It all started in March 2000…
When my dad told me that he had signed me for a season of Olney Boy's and Girls Club (OBGC) lacrosse instead OBGC soccer. I’d been playing soccer since I was in diapers. So naturally, my six-year-old-soccer-fanatic-self wasn’t very enthusiastic to try something new like lacrosse. Deep down, I truly think I was just scared to get hit with a stick. But that spring I learned that the greatest experiences in life start by trying something new.
In my early years of playing lacrosse my coaches taught me and my teammates to give your maximum effort every time you’re on the field and how to be a great teammate. Very basic sportsmanship skills. The foundation of any athlete. My youth coaches had never played lacrosse, yet they were able to instill in me the groundwork that has stuck with me throughout my lacrosse career.
Moreover, my coaches, along with my parents, exposed me to a variety of high level lacrosse. Weather it was my dad taking me on our annual trip the M&T Bank stadium to watch the NCAA Final Four lacrosse games. Or my high school coach pushing me to try out for numerous elite club and showcase teams. All of this exposure allowed me to grow and develop my game.
I have come to realize that the combination of that exposure to great lacrosse and the knowledge I’ve acquired over my career, which my youth coaches may not have had, is what fuels my desire to coach. After graduating from college and starting my coaching career I have realized that so many kids want to play the sport. They just aren’t getting taught the key fundamentals of the game. That’s where I sympathize. I was that kid. I knew to play with 100% effort at all times (my youth coaches would accept nothing less), but I didn’t learn very basic fundamental lacrosse concepts until I was in college. As a kid, you just want the highlight reel play, but knowing the X’s and O’s is what will make you the player you want to be.
Begley Lacrosse was started because the sport of lacrosse has given me some of the greatest experiences, life lessons, friendships and memories of my life. Begley Lacrosse is my way of giving back to the sport that has shaped me into the person I am today.
The reason I picked #63 is because
34 (high school number) + 29 (college number) = 63
Sherwood High School 2008-2011
2011 Montgomery County Player of the Year
2011 First Team All-Met
2011 First Team All-State Maryland Public Schools
2011 High School All-American
Montgomery County 20 Year Anniversary Team
Marist College 2011-2015
2014 & 2015 First Team MAAC All Conference
2015 All MAAC Tournament Team
2015 MAAC Conference Champion
2015 Tewaaraton Watch List
2015 NCAA D1 All American
Major League Lacrosse 2015-Present
2015 Ohio Machine
2016 & 2017 Boston Cannons
2018 Atlanta Blaze
2019 New York Lizards