SAINT LOUIS SAMURAI SELECT LACROSSE: Coaching Staff

Coach Justin Cutter
JC

Samurai Director

Email: stlsamurailax@yahoo.com

Coaching Experience: 

Lindenwood University Assistant Defensive Coach (2011, 2013)

St. John Vianney High School Varsity Head Coach (2001-2010)

Volunteer Immacolata Grade School Head Coach (2009)

Coaching Awards:

2009 Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year

2010 Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association Man of the Year

Coaching Certifications: Level 1 certified, Protecting God’s Children Certified, CPR Certified

Favorite Coaching Quote: “Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent” and “I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.”

Favorite College/Professional Sports Team: St. Louis Blues



Coach Brendan Coady
bc

Assistant Director and U-13 Assistant Coach

Email: stlouissamurailax@gmail.com

College Playing Experience: Saint Louis University 

Coaching Experience:

Assistant Coach Parkway North High School

Head Coach at Parkway West

Eureka High School Assistant Varsity and Youth Coach (2011-2013)

Chaminade High School Assistant Coach (2014)

Other Sports Coaching Experience:

2 years HS football, 1 year HS rugby

Coaching Awards: Runner up for coach of the year, coached two All Star games

Coaching Certifications: Level 1 certified, degree in secondary education

Favorite Coaching Quote: "Wins and losses are the sum of all your practices, since practices are the sum of your efforts"

Favorite College/Professional Sports Team: UVA lacrosse team, St. Louis Blues



Coach Nick Silva
nicky

Samurai Director of Coaching and Head Coach U-13

Email: npsilva87@gmail.com

College Playing Experience: Manhattan College (NY) – NCAA Division 1

College Awards: 2000 MAAC conference rookie of year, 2002 MAAC offensive player of the year, and a 4 year All-MAAC selection. 2 time team captain. 2002 NCAA tournament participant

Coaching Experience:

Lindenwood University Assistant Coach (2005-2007)

Fontbonne University Head Coach (2008-2012)

CBC High School Varsity Assistant Coach (2013-2014)

Coaching Awards: 2013 CBC Missouri State Champions

Favorite Coaching Quote: “It’s not the X’s and the O’s, it’s the Jimmy’s and the Joe’s!”

Favorite College/Professional Sports Team: St. Louis Rams



Coach Jeff Benton
jb

Samurai Head Coach U-15 Rising

Email: jeffbenton12@hotmail.com

College Playing Experience: Lindenwood University

Coaching Experience: 6 yrs [Desmet Jesuit High school (1), Lindbergh High school (1), Wentzville Lacrosse (4), Samurai (3 yrs)]

Coaching Awards: 2013 MSLA Asst. Coach of the Year

Coaching Certifications: US Lacrosse Level 1 Certified

Favorite Coaching Quote: “Your best? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home with the prom queen” “Do not mistake activity for achievement” “A goal without a plan is a wish”

Favorite College/Professional Sports Team: BSH University/ St. Louis Cardinals/Blues



Coach Jon W. Silva
jon

Head Coach U-17

Email: jwsilva@gmail.com

College Playing Experience: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Coaching Experience: 15 years coaching high school 2008-2011 Eureka High School Varsity Head Coach 2014 Chaminade Varsity Head Coach 2014 Missouri 22 Coach

Coaching Awards: MSLA Coach of the Year 2009

Coaching Certifications: US Lacrosse Level 1 & 2 instructional clinics and online courses

Favorite Coaching Quote: “Never mistake activity for achievement.” John Wooden

Favorite College/Professional Sports Team: St. Louis Blues & Manchester United

 



Coach Brian Benton
Brian Benton

Samurai Lacrosse Club: U-15 Assistant

Email: brian.benton87@gmail.com

Coaching Experience:

David H. Hickman High School Club Lacrosse: (3 Years) Freshman Team Assistant Coach ,Junior Varsity Team Assistant Coach 3rd year Junior Varsity Team Head Coach

Wentzville Lacrosse Club: 3 years 1st year Junior Varsity Team Assistant Coach 2nd year Junior Varsity Team Head Coach 3rd year Junior Varsity Team Head Coach

Coaching Certifications: US Lacrosse Level 1 Certified

Favorite Coaching Quotes: "Next Play" and "Never mistake activity for achievement" John Wooden

