Gentry Lacrosse

Gentry Academy now offers lacrosse to students! In partnership with Ramsey County, Gentry Academy lacrosse students will train at the Vadnais Sports Center and utilize its state-of-the-art facility.

The Game

Lacrosse is an intense team sport that creates and fosters endurance, excellent hand-eye coordination, muscle strength and team development. As a Gentry lacrosse player, your student-athlete will learn valuable skills such as discipline, confidence and teamwork, and will engage in physical training that not only prepares them for matches, but also contributes to their general well-being. Your student-athlete will create memories with their classmates that will last a lifetime!

Gentry Lacrosse provides a comprehensive system for lacrosse development that ensures each player learns the fundamentals with precision and confidence. We believe that younger players working within our methodology will have a significant advantage when it comes to reaching their full potential. We strongly believe our world-class coaches can build an athlete's desire to compete and give each player an extensive lacrosse IQ.

The Gentry Lacrosse program encompasses four principles:

  1. Stick Work - We begin with the fundamentals of stick skills and emphasize stick work throughout our practices. Using our method called ‘The Program,’ players will create a solid skill base to grow their talent.
  2. Agility - We equip our athletes with drills and workouts to take them to the top by focusing on improving their agility, speed and overall fitness.
  3. Intrinsic lacrosse – We provide organic skills instruction, focusing on both defense and the attack, to build the overall player.
  4. Confidence - We strive to develop a leader both on and off the field. Confidence in lacrosse skills is fundamental to becoming a strong player. Confidence will not only aid in their development as athletes, but will also set them on the path to becoming high-performing young adults.

Andrew Lecker

Andrew Lecker

Director of Lacrosse

Andrew is the founder and director of the STX Minnesota Shootout Lacrosse Tournament and founder of the Lacrosse Monkey Club. Andrew began coaching girls' lacrosse in '06 as the inaugural varsity head coach for Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH) high school in St. Paul, Minnesota. In '12 and '14, he led his team to the Suburban East Conference Championship, and was named Coach of the Year both times. In 2012, he was recognized as the Minnesota State High School League Coach of the Year.

Andrew serves on the Board of the Minnesota State High School League Girls' Coaches Association. Since 2008, he has served as the Minnesota State High School League All-State/All Tournament Team Chair. Prior to working at CDH, he taught physical education to elementary and middle school students in Dallas, Texas. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Science in sports administration from the University of St. Thomas. Andrew works alongside athletes to teach them teamwork, respect for others and the importance of using their talents every day.

Andrew is available for contact by phone at 612-709-1020.

Heather Coppola

Heather Coppola

Lacrosse Instructor

Heather Coppola joins the Gentry Academy staff after working at all levels of girls lacrosse, including multiple roles at the high school, club and collegiate levels. Coppola is currently the assistant coach at Concordia University - Saint Paul (Division II), which is the highest level of lacrosse in the state of Minnesota.

Coppola has been an assistant coach at Division I Robert Morris University, Division III Allegheny College and Division III SUNY Oswego, focusing mostly on the offensive side of the ball. She successfully helped coach all three programs to their most successful seasons.

As a student-athlete, Coppola was a four-year starter on attack at Alvernia University, winning the ECAC Championship in 2012. She sits in the top eight in career marks for points, assists and goals in Alvernia program history. Coppola started all 68 games for Alvernia, finishing her career with 125 points on 103 goals and 22 assists. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in social work and is currently pursuing a master's degree in management and leadership at Concordia.