FLA Coaches

Nate Babcock

Nate Babcock was hired in August of 2017 as assistant coach of the Rhodes men's lacrosse team. During his first year with the Lynx, Babcock helped guide the program to their first-ever NCAA appearance after the Lynx took home both the Southern Athletic Association regular season and tournament Championships. Prior to Rhodes, Babcock was a volunteer assistant coach at Hood College in Frederick, Md. He was also the head coach of Team MD's 2018 squad for a year. Over the summer, Babcock has been involved with the United States Naval Academy lacrosse camps for the last five years A Baltimore, Md. native, Babcock started lacrosse as a middie at the age of eight. In high school he was also on the cross country team. Babcock is a 2015 graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland. There, he spent time as a two-way midfielder on both man-up and man-down units. His team won the 2013 Captial Athletic Conference Championship, advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The anthropology major was a three-time CAC All-Academic honoree. After graduation, Babcock was an assistant varsity lacrosse/football coach at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts.

Terry Crowley

Terry Crowley is the Head Lacrosse Coach at ST. Thomas Aquinas In Florida. He is a multiple Florida Coach of the Year award winner and stands as the states all-time wins leader with over 420 wins!

Lloyd Hamilton

Lloyd Hamilton was named the assistant men's lacrosse coach at Lynn University in September of 2016, just the second individual to ever hold the position. Hamilton has been a part of the Fighting Knights' lacrosse program since its inception, serving as the graduate assistant coach for the previous three years. Hamilton serves as the offensive coordinator and leader of recruitment. The 2019 incoming class features 19 new Fighting Knights - 18 freshmen and one transfer - marking the largest recruiting class in program history. Hamilton attended Onondaga Community College where he played both soccer and lacrosse before an injury ended his playing career. Sidelined for lacrosse, Hamilton transferred to LeMoyne College where he was the manager of the men’s lacrosse team under the direction of head coach Dan Sheehan. During that time, he was also the assistant varsity lacrosse coach at his alma mater, Cicero North Syracuse High School, for three seasons.

Gene McCabe

Gene McCabe is in his 12th season as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Washington and Lee, having posted a 129-68 (.655) overall record and winning a pair of ODAC titles across his first 11 seasons. McCabe has guided W&L to double-digit wins in eight of his 11 seasons, including each of the last six years, which have included three appearances in the ODAC Championship game.

Chad Moore

Chad Moore is the Boys Lacrosse Coach at American Heritage School. He has been involved with the sport of lacrosse for more than 30 years as either a player or coach. He played college lacrosse for nationally-ranked Limestone College, and upon graduation, he spent time playing and coaching professionally in Australia. Then for 16 years, Coach Moore worked at some of the nations best NCAA college programs. During that time he recruited and helped develop 26 NCAA All-Americans. In 2003, he started clinics and camps to help beginners and advanced players reach their full potential.

Bill O'Brien

NLL Career: The Buffalo Bandits today announced the team has signed defenseman Bill O’Brien to the practice squad. O’Brien (6’4’’, 235 lbs., 4/5/88) has been with the New England Black Wolves for the past three seasons, playing in 49 regular season games and four postseason contests. O’Brien has totaled nine assists and 172 penalty minutes while picking up 107 loose balls in his career. Other Lacrosse: Member of the 2015 Onondaga Redhawks Senior B team that won the Can-Am Senior B lacrosse title and finished fourth in the Canadian Lacrosse Association Presidents Cup…Played on the 2014 Redhawks team that won the Presidents Cup with a 9-7 win over the Six Nations Rivermen…Invited to training camp for 2014 Iroquois Nationals field lacrosse team that finished third at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in July. College: Played football at Sacred Heart…Was a three-year starter at defensive end and outside linebacker…As a senior captain, had 49 tackles, four sacks, one interception and 6.5 tackles for negative yardage.

Chris Polanski

Chris Polanski, Ponte Vedra High School Asst. Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Ponte Vedra was the 2016 State Runner up and has made 6 final four appearances. Director of Sand Gnats Lacrosse Club. Former Director of Titanium Lacrosse in Illinois and Possums Lacrosse in Florida. Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Association Assistant of the Year.

Eric Ritchie

Ritchie, a 2016 graduate of McDaniel returned in 2017 as an assistant coach, working specifically with goalies. He graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Athletic Training. Ritchie is currently working on his Master’s degree in K-12 Physical Education at McDaniel. During his career, Ritchie appeared in 40 contests, starting in 32 for the Green Terror. He was named a team captain by his teammates for his senior year. Ritchie anchored the defense allowing 9.29 goals against and a 55.5% save percentage over his career. Ritchie is the All-Time leader in saves per game at McDaniel with 9.59. Ritchie’s 19-save performance against Ursinus in 2016 has him tied for 8th in McDaniel history for saves in a single game. During his junior campaign, Ritchie posted a 58.2% save percentage, good for 2nd in a strong crop of Centennial Conference goaltenders. Ritchie was named Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice this season. He was also named ECAC Player of the week and USILA Defensive Player of the Week during his junior season.

Eric Small

Small came to Salem State in 2017 after spending the previous three seasons as head coach at Wheelock College, where he helped restart the varsity program in 2015 after a three-year hiatus. As head coach, Small quickly built Wheelock into a competitive program, spearheading the Wildcats to a 6-8 record in 2016, after a winless campaign the previous season. In his final two seasons, Small recruited seven players who would be named to the New England Collegiate Conference All-Conference team, which also included back-to-back Rookie of the Year honors. A former standout at Western Connecticut, where he owns the single season faceoff percentage record 200-297 (67.3%), Small was a two-time All-Little East specialist for the Colonials and was named a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-American during his final season in 2012. Small graduated from Western Connecticut in 2012 where he was a Dean's List and National Honor Society member. While majoring in both History and Political Science, Small earned Western Connecticut State's Scholar Athlete-Award his senior year. Small, who currently resides in Newton, began his coaching career with Becker College in 2012 as recruiting coordinator/offensive coordinator before being promoted to director of lacrosse operations in 2013.