Coaching Staff

Rockfish Red (2019) Coaching Staff

Justin Binnix

Justin Binnix first played lacrosse as a junior in High School and has been hooked ever since. Starting late, he was privileged to play for the legendary Al Laramore. Graduating from Annapolis HS in 1985, continuing to play at Clemson University and with Maryland Masters (over 35), Justin has 30+ years experience with the game and its evolution. Justin started Coaching with the BAYS organization 4 years ago as his 3 boys became interested and coaches several age groups. Coach Binnix's devotion to teaching the game and its fundamentals is why we are excited to add him to our organization. A defensive specialist, Coach Binnix will bring great intensity and vision to our players.

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Matt Clifford

Coach Clifford has been with Rockfish for the last 7 years and has been a huge part of the Rockfish family.  He played in college at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where he earned All Maritime for two years in  a row.  Coach Clifford has coached at Old Mill HS varisty for two years, Spalding's JV team for three years, the St. Mary's Fresh/Soph team for a year, and was with AYLA Youth rec program for 8 years.  We are lucky to have coach with our family!

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Hayden Binnix

Coach Binnix has been a long time member of the Rockfish family, as a player and as a coach.  Coach Binnix played lacrosse at Broadneck High School and then took his talents to Wheeling Jesuit College, where he is playing long stick midfield, as a junior.  Coach Binnix is a great coach for our Rockfish guys, and has been a huge part of the Red Team's coaching staff!

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Rockfish Blue (2020) Coaching Staff

Zach Cummings

Coach Cummings played high school at Old Mill, and was a standout attackman on one of the best Old Mill squads in team history.  He then went on to play at Limestone College and became a dominate midfielder, in which he earned all american status.  Coach Cummings was the head varsity coach in South Carolina for the Riverside and is now an offensive coordinator at Arundel High School.  

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Pat March

Coach Pat March has been coaching lacrosse in Anne Arundel County since 1993. Coach March has coached every age group, from scoopers to post-collegiate club.  He is currently a varsity assistant at Old Mill High School as the defensive coordinator.  He was a member of the AACYLA coaches association Board of Directors for over ten years, to include President, Vice President, and Age Group Coordinator.  Coach March has coached with the following groups: Rockfish, North County High School, North County Lacrosse Association, Brooklyn Park Broncos, Mount St. Joseph High School, Team Chesapeake, Baltimore Elite, Crossroads, North Arundel Lacrosse Club, and Andover Apaches.  Coach March was a presenter at the US Lacrosse National Convention in 2005  and was honored as the Willie Gateau Award recipient, presented by the Annapolis Touchdown Club.  Coach March’s teams have won multiple county championships, runner-up twice in the Warrior Youth National Championships, and have been state finalist twice.

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Morgan Foster

Morgan was a standout defenseman for Southern High School who helped his squad reach the State Championship his senior year.  Morgan also played for Rockfish for many years and we are happy to say that he is back with us as a Rockfish alumni, bestowing his knowledge on our ninth grade defense!  

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Rockfish Copper (2021) Coaching Staff

Jeff McGuire

Coach McGuire is one of our most decorated lacrosse coaches on staff.  In High School, Coach McGuire won two state titles with Severna Park High School and earned first team all county honors as a midfielder.  He then took his talents to Salisbury State University, where he won two National Titles.  Coach McGuire earned a spot on the All-Conference Acadmic team and was a standout midfielder all four years.  He is currently starting his second year as head coach of North County High School.  We are lucky to have coach on our staff!

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Brendan Brace

Coach Brace is entering his 14th year of leading the Southern High School boys lacrosse team. Last year, coach led the Bulldogs to their first State Championship with a win over South Carroll.  Coach Brace played his high school years up in Long Island and then took his talents to York College, where he was a standout attackman.  Coach Brace is a Social Studies teacher at Southern High, and we are lucky enough to have coach with us again, as he reunites with his Rockfish family!

