Coaching Staff

Rockfish Purple (2018) 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

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.

Chad Kooser

Coach Kooser was a standout attackman at North County High School, where he was an all county players as well as leading scoring in AA County in 2010, with 70 points that year.  Coach Kooser went on to play at Virginia Wesleyan, where he transitioned into a two-way midfielder.  This is coaches first year as offensive coordinator for the Blue team, and we couldn't be happier!

Rockfish Navy (2018) 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.  

Chad Roberts

Coach Roberts was a long time assistant at Arundel High School as the goalie coach and defensive coordinator.  Coach has also been the specialties coach at Rockfish over the last two summers.  It is with great pleasure that Coach Roberts jumps on our staff full time as the defensive coordinator for the Navy team. 

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!

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.

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.  

Matt Clifford

Coach Clifford has been with Rockfish for the last 5 years and has been a huge part of the Rockfish family.  

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!

Rockfish Blue (2020) Coaching Staff

Rich Bowen

Coach Bowen has been coaching for SCYA (Southern youth league) for many years and is excited to be a part of the Rockfish program.  He played lacrosse at Southern High School as a standout defenseman.  After high school, he went on to play football at Salisbury State University as a linebacker. Coach prides himself on discipline, a hard work ethic and good character, and those are the values he will instill in all of his players.  

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 ton of playing time as a Freshman at Ferrum College.  We are excited to have him as our college coach on the Blue team for the upcoming season.

Rockfish Copper (2021) Coaching Staff

Ted Purnell

Coach Purnell has been coaching lacrosse since his oldest son wanted to play seven years ago.  Coach played high school lacrosse in Long Island, but ultimately ended up playing football in college.  In his coaching philosophy, Coach Ted really enjoys seeing each player achieve something they couldn't achieve earlier in the season.  We are excited to have a coach with the passion to coaching that coach Ted has.  Thanks for being a part of the Rockfish family.

Cam Ailiff

Coach Cam Ailiff is a 1987 graduate of  Mount St. Joseph High School where he played close defense for the legendary and iconic coaches Rocco Vicchio and Steve Jeffrey. After that he went on to play close defense and long stick midfield for Radford University. During his sophomore year there, the team transitioned from Division II to Division I in the NCAA. Coach Ailiff has coached at Mt. St. Joseph HS  at the Freshmen and JV level, as both a head and assistant coach. He has also coached youth sports for the past 8  years.

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.

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.

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.  

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!

Tyler Nation

Tyler Nation has been a stand out defenseman at Southern High School the last four years.  This year, Tyler anchored a staunch defense that won the state championship 20-7 over South Carroll HS.  This was the first state championship for Southern and Tyler's leadership and playing are big factors for that.  Tyler has played with Rockfish for many years and anchored a Rockfish defense that was as good as his high school team.  Tyler will be playing at D3 powerhouse York College and is excited to start that chapter of his career.  Players on the Rockfish Neon team are luck to have him, as he will be bringing great knowledge with him to the team!

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.  

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.

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.

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.

College Coach - Taylor Phipps

Coach Phipps played at Southern High School, where he was an oustanding midfielder.  He has taken his talent Bridgewater College and is doing a great job for the Eagles. We are lucky to add Coach Phipps to our staff!