"Coach Jay" has been playing, coaching and teaching lacrosse since 1989. After a short hiatus from the sport, he dove back in when his children became old enough to play. The experience of playing, coaching and being a father is a great combination to help new players learn the sport and experienced players take the next step. Jay's love for lacrosse is contagious -- and he is always willing to pick up a stick and play!
As a Licensed professional counselor, Jay's focus is also on teaching the psychology of sports. Understanding that great life lessons are learned by honoring the game, Jay works to instill self-confidence and self-esteem in all of the players he coaches.
North Allegheny Varsity Lacrosse, 1990 starting goalie, WPSLA champions
Pine Richland Youth, coach and coordinator
Vincentian Academy, assistant coach
Arrow Lacrosse, founding partner
Lightning Lacrosse, program director
North Pittsburgh Saints Youth director
Assistant Coach North Catholic High School Girls Lacrosse
Andy Bencsics is one of the most experienced lacrosse coaches in the Pittsburgh Area, having played and coached in the sport for over 30 years. Andy's experiences have taught him how to appreciate the traits of each player and team he coaches. This experience also provides an expertise of not only teaching advanced skills but incredible patience for new players just learning the sport.
It is with his incredible knowledge and respect for the game that have current and former players frequently calling on "Coach Andy" for advice and tips to lacrosse. His resume listed below speaks for itself and his great coaching skills.
1977-1981 Slippery Rock University, lacrosse player
1982-1989 Pittsburgh Lacrosse Club, player
1987 Allegheny Lacrosse League, all-star
1990-1997 North Allegheny High School Boys Lacrosse, head coach
1992 WPSLA Coach of the Year
1998 Duquesne University Mens Lacrosse club, head coach
2001-2014 Vincentian Academy Boys Lacrosse, head coach
2015-2018 North Pittsburgh Saints, head coach
2018-2019 Head Varsity Coach North Hills High School