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News & Updates
Coach Heisman Wins Milestone 400th Game in Playoff VictoryCongratulations to Coach Heisman on his 400th career victory as a head coach which he earned in Bishop Shanahan’s playoff win over Henderson HS. Heisman has led Shanahan to three straight Ches-Mont Titles.
2015 BBX Camp AnnouncementBoys Camps:2015
Collegeville – June 22-26
Kennett – June – 22-26
Avalon 1- June 29 – July 3
West Chester – July 6-10
Ocean City 1-July 6-10
Phoenixville- July 13-17
Stone Harbor- July 20-24
Limerick- July 20-24
Ocean City 2- July 27-31
Avalon 2- Aug. 10-14
Avalon 1- June 29 – July 3
Avalon 2- Aug. 10-14
Black Bear LC Fall Recruiting Night A SUCCESS!
Players and Parents from the Black Bear Lacrosse Club’s newly formed 2017 and 2018 Teams descended upon the Auditorium of Perkiomen Valley Middle School East on Saturday October 18th as a part of the first Annual Black Bear LC Fall Recruiting Night. The purpose of this event was simple, to help our players and parents get the education and information needed to understanding more about the college lacrosse recruiting process and what college coaches look for in student-athletes.
The Theme remained the same amongst all three college coaches speaking with an emphasis on Academics, a players Character, and a players Athletic Abilities. “We call this the Triangle for Recruiting” Coach Daniel Keating Said, “These are the three most important areas that we look at for in every recruit.” Each institution talked about the importance of academics and how they value players taking Honors and AP classes. Each also gave the average GPA and SAT scores they look for in a student-athlete indicating a student who is committed to his academic work is usually just as committed to his athletics.
Character was a BIG area of discussion from all three college coaches who said it is vitally important to their programs success. “We’ll take a decent player with excellent character qualities on and off the field over a player who is rated better but lacks those qualities”, Said Swarthmore Head Coach Patrick Gress,”we know a player who possesses great character will improve and be committed all 4 years.” Coach Keating mentioned from a player personality standpoint ‘no palms up’ talking about when players are at tournaments and events “someone is always watching you, don’t misbehave or exhibit a negative attitude because ultimately that does affect your recruiting process.”
Athletic Abilities, specifically a players overall skill set and commitment level, was the third area all three coaches mentioned and put a lot of emphasis on, especially Arcadia Head Coach Nick Taylor who was previously the Defensive Coordinator at Cabrini College. “I coached 12 All-Americans while at Cabrini,” Coach Taylor said, “and the one thing that was similar among all of them was their Commitment to their Athletics and Academics as well as their Commitment to developing their skill sets outside of practice on their own.” All three spoke how their best players were committed OUTSIDE of practice as well as during and in the classroom emphasizing the importance of committing yourself to become a better player, a better student, and turning your weaknesses into strengths as something they value at their respective institutions.
The players and parents in attendance found the information to be extremely valuable in helping them throughout the recruiting process. All Black Bear LC players got a hand out from each college coach to take home with them. “This was such a great educational experience for our players and parents” Coach Bryan Churchey Black Bear’s Recruiting Coordinator said, “this is just the first page of many for our players and parents when it comes to helping them get recruited but having these three coaches speak and connecting on similar points was excellent for our guys to hear, it’s really going to help them throughout the process and make better decisions as a result.” The Black Bear Lacrosse Club 2017 and 2018 Teams will be competing this Fall in the Lehigh King of the Mountain Showcase November 9th and the MVP Fall Exposure 2 November 16th, recruiting events these colleges coaches said they plan on attending.
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Heisman Named High School Honorable Mention Coach of The Year by PhillyLacrosse.comCongratulations to Coach Heisman who led the the Bishop Shanahan Eagles to a share of their first ever ChesMont League championship in 2013! In 2014 Shanahan won the ChesMont title outright and were District One Runner-Ups finishing 18-3.
Heisman Second Winningest Coach in PA History
Congratulations to Black Bear founder, Coach Heisman, who has won 384 games as a High School Head Coach ranking him number 2 all time for wins in Pennsylvania boys lacrosse history. On top of this achievement, Coach Heisman has also won state championships, multiple ChesMont league championships and has been named coach of the year multiple times.
Black Bear North and South
Black Bear created “Black Bear North” to allow convenient access to our outstanding program and coaching staff for athletes living a long distance from our primary practice facilities at West Chester University in Southern Chester County. Black Bear North, directed by Coach Churchey and Coach Wise, practices at Phoenixville High School, while Black Bear “South”, directed by Coach Heisman, will continue to practice at West Chester University. Black Bear’s HS teams practice at both Phoenixville and West Chester.
Why Choose Black Bear?
The answer is simple: mature, battle tested coaches that have a passion for teaching the game! WHY CHOOSE BLACK BEAR 2015
Black Bear Partners with the AILA
Black Bear is pleased to announce that it is now an American Indoor Lacrosse Association ”Integrated Program.” Our association with the AILA means that our players and coaches will now learn the bio mechanics, principles, strategies and tactics of indoor lacrosse and how to transfer these additional skill sets to their field game from AILA President Johnny Mouradian and his AILA staff in addition to the top- flight field instruction Black Bear has been teaching its members for years. “We are very excited to work with Jon Heisman and the Black Bear players and coaches to share the indoor game and differentiate Black Bear Lacrosse. Integrated Programs create a very special learning environment that is both fun and cutting edge” explains Mouradian. For more information about In|Crosse, click here.
US Lacrosse Membership Info
To participate in our travel program, you MUST be a current US Lacrosse Member. All tournament operators require this. To get a US Lacrosse number or to check if your membership is current, click here.