APPRENTICE ATHLETICS INTEGRATES
WITH THE EVERGREEN LACROSSE CLUB

Apprentice Athletics and the Evergreen Lacrosse Club Join Forces to Grow Lacrosse in Northern Virginia


LEESBURG, VA – August 18th, 2016 – Apprentice Athletics, a lacrosse club based out of Sterling, Virginia and founded by Major League Lacrosse (MLL) player Matt Casey, have agreed to join forces and integrate their program, including both players and coaches, with the Evergreen Lacrosse Club of Leesburg, Virginia.

Both clubs share the same vision of using the sport of lacrosse to develop their members to be the best student-athletes they can be while providing them with the skills necessary to contribute and lead in today's society.  This unique approach brought the leadership of both clubs together and ultimately led to the merger.

Ricky Reyes, the Technical Director of the Evergreen Lacrosse Club stated “By merging with Apprentice, who shares our vision, it helps accelerate the achievement of Evergreen Lacrosse’s mission – to develop the overall individual and preparing them for life through the sport of lacrosse. There are too many clubs out there that focus solely on bringing in the top players to win when the focus should be on the development of the players both on and off the field.”

Brad Piver, Apprentice’s Director of Operations, added “’We’re excited – two well established clubs are merging to provide the best developmental lacrosse club in Northern Virginia not only for those being recruited to play at the college level but for players of all ages and skill levels. We put development of our players and the advancement of their lacrosse IQ as our primary objectives so that our student-athletes can accelerate their development after each season. This is something that has been missing and now, with the integration of Apprentice Athletics with the Evergreen Lacrosse Club, we have it.“

As a part of the integration, all of the coaches at Apprentice Athletics, including Matt Casey, will join the experienced coaching staff of the Evergreen Lacrosse Club. Coach Casey has had a storied playing career that include being recognized as 1st Team All-American at Ithaca College and a career in the MLL where he has played for LA Riptide, Boston Cannons, Chesapeake Bayhawks, and the Ohio Machine.

Coach Casey has built up trusted relationships with a large network of college coaches through his high school and club coaching experiences which will benefit the newly integrated Evergreen Lacrosse Club players. He currently coaches at Lake Highland Prep in Florida, one of the most prestigious high school programs in the nation.  In addition, Coach Casey will be the head coach of the Apprentice National Teams which will pull players exclusively from the Evergreen Lacrosse Club, Apprentice Florida, and his players from Lake Highland Prep.

Coach Casey will be the Senior Technical Advisor for the Evergreen Lacrosse Club while Brad Piver, Apprentice's Director of Operations, will also take on a leadership role within the Evergreen Lacrosse Club.

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The Evergreen Lacrosse Club is based out of the Evergreen Sportsplex which is a 44 acre facility that features four (4) all-weather, fully lit FIFA certified turf fields which the club uses for training, home games and hosting tournaments.  The club has offices on site that feature multi-media classrooms and strength and performance training areas that are used by all of the boys and girls teams to compliment the on field sport specific instruction.

The Evergreen Lacrosse Club will be hosting its travel team tryouts on Sunday, August 21st and Sunday, August 28th at the Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, Virginia. Go to www.EvergreenLacrosse.com/travel to register.