Staff

 

U9 (2027)

  • Jace McMahon: 2027 Coach
    Jace graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD in 2000, playing and starting all four years 1996-2000.  He then served for two years after graduation as the number one assistant coach at MSMU from 2000-2002.   The Mountaineers won the Div. I MAAC conference twice while he was a player in 1997 and 1999 and once as an assistant coach in 2001.  He was named AFLAC’s Div. I assistant coach of the year in 2001 for his work while head coach, Tom Gravante, was undergoing cancer treatments during the season.  His recruits brought the Mountaineers to the school’s first ever NCAA appearance in 2003. 

    Jace then went on to serve for two years at St. John’s College Military High School as the assistant coach and then associate head coach from 2003-2004 where his teams won a district WCAC championship in 2003. Jace played his high school lacrosse in multiple states of NY, NC and TN.  Since moving south from the Washington, DC area, he has seen the game grow by leaps and bounds throughout the southeast region.  He currently resides in Raleigh with his wife, Michelle and 4 children who are now all picking up the game as well

     
  • 2027 Coach: TBD

 

U11 White (2026)

  • Eric Freedman: 2026 White Coach
    Eric graduated from Colgate University in 1999, where he played Midfield for the Division I Red Raiders. Eric was team captain his senior year, was an all Patriot-League selection, and was selected to play in the 1999 USILA North-South game, which recognizes the country's top graduating players. Eric is originally from Skaneateles, New York, a perennial national power under future Hall of Fame and Iroquois National Team Coach Ron Doctor. Eric was an All-Central New York and Exceptional Senior game selection his senior year of high school. Eric has coached youth lacrosse for over 15 years in Syracuse, Boston, and the Triangle. Eric's coaching philosophy is to emphasize the importance of being a good teammate first and to develop each kid's confidence in themselves. Eric resides in Chapel Hill with his wife and three children.


     
  • Dan Nolan: 2026 Coach:
    bio coming soon

 

U11 Blue (2025)

  • Paul Kerner: 2025 Blue Coach
    Coach Kerner grew up and played his high school lacrosse in Elmont and Syosset, NY.  He played collegiately at Washington University and for the St. Louis Lacrosse club.  During his time in St. Louis, he assisted in the development of high school lacrosse, coaching in the St. Louis public schools program.  Since moving to Raleigh in 2008, Kerner has been a successful youth lacrosse coach volunteering his coaching assistance for the Raleigh Rage. “Doc” Kerner has a true passion for coaching kids and is currently enrolled in the US Lacrosse Coaching Certification program. Paul also served as an Orthopaedic Surgeon for the 2016 World Champion U19 USA  Men's Program. When he is not coaching, he’s a practicing orthopedic surgeon for Triangle Orthopaedic Associates.

     
  • Kevin Cooling: 2025 Coach
    Bio coming


     

2024

  • Jim Schwartz: 2024 Coach
    Jim grew up in New Jersey and was introduced to the goalie position while attending summer camps at Hobart, Rutgers and West Point.  Jim attended Boonton High School (NJ) graduating in 1985 and was named 2nd team all-state and NJ All Star game MVP. After attending West Point 1986, Jim transferred to  Ohio Wesleyan and played  from 1987 - 1989.  While there he earned 2nd team All American in 1988 and was voted team captain 1989. Jim still plays goalie in Vail, Lake Placid and other post-collegiate tournaments across the country. Jim  loves working with kids on teaching the fundamentals of lacrosse and how to play team lacrosse.  Jim is married to Laura Graham  and they live in Raleigh with their five children.

