Coach Fitz has been with Methuen Youth Lacrosse for over 7 years! Fitz is the utility player that every league wants and needs. He has done everything from being on the executive board to coaching to resident fix it and putter-together man. He is the brains and brawn behind our replica Methuen Rangers Stadium.
Fitz can always be counted on to train, coach and encourage our players. Whether it is the regular season, First Stick, Winter or drop in practices, Coach Fitz always makes time to help our players train and improve. He's always smiling and is the first one to reward all the kids with cupcakes or ice cream!
He is 100% genuinely committed in guiding our kids to play and have fun. This year it was pouring out and all the teams canceled practice. Coach Fitz was at the field and volunteered to work with any player that came down to the field and wanted to practice.
The best part about Coach Fitz, though, is his humbleness. He is raising three athletic, smart and kind girls and he supports them all in everything they do. This means that you'll also catch him at soccer, hockey and lacrosse games, plus band competitions, concerts, plays and at 100s of other events.
Learn More About Coach Fitz
What is your role this year for Methuen Youth Lacrosse? I am an assistant coach for the 5th and 6th grade girls lacrosse team.
What other roles have you taken on over the years with Methuen Youth Lacrosse? I’ve also been a head coach, and an all around maintenance and repair guy. I try to subtly keep the cobwebs off everything and the duct tape and glue holding up.
How many years have you been volunteering for Methuen Lacrosse? I’ve been involved in the program for maybe 7 or 8 years now.
What is your lacrosse or sports background? I have had absolutely no experience in lacrosse. I think it was barely even a sport in school when I was growing up. But I played football and track my whole childhood and young adult life, which has given me the experience to make them stronger and faster at what they do. And if you can learn that… You can move ahead leaps and bounds.
What is your favorite part of being a coach? My favorite part of being a coach is the random small moments you get when you create a childhood memory. Could be a first goal, could be the realization of how much you’ve improved in some thing, could be the ice cream sundae you got after a hard practice.
Who is your favorite lacrosse player of all time? I could not name one lacrosse player who does it professionally. But I also couldn’t name one professional football player on the patriots either. Oh wait, I remember Brady but he’s not even on the patriots anymore.
Is there a coach or athlete that you look up to as a role model? Why them? There are not too many personal athletes I’d look up to nowadays. Yet, I always found all the quiet donations that Mark McGwire would make under aliases and fake names very honorable, and that has always struck a chord with me though.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Andover. Balardvale actually. That used to be the wrong side of the tracks. It was always a very tight knit village. But now it’s considered the historical part of Andover.
What did you want to be when you grew up? What did I want to be…? To quote my old man. “ I still don’t know what I want to be, I just know what I’ve been.” Sums it up.
How many kids do you have? I have three daughters.
What is your favorite drill? I have several favorite drills. They depend on the amount of players. Each of my favorite drills have one thing in common though. No down time, or very short turn around. No extra group, no extra line, no time to watch butterflies.
Besides lacrosse, what is your favorite thing to do? I like cooking. I enjoy photography. I think I just like experiencing things first hand. I enjoyed mountain hikes and winter climbing and backcountry skiing a lot before my “old” started acting up on me.
Where is your favorite spot to visit on vacation? I’ve become more of a beach goer recently, yet, I truly love our family vacations to see family in Ireland as much as we do. The fresh fish and chips is one thing, but you can’t really describe hiking through the cow fields behind the house to get up to the cliffs of moher and watch a 10:45 pm summer sunset.
Who is your favorite band? My favorite band… hmmm. Always been partial to Aerosmith. Led Zeppelin too. I don’t lean one way or another. Country is always nice to calm the nerves.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? A superpower that I would like would be the ability to text the guy in front of me that the light is green. Buzz buzz ding: “Lights green sleepyhead. Stop slowing down the world. “
What would you do if you won $10 million? Not sure what to do with a spare 10 million bucks. Pretty sure none of our friends would have any bills anymore. A little island get away is certainly tempting too.
What wins games, offense or defense? I might say offense wins games. But , if I could word it better, offense wins games. Lack of defense loses games. Everybody plays a role. I need the aggressive tenacity to protect my goalie. Middies are not the superstar in my world. They are merely the mailman. The long legged mailman that can run and not get tired easily. They simply deliver the ball to my shooters. The kids that put the ball in the net.
College Lacrosse or Pro Lacrosse? My favorite is still town lacrosse. I find it has roots and the most soul.
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