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Coach Zach Bell

Zach has been a long time player for the Rockfish organzations and was a stand out goalie at Old Mill High School.  Zach has taken his skills to Ferrum College, where he is getting a lot of playing time in his Freshman year there.  We are happy Zach continues to be a member of our Rockfish family as a goalie and defensive coordinator for the Navy team.  We are lucky to have such a dedicated player and leader added to our staff!

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Rockfish Silver (2022) Coaching Staff

Bill Collinson

I played Goalie at Southern High School from 1981 to 1984 under Clay White. Made All County both Junior and Senior years and participated in the North-South All-star game. I moved on to play goalie at both Anne Arundel Community College and Salisbury University from 1985 to 1988. I started my coaching career at United Youth Club/South County Youth Association from 1990 to present where I have coached every level from Scoopers to Juniors. I have also coached at Broadneck High School in 1995, then moved on to Southern High School as the Defensive Coordinator/Goalie Coach from 1996 to 1998. In 1999 to 2000 I was the Defensive Coordinator/Goalie Coach for Anne Arundel Community College where we led the nation in scoring defense.  READ MY INTERVIEW

Chris Deblauw

Coach Deblauw has coached for 12 years, including Arden Youth Lacrosse, Rockfish (early years) and in the NPYLL league for the Diamondbacks. Coach played high school at Old MIl and played club ball for a few years after that.  When asked why Chris loves to coach lacrosse, his answer is simple - "Coaching provides an opportunity for me to give something back without expecting anything in return."  We like that type of coach in our program.  Welcome back to the Rockfish Family.

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Paul Schiavone

Coach Schiavone was a standout attackman at Southern High School back in the early '90s.  He went on to be a standout attackman at Marymount University where he was recently added to the Marymount Athletic Hall of Fame.  Currently, aside from coaching for Rockfish, Coach Paul also coaches for SCYA.  We are lucky to have such a quality player and individual with the Rockfish family.

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Tim Woodfield

Coach Woodfield played high school lacrosse at Southern.  He went on to be a standout midfielder at Marymount University.  He has been coaching at SCYA for the past 7 years and has two sons in the Rockfish program.  

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Ryland Collinson

Ryland has been to the MPSSAA Lacrosse State Championship in the last two years with Southern, winning last year's State title over South Carrol. A versatile player, Ryland has played atttack and midfield for the Bulldogs.  he has also played for Rockfish for six years and this past year was his first year coaching our Silver team with his father, Bill.  Coach Ryland will be playing for the Goucher College Gophers, as he begins his journey at the next level.  For Coach Ryland, Rockfish was the most fun he ever had playing the sport because of the great coaches and players that helped make the experience one he will never forget. Ryland hopes to coach for Rockfish for many more years to come so he has the chance to watch the kids grow up and eventually move on to play college ball just like himself.

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Rockfish Neon (2023) Coaching Staff

Steve MItcheltree

Coach Micheltree graduated from Surrattsvile HS in the late 1800's.  He has been coaching football and lacrosse at GORC for the last 8 years.  He has also been the lacrosse commissioner the last four years.  In 2015, Coach was the Vince De Pasquale Award winner by the Annapolis TD Club, for his service to youth sports.  He is the All Pro youth Football State Championship Co-Founder and current AAYFA board members.  He would like us all to know that he is an All-around bad ass!  We are lucky to have Steve in our program, he brings energy to his team that not only improves his players lacrosse IQ and abilities, but definitley builds character in each young man on his team as well!

Stephen Sauser

Coach Sauser was a standout defenseman at Northeast High School.  He took that talent on a scholarship to Towson University, where he played for two years.  He decided to transfer to Limestone for his last two years of collegea and was a standout starting defenseman.  In 2012, Coach Sauser played for a National Championship, but unfortunately fell short by one goal.  Coach Sauser coached a year at D3 Wesley, and is now with our Rockfish coaching staff.  We couldn't be more excited to have his experience for the players on our Rockfish Neon team.

