Tampa Catholic has been playing lacrosse since 2007-2008 season and I am the 4th Head Coach of the program. Lacrosse became a sanctioned sport in 2012-13 season in Hillsborough County.
TC Girls Lacrosse has some great history and they have been very competitive throughout the years. You can see that on www.maxpreps.com.
Go to the top tab for sports and click on Girls Lacrosse and choose Florida as the State. You will find us on the list of teams if you want to check it out.
The girls team of 2011 went to the Club State Championship game vs Stoneman Douglas and lost 18-9, their only loss of the season. They went 14-1 that year, which was the last time TC Girls Lacrosse was in the State Final.
We currently have three alum playing and coaching at the next level:
- Our first Division 1 Player Taylor Matthews '21 currently plays for Howard University
- Jaeden Waschbusch '19 - currently playing for Division 2 Rockhurst University
- Jen Leahy '14 played lacrosse at Division 2 Berry College and is currently an assistant lacrosse coach for Sewanee University
Coach Bio and Information
I am a TC Alum Class of '83 played soccer. No lacrosse back then. I have coached soccer for many years, but I started getting involved in lacrosse due to my sons and nephew's interest. Both went on to play in college. I grew to love the sport and was happy to get involved when asked to become an assistant at Tampa Catholic.
I started as an assistant coach in 2013-2014 Season under Coach Charlie Bodine. I took over as head coach in 2020-2021 Season.
I have enjoyed being back at Tampa Catholic and joining other fellow alums coaching sports here. This coming season will be my 3rd as Head Coach.
We have only had a varsity program for the past 5 years, but we are hoping to add Junior Varsity this season. We have had a lot of new players that want to try it out this upcoming season.
I have a terrific coaching staff, 2 of which are TC Alums '18 and played lacrosse for me.
- Michelle Leahy '18 - Michelle also played collegiate lacrosse at Division 2 Belmont Abbey in Charlotte.
- Cameron Lyall '18 - Cameron was recruited to play lacrosse at NIAI Ave Maria
Finally, Marc Betts is also an assistant coach. He has been a huge asset to our program. He has been very involved with Tampa Catholic over the years and I am very happy to have him join our staff this season.
I love to talk about the history of lacrosse in our area and I am also involved in bringing more exposure to our local players thru my website Tampa Lax Report - www.tampalaxreport.com. Lacrosse does not get much coverage in our area, especially on the women's side. We cover mostly the high school side. We started this in 2018.
TC lacrosse is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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