meet the coaches

GREG SPRENZEL

director
high school
  • Played 3 years of lacrosse at St. Viator High School
  • Member of the inaugural team
COLLEGE
  • Played 4 years of club lacrosse at St. Norbert College
  • Founder of the St. Norbert Men’s Lacrosse Program
COACHING EXPERIENCE
  • 20 years coaching youth and high school lacrosse (Illinois- Vernon Hills HS, Glenbrook South HS, Lane Tech HS, St. Viator HS, Evanston Township HS, Loyola Academy; Wisconsin-Notre Dame Academy, De Pere High School, Southwest High School )
  • Director/Coach with True Lacrosse since 2010
PERSONAL
  • I have been a Special Education teacher for 14 years and I live in the area with my wife and three kids

DANNY MCDONNELL

COACH
High school
  • Played 4 years of lacrosse at Loyola Academy
  • 1999 State Champions
Post Graduate year
  • 1 year Lacrosse at Canterbury Prep School New Milford, CT
COLLEGE
  • BUTLER UNIVERSITY Division I
PROFESSIONAL
CHICAGO MACHINE – MLL
COACHING EXPERIENCE
  • 2 years with Loyola Youth Lacrosse
PERSONAL
  • Coach Danny has worked for Stryker Orthopaedics in Reconstructive Joint Replacement & Trauma for the past 17 years. His wife Andrea and him have 4 children (3 boys and 1 new born girl). All his children attend OLPH School and Parish.
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TONY SCHIRMANG

COACH
High school
  • Graduated from Loyola Academy in ‘04
  • Starting goalie for 2 state championships with Rob Snyder
COLLEGE
  • Played club lacrosse at Miami (OH)
COACHING EXPERIENCE
  • 2 years with Loyola Youth Lacrosse (Coach Tony also coaches hockey, soccer and basketball)
  • Director/Coach with True Lacrosse since 2010
PERSONAL
  • Coach Tony lives in Wilmette with his wife, Jesse, and 4 kids, his son Tommy (3rd grade) plays in the program, and his son Liam (4 years old) who will make his Little Ramblers appearance this spring!
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ROB SNYDER

COACH
High school
  • Graduated and played lacrosse from Geneva HS in NY in 1990
 
COLLEGE
  • Graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1994
  • 4 year letter winner for lacrosse at Notre Dame
  • 1993-1994 All Conference at Attack
COACHING EXPERIENCE
  • 25 years coaching at Loyola Academy
  • 10 State Championships – 10 Runner Ups
  • 56 All-Americans
  • Over 100 All-State players
  • Current Coaching Record 367 Wins 107 Losses

KEVIN RYNES

COACH
High school
  • Played lacrosse at Loyola Academy, class of 98’

COLLEGE
  • played college lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan University

COACHING EXPERIENCE
  • coached high school lacrosse for 17 years, 3 at Stevenson, 4 at Vernon Hills where we started the varsity team and 10 years at Loyola Academy
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BRIAN RYNES

COACH
High school

  • COLLEGE
  • COACHING EXPERIENCE
  • PERSONAL
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    JOE KELLY

    COACH
    High school
    • 2 time captain at Brother Rice HS, Birmingham, MI. Won numerous “Best player” awards at summer camps on the East Coast

    COLLEGE
    • 4 time varsity letter winner and 1992 Captain at University of Pennsylvania

    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    • Assistant Coach of Snohomish Lacrosse 2010-2012 culminating in a 2012 Div II State Championship with a 19-1 record
    • 2024 Assistant Loyola 3/4 program
    • PERSONAL
    • Began playing in Michigan in 5th grade as the 1st wave of significant Midwest players to go on to D1 colleges
    • Father of Quinn Kelly

    KEVIN LAKANI

    COACH
    High school
    • Four years at Loyola Academy

    COLLEGE
    • Four years at Ohio Wesleyan University
    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    • 20 years as varsity high school and youth lacrosse coach
    PERSONAL
    • Chris is a teaching assistant at the Academy at St. Joan of Arc for 3 years and has lived in the area for most of his life
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    CHRIS KUCHURIS