Favorite College/Professional Sports Team: Mizzou Tigers/St. Louis Cardinals



Coach Mike Silva
mike silva

Samurai Goalie Specialist Coach

Email: msilva@totallacrosse.com

College Playing Experience: At Lindenwood for 3 years and Fontbone for 1 year

Coaching Experience:

Clayton High School, Junior Varsity- Head Coach- St. Louis, MO ( 2007) Clayton High School, Varsity Assistant Coach- St. Louis, MO (2008) 

Fontbonne University, NCAA - Division III- Student volunteer assistant- St. Louis, MO (2008)

 Carthage College, NCAA Division III - Defensive Coordinator and Goalie Coach (2009-2010) 

United States Athletes International – Head Lacrosse Coach USA Team Melbourne, Australia 2009  Berlin Germany 2010 

Fontbonne University, NCAA- Division III- Volunteer Assistant Coach- St. Louis, MO (2011)

Eureka High School, Varsity- Assistant Coach – St. Louis, MO (2011) • Eureka High School Varsity- Head Coach (2012, 2013)

Desmet High School, Varsity- Assitant Coach- St. Louis, MO (2014)

Favorite Coaching Quote: "Hard Work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard"

Favorite College/Professional Sports Team: St. Louis Blues



Coach Andy Joly
Coach Joly

Samurai Offensive Specialist Coach

Email: jolya@mobap.edu

College Playing Experience: Wittenberg University (NCAA DIII) and University of Missouri (MCLA DI)

College Awards: Wittenberg University was the third leading scorer as a freshman and later at the University of Missouri lead team in total points

Coaching Experience: In 2009, in the second year as Head Coach at MBU, and the team's first year in the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference, Joly led his team to the conference playoffs, where they lost in the quarterfinals. In 2010, the Spartans were the GRLC runner-ups. In 2011, Missouri Baptist won its first GRLC Championship and represented the conference in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Tournament. In 2012 and 2013, the Spartans were the GRLC runner-ups. Since the start of the lacrosse program at MBU, Coach Joly and his staff have helped produced 39 GRLC All-Conference Award recipients, 13 MCLA All American Award recipients, four of which were Academic All-American Award recipients and one Great Rivers Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year.

Coaching Awards: 2010 Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year, 2012 James “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award

Coaching Certifications: NAIA Champions of Character Coaching Certification

Favorite Coaching Quote: Any quote that motivates a player to produce..

Favorite College/Professional Sports Team: Favorite Lacrosse team: Virginia/ favorite professional team: St. Louis Cardinals



Coach Scott Stark
Stark

Samurai Defensive Specialist Coach

Email: wstark@lindenwood.edu

College Playing Experience: MCLA: University of Minnesota Duluth

Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach at University of Minnesota – Duluth 11’-13’, Assistant Coach Lindenwood University 13-14’

Coaching Certifications: NCAA Off-Campus Certification, Concussion/CPR Certified

Favorite Coaching Quote: By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

Favorite College/Professional Sports Team: Lindenwood Lions and Minnesota Wild and Vikings



Coach Andrew Szczepan
z

Samurai U-13 Assistant Coach

Email: ams738@lionmail.lindenwood.edu

College Playing Experience: Lindenwood University (2011-2015)

Coaching Experience:

Immacolata Grade School Volunteer Coach (2009)

Gateway Lacrosse Camp Instructor (2013)

Favorite Coaching Quote: The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. -Vince Lombardi

Favorite College/Professional Sports Team: Lindenwood University Lacrosse

 

 



Coach Jack Dependahl
dep

U-13 Assistant Coach

Email: jdependahl01@aurora.edu

College Playing Experience: Freshmen at Aurora Awards: 2013 Missouri State Champion - CBC

Coaching Experience: Assistant 2013Samurai Middle School team and Gateway Lacrosse Camp

Favorite Coaching Quote: "hard work can beat talent when talent doesnt work hard enough"

Favorite College/Professional Sports Team: St. Louis Blues



Dan James
DJ

Director Recruitment Advisement

Former Head Coach Missouri Baptist University

NCAA Division II Mercyhurst All American

Head Coach McQuaid Jesuit Rochester NY

 



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