where they won the Section 4 title and earned a berth to the MSHSL State Tournament. Bears earned their second invite in 2011 by wining the Section 4 title. In 2013 the Bears won Section 4 Championship to earn another trip to the state tournament where they ended up 4th. In 2014 The Bears won the section 4 championship to get back to the State Tournament. The Bears fell by one goal to the 2014 State Champions Eden Prairie Eagles. In 2015 the Bears went on to win the Section 5 Championship vs OPC 21-4. Bears then played Maple Grove in the quarterfinals, Eden Prairie in the semi-finals and topped undefeated Bloomington Jefferson in the State Title game 12-8, finishing with a 18-1 record with the first loss coming from the first game of the year vs Wayzata. White Bear Lake Varsity Record: 2005-2019 175 wins 54 Loss MSHSL Section Title: 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 Runner-Up: 2016, 2019 Suburban East Conference Champions: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 (38 game Conf. winning streak 2011-2015) 2015 MSHSL State Champions- 18-1 Record, 14.9 goals a game average 2015 American Family Insurance ALL-USA State Team "Coach of the Year" (USA Today) 2015 American Family Insurance ALL-USA State "Team of the Year" (USA Today) 2007 MBSLA State Champions 15-0 Record 2007 MBSLA "Coach of the Year" Coach Husak, a former Loons player from 2000, graduated from Roseville Area High School in 2001. The Raiders had impressive fours years of lacrosse finishing 3rd in 1998, 2nd in 1999, 3rd in 2000, and as an attack captain in his senior year he helped lead the Raiders to their first Minnesota State Championship. Husak and was awarded "Defensive MVP of the State Tournament" for playing goalie. Coach lives in St. Paul with his wife Kimberly, and son Wes. Outside of lacrosse Brandon has a background in the photo, film, and video production with a basis and background derived from the ski industry. "Over the years I had the honor of working with some great student athletes of Minnesota! We have seen some of the states best, and most decorated lacrosse players on and off the field come through our program and move on to promising collegiate careers. With players attending college in numerous states and playing lacrosse at all competitive levels, we know these young men can find the right fit for them! Its thrilling to be apart of thier growth, and see them fix and achieve goals for college. I had a great coach/mentor in my high school lacrosse coach, Kirk Foote. Coach Foote as mentor, made a massive impact on my life that carried off the field to more important issues in life. His guidance was felt, and still is to the day, as a role model I could only aspire to be. He made a genuine impact in my life that led me to pursue an opportunity to coach and work with student athletes who are exploring options for their future. Luke Gellerman Bio Coach, Youth Supervisor / Armstrong Head Coach Coach Gellerman is a former Loon who began playing lacrosse in his freshman year at Cooper High School where he was a three year varsity starter as an LSM and Defenseman. Luke was named All-Conference and captain during his junior and senior years as well as an Academic All-American in his senior year. During his time at St. John's University, Luke was named All-Conference 09'-12', All-Tournament at Nationals 09'-10', MCLA Scholar Athlete 10'-12', All-American 11'-12, and Captain 12'. Luke began his coaching career within the Armstrong/Cooper Youth Lacrosse Association and has been coaching with them since 2008. Luke has been the head varsity coach of Armstrong since 2014-present Connor Bateman Bio Defensive Coach / Rockhurst University (NCAA II) Coach Bateman played High School ball at Eastview High School where he was a 2x varsity captain and was elected an USA All-American his senior year. Connor now plays college lacrosse at Rockhurst University where he studies biochemistry. After finishing his junior season, he was awarded his third first team all-conference distinction. In 2018 Connor was awarded the RMAC defensive player of the year award. Free time activities: Enjoys going hiking and mountain biking." Kara Peterson Bio Coach Kara Peterson joined Minnesota Loons in August of 2019 for the inaugural season of its girls program. Kara is currently an assistant varsity girls lacrosse coach for Benilde-St. Margaret’s and prior to that, was also an assistant varsity coach at Champlin Park and Academy of Holy Angels. She also has run clinics and 1:1 individual sessions