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Coaching Staff

Henry Ling - Varsity Head Coach

Henry was first called upon to NZ Lacrosse duties when New Zealand was the host nation for the 2011 Asia Pacific Lacrosse Championship. He handled the duties at the face off X with aplomb and his dominant performances in the middle have seen him firmly cement a spot in Team New Zealand’s face off unit for the games in Denver this summer.

The College Rifles stand out is one of many young Kiwis on the national team who having learned the game as a youngster and seeking to grow their skills invested the time

and effort to travel to the States to play at a higher level. Henry made the trip over to play club ball in Portland with the lads from Rip City Riot LC.

Henry is a protege of Mt St Mary’s face off legend Jeremy Rualo Sr and works tirelessly to perfect his techniques in line with Coach Rualo’s teachings. He has great balance, excellent hand speed and a scientific approach to analyzing his wins and losses at the X which makes him a very intelligent face off player who gets stronger and better as the game goes on.

Matt Lai - Varsity Defensive Coordinator

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Matt started his lacrosse career with the University of Arizona in 2014. He was a two-way middie helping Arizona win their conference in 2015 and was honored with first team all-conference.

 

Matt transferred to Marquette to pursue Division 1 lacrosse where he was able to walk on to the program in 2017. During

that time, Marquette won the Big East championship beating a powerhouse Denver program. They earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament before falling short to Notre Dame in the second round.

 

Matt has been the defensive coordinator for Grant for the past 2 seasons, and focuses on building a defensive unit that will outwork and out communicate any team it faces.

Stephen Liggio - Goalie Coach

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Stephen Liggio is a Grant High School teacher. His experience in the classroom helps to drive the positive relationships he forms with his players. 

In 2002, he graduated high school having been 1st team all state and an All-American honorable mention. He then went to Sacred Heart University where he played division I lacrosse. 

His goal is to pass the successes he had onto the players so that they are able to meet their own goals on and off of the field.

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