     
  • Joe Cooley: 2024 Coach
    Bio coming

     
  • T.C. Ryan: 2024 Coach
    Bio coming

     

2023

  • Sam Carpenter: Coach 2023
    Sam currently is the Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Duke University.  As a player Sam has played at all levels including High School, Collegiate, and professional levels.  His vast coaching experience expands over 25 yrs at the collegiate level with stints at Middlebury College, Princeton, Washington and Lee, University of Denver, and Cornell. Sam coached at the High School level for 5 years including the 2004 North Carolina state championship at East Chapel Hill HS and had over 100 wins as head coach. International Experience: Assistant Coach USA All-Stars 1991, Assistant Coach 2003 USA U-19 National Team, that won World Championship.  Sam has coached youth lacrosse in the Triangle area at many levels including the Durham Blues, TSL, and Cannons over the past 9 seasons. He is a resident of Durham and has a wife Jolene and two sons C.J. and Tyler.  CJ is a sophomore attackman at Duke University.

     
  • Clint Harris: 2023 Coach
    Bio coming


     
  • Chip Mayer: 2023 Coach
    Chip attended Ward Melville High School on Long Island, where he graduated in 1986 after earning High School All-American honors. He moved on to play at the University of North Carolina, where he graduated in 1990 and named to the All-American and All-ACC teams. He then served as an assistant coach at UNC from 1991-1994.  In 1994 he Co-founded the Great Atlantic Lacrosse Company in Chapel Hill, NC.  He got back into coaching in 1996 when Chip became the head coach at Chapel Hill High School where he coached the Tigers to the North Carolina public school state championship in 1997. In 1998 he accepted a job as Southeast Sales Representative for Brine Sports Inc. He now manages the Lower atlantic in his current position with Warrior and Brine Sports. Chip was one of the founders of the Triangle Area Lacrosse League (TALL) in 1998, and served as the executive director for two years. He is Co-founder and Director of Rival Lacrosse which has established Youth programs Triangle wide. He is now the Director of Carolina Cannons Travel-Select program and coaches the 2018 Cannons team.  He is married  to his wife Kerry and has three girls: Abigail, Elisabeth and Grace.

     

2022

  • Chad Watson: 2022 Coach
    Chad grew up outside of Philadelphia, PA where he attended the Perkiomen School and played lacrosse for his father Reid. He played 3 sports in HS, Football, Wrestling and Lacrosse.  Chad lead his High School team to the PA North Eastern League Championship as midfielder and holds the distinction of scoring at least one goal in 52 consecutive games over a three–year period. He was a three year All–League and two year All–State selection. In 1997 Chad was inducted into Perkiomen’s Athletic Ring of Honor along with his father.

    Chad attended the University of North Carolina and was a member of the 1986 National Championship team and the 1989 ACC Championship squad. After graduating in 1989, Chad went to work with Sports Endeavors Inc. in Durham. After serving in many roles at SEI, in 1994 Chad went on to cement his own legacy in the Sporting goods industry as Founder and President of the Great Atlantic Lacrosse Company/LACROSSE.COM. He served on the NC–Chapter of US Lacrosse from 1997 – 2001. Chad currently serves on the US Lacrosse Industry council, and is an advisory Board Member for Major League Lacrosse. 

    In his spare time Chad is the Director of Atlantic Coast Lacrosse Events. Chad is the youngest of 5 and his mother Margery won a Bronze Medal in the 1984 Olympic Games as a Field Hockey Coach.   She is also a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Chad is married to Kathryn and has three children Tanner, McCabe and Wade.  Tanner is a current member the ACC Champion Field Hockey Team at UNC. 


     
  • Don Greeley: 2022 Coach
    Don enters his eighth season with the Fusion Program.  Don started his playing career at Needham High School in Massachusetts.  As a defensemen Don helped Needham HS win the State Championship in 1973 as a sophomore and was Captain his senior year.   He played his collegiate career at Brown University under legendary coach Cliff Stevenson and then assistant coach Dom Starsia.  After graduation, Don was a Graduate Assistant Coach while doing his graduate work in Environmental Engineering.   In 1982 Don became the Assistant Head Coach along with new Head Coach Tony Cullen at Duke.  At 23 years old apiece, Don and Tony were the youngest coaching pair in Division I.  During his tenure at Duke (1982-1990) Don helped rebuild the Duke program from the brink of elimination as a sport at Duke to national prominence as a perennial Top 10 program.  Don has coached numerous All-Americans and North-South participants.  Don has coached at all levels of lacrosse and is currently coaching the Cannons 2022 team.