    COACH
    High school
    • Four years at Loyola Academy. Won a state championship in 2016 under Coach Rob Snyder

    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    • 4th year coaching lacrosse (both high school and youth lacrosse at Loyola Academy)
    • Coach Chris has also coached football and basketball at Queen of all Saints in Chicago
    PERSONAL
    • Chris is a teaching assistant at the Academy at St. Joan of Arc for 3 years and has lived in the area for most of his life
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    MIKE CURTIN

    COACH
    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    • Youth – Vernon Hills Youth Lacrosse | U10 – U14 Head Coach | 2011-2019; Loyola Youth Lacrosse | U12 Head Coach | 2022-present
    • High School – Vernon Hills High School | Varsity Head Coach | 2015-2019; Loyola Academy | Varsity Assistant Coach | 2020-present
    • Travel-Lawrence All-City Lacrosse Club | HS Coach | 2013-2014; Team One Lacrosse Club | U12 – HS Coach | 2017-2019; Str8 Lax Lacrosse Club | HS Coach | 2019-2021; True Lacrosse Club – North Region | U8 – HS Coach | 2021-present

    PERSONAL
    • One of my favorite experiences is getting to go watch players I’ve coached play at the HS level regardless of where they go to school

    ALEX CARRICK

    COACH
    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    Started in 2014 for West Side Lacrosse Club and then moved on to Edgewood High School (Madison WI)
    • Won Madison Area Lacrosse Association Assistant Coach of the Year (2017)
    Football at Saint Ignatius
    • JV Head Coach 2018-2019
    • Varsity Assistant in 2020
    Loyola Academy Lacrosse
    • Freshmen Assistant in 2021
    • Freshmen HC in 2022-2023
    • JV HC in 2024
    Loyola Youth Lacrosse
    • K-2 HC in 2022
    • 7/8 Gold HC in 2023-2024
    PERSONAL
    • Coach Alex is from Rochester, MI, he played for Rochester United/Stoney Creek High School and attended University of Michigan.

    NOAH WATERLANDER

    COACH
    High school
    • All-Conference, All-State and Brine All-American Goalie while at Naperville North High School (2012-2015)
    COLLEGE
    • Played at Hood College in Frederick, MD (2015-2019)
    • Member of the first nationally ranked team in school history
    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    • Defensive Assistant and Goalie Development Coach at Hood College in Frederick, MD while pursuing a Masters in Business Administration
    • Goalie Development Coach at Dematha Catholic in Washington, D.C. who competes in the nationally recognized WCAC conference
    • Previously coached at the club level for True Lacrosse, Team Maryland and Next Level Spartans (Washington DC)
    • Currently coaching at the club level for Team One
    PERSONAL
    • Works in construction project management in the Chicagoland area
    • Played Senior A Box Lacrosse as well internationally for the Westminster Wild and Istanbul Sultans
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    MARK MECCIA

    COACH
    High school
    • Graduated Loyola in the class of ’88
    • member of the first lacrosse team
    • played club lacrosse at Marquette University
    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    • Coached women’s lacrosse with IGLA for several seasons and 2 seasons with IBLA
    PERSONAL
      • My daughter is a senior and plays for Loyola. My son is in 7th grade and will play his second season with the program
    • I love working with kids and am excited to be part of Loyola Youth Lacrosse
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    RICHARD MORTELL

    COACH
    High school
    • Played goalie for LA and graduated in 2002
    college
    • Played goalie for Georgetown University and graduated in 2006
    COACHING EXPERIENCE
    • Coaches several Lacrosse America Camps
    • Coached Loyola Youth Lacrosse for several years
    PERSONAL
    • I am excited to be back on the sidelines and coaching for the Loyola Youth Lacrosse program!