Our coaches are an essential part of our Organization. Not only do they provide our kids the teaching and skill development on the field, they also act as role models to help them develop into young adults. That is why we look for quality individuals to coach and teach at each team level. All coaches are screened through mandated background checks prior to the start of the season, and each head coach must be Level I US Lacrosse certified in coaching.
Many of our coaches have played high school, college lacrosse, and often remain involved in adult leagues in the area. We strive to pair Parent Field Assistants with each coach to not only assist in coaching duties but also to provide our coaches with a parents perspective on the team and game.
John Tucker-Head Coach
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be” -Ralph Waldo Emerson I never played lacrosse before my sons became involved with the sport. I played softball and volleyball during my time in the military. I have also coached youth volleyball and assisted with coaching lacrosse a few years ago before becoming the U14 head coach last year. I am a retired Air Force Master Sergeant and I currently work as a supervisor for the Maintenance Department at Montgomery County Public Schools. Our oldest son, Jackson, began playing for Chambersburg Youth Lacrosse in 2014, and our youngest son, Matthew started shortly thereafter. We’ve been part of the organization every year since. My favorite things about coaching are watching our youth learn new skills, develop existing skills, and build their confidence.
Chris Murphy-Assistant Coach
"Have no fear for perfection - you'll never reach it"- Salvador Dali "you must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star"- Friederich NietzscheI played in my youth from 2006-2010. I played for Chambersburg Trojans and Central Pa Dawgs. This is my first year with the organization. I look forward to passing on the same game I loved playing to a newer generation.
Jai Wood-Head Coach
"Take the Shot!"
My name is Jai wood, and I started off playing lacrosse in Summit, NJ, where I played in the lacrosse club for grades 8th and 9th. Eventually, I moved on to play lacrosse for Summit High School for grades 10th, 11th, and 12th. After graduation, I went on to play lacrosse at Delaware Valley University, plus I played lacrosse for a club in Doylestown, PA. I also coached 9th-grade lacrosse in Summit, NJ for two years. This is my first year coaching lacrosse with Chambersburg youth, but I plan on coaching for many more years. My favorite thing about coaching lacrosse is teaching the kids to learn and love the game. I am a coach to my core. I also coach the Jr Trojans in football. I love to watch the kids develop into great players and even better humans. My favorite quote to my kids is "TAKE THE SHOT!" and "GO TROJANS!"Outside of coaching, I work for Manitowoc/Grove as a Material Specialist and have been there for about four years. Before working for Grove, I was a roofer for most of my career. At the beginning of my adult career, I was an elementary teacher. That led me to coach, and I have loved it ever since.
Phil Watkins-Assistant Coach
"An apple a day keeps anyone away if you throw it hard enough"
Coach Phil might seem quiet but brings humor and a positive attitude to the U12 team. This is Phil's first year coaching lacrosse, but one would never know that he never played. He's no stranger to the organization though because he's watched his son, Parker, grow within our club for the last 3 years. Before Phil coached lacrosse, he spent 3 years coaching soccer at Hamilton Height Elementary. Phil's motivation for coaching is being able to get kids out on the field, to be active, and watch them make new friends.
Outside of coaching, Phil is a family man and works full time as a truck driver.
Tony Marker-Head Coach
"Results are never built off excuses"I played for 2 years in high school as a junior and senior. I played midfield and face-off. I own my own landscaping business and have for the last 11 years. This is my first season with the Jr. Trojans. I love watching young athletes learn and develop their own unique skill sets and utilizing them in a team atmosphere.
Bethany Marker-Assistant Coach
Hi! My name is Bethany Marker and I am an elementary school teacher for the Chambersburg Area School District. I have taught first, second, and fourth grades for the past 18 years in Chambersburg and I enjoy working with children and seeing them grow in their educational journeys. I played girl's lacrosse for two years in high school, and this is my first year assistant coaching the 10U boy's lacrosse team alongside my husband, Tony Marker. I have four children who have also decided to try lacrosse this year, so I look forward to instilling the love of the game and building on foundational skills for all of the kids on the team.