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screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-10-52-30-amRyan McAleavey enters his sixth season as the head coach of the men’s lacrosse program at Florida Tech in 2017. You may not be familiar with this coach or this program, but I believe you will be in the near future.  He is a long time supporter of my site, but more importantly he is one of the most creative coaches I have interviewed in over 140 hours of podcasts.

Although the 2016 season was hit hard by injuries for this young program, 2015 was pretty strong. McAleavey guided the Panthers to their best result in team history, finishing with a school-record 12 wins and just four losses, the program’s first winning season. Florida Tech secured its first and second ever victories over ranked opponents. The Panthers received the program’s first nod in the national polls, moving in at No. 15 in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division II Rankings on Feb. 16. FIT reached its highest ranking of No. 12 in both the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine and United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches polls on March 16.

McAleavey came to Melbourne with a wealth of lacrosse experience at the professional, college and high school levels.  He served as the boys head coach at Red Bank Regional High School. In New Jersey, McAleavey inherited a young and largely inexperienced team. Tasked with aiding in the development of student-athletes, he guided them to a top four finish in their division after being picked to place last in the preseason poll.

Prior to working with the Bucs, McAleavey roamed the sidelines at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, N.J. After inheriting a team that was unable to tally a win the season prior to his arrival, he built a respectable squad, leading them to five victories on the playing field.

McAleavey served as the associate head coach/offensive coordinator at Suffolk Community College before moving on to Vianney High School. At Suffolk, he had the opportunity to coach a consistent top five National Junior College Athletic Association lacrosse program. Two of his teams were region runner-ups and his 2006 club not only won its region, but advanced to the NJCAA National Championship.

The Brentwood, N.Y. native has experience in developing a program from his time at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield, Conn. As the institution’s first head lacrosse coach, he was responsible for all aspects of starting the program, from scheduling games to recruiting student-athletes. In each of his three years at Notre Dame Catholic, his teams consistently improved. By year three, the squad fielded 30-35 varsity players and it qualified for the high school’s Division II playoffs.

Before he embarked on his coaching career, McAleavey was a standout attackman at Dowling College, pacing the team in goals all four years. Following a junior campaign where he scored 60 goals and dished out 15 assists, he garnered United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II All-America Honorable Mention honors. Although his collegiate career concluded in 1999, McAleavey still holds school records for goals and points in a single-season and career.

McAleavey received a bachelor’s of arts degree in professional and liberal studies from Dowling College in 1999. Before earning a master’s degree in special education and general education at Touro College, he occupied the graduate assistant men’s lacrosse position at Dowling. As a Golden Lion, he dealt with all phases of the program, including recruiting, player evaluation, planning practices, offseason conditioning, alumni relations, fundraising and scheduling.

McAleavey holds a teacher’s certificate in New Jersey and is certified in CPR, first aid and safety.

The full podcast for my Premium Family is filled with creativity, he listens to my site regularly and you will love the way he as added his own unique twists to drill from my site including his version of the Knight Drill which you all love. He has interesting ideas on transition occasionally w picks, an interesting practice plan with a large focus on “Crunch” or confined area drills, (also many from our site) all delivered with his special charisma that comes out in the podcast.

My article on the many twists he has added to his “Blue Jay” lacrosse drill is also featured in the Preview below for all Free Members it is awesome!!! And will help you in so many ways… log in, then click here for the article spelling out all of the options and versatility,

I recommend you listen to the free Preview, then check out the article,

Audio Preview, This is for all Free Members simply log in… Coach McAleavey blows me away with his take on the Blue Jay drill. – listen first then check out the entire article on this lacrosse drill,

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Listen to Coach describe his changes to this drill then Just Click Here to read my article w more details,

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