Team Overview

Graduation Year: 2025 / 2026

Description:  A highly competitive  team in our boys club program consisting of the 2025 and 2026 graduation years. Players will receive accelerated coaching through our high school preparatory practices designed to rapidly advance skill sets. Our unmatched training coupled with participating in the nation's leading lacrosse events, gives our athletes the opportunity to develop to their full potential while preparing them for high school lacrosse.

Tryouts:  This team is formed from an open tryout in September. Tryout registration will begin in August. Players selected from this tryout will travel the following summer. For current team availability please call 513-847-8491.

Roster

Number

Name

Position

Grad Year

School

Below is a sample schedule from this past summer. The 2020 tournament schedule will be posted by Sept 8th.

Summer Schedule

June 1-2 Country Lax, TN
5/19: 11:00 - 2:00 Turpin HS
5/22: 4:30 - 6:00 Field D
5/23: 7:30 - 9:00 GameTime
5/28: 7:30 - 9:00 Field E
5/29: 7:30 - 9:00 Field E
5/30: 7:30 - 9:00 Field E

June 8-9 Ohio Lax Fest, OH
6/4: 5:30 - 7:00 Field D
6/5: 6:00 - 7:30 Turf 2
*scrimmage vs MS GIRLS/stick swap
6/6: 7:30 - 9:00 Field E

June 29-30 NXT Grail, IN
6/12: 7:00 - 8:30 Turf 1
6/13: 7:30 - 9:00 Field D
6/17: 7:30 - 9:00 Field A
6/18: 6:00 - 7:30 Field in Monroe indoor
6/20: 5:30 - 7:00 Turf 1
6/24: 6:00 -7:30 Field E
6/25: 7:30 - 9:00 Field E
6/27: 5:00 - 6:30 Field B

Coaches

This will be Coach Italiano's first year coaching in the Velocity program. Coach Italiano is currently on the St. Xavier HS Varsity coaching staff.

 Charlotte Catholic High School, NC                                                                                                                                     

·         2006 - 2010

·         4 Year Varsity Starter at Attack and Midfield

·         Back to back State Champion 2007 & 2008

·         2 x US All-American 2009/2010

·         2010 Charlotte Player of the Year

·         3 x 1st Team All-State 2008/2009/2010

 

The Ohio State University Men’s Varsity Lacrosse Team                                                                                       

·         2010 - 2014

·         4 year active player at Midfield

·         ECAC champion in 2013

·         Quarterfinal appearance against Cornell in 2013 NCAA tournament

·         ECAC Specialist of the week 2013

·         2012 Scholar Athlete    

 

Charlotte Hounds Major League Lacrosse                                                                                                                     

·         2014

 

Ohio Machine Major League Lacrosse                                                                                                                         OH                                                                                                     

·         Intern for Operations & Public Relations 2013

·         Increased ticket sales with a marketing strategy and promotions targeted towards the Greater Columbus Area and Ohio State University students

·         Managed game day operations such as in-game promotions, fan experiences and on-field setups

·         Assisted with personnel logistics by scheduling flights, booking hotels, and inputting data into Excel

·         Communicated with sponsors to procure products that will enhance the in-game experience for fans

·         Analyzed the franchise’s prospects for upcoming 2014 draft

 

Ohio State Varsity Lacrosse Camps                                                                                                                                

·         Instructor 2011, 2012, 2013

·         Organized games and drills for the campers, also helped develop campers knowledge of the game

·         Managed various operational elements of the camp such as the registration table, field maintenance and dorms hallways duty

 

Stick With Us Lacrosse                                                                                                                                                    

·         Assistant Coach Summer 2011,2012,2013                                                                                                   

·         Coached children ages 6-18 all aspects of the game in addition to good character and values off the field

·         Organized weekly practices and facilitated the operations of weekend tournaments

·         Assisted with equipment management for over 64 teams

This is Gary's second appearance  with Velocity Lacrosse.  In his first go-around, he helped lead the class of 2018/2019 Velocity Middle School to a semi-final appearance at Lax-n-nati, a finals appearance at the Ohio State Middle School Camp, and championships in the inaugural Queen City Classic and the Cherry Bomb (Traverse City, Michigan).  He was fortunate enough to have players that went on to start their college careers at North Carolina, Ohio State, Utah, Bellarmine, Cleveland State, Wheeling Jesuit, Belmont Abbey, Kenyon and Capital.
He is currently in his 5th season as head coach at Turpin High School.  In the last three years he has led the Spartans to over 30 victories and counting.  He has current graduates playing at Mercyhurst and Muskingum.
Gary's previous coaching stops include:
Lakota East (Head Coach) - 2012-2014
Sycamore (Varsity Assistant) - 2011
University of Dayton (Associate Head Coach) - 2007-2010 where he helped lead the Flyers to a national quarterfinals appearance, 2 semi-final appearances, and 1 championship appearance, as well as 3 CCLA Championships
Massillon Jackson (Head Coach) - 1998-2004 where he led the Polar Bears to back to back state semi-finals appearances
Parkland High School (Allentown PA - Volunteer Assistant) - 1997
Gary played collegiately at Kutztown University (Pennsylvania) from 1994-1997 where he played LSM.  He played high school lacrosse at Massillon Jackson High School (1994 graduate), where he was a face-off specialist and a midfielder.
Gary's wife Brandi is his biggest supporter, along with his daughters Madeline (9) and Payton (6).  Both girls have participated in Velocity Lacrosse clinics and leagues, and LOVE playing lacrosse and being part of the Velocity Family!!

 

 

Turpin HS

   -4 year varsity starter (2015-2018)
   -3x All SWOH (2016-2018)
   -2x All ECC (2017-2018)
   -2nd Team All State (2018)
   -Played in Ohio Machine Senior All-Star Game
   -Current school CTO leader
Mercyhurst University
   -Freshman year (2019)
   -Nationally Ranked D2 Team
   -Great Midwest Athletic Conference Champions (2019)
   -First Round of National Lacrosse Tournament (2019)