Meet your volunteer coaches!
Meet your volunteer coaches!
Sean Sargent, President and co-founder, 8/9 yr old Girls Head Coach
Sean has had a stick in his hand since he was 14. He played his college lacrosse as a 2-year starter at defense for nationally ranked Villanova University, and played post-college for many top tier competitive clubs including 1 year of professional lacrosse for the Boston Blazers of the MILL. Sean was assistant coach for his high school alma mater, Fairfield Prep, and helped bring them to the CT state playoffs. Sean is a 10 year Hoboken resident, and is raising his two children here.
TJ DeSantis, VP and 3rd/4th Grade Boys Head Coach
TJ is a graduate of the University at Buffalo. At Buffalo, he was a 5 year starter on defense and President of the club lacrosse team. He played high school lacrosse in South Huntington, NY. This is TJ's fourth year with the Hoboken Lacrosse Club and second year coaching the 3rd/4th grade boys team.
Nick Pizzo, 3rd/4th Grade Boys Assistant Coach
Nick started playing Lacrosse in 2001 with the N. Brunswick youth lacrosse programs and the S. Brunswick middle school lacrosse team. In High School, Pizzo’s family had moved to Atlanta where he played Varsity Boys Lacrosse all four years, earning All-State Honorable Mention long-stick mid-fielder in 2008. In College, Pizzo first played club lacrosse at Georgia State University. He was then recruited to play NCAA DIII lacrosse at Oglethorpe University where he earned All-Conference long-stick mid-fielder in 2013. Following college graduation, Pizzo moved to Shanghai, China, where he played for Shanghai’s Men’s team; touring throughout SE Asia while competing in multiple tournaments. In 2014 and 2015, Pizzo coached Team China Men’s Lacrosse team in the nation's debut year to the World Lacrosse Championships. Pizzo’s coaching philosophy is not just about lacrosse, it’s about life: Grind it out & take it to the house."
Jimmy Vaughan, 5th/6th Grade Boys Head Coach
Jimmy grew up in Ridgewood, NJ. He now lives in Hoboken. Jimmy learned the sport of lacrosse from his dad who played in college. Jimmy has been playing lacrosse for over 20 years and has been coaching for 15 years. He played club lacrosse at the University of Scranton.
Pete Franco, 5th/6th Grade Boys Assistant Coach
Charlie Bunting, 5th/6th Grade Boys Assistant Coach
Charlie grew up in Virginia and played Division One lacrosse at the
Virginia Military Institute as a Defensive Midfielder where he also
earned a degree in Arabic 4 months before 9/11. He served as an
Operations Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency for 10 years and
deployed to Iraq three times with a Special Operations Unit, spending
most of his service at DIA in the Middle East. Charlie fled NYC to
Hoboken 4 years ago to join Coalition Films where he is an Independent
Film Producer. He practices Muay Thai and is a hopeless Red Sox fan
with his dog, a 9lb ewok named Fenway.
Guy Columbro, 7th/8th Grade Boys Head Coach
Guy grew up outside of Philadelphia and played 4 years of Varsity Lacrosse at Roman Catholic High School earning All Catholic Honors Junior and Senior year at the Attack position. Guy then continued his lacrosse career at Cabrini College as a Midfielder/Attack, a division III program based in Radnor, PA. After college, Guy coached at Upper Dublin High School in PA for 2 years, working with the LB3 All-Star Travel Program in the summer months. This is Guy's 3rd season with the Hoboken Lacrosse Club working closely with the 7th/8th grade Midfield and Attack.
Mark DeCirce, 7th/8th Grade Boys Assistant Coach
Mark is a graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, where he was a 2-year team captain and leading scorer for the Golden Flyers, selected as All-American and Conference Player of the Year his senior year. Originally from Binghamton, NY, Mark grew up with a lacrosse stick in hand and continues to be a part of the game wherever possible. Mark currently resides in Hoboken and works for a cybersecurity company in NYC.