for various levels in the area ranging from 9u to H.S. Kara is a 2016 graduate of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri where she was recruited to play on the NCAA Div. II women’s lacrosse team. In her time at LU, she was a 3 time NCAA Final Four participant with all 4 years of undefeated conference play. Wendell helped her team move from an unranked program at the start of her 2012-13 season to finishing 3rd in the country at the end of ’14, ’15, and ’16 seasons ending with a career record of 66-11. Kara was a midfield starter for 16 of her 20 games as a senior and 10 of her 21 games as a junior. Throughout her first two years, she played both defense and attack. In high school, Kara attended Champlin Park. During her time there, she was a 2 time all-state selection, 3 time all-conference selection, honorable-mention All-American as a senior, 2 time team captain, and finished in the top-5 twice among the state’s scoring leaders. She was a Ms. Lacrosse nominee and also earned the Northwest Suburban’s conference Top Female Athlete award. In her senior season, she recorded 77 goals and 13 assists. Outside of coaching lacrosse Kara lives in Woodbury with her husband Andrew Peterson, whom she met at Lindenwood, and they have a 2 yr old Siberian Husky named Loki. Kara works as a Human Resources Specialist in Downtown Minneapolis and in her free time she enjoys working out at the gym, playing with her dog and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Ethan Peterson Bio Coach / Face off Specialty Coach Peterson played high school ball at White Bear Lake taking face-offs and playing midfield. He earned All-state honors for midfield and faceoff, MVP of State Championship game, 166 career points, 3x Captain at White Bear Lake, Led state in face-offs in 2015, All-Section and All-Conference. After High School Ethan went to Cleveland state for their inaugural season where he played in 14 games and got 2 goals. He is now playing at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Free time activity: Likes to be on the lake fishing. Noah Vanderkooi Bio Coach / UNW (NCAA III) Grant Skophammer Bio Coach / Quinnipiac University 2019` (NCAA I) Quinnipiac University (2015-2019) Grant is a former Loon from Bloomington. While at Kennedy High School, he was a four year varsity starter and was named captain after his freshman season. Grant has continued his career at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, as a defensive midfielder. Grant began coaching youth lacrosse in 2011 with the Bloomington Bears program. Recently, he has been involved with the Kennedy High School program as their off-season coach. This is Grant’s first summer with the Loons. Sean Thompson Bio Coach / Eden Prairie Assistant Playing Career: Green Bay -Notre Dame Academy (2004-2005), University of St. Thomas (2005-2009) Coaching Career: Benilde-St. Margaret's 9/10 Coach (2008-2010)...Eden Prairie (Varsity Assistant, JV Head Coach) 2011-Present... Eden Prairie Youth Coach (U15) 2009-Present Coach Thompson is a graduate of St. Thomas, where he was a 3 year starter as a defensive midfielder. During his time at St. Thomas, they won 2 UMLC Titles, qualified for 4 MCLA National Tournaments and won the Division 2 MCLA National Title in 2009. Coach Thompson was a member of the UST Student Leadership Committee and helped to organize fundraising events, team budget, travel plans and scheduling for the program. After graduating, Coach Thompson began at Benilde-St. Margaret's, coaching the 9th/10th grade team after spending the previous season as a middle school coach for BSM. Coach Thompson joined Eden Prairie's staff in the fall of 2010 as a JV/Varsity assistant and took over as JV Head Coach in 2013. During his time at Eden Prairie, he has been a part of 5 straight State Tournament appearances, two 2nd place finishes (2011, 2012), one 3rd place finish (2015) and back to back State Titles in 2013 & 2014. "I am excited to join the MN Loons staff this year and look forward to helping these student-athletes take their game to the next level. Coach Husak and his staff bring an energy and excitement to practices that the players can really feed off and learn valuable lessons from. " Merek Regan Bio Director of Operations / Hill-Murray Varsity Head Coach Merek grew up in St. Cloud MN and attended St. Cloud Tech HS. Merek was a 3-year starter for his high school team and captain his senior year. Coach Regan is also a Loons alumni playing for the club program in 2009. After high