Team Turnpike Elite Coaches

Kerry C. Weigner-
Currently an Assistant Varsity Coach at Immaculata High School. Coach Weigner is entering his 19th year in coaching lacrosse, 9 of which have been as a Head Coach. As an Assistant Varsity Coach at Immaculata they won the 2007 Co-Waterman Division Championship and 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014 Non-Public B State Championship.  2009 and 2011 Immaculata HS made it to the Tournament of Champions Semi-Finals losing to the eventual champion Summit after beating Ridgewood in the Quarter-Finals. While the Head Coach at WWP-South Coach Weigner was named Coach of the Year by The Trentonian and The Trenton Times as well as Coach of the Year voted by the coaches of the Bianchi Division in the NJILCA, Head Coach for the 2004 Gil Gibbs All Star Game South Team, recipient of the 2005 Len Roland Sportsmanship Award presented by the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials Association, and 2005 Colonial Valley Conference Champions.  Coach Weigner has been selected to coach the 2014, 2015, and 2016 New Jersey teams at the Under Armour All-American Underclassman Games.  Team New Jersey is comprised of the best players from the state of New Jersey which play against the other nine lacrosse hot bed regions across the country!  The lacrosse teams Coach Weigner has coached have made the State Playoffs the last 15 straight years.  Coach Weigner has also coached Football and Basketball. Kerry is a Sports and Entertainment Marketing teacher at East Brunswick High School.

Jason Carter-
Currently the Assistant Coach and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Princeton High School. Coach Carter attended Princeton High School from ’92-’96 where he captained in football, basketball, and lacrosse. In football he earned first team all conference honors as a junior and senior. In lacrosse, he earned 2nd All-State honors as a senior and participated in the Gil Gibbs all-star game. Coach Carter attended Rowan University from ’96-’02 playing both football (’96-’97) and soccer (’99-’00). While playing in both soccer and football during his time at Rowan Jason participated in two Div III National Championships. Coach Carter is the recipient of the 2008 Assistant Coach of the Year of the Pitt Division. Princeton High School has made the New Jersey State Playoffs 5 out of the 6 years Coach Carter has been there as well as coaching a team that tied a school record 17 victories for a season. Princeton High was Co-CVC Champions in 2008. Jason is a Health, Physical Education, and Driver’s Education at Princeton High School.

Clifford Higgins-
Currently Head Varsity Coach at South Brunswick High School.  Former Assistant Varsity Coach at Princeton Day School, Coach Higgins has been actively involved in the sport of lacrosse since he was in third grade. He is the former director of the Montgomery Youth Lacrosse Club and is also an active South Jersey US Lacrosse Chapter board member. Coach Higgins has served as a head coach at every grade level for youth lacrosse. In addition, he has coached for various local summer travel teams, camps, and clinics. This is his ninth year as a coach for Team Turnpike ELITE Lacrosse.

Timothy McGeeny-
Tim was a All-Metro, All-American and North/South participant at North County High School outside of Baltimore, Md. He was a 4-Year starter at Loyola College and was a 3-time All-American, 2-time team captain and 2-time team MVP. Also, he as voted top male student athlete his senior year, participated in the North/South game and was a member of the Dean’s List at the Sellinger School of Business. After college he played for the then Baltimore Bayhawks in the inaugural two years of the MLL. From a coaching perspective, he has experience at all levels. He was the volunteer goalie coach and defensive co-coordinator at Rutgers University from 2001-2002. He held the same positions at the McDonogh School in Baltimore from 2003-2004. He then moved to be an assistant coach with the former New Jersey Pride of the MLL. He has also held various volunteer coaching positions at the youth level in Hopewell and Trenton for both boys and girls. He also works with all position players on an individual basis and consults on the college recruiting process. Tim has vast connections with college coaches.

Peter Stanton-
Playing Career 
* Hunterdon Central High School 1984
* Stevens Institute of Technology 1986-1988   
* 2 Time All Knickerbocker Conference Midfielder 
* Stevens Institute of Technology Team MVP 1987

 

Coaching Career
* Head Coach PHS 1996-Present
* NJILCA Coach of the Year 2000
* Bianchi Division Coach of the Year 1998-2001
* Trenton Times Coach of the Year, 1998, 2000, 
* Trentonian Coach of the Year 2003, 2006
* Pitt Division Coach of the Year 2006
* Len Roland Sportsmanship Award 2000, 2002
* Coach, US Lacrosse National High School East West Game 2001


Don Femminella-
Currently the Head Coach at Red Bank Regional HS. Don was a two sport All-Conference standout at Massapequa High School in football and lacrosse. After high school he went on to play at division 1 Manhattan College, where he was a four year starter, 2-time captain and ALL-MAAC Midfielder from 2002-2003. During his 2002 season at Manhattan, he lead his team to a undefeated season in conference, only to fall to Georgetown in the NCAA tournament, losing 12-7. After graduation he served as assistant coach for 3 years at Manhattan. He also spent two years playing Pro with the MLL Chicago Machine. He still actively plays in many summer tournaments such as War at the shore, Vail and Lake placid. He also plays with TROG lacrosse.

