Breaking: Tyler Stein, an ECSU alum, named head coach of the JVF Spartans!

Milford - The James Vick Foundation is pleased to announce that Tyler Stein, a former Mens Lacrosse player at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been named the first ever Head Coach of the JVF Spartans!

After serving as an assistant coach this past winter, Coach Stein will take over a program that is entering it's first summer of competition!

As a player, Coach Stein enjoyed a prolific career at ECSU, where he was a three year starter, a two time all conference performer, ranked #9 in all of division three in face-off percentage, and led the ECSU ball club in scoring his senior year.

In a statement to this website, CEO Christian Vick expressed excitement at the hiring of the new skipper "Tyler is the perfect coach for this brand new program. Coach Stein is a passionate and talented teacher that commands both the admiration and respect of the men. His vast experience at the high school and college level will benefit our athletes beyond imagination. We feel so lucky to have such a dynamic personality cultivating, and leading a hungry Spartans ball club".

Coach Stein took some time earlier this afternoon to react to his appointment.

JVF: As the first head coach of the JVF Spartans, what are your objectives for the players, and the program overall?

TS: My expectations for both the players and program are very high. All the players will be coming off of a full high school season, so they should be pretty in tune with getting right into things. Despite the high level of competition out there with summer club teams, we are putting together a team of high level athletes who have a passion to play. Being a first year team there will be growing pains, but we are going to come out successful in our first season.

JVF: How excited are you to get going with this brand new team entering it's first summer of competition?

TS: Being such a new team, I’m excited to work with all the new players to discover there full potential. We have a few returning guys that we worked with in the winter season as well which will be exciting. Many coaches step into an established team, but I get to personally build up a team which is exciting. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

JVF: How will your experience as a player influence you as a head coach

TS: My experience playing lacrosse will help tremendously. I have experience playing all over the field on offense and defense at the collegiate level. I was 1st team all conference in two positions as well as the team captain. I also was the assistant coach of a high school lacrosse team as well as a youth program this past year. Despite being young, I have played the game for my whole life and I’m fully prepared to lead a team in its first season.

JVF: What would you say to the players that have dreams of playing in college, and want to join the Spartans in that pursuit?

TS: To any player looking to play at the collegiate level, I would tell them to put in the extra work. Any player can show up to practice but what you do when you go home in your free time is what separates you from other players. Putting in the extra shooting, passing and film on your own time is what truly transforms a player. Joining this team will not only solidify your skills but teach you the necessary steps you should take in order to play at the next level.

JVF: How impactful do you believe a free(and competitive) mens lacrosse program could be in Connecticut?

TS: Being a team that costs nothing to play for, this gives the team an edge against all the other teams in CT. There are so many players out there that don’t want to pay to play on a club team, and this gives them the perfect opportunity. I know that if I were to go back and had an opportunity like this, I would take it. I expect to have a good amount of prospective players looking to join the team, especially after they see how we compete against other teams this season.

*The JVF Spartans will be return in June, the summer schedule will be announced in May. Please contact the James Vick Foundation for additional details.

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