Lacrosse club launches season with a new head coach

Daniel Macca - Courtesy Photo
Daniel Macca
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The Vashon Lacrosse Club will kick off its new season with its annual Face-off event, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Vashon Theatre. Parents and players can get a heads up on the coming season, ask questions about the club and meet the coaches, including new head coach Daniel Macca.

This season, Vashon will field boys and girls lacrosse teams at the high school level in addition to its teams for girls and boys in elementary and middle school. The club also welcomes its new head coach, islander Daniel Macca, who has coached various club teams for several years.

Macca replaces club founder and longtime head coach Charley Rosenberry, who retired last year. According to Vashon Lacrosse Club volunteers, Macca has participated in organized lacrosse for over 33 years and picked up his first stick while in grade school. His formative years were spent playing midfield and goalie for upstate New York powerhouse Fairport. He was recruited by Division III lacrosse teams, but chose to move to California, where he was on the founding team of Loyola Marymount University.

Macca, who has a degree in psychology from Loyola as well as an MBA from Marylhurst University, is well known on Vashon for his time as a parent educator at Vashon Youth & Family Services. He played lacrosse in Seattle for the Bluefish, a perennial A-league championship team, until retiring to play the more gentle sport of ice hockey.

Macca has been passionate about passing along the game of lacrosse to the next generation of players, including his 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. He said that after years of coaching with the Vashon Lacrosse Club, he was excited to take up the position of head coach and to lead the high school team, the Vultures.

“With a talented, seasoned group of rising upperclassmen, 2013 promises to be a strong year for the Vashon Vultures,” Macca said.

At Face-off, fun activities and booths with loaner gear and uniforms will open at 6 p.m., with the main event beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the theater. There will also be raffles and new apparel to check out. After the meeting, parents of high schoolers and fifth- and sixth-grade girls can attend a brief meeting specifically for the Vultures and the Valkyries.

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