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VNick Savastano

Co-Director/Coach 2022

Career Record 268-115

 

Nick Savastano is the Co-Founder of Westchester Warriors Lacrosse.  He has also been a Physical Education teacher for the Katonah Lewisboro School District for 21 years.  He is currently the Co-Head Coach of Kennedy Catholic High School Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team with his brother Vinny.  Kennedy Catholic won the Class A State Championship for the Catholic League in both 2015 and 2018.  Nick is a graduate of Springfield College where he was an All-American midfielder for the 1994 Division II National Champion team.  He played lacrosse at Lakeland High School and was a midfielder for the 1989 Empire State Games Hudson Valley lacrosse team.  

 

Coach Savastano’s past coaching  experience includes coaching the John Jay Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team for 10 years.  At John Jay, his team won 4 sectional titles in both Class A and Class B.  He was named Section 1 Coach of the Year in 2006.  He compiled a career mark of 148-56 at John Jay.  He led one of the arguably best teams ever in Section 1 with his 2007 squad that went 21-3, won a sectional crown, and went on to beat the highest ranked team in the nation, Huntington, Long Island.  He broke their 63 game winning streak by beating them 11-10 in double overtime.  This sent his team to the first ever John Jay state championship game.  Coach Savastano produced 14 All American players in those 10 years.  

 

Nick is actively involved in the lacrosse community.  Prior to John Jay, he was the head coach for White Plains High School and South Hadley High School in Massachusetts.  He also was the head coach for the Empire State Games Hudson Valley lacrosse team. He takes pride in leading his team with discipline and hard work.  In his career, he has sent 27 kids to play at Division I colleges and numerous other Division II and III schools.  You will see his wife Lisa and two sons, Nicholas and Dominic, on the sidelines and assisting him frequently.  They are avid fans of the sport.  

 

 

Vin Savastano

Co-Director/Coach 2022

Career Record 313-191

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vin Savastano is the Co-Founder of Westchester Warriors Lacrosse.  He has also been a Physical Education teacher in the Brewster School District for 28 years.  He is currently the Co-Head Coach of Kennedy Catholic High School Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team with his brother Nick.  Kennedy Catholic won the Class A State Championship for the Catholic League in both 2015 and 2018.  Vin holds A MS from Pace University, a BS from Springfield College and went to Lakeland High School.  

 

Vin has well over 300 wins as a Varsity Lacrosse Coach.  He has extensive experience coaching at the Varsity level.  He started the lacrosse program at Hendrick Hudson High School where he was the Varsity Men’s Lacrosse Coach for 9 years.  He was voted Coach of the Year three times while leading that team.  Form there he was an assistant coach at Brewster High School for 3 years serving as both offensive and defensive coordinators.  In 1999, Brewster reacher the state semifinals and in 2000 they were Sectional Champions.  At that point, Vin took over as the head coach for two years at Greenwich High School in Connecticut and led his team to the semifinals.  Following that, he joined his brother Nick as the defensive coordinator at John Jay High School.  He helped the team reach a 105-28 record and 6 straight Sectional finals where they won four in a row.  In 2007, he was key in helping John Jay beat the undefeated Huntington, Long Island team to make it to the State Championship game.  

 

In addition, Vin coached the Empire State Games team for ten years.  In 2006, Vin was named Section I Assistant Coach of the Year.  Besides coaching lacrosse, Vin coached Varsity football from 1989-1996 for programs at both Hendrick Hudson and Brewster High Schools.  His Brewster teams were Sectional Champs four times, Regional Champs three times, State Semifinalists two times and competed twice in the State Championship finals.  He is also the Women’s Gymnastics Coach for Brewster High School.  You will see his wife Monique and two sons, Vinny and Christian on the sidelines.  

 

 

John Carrozza

Head Coach 2021

 

John is the Head Coach of the Westchester Warriors 2021 team.  John is also currently the Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse at Saint Thomas Aquinas College.  He offers knowledge, experience and a love for lacrosse to our players.  He is a graduate of Syracuse University where his team won the Division I National Championship in 2008 and 2009.  John attended John Jay High School in Cross River where he was named an All American player in 2004.  He was also a midfielder for the Chicago Machine and LXM PRO.  He was an assistant coach at John Jay High School and helped them win a Sectional 1 Championship in 2010.  His other experience includes being an Assistant Coach for Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, CA.  John is from Katonah, NY.  

