Clem D’Orazio, Lacrosse Director,
Everest Lacrosse Program
“The only thing more important than winning is learning!” –Doug Taylor
As the lacrosse director, Clem D’Orazio brings 20 years of lacrosse experience and over 10 years of coaching experience. “I have taken the best qualities of the many coaches I have interacted with over the years and combined it into a winning formula!” As a member of the Brock University lacrosse program, Clem has won 5 national championships as a player and 1 as a coach. In 2011, he was a part of the Markham Ironheads Junior B OLA coaching staff of the year. Clem was also named Head Coach and General Manager of the Ajax Rock Major Lacrosse Club for the 2012 season. He was the head coach of the 2012 – Midget Team Ontario, where the team captured the gold medal.
Clem’s coaching is also influenced through his experiences as a teacher. Clem holds a Master of Science in Education as well as a Bachelor of Physical Education degree allowing him to be both an athletic director and part of the teaching staff at Everest.
The Everest Academy lacrosse program has been setup to develop youth into young adults covering the needs of both boys and girls. This development is based around the athlete’s individual needs. Through persistent and dynamic coaching techniques, students are motivated to succeed on and off the field. The program contributes to the student’s leadership skills and ability to live an active healthy lifestyle. Positivity and team building are two major pillars of this program. The Everest lacrosse program gives student-athletes the best platform to improve their individual skills and prepare them for NCAA or CIS opportunities.
Boys Elementary (3-6)
The Elementary program is based around fundamentals and the basic skills of lacrosse. Player’s focus will be directed to stick skills, understanding the basics of the game, and ultimately having fun. Everest is one of the only schools to introduce players to both field and box (indoor) lacrosse. The benefit of introducing both styles of lacrosse will help with a speedier development of the player’s individual skill.
Boys Elementary – Travel Team (7-8)
Everest Lacrosse program for grades 7 and 8 is the beginning of competition. We will focus on developing the player’s skills, but also applying them to game situations. Each year the program will participate in at least 1 tournament and several exhibition games to give athletes the level of competition they’re seeking. Our athletes will be taught how to carry themselves on and off the field. Player’s will be expected to represent the school with the upmost class when participating in game play.
Boys High School – Developmental Team (9-11)
This level of the high school program is designed to enhance each player’s individual skill set; during a season it is very difficult for club team coaches to focus solely on individual player’s skills. Each day will have a different focus which will include stick cradling skills, shooting skills, game situational drills and overall lacrosse sense teachings. It will be our goal as coaches to greatly improve each player’s individual skills, strengthen their foundation and make them better lacrosse players. Players will be given the opportunity to compete in at least 1-3 tournaments and several exhibition games. Any players that show premier skill sets or excelled learning at this level will be given the opportunity to compete with the Everest’s Elite Lacrosse program.
Boys High School – Elite Team (12-PG)
The Elite team program will create a competitive environment for all athletes, as players will be travelling to several tournaments across Canada and the United States. The team is already defending Champions of the 2nd Annual Wild Turkey Shoot held in Danville, Kentucky. With ongoing success of the program, players will be exposed to several NCAA coaches and scouts. The goal of the program is to assist with the promotion and decision making of the athletes for post-secondary schooling.
Girls Travel Teams
Coached by Ashley Rutz, the Girls travel teams (click Here for details), now in their second year, participate extensively in tournaments across North America. Both a U18 and a U16 team will gain the opportunity to visit exciting sports venues as part of their development as female lacrosse players. They practice and compete regularly and have a chance to participate in the overall Everest strength and conditioning program as part of their curriculum.
Unique Advantages of Everest Lacrosse
Players may be given an opportunity to practice at Brock University (CUFLA) and NCAA schools and work with their coaches. Players will be given a chance to learn box (indoor) lacrosse as well as field (outdoor). At Everest, our goal is develop the ‘hybrid’ style of player that can compete in the NCAA and NLL.
The Everest Lacrosse program is ranked #15 in Eastern Canada and #2 amongst independent schools after only its first year of operation. (see www.laxpower.com).
Clem D’Orazio – Head Coach, Director – Lacrosse Program
As the lacrosse director, Clem D’Orazio brings over 20 years of lacrosse experience and over 10 years of coaching experience. “I have taken the best qualities of the many coaches I have interacted with over the years and combined it into a winning formula!”
Clem is a highly respected lacrosse coach with the Brampton Excelsiors Major Lacrosse Club, Newmarket Saints Jr. B Lacrosse Club and the 2013 – U19 Team Ontario Lacrosse Club. He was the head coach of the 2012 – Midget Team Ontario, where the team captured the gold medal. Clem was also the assistant coach with the Brock University Men’s Field team from 2009-2011, where the team won one national championship and two finalists. In 2011, he was a part of the Markham Ironheads Junior B OLA coaching staff of the year.
As a member of the Brock University lacrosse program 2003-2008, Clem won 5 national championships as a player. He also played Sr. A for the Ajax-Pickering Rock and Sr. B with the Brooklin Merchants, Clem graduated Brock University with a Bachelor in Physical Education and a Master of Science in Education from Medaille College. Clem’s teaching is based around a program that will give the student-athlete the best opportunity to learn the necessary skill to succeed in post-secondary schooling. Clem is an accredited OCT teacher.
Ashley Rutz – Head Coach – Female Lacrosse/Elementary Teacher
Ashley Rutz has over 19 years of playing experience in both male/female field and box lacrosse. She has played at every level: Provincial, National, NCAA Division 1, OUA and OWL. For the past 5 years, she has been an assistant coach to the under 19 Burlington Chiefs Women’s Lacrosse Team, wining OWL coaching staff of the year in 2010. “I like to coach because of my love and passion for the game”. Ashley has been named assistant coach to the 2012 Women’s Under 15 Team Ontario.
Her coaching philosophy is centered a round work ethic and heart. Ashley herself attended a private institution in Baltimore Maryland. “Enrolling in St. Timothy’s School was the best decision that myself and my parents could have ever made both athletically and most importantly academically. It was a huge stepping stone to help me achieve my goal of playing NCAA Division 1 lacrosse and making that academically possible”. Everest Academy offers the tools that are highly individuated with unparalleled athletic recourses, guidance and support. Ashley graduated from Wilfred Laurier University with Bachelor of Contemporary Studies degree. She is currently working on her Master of Science in Education at Niagara University.
Michael Bentivegna – Lacrosse Program
Michael Bentivegna has over 20 years of lacrosse experience and has been coaching for over 10 years. Michael started coaching at Notre Dame High School in Burlington Ontario where they qualified for OFSAA 5 out of 6 seasons; 2 of those ending in bronze medals. In the fall of 2012, Michael led the Mimico U19 Lacrosse Club to a Division II Championship in their first year in the league. Michael is now a coach with the Oakville Buzz Jr. B lacrosse team and an assistant coach with the U19 Team Ontario Lacrosse Club. This will be Michaels 3rd season with Everest Academy.
As a player Michael has won two Canadian national championships; a Founders Cup in 2006 with the Oakville Buzz and a Baggataway Cup with the Brock University Men’s Lacrosse Program in 2009. Michael graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and has just completed his Master of Science in Education from Niagara University.
Everest Academy Lacrosse 2012 – Elementary Prep Team Visits Indiana
“Everest Academy affords my son an opportunity to be engaged at a very competitive level and in what he loves doing most … Hockey and Lacrosse!”
Isabelle Loffredi, Everest Parent