3d Lacrosse Announces Formation of 3d Great Lakes; St. Francis Coach Mike Burke Named Manager
BUFFALO — 3d Lacrosse, the nation’s leading provider of lacrosse training and player development services, has announced the formation of 3d Great Lakes, a Buffalo-based division to serve Western New York and the Great Lakes Region.
3d Great Lakes will offer 3d Lacrosse’s full lineup of Select teams, hybrid and small-sided training, workshops, camps and clinics and other player development opportunities.
Mike Burke, a longtime lacrosse coach from Buffalo, has been named Manager of 3d Great Lakes and will oversee all aspects of the region’s teams and coaching.
“I’m certainly thrilled for the chance to help bring high level lacrosse training to Western New York and other areas of the Great Lakes Region,” said Burke, the varsity lacrosse coach at St. Francis High School in Hamburg, just outside of Buffalo.
“The Buffalo Niagara Region is the home to a lot of the game’s best players, but nearby areas like Canada and even Michigan and Ohio have players looking for these opportunities and there is a lot of potential to have a positive impact.”
3d Great Lakes will begin in the fall of 2017 with four teams, fielding squads for players in the graduating classes of 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.
The first 3d Great Lakes tryouts are scheduled for August 12 and will be held at St. Francis. A second round of the tryouts will be held the following day at St. Francis.
“We have an existing culture of box and field lacrosse here and it’s a natural fit to become a part of 3d Lacrosse and the national network of offerings and training,” Burke said.
“It can be a huge boon to players in this region and to the overall quality of lacrosse here. I’m excited to join a group of energetic coaches who want teach the game the right way. I also know 3d Great Lakes will help get more players from our area in front of college coaches.”
Burke, a Canisius College alumnus, was the head coach at Bishop Timon-St. Jude, a private high school in Buffalo, from 2003 to 2015. During that span, he built the Tigers into a national powerhouse and won seven Monsignor Martin Championships – the private league crown in Buffalo and New York’s Section VI.
“Mike is an outstanding coach who fits into the teaching culture of 3d Lacrosse and he will be a great representative for us in Western New York,” said Dave Dobbins, 3d Director of the Rochester-based 3d Upstate division.
“Mike cares deeply about the game and he wants to help bring opportunities to more student-athletes in the region. He’s been able to help a lot of good players become great players and we think he’s going to be an excellent leader for us as he puts together teams of players who want to learn and improve their skills.”
In 2016, Burke was named head coach at St. Francis, his alma mater and an area powerhouse in athletics. A native of Buffalo, Burke is a 2001 graduate of SUNY Cortland, where he majored in economics. He went on to attend Canisius College, where while pursuing his master’s degree in Sports Administration he played Division I lacrosse for one season.
Burke works in the banking industry in Buffalo and lives in the area with his wife and two daughters.
“We’re excited to welcome Mike to the 3d Family and to bring our offerings to a region that is already rich in lacrosse tradition,” said 3d Lacrosse CEO Greg Waldbaum.
“We believe we can bring a lot to the region from a teaching perspective and provide development and exposure opportunities to players from Western New York, but also Canadian and Iroquois student-athletes from the Great Lakes region. Mike is well connected and respected and we’re going to put him in a position to create opportunities for his players and families and empower him to make a positive impact on the level of play in the region.”
To learn more about the initial 3d Great Lakes tryouts, visit https://3dlacrosse.com/signup/3d-great-lakes-fall-2017summer-2018-tryouts. More information about 3d Great Lakes and other 3d Lacrosse regions can found at 3dLacrosse.com.
About 3d Lacrosse
3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego and San Francisco. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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