Coaches

John Gallucci Sr. - Legendary coach at Montville High School for nearly 30 years, there is not much that “senior” hasn’t seen on the lacrosse field.  His experience includes a State Championship, and a frequent to the state’s top 10 list.  “Senior” started Ath-Ed Lacrosse in 1992, in order to give NJ athlete’s a chance to play in college.  When asked why he offered a product for such a little cost, he replies, “I’m very fortunate.  This game has been very good to me and my family.  I’ve had the opportunity to make lifelong friendships and coach some truly gifted athletes.  This is my way of giving back to the game.”

Dave Gallucci - Dave excelled as a player and a coach throughout his extensive lacrosse career.  Dave played attack at Montville High School where he was a three-time All-Conference, three-time All-Area, and All-State lacrosse player, as well as All-Conference Quarterback for the football team.  He set the Montville high school scoring record which he held for fourteen years.  After, he played Division 1 lacrosse at Drexel University for Chris Bates - Currently the head coach at Princeton.  Dave is currently the head varsity coach at Mount Olive High School.  He has earned two conference championships and been named Coach of the Year by his peers twice since starting the program in Mount Olive in 2005.  Dave has over 100 career wins as a head coach in NJ.

Joe Levine - Joe played his college lacrosse at the University of Miami.  In his thirty-second year of coaching lacrosse, Levine has experience at every level, including; boy’s youth, boy’s high school, boy’s high school club and the woman’s game in college.Coach Levine is in his tenth year with Jersey Thunder Lacrosse, a New Jersey Elite Class Club Program. The former Director of Thunder Youth Lacrosse, he is now an Elite Class High School Coach and the manager of all coaches, grades 3 through 12. In addition to coaching. During his time as Head Lacrosse Coach at DePaul Catholic High School, in New Jersey, Levine piloted his program to a 13-5 record in addition to a County Championship and a quarter final appearance in the New Jersey State Championship Tournament. Coach Levine was named 2015 Passaic County Coaches Association Coach of the Year, 2015 nj.com Curcio Division Coach of the Year, and North Jersey Sports 2015 Boys Coach of the Year. Having resigned his position at DePaul Catholic, Levine joins Becker Lacrosse as the Recruiting Coordinator in the fall of 2015.

Al Geissel - Alan was a member of the first ever Johnson Regional Lacrosse team in Clark, NJ. During that inaugural season, they were ranked in the top 5 in the state of NJ.  He was a four year all-league player at Montclair State and served as an all-purpose midfielder who faced off  and played both EMO and Man Down.  He was a captain his senior year and is still ranked in the top 20 players at Montclair State for goals and points scored in a career.  After his career at Montclair, he played six years of post-collegiate club lacrosse in the Central Atlantic Lacrosse League.  During that time he was a starting midfielder on a team that won a league championship and was also runner up.  During that span he was selected to the CALL all-star team.  He has been teaching physical education and health for 30+ years.  He coached 15 years of lacrosse at all levels for Boonton High School including Head Coaching a Gibbs Division Championship team. After moving jobs to teach in Wayne, he spent 4 years as the varsity assistant at Mt. Lakes High School where his teams won the Morris County Championship and played in the State semi-finals two times each.  He has also been a varsity basketball coach in both school districts including a trip to the Group II state finals. Since giving up high school coaching to spend more time with his family, he co-founded the Pequannock Junior Lacrosse Club where he has been an administrator and head coach at all grade levels for 11 years. He currently runs a lacrosse clinic for kindergarten through second grade boys and girls in Pequannock. He has twice presented at the United States Lacrosse Convention and has been coaching with Thunder since the summer of 2009.

Nick Esposito - Nick comes to Jersey Thunder after being a 4-year midfielder at Kean University in Union N.J. Prior to Kean he was an 2-year captain, All-State, All-Conference Midfielder at James Caldwell High School. Nick has been with coaching with Thunder since 2008 and currently serves as the assistant director. Nick is going into his 6th year as a varsity assistant at James Caldwell High School. He is heavily involved in the clinics and player development for Thunder and teaches Physical Education in Fairfield.  Nick is currently a coach and the Assistant Director for Thunder Lacrosse. 

Rory Murray - Rory is currently the Head Coach at East Brunswick High School. Before East Brunswick he was the offensive coordinator for Cententary College under Coach Klank. He has been with Thunder since 2008 and specializes in building offensive talent. Rory was an attackman for Seton Hall Prep class of 2003 and then was a starter at midfield for Centenary College

John Danzinger Josh played his high school lacrosse starting up the Bergen Tech program as a member of their third graduating class. After competing in the top collegiate level of in-line hockey for Penn State University, Josh returned to lacrosse helping to start up the Pequannock High School program as their first varsity coach where he has served in that capacity for 7 years amassing three division titles and earning conference coach of the year honors 3 out of the last 4 years.  In 2011, Josh was named Coach of the Year by Jersey Sports Now; a regional high school sports outlet that covers the teams from seven counties including Morris, Bergen, and Essex.  

John O'Hara - John was a 2 year starter at Montclair High School as a LSM and then continued his career as a captain at Villanova University. John currently coaches in the Montville Township Youth Program.

Kyle Huff -  Kyle was a 4-year starting midfielder for Kean University graduating in 2008. Kyle has been an assistant coach at James Caldwell High School since 2009 where he has a lot of success. Kyle is a Physical Education teacher at James Caldwell.

Pat Regan - Pat is currently the head Junior Varsity coach at Mount Olive High School. He has coached for the Mt. Olive Junior Lacrosse Club for numerous years, and served as the clubs Vice President.  


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