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HoganLax Team Training Raises the Bar Across the Board

HoganLax Delivers “Incredible” Team Training Experience

SOLD OUT- Week 2

HoganLax continued to build upon its successful Team Training offering – selling out one of their weeks in March, with over 300 athletes attending at one time. Lexi Stephan, head coach of Ethel Walker called it an ‘incredible experience.”  Her players agreed as one said: “I have been on 3 different spring training trips, and this was without a doubt the best one I have been to!” 

The boys players felt similarly as one said:  “HoganLax gave me a constant ability to perform and practice lacrosse. It enabled me to learn more about my own skills and progress myself as a player as well as come closer to my teammates.”HoganLax tweaked a few things for its 2017 Team Training program and the resounding response was positive. Participants continue to rave about the Mission Inn Resort & Club along with the Hickory Point Recreational Complex.

Meanwhile, director Matt Hogan and the rest of his staff continued to raise the bar in terms of providing a top-notch experience for all visiting teams. The HoganLax mission is to allow the coach to focus on their team and getting their team better on and off the field. 

As Salisbury head coach Bobby Wynne commented: “What makes HoganLax different is our relationship with you is a partnership.” Lexi Stephan agreed: “I usually feel exhausted after these trips, but instead I feel refreshed after learning so much from The Program, Monica and the other coaches…Your thoughtfulness and attention to detail....truly sets HoganLax apart from other training programs.” This was the fourth year for spring Team Training and HoganLax continues to deliver a high quality experience by partnering with Mission Inn Resort and Hickory Point, both of which are located in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. 

Luxurious is the best way to describe the award-winning Mission Inn Resort and Club – an upscale, Spanish Colonial-style complex that sits on 1,100 acres. Amenities are aplenty with a spacious pool, two golf courses, four restaurants, hiking paths, tennis and volleyball courts. All the teams appreciated the convenience of having breakfast, lunch and dinner served by the Resort and arranged by HoganLax. Teams took advantage of ‘all you can eat’ buffet style served meals with trained chefs ensuring all food was delicious.  Most of the teams also took advantage of a ‘Team Dinner’ where they were provided a sit-down meal in a private room, allowing them to have a team bonding dinner.

Not only is the Hickory Point Recreation Complex a state-of-the-art facility, it has the added bonus of being located just three miles from the Resort. It features five full-sized Bermuda fields that are maintained in pristine condition and lights.

HoganLax provided on-site storage pods that allowed players to leave their equipment at the field following each workout or game. As Bryce Woodson, head boys coach of Hawken School in Ohio said:  “The trip was everything we were looking for! Overall we thought the proximity of hotel to field, organization, flexibility, Hogan staff accessibility, and cost were all great!”

Mike Webster, head coach at Pingry agreed: “We’ve attended the HoganLax Team Training every year now and the entire program just gets better and better.  Matt and his people take care of everything lock, stock and barrel. All I had to worry about was coaching and learning.”

On the field, the high standards HoganLax has set for its Team Training have only continued to increase. Hogan, former head coach at the University of Pennsylvania with more than 25 years of experience at the Division I level, as well as high school and youth coaching experience oversees a detail-oriented program that covers all aspects of lacrosse skills development.

Dave Cottle, who coached Division I lacrosse for nearly three decades at Loyola University (1983-2001) and University of Maryland (2002-2010), brings his immense expertise to the table. Cottle, who coached and is now the General Manager of the Chesapeake Bayhawks professional organization, is widely considered one of the brightest minds in the game of lacrosse.

Monika Yeakel, a two-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year while at UMBC, has joined the staff to work closely with the girls’ teams. Yeakel, a former first team IWLCA All-American and current owner-director of the Diamonds Club program, provides personal attention to players and coaches. As one of the Olentangy Orange girls said, “Monica rocks!”

Mike Poppleton, who left Johns Hopkins as the record holder for career face-off winning percentage worked with teams on Face Offs. He is currently a member of the MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks and has won 254 face-offs in four MLL seasons. .

The HoganLax staff is available to help the high school coaches prepare practice plans, evaluate personnel, install systems and oversee film study.  “I truly believe our Coach’s Coach program is very innovative and extremely productive,” said Matt Hogan, founder and CEO of HoganLax. “Having direct access to coaches with such significant experience is invaluable for the high school players and coaches that attend our Team Training sessions.”

Rich D’Andrea, head coach of Princeton Day School,agrees – “What most amazed me, was your level of coaching for our team. Within minutes, you were able to size us up, process our personnel and script both offensive and defensive schemes that would best fit our program.   What I learned both from and about the HoganLax program during our short stay has proven invaluable to me.”

Past participants of HoganLax Team Training have been awe-struck by an incredibly unique element that cannot be found anywhere else. The Program, founded by Eric Kapitulik – a  four-year varsity lacrosse player at the Naval Academy and ex-Special Forces Officer in the Marines - provides a perspective for your athletes and coaching staff about what it takes to compete for championships.  The Program provides two one-hour long sessions, one each for the coaches and the athletes that will completely capture the attention of all present.

Teams have always been totally focused and highly motivated by their presentation, which provides insight into building a common team ethos and an understanding of team goals.  “The Program is not a strength and conditioning company. We do not seek to build bigger, faster, stronger and more talented individuals; rather we seek to build better leaders and more cohesive teams. Talent may win individual games, but leadership and cohesion enable teams to compete for championships,” Kapitulik said.  Teams can also schedule one on one sessions with The Program at discounted prices during their stay with HoganLax.

Players appreciated the multi-prong approach to helping them and their team get better:

  • “Your commitment to us made all the difference in our team chemistry both on and off the field”,
  • “HoganLax was one of the most incredible programs that I have worked with to improve my playing. It has taught me the meaning of hard work and …did an extremely good job with not only making us better individually, but making us a better team.”
  • “This was my second year with HoganLax and both years I had an awesome experience.  I love everything about this program.”

HoganLax Team Training dates have already been set for 2018.  Interested high school teams are welcome to attend sessions being held between March 4th and April 5th.  

All of the coaches who have attended can attest to the team-building benefits, leadership development and teamwork enhancement HoganLax Team Training provides.  

Other dates may be available, contact HoganLax at info@hoganlax.com to check. HoganLax has put together an all-inclusive Spring Break Lacrosse Team Training Package to ensure that you, the coach, can focus on your team’s preparation for the season. Let us take care of the fields, the trainers, the transportation, the meals, the rooms, the referees, etc. You can focus on your team and getting them better.