3d Lacrosse Names Phil McCarthy New Director of 3d Colorado; Mike Ryder to Lead 3d Florida Expansion
DENVER — 3d Lacrosse has named longtime lacrosse coach and industry pioneer Phil McCarthy the new Director of 3d Colorado.
McCarthy, a native of New York’s Capital Region, moved to Denver in the mid-1990s and has ever since helped drive the game’s expansion on a variety of fronts. He will immediately begin overseeing all aspects of the daily operations of the 3d Colorado division.
3d Colorado currently offers 3d Lacrosse’s full range of training and development opportunities, including Select travel teams, box lacrosse training, regional showcases, box lacrosse leagues and more, serving Denver and the surrounding area.
“I’m excited to join the 3d Lacrosse family and to bring my passion for the game and for helping young people develop as not just lacrosse players but as student-athletes and individuals,” said McCarthy.
“Lacrosse is a special game that allows you to make a life-long impact on the players you coach.”
Hailing from Shenendehowa, N.Y., McCarthy founded Breakaway Sports in 1996 after moving to Colorado. Specializing in lacrosse gear and custom team apparel, Breakaway Sports operated retail locations, including stores in the Denver area, Washington, New York and Georgia, before eventually being acquired in 2016.
Since his arrival in Colorado, McCarthy has been instrumental in the game’s growth at the youth and scholastic level, serving as both a boys and girls coach. He is a longtime coach with the Denver Lacrosse Club and helped the organization launch its Mighty Mite program, which introduces lacrosse to girls fourth grade and younger.
Along the way, he has helped mentor and groom some of the best players to come out of Colorado, particularly on the boys side.
“I’ve had the privilege of coaching many of the most successful players to come out of Colorado and that’s made me want to keep trying to mentor and teach more players and help them stay involved in the game,” McCarthy said.
Well familiar with many of his new 3d Lacrosse colleagues, McCarthy even coached some of them in the past, including 3d Methodology Director Logan Bobzien, who played for him as a member of the Littleton Panthers. McCarthy has also coached the likes of former college standouts Eric Law, Wilkins Dismuke and Jack Bobzien, to name a few.
“I’ve coached players and then coached their brothers after that and I’ve been doing this for more than 25 years now,” McCarthy said.
“The whole time, I’ve always made coaching as much about the approach as I’ve made it about skill. I have found that in order to help athletes find long-term success, they have to believe that they can always improve their skill, knowledge of the game and ability to compete. Learning ‘how’ to compete is about approach, and I have always committed to coaching with an approach that transcends the game.”
McCarthy is an alumnus of Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., where he was a member of three Division III national championship-winning lacrosse squads and was a captain of the men’s hockey team.
He went on to receive a Master of Business Administration degree from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., where he served as a graduate assistant coach for the Golden Knights men’s lacrosse team. The following year he taught and coached both lacrosse and hockey at the Berkshire School before heading west.
McCarthy continues to compete with the Eldest Statesmen, a Hobart alumni team that takes the field at adult tournaments throughout the year.
“This is big win for everyone involved, especially the families and student-athletes here in Denver as Phil will no doubt help us raise the bar,” said 3d Lacrosse CEO Greg Waldbaum.
“Phil brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and professionalism to our home office and we expect him to make a major impact on all of our programming in Colorado. He’s respected and connected nationwide and we’re excited to welcome him aboard.”
The addition of McCarthy to the staff in Colorado will allow for what 3d Lacrosse leadership sees a natural expansion into the Southeast as 3d Lacrosse has named previous 3d Colorado Director Mike Ryder the new Director of 3d Florida, which will begin operations in the Fall of 2018.
Ryder, who has previously lived and coached in Florida at the University of Tampa and at IMG Academy, will remain 3d Lacrosse’s National Camps Director and will return to the Tampa Bay area. There, he will continue his lead role in the successful STX Rising Showcase Series and other nationwide recruiting endeavors.
“By moving Mike Ryder to Florida, where he is well connected to coaches and players, 3d Lacrosse will be able to grow its presence and bring new opportunities to a region that has an increasing appetite for lacrosse training and the chance to compete at a high level,” Waldbaum said.
“It’s an exciting day when we can enhance the offerings in our home market and at the same time make progress on expanding the 3d Lacrosse family to a new region that is just beginning to embrace the game.”
For more information on 3d Colorado and opportunities for youth and scholastic-age lacrosse players in the Denver area, visit 3dLacrosse.com/training/find-your-market/colorado.
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, San Francisco and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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