A Philadelphia product through Germantown Academy, Holmes started in every game of his career for the University of Virginia including two final fours, was the captain of the 2005 team, and won the team defensive MVP award in ’05 including All-America honors. Since 2006 Holmes has been a career starting defenseman logging over 140 career starts 16 goals and over 400 loose balls in both professional lacrosse leagues. Holmes currently plays close defense for the New York Lizards. Holmes is a veteran of the Philadelphia Wings and San Jose Stealth.
COACHING: Holmes has been a career coach since 2006 and has enjoyed ample success in his young career. Highlights include a national championship assisting the defense for UVA in 2011, A 24-0 perfect season as defensive coordinator of the 2014 Malvern Prep Friars, and multiple league titles and playoff runs as a head coach and assistant coach at the High School level. Holmes continues today building Fusion, Penn*Lax all-stars and guest coaching around the country as an ambassador for USBOXLA. Holmes created the curriculum and training philosophy at Fusion which is enhanced by Crowley, Wiles, McCormick and Mueller’s additions.
The only player to be drafted 1st overall in the MLL, NLL and WLA Entry Drafts. Kevin is Canadian born via Vancouver and has dominated every venue that lacrosse has to offer. He stars for Team Canada, the MLL Washington Bayhawks, and NLL New England Blackwolves. Kevin was the 2013 MLL-MVP Award Winner. Crowley attended Stony Brook University where he holds the record for most points in school history, was a two-time first team All-American, D1 Midfielder of the Year and Player of the Year. Kevin also made All-World for Team Canada at the 2008 World Juniors. Most recently Crowley lead Team Canada to a World Championship victory, scoring 5 of the first 6 goals and earning game MVP
COACHING An assistant coach with D1 St. Joseph’s University this past Spring, Crowley continues to lend his offensive expertise as a Coordinator for the Shipley school today. Kevin has logged countless hours directing camps including Fusion West in British Columbia. Kevin leads the offensive skills curriculum at Fusion.
A graduate from Malvern Prep and Drexel University, McCormick has excelled on the field as a player and from the sidelines as a coach. While at Malvern, he was a Captain for the
school’s only state championship team in 2006. A natural leader and performer, Coach McCormick started every game of his career at Drexel University, was a two-time Captain and three time all-conference player. Thought of highly by his teammates and coaches, McCormick won the coaches award in 2010. He was also the third Dragon player to be awarded Scholar All-American, given for leadership and performance on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. As a senior in 2010, McCormick concluded his collegiate career being elected to participate in the North/South Senior All-Star game. Most recently, Coach McCormick was named to Drexel Universities 75th anniversary team as one of the best to ever suit up at Drexel.
COACHING McCormick has spent years during and after college as a high level coach. He was Drexel’s graduate assistant coach in 2011 and an assistant at Penn Charter School for three seasons. Currently McCormick is the defensive coordinator at local powerhouse and #3 nationally ranked Malvern Prep.
Another local product, Coach Philibin began his playing career at Avon Grove High School in West Grove, PA. He was a three year starter at close defense and long stick midfield. Coach Philibin garnered all-league accolades as both a junior and senior and added an all-area award his senior season, and participated in the South Eastern PA Senior All Star Game. During his senior season he was named both the team’s defensive player of the year and most valuable player. After graduating Avon Grove in 2006, he continued his playing career at the University of South Carolina where he immediately found himself in a starting role at close defense. Philibin helped lead the Gamecocks to their first league playoff appearance in over two decades.
COACHING Kevin is currently the Head Coach at Bayard Rustin High School Varsity. Kevin began his coaching career in 2011 at Unionville High School where he coached two seasons alongside former US Lacrosse Coach of the Year John Rohde. In 2012 he accepted a teaching position at West Chester Rustin and was brought on as an assistant coach for the Golden Knights and has been an integral part in building the program. He is entering his first season at the helm at Rustin.
Coach Wiles finds a new home with Fusion Lacrosse after years as an NLL offensive standout. Born in Ontario Canada, Wiles grew up standing out on the ice in the winter and playing box lacrosse throughout the summers. Awarded a full scholarship to the University of Delaware, Wiles quickly learned the outdoor American game and stood out as a goal-scoring threat. Returning to his indoor roots, Wiles was picked 4th overall in the 2004 NLL Draft to the Philadelphia Wings. With over 450 career points, 3x NLL All-Star Game appearances , and an Indoor World Championship under his belt, we couldn’t be happier to have Coach Wiles passing on his expertise to our players.