Colin Siracuse, 7th/8th Grade Boys Assistant Coach
Colin grew up playing lacrosse in Short Hills, NJ. He attended St. Peter’s prep in Jersey City for high school, where he was a 4 year member of the varsity team as a close defenseman. Following high school Colin went on to play under coach Bill Tierney at the University of Denver and was a member of the 2015 Division 1 national championship team. Colin has been coaching lacrosse for the past 7 years at various ages and skill levels.
Olivia Simone, 3rd/4th Grade Girls Coach
Olivia grew up in northwestern NJ and played competitive soccer from a young age. In high school she also participated in swimming, track and field and lacrosse. She was a captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Moravian Academy and played defense before going on to play soccer at Hamilton College. While at Hamilton, Olivia helped found the local chapter of Strong Girls - an after school program dedicated to empowering young girls through sports. Olivia currently lives in Jersey City and works as a project manager for a pharmaceutical company.
Joyce Simons, 3rd/4th Grade Girls Coach
Joyce grew up in Taiwan and has lived in Hoboken since 2007. She moved to the US and attended boarding school at Northfield Mt. Hermon in Massachusetts where she learned to play and love the game of lacrosse. She is a mom to 3 new lacrosse players and currently serves as a Trustee of the Hoboken Board of Education. She has coached youth hockey for the past 5 years.
Michael Tarinelli, 3rd/4th Grade Girls Coach
Michael grew up in Chatham, NJ and has lived in Hoboken since 1995. He is a graduate of Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, NJ and Providence College. He has two children 7 and 9 attending Hoboken Public Schools and has many years of youth coaching experience dating back to the 90’s. Michael specializes in helping new and young lax players learning the basics of handling the stick and having fun playing the game.
Hualing Yu, 5th/6th Grade Girls Coach
Hualing is a lacrosse enthusiast Made In China. Hualing started playing lacrosse in Shanghai in 2011. As a member of Chinese national team, Hualing has competed in multiple international tournaments including Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in 2017. Hualing started her coaching journey in 2018 with the Warriors right after she moved to Jersey City. Besides lacrosse coach, she is also a data scientist working for a data consulting company in NYC.
Kristin Troianello, 5th/6th Grade Girls Coach
Kristin grew up in West Windsor, NJ where she started playing lacrosse in 5th grade with Lighting Lacrosse. Kristin played as a low attacker all the way through high school. While in high school she would assist her high school coach during the summer coaching camps. Kristin went on to play for a short time at Roanoke College in Virginia. Kristin has lived in Hoboken for three years. This is Kristin’s first year coaching with Hoboken Lacrosse. Kristin works as a Junior Financial Analyst for White & Case LLP in NYC.
Nisha Nadkar, 5th/6th Grade Girls Coach
Madison Donovan, 7th/8th Grade Girls Coach
Madison grew up in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and has been playing lacrosse since she was 8 years old. She played for numerous elite lacrosse clubs and was a 4 year varsity player and senior captain for her high school team, leading them to two league championships. Madison then went on to play briefly at High Point University. After graduating college, she moved to Hoboken and has been living here for three years. She works as an Event Director and Social Media Manager for a local restaurant group.
Sally Ryan, 7th/8th Grade Girls Coach
Sally grew up in Mountain Lakes, NJ where she started playing lacrosse in 2nd grade. She was the captain of her Mountain Lakes High School team and went on to play Division III field hockey and lacrosse at Middlebury College. Sally was a 4 year starter on her lacrosse team and dual sport Captain of her field hockey and lacrosse team her senior year. She earned First-Team All-American honors her senior year in lacrosse, in addition to being named First Team All-Conference in both field hockey and lacrosse. Sally moved to Hoboken in 2019 and is a physical therapist and Director at SportsCare Physical Therapy in Hoboken. Sally is excited to be returning to coaching the game and is looking forward to being a part of such a fun and passionate program.
Erin Kelly, 7th/8th Grade Girls Coach
Erin grew up in Jackson, NJ where she picked up lacrosse in high school after playing many sports throughout her life. She fell in love with the game and continued to play club lacrosse in college. During the summer months, she spent time coaching soccer and lacrosse to special needs children. When she moved to Hoboken in 2019 her passion for coaching led her to join the 7/8 girls team. Erin works in marketing for BarkBox where she gets to spoil dogs all day long (including her new puppy Wilson!).