2015 Residential Camp at Virginia Tech
Now entering its ninth year, the Commonwealth Lacrosse Camp provides high school aged boys both advanced individual instruction and competitive game play. The camp will be held July 13-16 on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Enrollment is open to both individuals and members of attending teams.
The camp is directed by Chris Swanenburg, a former All-Ivy goaltender at Yale University. Coach Swanenburg has 20 years of college coaching experience and has been running camps for over a decade. He is the all-time winningest coach at Division I Radford University and has 15 years of head coaching experience at the Division I and III levels. He is widely regarded as one of the top teachers in the sport and has helped produce college All-Americans and professional lacrosse players alike. Over the years, thousands of campers have learned the game and honed their skills under Coach Swanenburg.
Tony LePore enters his seventh season with the Commonwealth Lacrosse Camp and serves as an assistant camp director. Coach LePore played collegiately at the Citadel and SUNY Geneseo before embarking upon a successful coaching career. A former 'Coach of the Year' at Stonewall Jackson High School, Coach Lepore presently serves as an assistant at Division II Belmont Abbey College. Prior to joining the Crusaders, Lepore coached at Marymount University and was the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Northern Virginia Community College.
Matt Schroeder, the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Virginia Tech, also works as one of the camp's assistant directors. In 2014, his first season as the Hokie's head coach, Coach Schroeder led Virginia Tech to the MCLA national quarterfinals. In 2015, he took the program a step further, guiding the Hokies to the MCLA national semifinals. For his efforts, Coach Schroeder was named the 2015 MCLA Coach of the Year. A 2010 graduate of Muhlenberg College, where he was an All-Centennial Conference player, Coach Schroeder has been with the Commonwealth Lacrosse Camp since its move to Virginia Tech in 2011.
Assisting Coaches Swanenburg, LePore and Schroeder are some of the more accomplished adult coaches in the sport, many of whom have both college and high school coaching experience. Their professional, veteran guidance ensures that campers will learn the drills and skills necessary to succeed at both the high school and college levels. Furthermore, each camper will see improvement in his own game and gain a better understanding of the sport of lacrosse.
A typical camp day consists of three sessions. Mornings are largely reserved for individual development by position, afternoons are for the teaching of team concepts, and evenings are filled with competition.
The camp also features plenty of fun away from the practice fields. All campers will be housed in air-conditioned residence halls with Internet access. They will also enjoy all-you-care-to-eat meals in Virginia Tech's nationally acclaimed D2 dining facility. Finally, during their free time, campers can enjoy activities such as swimming and bowling at no additional cost.
Additional information and a camp application are located in the camp brochure. You may also contact Coach Swanenburg at (443) 690-7683 or at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
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