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Coach Chris Bise - Chris is a New Hampshire native, transplanted to Pittsburgh 20 years ago, and has been helping Canon Mac Youth Lacrosse for past few years. He formerly attended Boston University, where he played both goaltender and midfield for the club lacrosse team. In addition to lacrosse, Chris has coached hockey at the Junior level and is a Masters level coach with USA hockey. Professionally, Chris is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, in the Department of Physical Therapy. When not coaching lacrosse, Chris can be found doing something outside with his 2 children and wife, Anita.


"Coach B is the best around and we feel so lucky to have him coach our boys again this year. Thanks to all the kids and parents for such a great experience and team." - 2019 10U parent

Coach Mike McBride - Coach McBride comes to the 79ers with 30 years of coaching and playing experience. He recently accepted the Head Coaching position at Trinity HS, continues to coach Peters Township Youth Lacrosse, and has spent recent years as the Head Coach for both La Roche College and Peters Township High School. While at PTHS, Coach McBride won a school-record 59 games in five seasons and also guided his team to the WPIAL playoffs every year, after a four year drought. In 2013, he was named the Division I Western Pennsylvania Coach of the Year after finishing with a 15-2 record.  He graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2006, where he was a four-year starter and two-time captain, and was also a four-time, first-team All State performer at Hilliard Darby High School just outside of Columbus, Ohio. He currently lives in the South Hills with his wife Rachel and their three boys Chase, Corey and Conor.


"Coach McBride has made my son a better player no doubt, but his dedication to him and to the entire team can never be overlooked." - 2019 12U parent

Coach Darrin Niemeyer - Coach Niemeyer is a Canon Mac native with over ten years of lacrosse coaching experience at both the youth and high school levels. Darrin was a four year varsity player and two year captain at Canon Mac as well as first team All-League in 2007. Upon graduation, he went on to play box lacrosse for the Pittsburgh Octane before coming back to Canon Mac as the Assistant Head Coach and leading Canon Mac to their first WPIAL championship game in 2015.  He has also spent time as the Assistant Head Coach at Chartiers Valley High School, and worked with their defense and goalies.


Coach JB Wicker - Coach Wicker moved to Canonsburg in 2017 after spending the last 17 years on Long Island where he attended Hofstra University. While at Hofstra he played four years for the club lacrosse team which is a member of the National Club Lacrosse League (NCLL). After graduating he continued with the team, coaching them for 12 years and won the Metro NY Division eight years, advancing to the National Championship Elite 8 in 2012. He currently resides in Canonsburg with his wife Tara and daughter Annie.

Coach Jeremiah Johnson Jeremiah is an Eastern Ohio native, transplanted to Pittsburgh 10 years ago.  He grew up playing basketball and football and one season of NCAA Division III football.  After coaching youth flag football, baseball and basketball, his passion for lacrosse began five years ago after his oldest son decided to "try it out".  After making a career change to allow spending more time with his family, he has been helping coach Canon Mac Youth Lacrosse for the past few years, and is currently a USLacrosse Level 1 Certified Coach.  Jeremiah lives in Canonsburg with his wife Missy and their three boys Zach, Luke, and Zeke.

Coach Michael Fisher - Michael grew up in eastern Pennsylvania and played multiple sports through high school. He was a Division I co-ed cheerleader at Temple University and played club rugby as an adult. He was an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer for 8 years. He has been coaching since 21 years of age, starting as a strength and stunt coach for high school cheerleading and now coaching youth baseball, basketball, and lacrosse. Coach Fisher is currently a USLacrosse Level 1 certified coach with Canon Mac's youth program (both 10U and 12U), where all three of his children play. Michael lives in Canonsburg with his wife Carrie, sons Andy and Jake, and daughter Molly.

Coach Kevin Dowd - Coach Dowd spent his high school years in the Syracuse N.Y. area where he competed in lacrosse, cross country and track and field at Liverpool H.S. He set multiple school and sectional records as a member of the 4x800 relay, and at the time of his graduation his 800 meter time was the second fastest in school history. He later attended the State University of Fredonia where he specialized in 800 and 1500 meters for their track team all four years, and was a co-captain his Senior year. Post collegiate activity brought Kevin back to his lacrosse roots, as he now coaches in the Canon Mac youth program, and is USLacrosse Level 1 certified. Kevin brings to the program a diversity of athletic development learned from his background not just in lacrosse but that of a collegiate runner. He currently lives in Southpointe with his son Brady and daughter Bella.

Coach Chris Groesch Coach Groesch picked up the game his Senior year at Baldwin HS in 2004, where his team went undefeated and won the WPSLA D3 championship. He stayed with the game while attending Penn State Behrend where he got the opportunity to play all positions over his four seasons, winning the Rookie of the Year as a Freshman and team MVP a year later, before taking over as the President of the lacrosse team. He continued post-collegiately with the local Pittsburgh Lacrosse Club, where he played in the Midwest Cities league, traveling from Chicago to DC for competition, and he plans on continuing into Masters division competition, where he gets a chance to be a “young gun” again.

As a coach, he started in 2008 with Erie Cathedral Prep, and has spent time with Baldwin HS and Chartiers Valley HS in assistant roles. He later became the Head Coach at Fairview HS, where he took a third year program with two wins ever, to a 12-5 season. Following that he spent four years as the Head Coach at Trinity HS where he more than doubled their participation, took them to their first winning season in a decade, and first playoff berth since the adoption of the WPIAL governance. He has spent the past few seasons with Bethel Park HS as a Varsity assistant dealing with specialists (face-offs and goalies), and has taken on the role of Youth Team and Development Coordinator. He joins the 79ers after spending time with clubs such as Trilogy, True, Bridges, and Apex Lacrosse.

Coach Groesch now resides in Fallowfield Township with his wife. He teaches Social Studies at the ACLD Tillotson School and enjoys painting, gardening, and playing guitar in his spare time.


Bios Coming Soon!

Jerry Frazee - Canon Mac Youth Lacrosse
Ritchie Leeds - Canon Mac Youth Lacrosse
Nate Mauro - Canon Mac Youth Lacrosse
Conner Niemeyer - Canon Mac Youth Lacrosse
Zach Martin - Trinity Area HS Asst Coach
Jon Monahan - Baldwin HS HC
Ed Monahan - Baldwin HS Asst Coach
Mike Kaplan - Peters Township HS HC
Justin Allen - Canon Mac HS Asst Coach
Rocco Ruscitto - Washington and Jefferson Alumni

2018 12U Head Coach, Mark Bowers - A Canon Mac alum, Coach Bowers has over 10yrs of Playing, Coaching, and Referee experience.  He is currently a starting defenseman at W&J as well as Head Coach of Canon Mac's 12U team.  Past accomplishments include being a 4 yr starter in high school, 2015 WPIAL Div 1 runner up, and member of multiple club teams including PSL, LB, and Pittsburgh Lacrosse.  Mark is a Political Science major with plans to go to law school upon graduation.


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