     
  • John Nicholas: 2022 Coach
    Bio coming soon

     

 

2021

  • Ed Raymond: 2021 Coach
    Ed has been part of the Fusion Lacrosse coaching staff for over twelve years going back to the days of the Triangle Area Lacrosse League (TALL).  He has coached and taught at all levels of the Fusion Lacrosse program including  the Durham Blues middle school team for Rival Lacrosse and the high school elite teams for Triangle Select Lacrosse/Carolina Cannons.  Ed also started the St. Thomas More Middle School lacrosse club in 2007.  He is also a yearly selection to coach at the Nike Blue Chip Invitational Camp in Charlotte. Ed has a passion for teaching the game and providing a solid foundation for all players to build upon. 

    He is originally from Long Island where he was a two year HS Catholic League All-Conference player. Ed played his college years in the early 1980s while at Adelphi University. He has had all three of his boys play through the Fusion Lacrosse program.  He is a practicing chiropractor in Durham specializing in sports injuries and continues to play masters lacrosse.
     
  • Darren Geraci: Director of Operations Team 91 Carolina Cannons
     
  • Mike Warnes: 2021 Coach
    Mike Warnes, a 1990 Ohio Weslyan U. alumni, was an Assistant Coach at Duke U. during two different stints. He was a 3-time All-America defenseman in men’s lacrosse. A cornerstone of rugged defensive teams that advanced to NCAA Division III championship game in 3 straight seasons, he was a 4-time first-team All-Midwest Lacrosse Association and All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection. His freshman year, he helped the team to a 14-3 record and the first of 3 straight title game appearances. The Bishop defense allowed 89 goals that season, the lowest figure since 1972. He added second-team All-America honors as a sophomore as the Bishops went 15-2, allowed only 90 goals all season, and hosted the Division III championship game. He was an honorable mention All-America pick as a junior as the team posted a 13-4 record. He jumped to first-team All-America as a senior and was picked to compete in the North-South all-star game. He was credited with 4 assists on the season, setting a Bishop mark for assists by a defenseman.

2020

  • Dan Levy: 2020 Coach
    A 1993 graduate and lacrosse alum from the University of North Carolina where he was a National Champion in 1991.  Dan also received his MBA from Georgetown University in 1998.  While at Georgetown, Dan was an assistant coach for the Hoyas in 1997 & 1998 when they made their first NCAA appearances in school history.  Dan was an original Board Member with Triangle Area Lacrosse League and he has coached in the Rival system for 7 years.   He also has coached the U-11 Cannons for three years and will coach the U-11 team again in 2014.  He and his wife Jenny, Head Coach of the Carolina Women's Lacrosse team, and their children, Ryan, Alec, and Kate, live in Chapel Hill, NC.

     
  • Brad Wheeler: 2020 Coach
    Bio coming 

2019

  • Will Scroggs: 2019 Coach
    Will is in his fourth year as Coach in the Cannons' program.  Will is a former Cannon player and four-time letter winner and ACC Champion North Carolina Tar Heels. He saw significant increase in playing time in 2012 and ran in a rotation of four players at the short-stick defensive midfield position in 2013. Will is a Veteran Leader in the Carolina Leadership Academy.

     
  • Tony Delucia: 2019 Coach
    Tony is a 1994 graduate ad lacrosse alumni from UMass and has been in the NC area since 2001.  He played his high school lacrosse on Long Island, NY for the national powerhouse Ward Melville Patriots, where he was a two year starter, two time 1st Team All-League and All-County selection and selected captain his senior year.  While at Ward Melville, they won 3 County, 3 Long Island, 3 Down State and 2 State Championships. Tony has over 20 years coaching experience at the high school and youth level and has coached in the Rival system for the last 6 years.  He is currently an Executive Director at a local financial services firm where he oversees sales and marketing.  Tony resides in the Wake Forest area with his wife Emily, two sons Anthony and Noah and daughter Ava.