Peter Higgins-
Playing Career 
*Ward Melville High School 1981
*Suffolk Community College Captain 1983
*Guilford College 1985
*Suffolk Lacrosse Club

Coaching Career
* Stony Brook University assistant 1987
* Smithtown West High School assistant 1993-1994 
* Southampton College assistant 1996-1997 ECAC Champions
* Princeton Day School Head coach Varsity 1998 to 2008 Coach of the Year 1999
* Princeton Day School Head Middle School coach current


Frank Marrapodi-
Frank has recently stepped away from coaching high school lacrosse to focus on building up the Montgomery Youth Lacrosse program.  After working as assistant Varsity Lacrosse coach at Princeton Day School for 5 years and helping that program to a winning record every year, Frank then moved on to assist the varsity program at Montgomery High School.  While at Montgomery the school became a prominent lacrosse power including winning the Group III state championship in 2007.  Frank was named assistant coach of the year in the Bianchi division that year.  In Frank’s 5 years at Montgomery the team won 4 Somerset County championships and went to the state championship three times.  As a player Frank played at Elmont HS in long island where he achieved all County and All American honors as well as team captain.  In College Frank started every game he played at Roanoke College where the team won 3 ODAC championships and he played in the 1988 North South college all star game.

Tim Sullivan-
Former Head Coach and founder of the Hopewell Valley and Montgomery High School lacrosse programs.  Tim won both a State and Somerset County Championships while at Montgomery High School.

Bryan Rice-
Currently Assistant Coach at Notre Dame High School.  Bryan was a standout lacrosse player at the Peddie School and in college at Franklin & Marshall

Christopher Hoffman-

Chris Hoffmann attended Cazenovia High School in Central New York where he excelled in Football, Basketball, and Lacrosse. After receiving All-State honors in Football, All League Honors in Basketball, and All CNY honors in Lacrosse, Chris accepted a Division I scholarship to play Lacrosse at Rutgers University.  During his time on the Banks, he was a key member of a Top 10 nationally ranked defense, captain his senior year, and earned a BS in Sport Management. Additionally, Chris is a History teacher and also a football coach and Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Pope John XXIII HS in Sparta, NJ.

Joseph Flynn-
Currently the Defensive coordinator at Immaculata High School.  Joe was a standout football and lacrosse player at Immaculata.  Joe went onto be an exceptional player at Scranton University.

Ralph D’Agostino-

Ralph is a former Turnpiker who helped lead the United States U-19 National Team to the gold medal at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Turku, Finland ... Tallied three points (two goals, one assists).  In High School Ralph was rated the 52nd overall prospect and the 16th-best defenseman in the Class of 2011 by Inside Lacrosse … Led the Immaculata Spartans to a 19-2 record as a senior and the NJSIAA Non-Public B Championship … The Spartans were 60-20 in D’Agostino’s four seasons ... Scored 25 goals, 11 assists, and collected 217 ground balls as a senior … Finished his high school career with 66 goals, 43 assists, and 587 ground balls … Named the 2011 Courier News and Star-Ledger Player of the Year … Competed in the 2011 Champion All-American Showcase and the 2011 New Jersey All-Star Game ... Two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American … Three-time all-state, all-conference and all-division performer … 2008 Courier News Rookie of the Year … Two-time captain and team MVP … Also played football and wrestled … Received football all-area honors as a cornerback and running back.  During his Freshman season at Syracuse University Ralph played in 13 games ... Member of an Orange defense that ranked eighth nationally in caused turnovers per game (8.59) … Also went 9-for-18 (.500) at the faceoff X … Had 17 ground balls, including a career-best four at Cornell and at Hobart … Against Providence, he won the first two faceoff attempts of his career … Recorded a personal-best three faceoff wins against Rutgers at the ESPNU Warrior Classic … Attempted a season-high five draws at Notre Dame.

Taylor Vanderbeek-
Taylor is a former Turnpiker now playing Division 1 lacrosse at Hobart College. He was ECAC All-Rookie Team ... Abe Solomon Memorial Award ... Rookie Award for Lacrosse ... Played in all 13 games, starting 11 ... Ranked third on the team in goals (22) ... Highest scoring true first-year midfielder in the nation ... First Hobart middie to produce at least 20 goals in a season since 2009 ... Only Division I Statesman to score 20 goals as a first-year ... Recorded at least one point in his first 11 games ... ECAC Rookie of the Week following a 3-goal, 1-assist performance against Air Force ... Recorded a season-high four goals against Bucknell ... Registered a season-high five points (4-1) at Bellarmine. In High School at Immaculata Taylor was a Four-year varsity letterman ... Played midfielder ... Recorded 143 career goals and 62 career assists ... Garnered All-America, all-state, and all-conference honors...Led Immaculata to 3 State Championships and twice leading his team to the TOC Semi-Finals

 

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