school, Merek attended Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY. GCC plays in the NJCAA. In 2012 GCC made a final four tournament appearance with a team ranking fluctuating from #2-#4. Merek started 1 year for GCC. "It was a great experience playing against teams like Onondaga CC and Nassau CC"- Coach Regan. After his time at GCC Merek transferred to NCAA Division 2 Belmont Abbey College where he graduated in 2017. Belmont Abbey College: ● 2 Year Captain and starting at Defense ● Contributed to Schools best record in history in 2016 & 2017 ● 2017 Conference Carolinas All-Tournament Team ● Chosen for 2017 USILA D1/D2 North/South gameCoach Regan has logged 4 seasons of Senior box experience with the Tonawanda Braves of the Can-Am League. During four years of play, Merek played against many current and former NLL and NCAA D1 players.Merek has established coaching experience with time at White Bear Lake High School, as well as Centennial High School, making a state tournament appearance in 2019. Merek is now the head coach at the Hill-Murray School. Drew Peterson Bio Coach / University of Minnesota Mens Co-Head Coach Drew grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Christian Brothers College High School (Class of 2008). While at CBC, Drew played both Ice Hockey and Lacrosse. Lacrosse – Drew played four years of Lacrosse and was a two-year starting attackman. Drew’s team went on to win their school’s first ever Lacrosse state championship his junior year. Ice Hockey – Drew played four years of Hockey and was a two-year starter as a forward. His team won one of the school’s fourteen Hockey state championships. Following high school, Drew went on to attend and play one season of Lacrosse at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio (2008-2009). From there, he spent the next four years attending and playing Lacrosse at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri (2009-2013). Drew started his coaching career with STL Elite in St. Louis, Missouri while he was at Lindenwood and totaled seven years of coaching. Also, Drew coached Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri for three seasons. In the summer of 2016, Drew and his now-wife, Kara Peterson, moved to Minnesota. Drew wasted no time and joined Eagan Youth Lacrosse and coached their U15 team. Since then, Drew coached three years of lacrosse on the MLC coaching staff. Drew is the Assistant Coach for Benilde-St. Margaret’s JV Lacrosse team. Most recently, Drew has joined two new coaching staffs; Minnesota Loons and Co-Head Coach of The University of Minnesota’s Men’s Lacrosse team.When Drew isn’t working as a Phy. Ed. Teacher or coaching Lacrosse, you can find him Fishing, playing Hockey, or hanging with his wife and two-year old Husky. Sara Connally Bio Coach / UNW Womens Head Coach (NCAA III) At Northwestern Head women’s lacrosse coach (2nd Season) Has recorded eight wins to date Personal Graduated from Liberty University in 2009 Coached the University of Texas Longhorns club team for seven seasons Was a decorated four-year starting goalie for Liberty. Named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. Received her coaching start at McNeil High School (Austin, Tex.) where she served as Head Coach from 2009 to 2014. She led the Mavericks to a 2014 district runner-up finish. Connally was chosen to lead the 2012 Team Texas High School National team She progressed from Goalie Coach to Assistant Coach to Head Coach at the University of Texas where she helped lead the team to six team state championships, seven top-twenty ranked seasons and five top-ten finishes. She helped produce a Player of the Year (2012), Defender of the Year (2013), Rookie of the Year and Defender of the Year (2015) and Midfielder of the Year (2016) Connally resides in St. Paul and will be joined by her husband, Jake Logan Maccani Bio Coach / Ohio State (NCAA I `19) Seth King Bio Coach Seth, a former loon himself circa 2012, grew up in White Bear Lake where he graduated from the local high school in 2013. During his time at White Bear Lake he played both varsity hockey and lacrosse earning State Tournament appearances in both of his respective sports. Seth played defensive midfield in lacrosse and right-wing in hockey for the Bears, being named All-Conference his senior seasons, and honorable mention his junior seasons. After graduating he went on to attend the University of St. Thomas where he received his bachelor’s degree in business with a focus in entrepreneurship studies. During