10/19/2016 12:02 AM
Featured Coach: 2019 Head Coach Chris Kear
My first coaching job was as the JV assistant at Longmeadow, MA in 2003 while I was attending grad school at Springfield College. I started coaching at Wilton High School in CT when I was hired as a Physical Education teacher in 2005. I was the offensive coordinator for Wilton's Varsity from 2005-2008. I started my Pleasantville career in 2009 as the defensive assistant and held that position for 3 seasons until I was hired as head coach in 2012.
2009 Asst. coach of the year Section 1
2013 Section 1 Class C Coach of the Year
2014 Section 1 Class C Coach of the Year
2015 Section 1 Class C Coach of the Year
2015 US Lacrosse Coach of the year, Section 1
2015 MSG Varsity Hudson Valley Coach of the Year
Team accomplishments: 2015 and 2016 Section 1 Class C Champs, State Semi-Finalists both years.
I attended John Jay High School, Cross River NY where I was All-league and All-Section in 1998. I won the sectional championship for Class B in 1997 and 1998. We were state semi-finalists both years, losing eventually to the Long Island Champ both times. I attended Ithaca College, NY and graduated in 2002.
How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and what made you pick up a stick?
I don't even remember when I first picked up the stick. It had to be age 2 or 3 because my father was the Varsity coach at John Jay HS where he started the program in 1975. I do remember going to a lot of his games as a kid and throwing the ball around with my brothers using our early 1980's vintage fiddlesticks. I first played organized Lacrosse for the Lewisboro Lacrosse team when I was in 4th grade which was the earliest you could start at that time.
What is your favorite lacrosse memory?
My favorite Lacrosse memory as a player was winning the Section Championship my senior year and being a key contributor. Nothing like finishing your HS career on top and going out as a champ. My favorite memory as a coach is winning the sectional championship in 2015 with Pleasantville. The program began in 2002 and for years we couldn't get over the hump to even make it to the finals and to win it was very sweet. It made all those off-season practices, tournaments and film sessions worth it. The community really needed that win and I think it has sparked more interest in the sport in the town.
Who was your favorite player to watch growing up?
I didn't really idolize any particular players that were in the national spotlight. Although I did really like watching Doug Knight dive into the crease to score goals for the Virginia Cavaliers in the late 1990's (I couldn't stand Syracuse) eventually that move was outlawed. A player I actually admired and wanted to be like was a player in my own town named Seamus Brophy. He was a John Jay class of 1995 grad and he played with such ferocity and such a will to win that his style of play was infectious. He was a few years older than me but he sort of took me under his wing and taught me some moves sometimes.
What was your first stick?
In the late 80's and early 90's I always had the STX Excalibur. In those days, there weren't that many different models to choose from but the Excalibur was the Rolls Royce of attack heads. When I was in middle school I had a Dyed Purple and White Excalibur with my name on the side. You weren't a real baller unless you had your name dyed on your stick. By High School I had a non-descript black Excalibur with traditional stringing