Clem D’Orazio, Lacrosse Director,
Everest Lacrosse Program
“The only thing more important than winning is learning!” – Doug Taylor
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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 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 which address both Boys and Girls Lacrosse. The Everest Lacrosse Program gives student-athletes the best platform to improve their individual skills and prepare them for NCAA or CIS opportunities. Through persistent and dynamic coaching techniques, students are motivated to succeed on and off the field. The program is based around the athlete’s individual needs as is the whole Everest Academy experience.
Elementary Developmental (grades 3-7) – Everest Academy offers Lacrosse starting in grade 3. The Developmental program is based around fundamentals and introducing the basic skills of Lacrosse. Young student-athletes focus will be directed to stick skills, understanding the basics of the game, and ultimately having fun. Everest uniquely introduces players to both Field and Box (indoor) Lacrosse — introducing both styles of Lacrosse helps with a speedier development of the player’s individual skill.
Elementary Elite – (grades 3-7) – Everest Elite Lacrosse for the younger grades is the beginning of competition. We focus on developing the player’s skills, but also applying them to game situations. Each year the program participates in at least 1 tournament and 1 exhibition game/event to give athletes the level of competition they are seeking. Everest student-athletes will be taught how to conduct themselves on and off the field and represent the school team with the utmost class when participating in competitive game play.
High School Developmental (grades 8-10) – The High School Lacrosse program is designed to enhance each player’s individual skill set as it is very difficult for a club team coach to focus solely on individual player’s skills during the competitive season. Each day will have a different Skills focus which will include stick cradling, shooting skills, dodging, game situational drills and overall lacrosse IQ. Our coaching goal is 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 tournaments and exhibition games throughout the school year.
Student-athletes that show excellent skill at this level will be given the opportunity to compete with the Everest Elite Lacrosse program (see below). Players will be given a chance to learn Box (indoor) Lacrosse as well as Field Lacrosse. Our goal is the unique development of the ‘Hybrid’ style of player than can compete in the NCAA, OLA Junior and ultimately NLL/MLL.
Everest student-athletes can use this Developmental program to approach Lacrosse as a secondary sport to help broaden their athletic skill for their primary sport (e.g. Hockey and Lacrosse teach complementary skill sets).
High School Elite (grades 9-PG) – This highest level of Lacrosse program promotes excellence and integrity in our student-athletes on and off the playing field. The program provides a competitive environment for all players, and includes travelling to several showcase tournaments across Canada and the United States. Players are exposed to hundreds of NCAA/CUFLA coaches and recruiters through participating in events. The Coaching staff assist with the promotion and decision making of the student-athlete for post-secondary schooling.
Players may be given an opportunity to practice with CUFLA teams and/or NCAA schools and coaches. Players will be driven to perfect Box (indoor) Lacrosse as well as Field Lacrosse. Our goal is the unique development of the ‘Hybrid’ style of player than can compete in the NCAA, OLA Junior and ultimately NLL/MLL.
Girls Travel Teams
Coached by Ms. Ashley Rutz, the Girls travel teams (click Here for details) 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). Our goal is the unique development of the ‘Hybrid’ style of player than can compete in the NCAA, OLA Junior and ultimately NLL/MLL.
Everest student-athletes have gone on successfully to secure NCAA scholarships based on their academic and athletic prowess. The school program includes the necessary NCAA guidance counselling services as well as in-house training to write the S.A.T. exams, necessary to secure a scholarship opportunity. For more information about our graduates, please contact the school directly.
Clem D’Orazio – Head Coach, Director – Lacrosse Program
As the Lacrosse Director, Clem D’Orazio brings over 25 years of lacrosse experience and over 10 years of coaching experience to Everest Academy. Clem is a highly respected lacrosse coach with the Brampton Excelsiors Major Lacrosse Club, Newmarket Redbirds Minor Lacrosse Club and the U19 Team Ontario Lacrosse Club. Clem’s coaching background includes being the assistant coach with the Brock University Men’s Field team from 2009-2011, where the team won one national championship and was a finalist twice. In 2011, he was a part of the Markham Ironheads Junior B OLA coaching staff of the year. He was the head coach of the 2012 – Midget Team Ontario, where the team captured the gold medal. In 2013, he led the U19 Team Ontario men’s field team to a gold medal and followed up in 2014 with a silver medal. Also in 2014, Clem was the coach of the Newmarket Redbirds Bantam team where they won an Ontario Provincial ‘B’ Box Championship.
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. 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 giving the student-athlete the best opportunity to learn the necessary skill to succeed in post-secondary schooling. Clem is an accredited OCT teacher and a full-time member of Everest Academy staff.
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 23 years of lacrosse experience and has been coaching for over 12 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 the Head Coach and General Manager of the Oakville Buzz Jr. B lacrosse team, an assistant coach with the U19 Team Ontario Lacrosse Club which won a gold medal at the 2013 Canadian National U19 Championship and a silver medal at the 2014 Canadian National U19 Championship. Michael is also the Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Midget AAA hockey team. 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 a Master of Science in Education from Niagara University and is a middle-school teacher at Everest Academy.
Goalie Coach – John Folley is the Founder of Resistance Lacrosse focused on the improvement of defence and goalie technical skills in Canada. He was a NCAA All American Field Goalie at R.I.T. He was the U19 Canadian National Champion Coach and in 2014 Team Russia Defence and Goalie Coach. John Folley brings a wealth of field and box goaltending knowledge to the Everest Lacrosse program.
Guest Coach – Ethan O’Connor – Ethan played 4 years at Hobart College in Division 1 NCAA. Upon graduating, Ethan was a highly touted defensive prospect entering the 2013 NLL Draft, where he was the 9th overall pick by the Toronto Rock. Ethan has played 2 seasons in the NLL and currently plays for the Minnesota Swarm. Ethan will be helping out providing expert coaching and advice to our players throughout the school year.
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