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Steven Burke

Coach Steven Burke grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he played youth and high school sports such as ice hockey and lacrosse.  Steven excelled at ice hockey in various travel youth, high school, college and senior competitive ice hockey leagues in Philadelphia and Maryland.  Steven was the starting goalie for the La Salle University ice hockey team for all four years and was also named as the starting goalie to the All-Star team in 3 of his 4 years at La Salle.  Steven found the desire and passion for lacrosse during the hockey off-season.  Steven and his teammates began to extend their hockey season on the lacrosse field.  Steven’s approach has always been to focus on teaching the game, fundamental skills, and life-long lessons that can be carried beyond the season.  Steven’s coaching philosophy is about giving our athletes the right balance of work ethic, skill development, game knowledge, and respect for the game. He wants his athletes to be the hardest working players or team on the field and always striving to get the best out of themselves regardless of the outcome. Steven looks at coaching as a life-long learning process and is constantly discovering better techniques and methods to help our athletes get to the next level of the game.  Steven has and continues to coach youth lacrosse at the Davidsonville Athletic Association.

Ryan Derr

There is no greater feeling than seeing a player develop and watching a team use the tools you've provided to accomplish their goals. To me, lacrosse is a way of life, it's love, it's respect, and it's a great outlet. Currently, I reside in Bowie, Maryland where my family and I run the Bowie Boys Recreational Lacrosse Program. I have coached for the last six years at every level aside from High School. I loved playing in High School but my passion is helping to grow the sport and the next generation. My favorite quote is from Tucker Durkin-USAMLAX "Coaches want players who are good people first and good lacrosse players second" and it's something I remind my players of, every time we step on the field. 

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Rockfish Black (2024) Coaching Staff

Mike Sweeney

Coach Sweeney played 4 years at Bridgewater Raritan High School lacrosse in New Jersey.  While there, he was a 1st team All State (NJ) defensman. He was recruited and played 4 years at Salisbury University where he was a long stick midfielder as well as a close defenseman.  Mike coaches youth football, basketball and lacrosse, and while he is not doing that he officiates high school lacrosse games.  Coach Sweeney still plays lacrosse in the Maryland Masters League and doesn't plan on stopping any time soon.  

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Mike Hicks

Coach Hicks has been an assistant coach at South River High school for many years, and just this past year, was named as the new head coach.  Coach will do an awesome job and we are excited to have such a knowledgable coach on the Rockfish staff.

Shawn Phipps

Coach Phipps has been playing and coaching for 35 years.  He was the head JV coach at Southern High School from 1995-2001 and has been coaching in the South River youth league (SRYA) for the last four years.  Coach Phipps is excited to be a part of the first ever 3rd grade team in Rockfish history and is looking forward to being with the program for years to come.  We are equally excited to have him on the Rockfish staff.

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Rockfish Orange (2025) Coaching Staff

Brian McGeeney

Coach McGeeney has coached many places over the last 10 years of his career.  This would include, Old Mill High School (assistant varsity), Chesapeake High School (head varsity), a private school in Tennessee, as well as most of the eight years Rockfish has been in existence.  We are lucky to have coach be a part of this program for so long and teach the young men the fundamentals of defense.  

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Jason Werner

I've been involved with lacrosse since I was in 5 years old. The sport of lacrosse has afforded me many awesome life experiences. My goal is to give back to the sport that has given me so much.  Having played, officiated, and coached I can honestly say that there is no greater joy than seeing a player realize their potential and grow to truly enjoy the sport.  I played at Severn School during my high school years and then played all four years at Mount St Mary's. I can't wait to grow as a coach and help in the development of Rockfish Orange!!!!

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Nelson Mejia

Coach Mejia is loved by all of his parents at the Andover Apaches Rec Program.  His positive energy and love for the sport and his players shine through in his coaching.  Coach Mejia started his career at Soutwestern High School in Baltimore City and earned second team all county honors as a midfielder/attackman.  Unfortunately, a ham string ended his career after three years playing club ball, but fortunately for players in Northern County, coach Mejia decided to coach at the rec program.  He has been a coach for the past five years and we are lucky to have coach with his new Rockfish family!