 
 

Tim Weir

Head Coach 2019

Tim is the Head Coach of Westchester Warriors 2019 Team.  He brings years of experience and a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Westchester Warriors staff.  He is a seasoned top notch local college and high school lacrosse coach. He is currently the Putnam Valley Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach. He was previously the Men’s Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY.   He was the Head Coach of the Lakeland/Panas Men’s Varstiy Lacrosse team for nearly 20 years.  In that time, his record was 153-62 and he won 2 Section 1 titles.  His teams were Section 1 Finalists nine times under his reign.  Tim led them to a Regional Championship in 1997 as well as the New York State Final Four.  During his time at Lakeland/Panas, he won 7 league championships and produced 9 high school All American players.  From 2004-2011, he coached at Manhattanville College where he was assisted as the Offensive then Defensive Coordinator and eventually became the Head Coach.   He was the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Scarsdale High School for one year following that.  Tim is actively involved in the lacrosse community.  He has served as the Offensive Coordinator for the Irish Lacrosse Men’s Team , the The Head Coach for the World Team in England, Head Coach for the European Lacrosse Championships, and Offensive Coordinator for the Celtic Cup in Wales and Prague.  

 

Ric Nocito

Head Coach 2025

 

Rick is the head coach of the Westchester Warriors 2019 team. He played attack at Hartwick College as well as Lakeland High School.  He was on the same high school team as Nick Savastano.  He still plays club lacrosse in an adult league.  His experience includes coaching at Lakeland High School, Westrock Lacrosse, and United Lacrosse.  He has been actively involved in the Shrub Oak Athletic Club for over ten years as well.  He also assists with his son’s teams as they also play lacrosse.  

 

 

Drew Maier

Head Coach 2022 Blue Team

 

We would like to welcome Drew to our coaching staff this summer.  Drew graduated with a BS in Finance from Manhattan College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching for Physical Education from Manhattanville College in 2013.  He is currently a Physical Education teacher at the High School for Energy and Technology in the Bronx.  He is the Head Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Dobbs Ferry High School. He has served as the JV Girls Lacrosse Coach in Harrison.  He also ran the lacrosse program at Mohawk Day Camp in White Plains for two seasons.  

 

 

Tim Murphy

Assistant Coach 2019

Tim is a nice addition to the Westchester Warriors staff.  He is a Physical Education teacher for Peekskill Schools.  He has experience as the Peekskill Varsity Lacrosse Coach as well as coaching for the Putnam Valley Lacrosse Travel Club.  He is currently the Putnam Valley Head JV Boys Lacrosse Coach.  He has a BS in Physical Education and Health from East Stroudsburg University as well as Masters Degree in Technology from NYIT.  

 
 

Ed Schoenig II

Goalie Coach

Ed brings knowledge and experience to Westchester Warriors.  He is a private goalie coach and coaches for the Brewster Youth League.  He currently plays for Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.  He played in the Jake Reed Nike Bluechip Camp and was an All Section Goalie for Brewster High School.  

 

 

 

James Wilson

Assistant Coach 2022 Blue Team

 

James “Wilson” is currently the Kennedy Catholic Men’s Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach.  He is a 2011 graduate of Kennedy Catholic High School and played under Vin and Nick at Kennedy Catholic in 2010/2011. He was an All League Attackman.  He is the right hand man behind both Kennedy Catholic and Westchester Warriors operations.

 

 

Joe Cortese

Shooting Coach

 

Joe was a two time section champion and one time regional champion at Lakeland High School as well as an All Section Selection.  He is currently a student athlete at Mercy College where he is a top midfielder.