Currently Coach Wiles is entering his second year as head coach at Archbishop Carroll. Previously, Wiles has directed Pro-Star Box Lacrosse Camps in Canada for the past 9 years. Drawing the camp’s participants from Orillia, Ottawa, Barrie and Nunavut, Pro-Star Box Lacrosse Camps has been successfully teaching players from various backgrounds the ins and outs of the game for years. Another program Coach Wiles assists with is the Charity Right to Play, a lacrosse development program reaching out to remote areas of Canada and returning the game to its most basic roots. Wiles currently resides in Havertown, PA with his wife and two young daughters and is happy to now call Fusion Lacrosse home. His knowledge and passion for the game shines through every time he’s on the field and sideline. Coach Wiles is perfect match for our program’s staff and philosophies, and another excellent teacher of the game as well.
Coach Layfield joins the Fusion staff this year adding years of experience and knowledge as a player and coach. Dan has been the head Coach of Wissahickon High School for the past three years. Having been involved with club lacrosse since his playing days at Drexel University, Dan has a wealth of knowledge and our boys are going to learn a lot from him! Having learned to play in Upstate NY, Coach Layfield brings an athlete’s mindset to the midfielder position and will certainly help dial in our shooting on the run! Coach Layfield resides in Bryn Mawr with his wife and new born baby boy. The Philadelphia lacrosse community is lucky to have him stay in the area and pass down his knowledge and passion for the game to the next generation of players.
Fusion welcomes another new coach to the mix in former Princeton University and Germantown Academy star Alex Haynie! Coach Haynie excelled as a savvy attack man and is the all time leading goal scorer at Germantown Academy. Alex is the son of longtime Germantown Academy legendary Coach Ted Haney.
Coach Haynie currently resides in Radnor with his wife and new born baby girl, and works as a teacher and coach at Malvern Prep. Fusion is very excited to have Coach Haynie join the team and look forward to seeing our players excel from his coaching perspective!
Coach Hoffman returns to the staff this year, bringing an additional defensive-minded coach to the staff. A Bucks County native, Coach Hoffman played collegiate ball at Ursinus before joining Coach Holmes on the Philadelphia Wings!
Coach Hoffman has spent time as a collegiate coach at Swarthmore College and is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Ursinus. We are thrilled to have Eric return to the staff on a full time basis and look forward to seeing our defensemen embrace Coach Hoffman’s strong defensive mentality.
Coach Turner grew up in British Colombia and had a successful career in the WLA before breaking through to the professional ranks.
Coach Turner has spent the last six years in the National Lacrosse League most recently playing forward for the Colorado Mammoth. Turner had his finest season as a professional in 2011 with the Philadelphia Wings amassing 39 points on 17 goals and 22 assists while also collecting 56 loose balls.
After graduating from high school, Ashley attended York College of Pennsylvania to study Sport Management and compete on their Track and Field team for two years. There, she earned the Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic award twice. She transferred to West Chester University where she is received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology; Health and Physical Education as well as a Teacher Certification. Ashley was a skilled lacrosse and field hockey athlete for 6 years prior to college. Since graduating from WCU, Ashley has joined Fusion as a full time member of our business assisting in a wide variety of roles.
Fusion’s model is an all-encompassing premier resource for committed lacrosse players to become the most successful players they can be. We believe that we’ve built an exceptional program for committed lacrosse players and their families. Our plans are to build and sustain our success by always doing it the right way.
- Coaching. The key separator at Fusion. We accept the knowledge that a coach can monumentally not only affect a players and teams development, but more importantly their psyche, character and confidence. With that knowledge, Fusion has built a staff that is fully equipped to mentor players through their whole youth careers on and off the field. First and foremost, Fusion has recruited coaches that are high character individuals, winners in life, and fiercely passionate about coaching and working with kids. Not only are we lucky enough to have those types of coaches on staff full time, but additionally our staff may also be most athletically decorated lacrosse club lacrosse coaches in the country.
