Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00
Manhasset has long been know as one of the premier lacrosse programs in the country. In a recent Lacrosse magazine article, it was stated that Manhasset High School has produced the most NCAA All-Americans in the country since the year 2000. Great players are graduating from Manhasset High School each year, but, how do you continue to win and do it year after year?
John Gagliardi, the president and founder of innovative lacrosse equipment manufacturer Maverik Lacrosse, and No Limit Lacrosse Camps has a plan. Manhasset High School graduate Gagliardi approached Manhasset Varsity Lacrosse Coach Bill Cherry over the summer with the idea of forming all Manhasset teams to compete during the summer months starting at the PAL level and straight through to Varsity. Coach Cherry and his staff thought it was a great idea and so the Manhasset Maveriks was formed.
“Our goal is to keep all of the Manhasset players together and help them develop their skills, learn the Manhasset High School system while providing the kids with the opportunity to gel and grow together as a team over time,” said Gagliardi. “It is pretty straight forward, this format has been used by other top lacrosse programs across the U.S. (i.e. West Islip, West Genesse, SWR, and Duxbury) with great success.”
The Manhasset Maveriks will compete on a regional as well as a national level and plan to go head-to-head against the best talent in the country at top tournaments across the US. “Other towns need to merge,” said Gagliardi. “Our coaching staff believes we have the talent to play competitively against any combo team in the country while developing more players in each grade. If we are going to continue to grow Manhasset’s lacrosse while staying ahead of our competition it is important that we develop more players at an early age so that they are better prepared for their high school lacrosse days. Our high school teams will be going to recruiting tournaments so our players will be getting exposure during summer months as well,” added Gagliardi.
“I am just excited to work with Coach Cherry and all of his coaches. He was one of my coaches while at Manhasset High School and I truly believe he is one of the best coaches in America today and Manhasset is lucky to have a Coach like Cherry working with the kids in town. The Maveriks,” Gagliardi said, “are the beginning of even greater long term success at Manhasset.”
How the teams will be broken up is as follows:
2010 Maverik Summer Teams
(1) 2011 & 2012 Manhasset Maverik Team
(1) 2013 Manhasset Maverik Team
(1) 2014- Current 8th graders (1 team)
(1) rising 8th grade teams (current 7th graders, Sept 1, 2009)
(2) rising 7th grade teams (current 6th graders, Sept 1, 2009)
(2) rising 6th grade teams (current 5th graders, Sept 1, 2009)
(2) rising 5th grade teams (current 4h graders, Sept 1, 2009)
Visit manhassetmaveriks.com for more information.