 
 

Michael Chiappa

Head Coach 2020

 

Michael is a great addition to the Westchester Warriors staff.  This was Michael's second year as the JV Coach at Kennedy High School, after many years serving as an assistant coach at the youth level.  Michael played lacrosse at John Jay High School, where he was captain of two back to back sectional championship teams, with two state semifinal appearances. Prior to his senior season he was of a member of the Hudson Valley team at the Empire State Games as well as a candidate for a All American. Michael played college lacrosse at St. Andrew's on scholarship before transferring to Cortland State. Mike is the new Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Purchase College. He is the owner of a union construction company in New York City. Mike has two sons, Michael, who is 6 and Dominick, who is 2 , with his wife, Mary. They reside in Katonah and you will see them running around the lacrosse fields.  

 

 

Matthew Sayegh

Goalie Coach 2021

We are excited to add Matthew to the Westchester Warriors staff as a Goalie coach for our goalies. Matthew played 3 years of Varsity Lacrosse at Our Lady of Lourdes High School where he was a two year captain. He was a Coach's award recipient, received All-League Honors, Poughkeepsie Journal All Star Honors, as well as being a four time Scholar Altlete recipient. He currently plays at at Division 2 American International College where he is a Human Biology Major. As a freshman, he lead the nation in saves, was third in the nation in saves per game, received team MVP award, NE-10 all rookie team, Fall and Spring NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll member and broke the school record for most saved in a single game and most saves in a season.

 

 

M.J. Garrity

Coach 2023

 

M.J. is a great addition to our staff as a Coach and Face Off Specialist.  He is currently the Assistant Men’s Varsity Lacrosse Coach at KC High School and Assistant Varsity Football Coach at Kennedy Catholic High School.  He is a graduate of SUNY Brockport and recently complete his certification as a Physical Education teacher.  He is a graduate of Brewster High School where he played football and lacrosse.

 

Vincent Legg

Coach 2020



Vince has been coaching lacrosse at John Jay for the past 7 years. Vince grew up on Long Island and having been a late-comer to the game (starting in the 7th grade on LI), he worked twice as hard to become a varsity starting midfielder by his sophomore year in high school. He once again took the hard route and chose to attend Syracuse University and successfully made the lacrosse team as a walk-on. A 30-year playing career, with multiple championships along the way, was definitely shaped by legendary coaches Roy Simmons Jr. and John Desko. Vince’s coaching philosophy is a solid blend of the fast-free-spirit approach of Coach Simmons and the detailed tactician of Coach Desko. Vince’s love of the game and passion for coaching drives his winning success at developing lifelong lacrosse players and fans. Vince is a senior partner in a strategic marketing agency and lives in Greenwich CT with his wife Laurie. 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Palencsar

Coach 2023

Stephen is the head boys lacrosse coach at Croton Harmon High School, his alma mater. After 7 seasons with Croton Harmon, Stephen has earned a 79-46 record including two trips to the New York State Section 1 Semifinals. Stephen is a special education teacher at Croton Harmon High School.

 

 

 

 

JD LeMay

Goalie Coach 2022 Team

 Missouri Valley as a graduate assistant for the men's lacrosse program starting with the 2017-18 athletic year.  JD graduated from Mitchell (Ct.) College with a bachelor's of science in sports management and was a four-year member of the men's lacrosse program.  He was a starter at the goalkeeper position and earned Rookie of the Year honors and was a three-time selection as Goalkeeper of the Year in the conference.  He was a first team all-conference selection and three-year captain.  He set the school record with 773 saves in his career.  Previous coaching experience including Goalkeeper Coach for the Westchester Warriors Summer Club team.

 

 

 

 

Charlie Rice 

Coach 2024 

Charlie is currently the Head Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Peekskill High School, where he has been since 2017. Prior to Peekskill, Charlie spent a season as an Assistant Coach at Division II St.Thomas Aquinas College, where he worked extensively with the defensive unit. Before STAC, he served as the Offensive Coordinator/ Assistant Varsity Boys' Lacrosse Coach at Riverdale Country School from 2013-2015. During his career, Charlie has produced 13 All League selections. Charlie has also coach at numerous camps and clinics for the past 10 years. 

 

 

 
Vince Foti 
Coach 2024
John Jay section-1 all league selection Sr. Year Academic All-Section as a junior and senior.
Member of the Bridgewater College Lacrosse team. Recorded 15 Points Jr season (9g, 6a).
Bridgewater College Men’s Lacrosse team Captain for the 2019 Season.
 

 

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