- Program Model. We believe that development for a 3rd and 4th grader is just as important as for a high school athlete. We have developed our model so that our core staff (with over 50 years of professional playing experience), coaches every team at every age group for every hour of training. We do not prioritize one age group over another and we do not outsource coaches. While we do have a comprehensive year round practice schedule, we also only average one practice a week throughout the year, thus allowing players to play multiple sports and activities.
- 24/7 Resources and Organization. Fusion lacrosse is a full time job for most us with our offices located in downtown West Chester PA. This allows us to optimize our organization and communication. We take tremendous pride in making this area of our organization elite. In order to deliver the necessary guidance in development and recruiting, we understand that this is a full time 24/7 duty to our families. We work day and night to deliver.
- Specialization. Fusion remains small and specialized by design. We only have one team per age group and will not expand to include B teams at any point, at risk of diluting our product. This allows our ratio’s to remain strong and our product to always be delivered at an exceptional level.
X’s and O’s (Our Lacrosse Philosophy)
- Year-Round. This does not mean you do not play other sports. In fact we insist that you do. To accommodate, we aim to only practice once a week (with some exceptions in the summer) as well as build in breaks in between seasons. We DO feel it is necessary to continue to train throughout the year if you truly want to excel in the sport of lacrosse. Our practices and the level of instruction are expertly delivered so the value you are getting from your time with us is optimal. We are not about simply putting hours in, we are focused on the quality of those hours. We also believe that the sport of lacrosse is exceptionally skill driven (you are playing with a foreign object in your hands) and it simply takes tens of thousands of repetitions to become elite.
- Focus on box lacrosse. Fusion got its name from the idea of fuzing box lacrosse and field Lacrosse training together to build a complete lacrosse athlete. As is now widely accepted, commitment to box lacrosse is an absolute developmental advantage. Playing box lacrosse is new to Americans, as it has been primarily played by Canadians. Fusion has the unique ability to deliver world class box lacrosse instruction because so many of our coaches have played the game professionally. This also explains why we have so many Canadians on staff!
- Team Play, Ball Movement. Frankly we believe too many clubs focus on gathering the best talent they can at any given time and then only play a 1v1 style of game. Naturally this develops one-dimensional lacrosse players while many of their teammates stand and watch. Inevitably 1v1 type players hit a wall at some point, as the talent gaps become smaller and smaller as their careers advance. We believe at Fusion that lacrosse is a ball movement sport, and when the ball is moving fast that is when the game is played at its best. There is a time and place for 1v1 dodging of course, but we mostly focus on team concepts, moving the ball, lacrosse IQ, and decision making as absolute focal points. We are building dynamic lacrosse players that can adapt to any situation on the field. We are building “coachable” players.
- Mutual commitment. Fusion has a built in program model that if you make the team as a 3rd grader we will carry you until an open tryout in 6th grade. If you make the team as a 6th grader we will carry you until the 9th grade open tryout. If you make the team as a 9th grader we will carry you through your high school career. If a player commits to us and competes hard at practice we will commit to them. We believe that our training model can make any player an asset to their teams. We want to see players develop and make huge strides in our program, period. We also understand the value of competing for roster spots periodically in 3rd, 6th, and 9th grade.
- Challenging Honestly. Fusion coaches are all different types of leaders and role models and we believe thats an aspect that makes us a special organization. One consistent trait we all share however, is we are honest and fair. We are critical when it comes to effort and coachability. If you are not working your hardest our players will consistently hear our displeasure over that. If you are not paying attention and not buying into the team concept you will be called out consistently. Our coaches are experienced and smart enough to understand that you reach different kids in different ways, but we specialize in getting kids to “buy in” become good listeners and hard workers. When a player is doing the right things we will reward that and players will feel it.
- Complete Players and People. We take pride in connecting college coaches with our players that play the game the “Fusion Way”. In fact, players that have bought into our program are much easier to recruit and market to college coaches. A fusion player works hard and internally challenges himself. A fusion player is versatile thus enhancing the odds of fitting into the needs of a college program. A fusion player is smart and reliable, and ask any coach, those are the players that get on the field! Finally we love to be able to sell the idea that our players are “coachable”. The best players in the world are the ones who are always trying to learn something new about the game, listening to their coaches, watching game tape, and tirelessly working to turn their weaknesses into strengths. This is a lifelong pursuit and the challenging atmosphere at Fusion builds that into our players.