Pride Lacrosse Philosophy
Philosophy focuses on teaching the game in a way that it is fun for the players. Practices are built around teaching and reinforcing fundamental skills and using small-sided drills aimed at getting players lots of reps and touches. Creativity is encouraged.Players will learn individual and team concepts that can be applied to any level of lacrosse they they might play, whether it be modified, junior varsity, varsity, or collegiate.
We want the kids to enjoy themselves and teammates while they learn the game and life lesson that will last a lifetime
Rob Cornetta - Pride Lacrosse Director / Coach (2023/2027)
Rob Cornetta comes to the Pride with over 20 years of lacrosse experience as a player and a coach. Most recently he served as the associate head coach for two years at Division II Pace University. Prior to that he spent 8 years as the assistant coach. In addition to coaching at Pace, he has worked with youth and high school programs around Westchester County, including Byram Hills and School of the Holy Child in Rye. Prior to joining the Pride, he served as a coach for the Long Island Outlaws and Patriot Elite (NJ) club organizations, as well as working multiple camps and clinics. He was a member of the Pace University men’s lacrosse team from 2003 - 2007.
Henry "Chip" Chapman - Head Coach (2024)
Henry “Chip” Chapman was first introduced to lacrosse at a small boarding school in Amenia, NY called Kildonan. There he worked hard to overcome his battle with Dyslexia. After two years, he transferred to Trinity Pawling High School where he got his first real taste of lacrosse and his skills began to blossom.
For his final high school years, Chip played at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains where he became team captain and was awarded Offensive Player of the Year as well as earned selection to the C.H.S.A.A. All-League 1st Team. Following high school, Chip continued his lacrosse career and education at Canisius College, a Division I school in the Metropolitan Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
After college, Chip gave back to the community by coaching in several youth leagues before he began coaching at his high school alma mater, Stepinac. During his first year, the team won the C.H.S.A.A. tournament, and made its way to the State Championship game. Following his successful year, Chip became the lacrosse coach at Division III College of Mount Saint Vincent in Bronx, NY for two seasons. Chip is now the Co-Head Coach at Scarsdale High Schools JV lacrosse team going into his fourth season with the Raiders.
Steve Palenscar - Head Coach (2025)
Stephen Palencsar has been the boys varsity lacrosse coach at Croton-Harmon High School for 9 years. He is also a special education teacher at Croton-Harmon. Additionally, he has coached with the Hudson Valley Spartans, Team 91, the Westchester Warriors, and is currently representing the Hudson Valley as a coach in the New York State regional tournament.
Stephen has coached lacrosse at all age levels and believes in providing a structured and fun learning environment for players to thrive in.
Ryan Gorup - Head Coach (2026)
Ryan has been an assistant coach at Fordham Preparatory School since 2008, where he also teaches. In addition, he has served as a volunteer assistant for Pace University's men's lacrosse team for the past few seasons. As a player, Ryan suited up for Fordham Preparatory School, where he served as captain his senior year. He went on to play club lacrosse at Fordham University, where he earned his bachelor's degree, and NCAA lacrosse at Pace University, where he earned his master's.
CJ Fleming - Head Coach (2027)
Coach CJ has been passionate about lacrosse and fitness his entire life. Traveling around the world; well versed in experience, knowledge and has adopted many modalities and techniques. Prior to Pride Lacrosse, Coach CJ has worked with many programs and high schools in the area. Most noticeably Superstar lacrosse (former box director), 91 tristate, Top side Lacrosse, Rhino Lacrosse and many more. Also working with local high school teams such as Ridgefield, Wilton and Barlow. Currently playing professional lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League, Coach Fleming has played throughout Canada in Senior A & B leagues learning from the best.
Coach CJ graduated from Mercy College (Division 2) with a bachelors in Exercise Science. Coach Fleming began as a High School strength and conditioning coach (The Masters School). Continually improving and coaching several teams (Currently North Salem High School), CJ has brought his passions together in one full, circle. Founding Silverbak Development, his own fitness company which is a hybrid training system that utilizes several modalities to optimize the clients performance and mobility; Strongly based for athletes, collegiate bound and a majority of laxers.... but the weekend warrior and fitness junkie have benefited too. Extremely excited to work with the Pride Lacrosse and their athletes, he hopes to convey his passion for the sport to the athletes and help them grow!
Craig Napolitano - Pride Lacrosse Administrator/Assistant Coach (2026)
Craig is an accomplished player who played at Scarsdale HS and then at the University of Rhode Island. Craig still plays in the local adult leagues. He has been coaching youth lacrosse teams and leading youth clinics in Westchester for many years. He has trained many of our local coaches and even trained parents who wanted to learn the game.