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Rockfish Green (2026) Coaching Staff

Christian Almy

Coach Almy was a player on one of our earlier Rockfish teams.  He graduated in 2010 from Severna Park High School, where he was a standout defensive midfielder for the Falcons.  Christian took his skills to VA Wesleyan and was a huge asset to the Marlins.  Coach Almy has coached not for two three years with our organization and is a great communicator with his families, and is exceptional of breaking down the fundamentals.  We are lucky to have him in our family.

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Steve Pellito

Steve played goalie at Roxbury High School in NJ.  A four year varsity starter, he was also selected for the NJ Gill Gibbs All-Star game in his senior year.  He played two years at Roanoke College and worked with Bill Pilat’s “The Goalie School” camps during the summers.  Steve joined the Rockfish organization in 2016 when his oldest son was eligible to play Rockfish Lax.  Steve has and continues to coach lacrosse for Davidsonville as well.

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Jeff May

Coach May has been coaching in AA County for 8 years and is entering his second year with the Rockfish family.  He played varsity lacrosse in Howard County and D1 soccer in college.  Coach prides himself on developing youth into well rounded people, emphasizing structure, desire and hard work as the tools for success on the field and in life.

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Jacob Boswell

Coach Boswell was a standout midifielder at Southern High School, where he was big reasong Southern made it to the State Championship game last year versus Easton. Jacob is now getting a Junior playing at Ferrum College, as a standout middie.  We are excited to have him as our college coach on the Blue team for the upcoming season.

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Rockfish Purple (2027) Coaching Staff

Steve Spence

Coach Steve Spence is the founder of Rockfish Lacrosse Club.  Native of Anne Arundel County, Steve played at Severna Park High School where he earned 1st team honors as a midfielder.  He took his play to St Mary's College of Maryland where he was a starter all four years, earning 1st team all conference honors and played in the D3 Senior All Star game.  Coach Spence retired in 2013 as the head varsity coach at Old Mill High School, where he was at the helm since 1999, earning Coach of the Year and Man of the Year awards a couple of times each.  READ MY INTERVIEW

Joe Ullery

I've been involved and playing lacrosse since I was 6 years old. I played for Old Mill and Brooklyn Park as a kid. In high school I played in the A conference for Spalding High School. I've been coaching kids for two years now with the Andover Apaches. Our kids have gone from little to no experience, to competing with some of the top programs in the county.  I'm excited for the opportunity to help the Purple team grow as a team and individuals, not just as lacrosse players, but as leaders that will compete in life!

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Tim Flanagan

A Baltimore native who went on the play two years at CCBC Essex. There, I played in a NJCAA National title game, but fell short and went on to earn NJCAA All-American Honors in 2000. After Essex, I went onto play for UMBC, where I redshirted my first year then went on to be named team captain and start the following two seasons, earning NCAA All-American honors in 2003.

After graduating, I went on to coach at CCBC Essex as the defensive coordinator where they went 19-0, capturing the 2004 National Championship.
After taking few years off , I was asked to be the volunteer assistant to work with the goalies at UMBC (2008-2010) and in that time period, UMBC captured two American East Championships and the starting goalie earned NCAA All-American honors in 2008 and 2009.

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Pat Carpenter

Coach Pat played for Old Mill High School and was a work horse on attack.  after high school, coach Pat became a police officer for Baltimore City and has been there for the past 11 years.  First of all coach, thanks for protecting the good people of Baltimore City and risking your life everyday, you are truly appreciated by your Rockfish family.  Coach Pat joins his old high school coach, Steve Spence on the Rockfish Purple team, and Coach Steve couldn't be happier.  Coach Pat is excited to be a part of this team and watch the kids grow as players and as our future leaders!

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