his freshman year he got back into the game of lacrosse, but now on the sidelines as a coach. He started his coaching journey in the youth program back in White Bear Lake. After helping grow the youth program for a couple of years he had moved up to the high school level coaching 3 years at Roseville High School--2 years as an assistant and 1 year as head coach of the varsity program. In his free time Seth loves to spend it outside whether that be on the lake with friends or in the cold at a local rink playing pick-up hockey. Seth has been on the coaching staff with Loons since the fall of 2016. Alex Napgezek Bio Defensive, Box Coach / U of M Coach Alex Napgezek, better known as coach Nap, is from White Bear Lake. He’s played lacrosse for 10 years. In high school he was apart of the team that won the state championship in 2015, and was a captain his senior year in 2018. He played for the loons summer program for 4 years while in high school and was also on the first Loons box team. He’s now in his sophomore year at the University of Minnesota where he is currently playing lacrosse. He has also played box lacrosse for the Minneapolis Wheatkings for 2 years. 2019 was his first year coaching with the loons program and he is looking forward to another great year. Jack Galle Bio Coach Hannah Distad Bio Coach Travis Sanders Bio Associate Director / UNW Mens Head Coach (NCAA III) At Northwestern Head men’s lacrosse coach (2nd Season) Has recorded eight wins to date Personal Graduated from Bethel College in 2001 Currently serves as the Associate Director for the Minnesota Loons Club Program His previous coaching stops include Bethel (Head Club Coach), Stillwater Area (Head Coach) and Minnetonka (Assistant Coach). While at Stillwater, Sanders helped lead the transition from a club program to MSHSL membership in 2008, as well as led the Ponies to a Suburban East Conference title in 2010 and compiled an overall record of 53-29 After leaving Stillwater to take over at his alma mater in 2013, Sanders was named the UMLC Division II Coach of the Year Throughout his coaching career, he has sent 200-plus student-athletes to play collegiate lacrosse Sanders resides in St. Paul with his wife, Katie, and son, Henry Justin Sieburt Bio Coach / OPC Assistant Coach Justin Sieburt a New Jersey native has been playing lacrosse for 14 years now and has been involved with coach for the last 6 years. Coach Sieburt was a 2 year starter at DIII Wesley College as a LSM, and finished his college career at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MCLA DII) as a close defenseman. Sieburt started his coaching career in Mankato where he helped build the first youth program along with being apart of the first sanctioned high school team in the Mankato area. After college graduation he moved to the twin cities where he began coaching at Apple Valley High school until 2019. Sieburt will be furthering his coaching career as he joins the Osseo Park Center Lacrosse program in 2020. Coach Sieburt has been with the Minnesota Loons since 2017 and has helped coach various age groups along with the winter box league. Chad Herr Bio Coach / Wayzata Head Coach Kai Storrs Bio Coach / Marquette University 2018` (NCAA I) Coach Storrs attended Salisbury School in Connecticut for High School. Kai played for the Minnesota Elite club team throughout High School. Kai continued his Lacrosse career at Maryland for 2 years, winning a national championship ring in 2017. He is now finishing off his college lacrosse career for the Marquette Golden Eagles. Fun Fact: Is Hawaiian Tom Rodreguiez Bio Coach / Face off Specialty Taylor Sawyer Bio Coach / Rogers High School Head Coach Tyler Hein Bio Coach / Goalie Specialist Joe Hart Bio Coach Carson Cannon Bio Coach / Denver University `2015 (NCAA I) University of Denver 2011-2015 Former defensemen for the Stillwater Ponies. Played 3 years of varsity where he was All-State 2nd team his junior year, and 1st team All-State and All-American his senior year. Carson was nominated as a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Lacrosse award in 2011. He signed his letter of intent in the fall of 2010 play with Lacrosse for Bill Tierney and the Denver Pioneers. Carson has been named captain for 2014/2015 As a Captain for the Pioneers Coach Cannon helped lead the University of Denver to their first National Championship over Maryland. Carson was drafted by the Denver Outlaws in the 2015 MLL Draft. Carson is currently at graduate school at the University of Minnesota.