Pittsburgh Youth Lacrosse is open to all boys and girls in the Pittsburgh area. We practice in Fox Chapel, PA. We are a non-profit, community based program run by volunteers who are interested in creating a fun and challenging developmental lacrosse progr

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2018 BOYS PYLAX Coach Bios

 

Director of Player Development

JA MacDougall

JA MacDougall grew up as a box lacrosse player in Brantford, Ontario. In 2005, he was selected as the 13th overall pick in the OLA Jr. "A" Draft by the Toronto Beaches. That same year, JA won a field lacrosse national championship with the Hamilton Bengals club team. As an outdoor field player, JA went on to play at Mercyhurst University where he won multiple conference championships and the 2011 Division II National Championship in Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. He finished his career at Mercyhurst in 2012 as a senior captain, making it to the Final Four one more time. Currently, JA is working under Cam Thompson as an assistant coach at Shady Side Academy.

 

14U

Paul Schwartz

 

Adam Szczepanski

  • 2006 Graduate of the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA.
  • 4 Year Varsity Lacrosse Goalie – 3x Western New England All-Conference Selection
  • 2010 Graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, OH with a bachelor’s degree in Economics
  • 4-Year NCAA Division 3 Letter Winner at Kenyon College, 2009-2010 Kenyon College Captain
  • 2012 Graduate of Durham University (Durham, United Kingdom) with a Master’s in Finance
  • 2011 United Kingdom Lacrosse National Champions

 

12U

Andrew Snyder

 

Jason "Rosie" Rosenbloom

2011 Graduate of Hempfield High School in Landisville, PA. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences with focuses on international relations, religious studies and history. Played MCLA lacrosse for the Pitt Panthers, primarily serving as an extra man specialist. Rosie is serving in his second season as a coach for the team. 

 

10U

PJ Kandravy

PJ returns as the head coach of the U10 Fireballs team for the 4th consecutive year, carrying a combined record of 91-4-2 (fact checked).

Primarily a soccer player turned LAX lover, PJ was named All-WPIAL, All-STATE, and to the UMBRO HS All America team in High School as well as to the US Mens Regional and National Team pools before playing as a 4 year starter at Duquesne University, where he even helped out as the football place-kicker during an injury.  A multi-sport varsity athlete in HS and college, PJ has finally hung up his cleats to kick and scream as a coach on area lacrosse, soccer, and basketball sidelines for his 2 sons and daughter.  PJ’s son Ben plays for the U10 team.

 

Rob Jamison

 Rob is a graduate of New England lacrosse prep power Avon Old Farms and was a three year, three sport varsity athlete of the lacrosse, soccer (captain) and basketball teams. Rob attended the University of Vermont where he was a member of two nationally ranked division I lacrosse teams and a two year starter at the midlfield position. Rob coaches the St. Edmund's boys middle school lacrosse team and has three children playing on the PYLAX U8, U10 and U12 teams. 

 

8U

Andrew Dixon

Andrew played for Shady Side Academy where he served as captain in 1999. He earned first team all WPSLA, first team all MSLA and named all American. In college Andrew played for perennially nationally ranked division III Ohio Wesleyan University. There he served as captain and earned first team all North Coast Athletic Conference honors. His son George plays for the U8 team.

Cam Thompson

Cam grew up in Baltimore where he attended National high school lacrosse power McDonogh School. At McDonogh he was captain of the soccer and lacrosse teams and member of McDonogh’s 1999 MIAA Lacrosse Championship Team. He attended and played lacrosse at division I Hobart College and played on Hobart’s 2002 Patriot League Championship team. Cam is the head varsity high school boys lacrosse coach at Shady Side Academy. Cam's son, Finn plays on the U8 PYLAX team.