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MATTHEW SMENTEK, HEAD VARSITY COACH

Coach Smentek is an Atlanta native who was part of one of the first varsity programs in the state of Georgia as a member of the North Springs High School lacrosse team. Matthew was the varsity goalie and was named team captain for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. At North Springs, he earned All-State and Academic All-America honors. Matthew then went on to Wake Forest University and continued to his lacrosse career as the goalie for the Division I MCLA Wake Forest Demon Deacons while earning a degree in Chemistry. He joined the faculty at St. Pius X in 2012 as a College Prep and Honors Chemistry teacher. Matthew has also held the positions of Varsity and JV goalie coach and defensive coordinator prior to being named the Head coach for the Golden Lion Lacrosse program.



ASSISTANT COACHES:

  • LARRY MYERS
    Coach Myers is in his 11th year as a Community Coach for the Golden Lions.  He works primarily with the program's goalkeepers.  Coach Myers earned his undergraduate and law degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He was a 4 year letterman and 3 year starter in goal for the Tar Heels, and was a two-time USILA All-American and All-ACC selection.  Coach Myers was elected as a team captain and was a co-MVP his senior season.  He achieved ACC Academic Honor Roll recognition in each of his undergraduate years, and was UNC’s recipient of the ACC Senior Scholarship Award.

    While in law school, Coach Myers served as a graduate assistant on the staff of Hall of Fame Coach Willie Scroggs.  In 1981 and 1982, the Tar Heels went 26-0 and captured two NCAA Championships.  In 2013, they advanced to the NCAA semi-finals.

    He is married to Susan Napierski-Myers, and is the father of Tom (2008 SPX graduate) and Laura (2011 Marist graduate).  Coach Myers is a partner with the firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, and has just completed 33 years of law practice.
  • DOUG NELSON
  • BRIAN VAKINER
  • PAUL BELLE ISLE
  • JEFF WAGNON
  • MARK TUMMILLO

 

 

 

 

(Photo courtesy of David DiCristina)