Submitted by Park City Lacrosse Organization
Lacrosse is firmly under the spell of Manifest Destiny as more top-level talent moves west to stake a claim.
Todd Faiella–one of the most accomplished players in the game–has joined Park City High School Boys Lacrosse Team as Performance and Technical Director where he will oversee player and coaching development. He will work closely with varsity head coach Andy Langendorf to develop on-field systems for all of the high schools boys’ teams and act as defensive coordinator for the varsity squad.
Faiella’s athletic resume includes the 2011 NCAA National Lacrosse Championship with the University of Virginia, where he earned ACC All-Academic honors and received UVA’s Tom Rixey Award as the team’s most spirited and emotional leader. Although primarily a defenseman at UVA, Faiella’s lacrosse knowledge and athleticism allowed him to play goalie, midfield, long-stick middie and close defense during his college career.
He transferred to UVA from Brown University where he was captain of the lacrosse team and won Ivy League Championships in both lacrosse and football (linebacker). In 2008, he received Brown’s Rick Whelan Award, recognizing unselfish play, dedication to the lacrosse program and overall commitment to excellence. A senior-year Achilles tendon injury ended Faiella’s Brown senior season, but the NCAA granted him an extra year of eligibility. Faiella enrolled at UVA to pursue his master’s degree, and brought much-needed leadership to a nationally prominent lacrosse program.
In 2011, Todd played professionally with LXM Pro’s STX Team Philly. That year he also co-founded Native Lacrosse Company in Utah and developed a connection to the Salt Lake and Park City lacrosse communities. But the move was temporary, and this spring he coached at Marin Catholic High School in the San Francisco Bay Area, where his team finished as NorCal State Runner Up. But contrary to the famous song, Faiella left his heart in Utah. He’s back in the Rockies, and sees an opportunity to continue the state’s explosive growth in lacrosse and bring success to Park City’s program.
“Park City reminds me of Duxbury, MA, close to where I grew up,” Faiella said. “Lacrosse was the town’s biggest sport, they had great facilities and the community embraced the program, and they were successful year in and year out. I see the same great opportunities in Park City.”
To enhance his efforts with the high school team, Faiella hopes to tap into Park City’s elite athletic and Olympic-level infrastructure.
“We have so many resources here–the headquarters of Athletic Republic, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team and so many world-class athletes and coaches,” Faiella said. “The sky’s the limit for the lacrosse program as we make these connections.”
While working with the Park City program, Todd will continue building a new Utah-based lacrosse business called NRG Lacrosse, conducting camps, clinics, tournaments and lessons throughout the state. The first camp will take place August 12-15, and welcomes some of Faiella’s old friends: Ken Clausen, Chris Lapierre and Roger Ferguson.
Clausen is arguably the best college defenseman to ever play the game. He was a 4-time All-American at Virginia and 2010 NCAA Defenseman of the Year. He now plays for the Denver Outlaws of the MLL and Colorado Mammoth in the NLL.
Chris Lapierre is UVA’s captain, already a 2x All-American and was key to the school’s 2011 NCAA Championship. Following graduation he will play for the MLL’s Hamilton Nationals. Roger Ferguson was All-Ivy league at Brown and is now playing professionally with the MLL’s Denver Outlaws.
For more information on the camp, see this post.