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Joe Haemmerle

Coach Haemmerle has been working with youth, high school and college aged athletes since 1987.  His playing and coaching foundation started in football as he served Bergen Catholic HS as its Defensive Coordinator from 1991-2005 during which time, the Crusaders won 9 state championships and reached the sectional final 12 times.

In 1995, Coach Haemmerle was asked to begin the interscholastic lacrosse program at BC.  Over 24 years, his teams won over 200 games and he was recognized numerous times as Coach of the Year and by the NJILOA for their Sportsmanship Award.

In 2001 the Central Bergen Lacrosse Program was born, starting camps and moving into leagues.  In 2018, CBL ran its first major Summer Club Team Program with over 100 players.  CBL continues to provide an exceptional experience for its families under his direction.

In 2019, Coach Haemmerle decided to work with Ramapo High School.  As Defensive Coordinator, he helped to support Coach Tom Albano and his program reach the Group II Sectional Final.  The team won 11 of its final 13 contests.

Coach Haemmerle is father to CBL Alumnus and now Coach, Matt Haemmerle; Grace Haemmerle and current CBL Gold Player, Jack Haemmerle.

Accomplishments

  • 2019 NJILL Gibbs Division Man of the Year
  • 2018 NJ Lacrosse Hall of Fame
  • 2017 NJSIAA Lacrosse Award
  • 2000-2009 North Jersey Coach of the Decade
  • 2015 TOC Finalists
  • 2015 NPA Champions
  • 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016 NPA Finalists
  • 2006, 2009, 2014, 2015 Bergen County Champions
  • 2013, 2014, 2015 NJILL Gibbs Division Champions

Significant Accomplishments of Coach Haemmerle's Players

  • 8 USLacrosse All-Americans
  • 6 USLacrosse Academic All-Americans
  • 2 USILA Collegiate All-Americans (one 2x winner)
  • 1 Google Collegiate Academic All-American
  • 1 Bergen Catholic Hall of Fame Inductee (Lacrosse only)
  • 2 MLL Draftees
  • 1 NCAA Head Coach
  • 1 Major League Baseball World Champion
  • 1 NFL First Round Draft Choice, Rookie of the Year and Pro-Bowler
  • 5 NFL Player
  • Most importantly, many have gone on to exceptional family and professional lives

M.C.Cameron Major U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

Playing Experience

  • Cape Elizabeth (Maine) High School, Defenseman, Tri-Captain/1990 State Champions
  • College: Virginia Military Institute, Goalie, 4x Letterman, .725 Save %/229 career saves
  • Beck's Club Lacrosse, (Boston, MA) Goalie/1996
  • Harpoon Club Lacrosse, (Boston, MA) Goalie/1996-97
  • U.S. Marine Corps Men's Lacrosse Club, Goalie, Captain (1999-2001)

Coaching Experience

  • Arcadia College - Assistant Coach (2019-current)  Helped the Knights to a Program record for wins in a season and their first MAC Commonwealth Championships
  • Bergen Catholic High School- Goalie Coach/Assistant Defensive Coordinator (2017- 2018)
  • Central Bergen Lacrosse, Deputy Director/Coach, Goalie Coach (April 2018- current)
  • Freeport (Maine) High School- Interim Head Coach (1994)
  • University of Southern Maine Lacrosse Club- Defensive Coach/Goalie (1994)
  • The Lacrosse Academy- Virginia (Virginia Military Institute) and Ohio(Denison University) (1995, 2018)

Honors

  • Fred Hope Memorial Award Recipient for unparalleled display of lacrosse and life/Virginia Military Institute
  • Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Silver Star in lieu of sixth award)
  • Combat Action Ribbon.


Personal

  • Retired Marine Infantry Officer, Combat Veteran, Operation Iraqi Freedom (x2) and Operation Enduring Freedom, 
  • Commander, Marine Corps Security Forces Guantanamo Bay
  • Camp Leatherneck/Camp Bastion Operations Officer, Marine Security Force Afghanistan
  • Commander, Helicopterborne Company (Reinforced) Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Resides near Washingtonville, NY with his lovely and talented fiance, Suzanne.
  • Proud father of Mary(16), Michael(14) and Matthew(12).    

Coach Chris Nerkizian

Playing Experience

West Virginia University - Defenseman 1993 - 1996

  • NCLL American Conference Champions - 1995
  • NCLL Final Four - 1995, Allegheny Division Champions - 1994, 1995, 1996

Coaching Experience

Assistant Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Northern Valley Demarest, Demarest - Present


Head Boys Lacrosse Coach, Dwight Englewood School, Englewood, NJ 2015-2017

    • Kirst Division Champions 2017

Assistant Boys Lacrosse Coach, Dwight Englewood School, Englewood, NJ 2011-2014

Middle School Girls Volleyball Coach, Demarest, NJ 2015- 2016

Middle School Boys Basketball Coach, Demarest, NJ 2012- 2017

    • Northern Valley Champions 2017

Head Boys Lacrosse Coach, Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale, NJ 2005- 2008

Assistant Lacrosse Coach, University of Hartford, Bloomfield , CT 2002-2003

Head Boys Lacrosse Coach, Morris Catholic High School, Denville, NJ 2000-2002


Personal

  • Special Education/Gifted and Talented/S.T.E.M. Facilitator
  • Luther Lee Emerson School, Demarest, NJ (2008 - Present)

Coach Craig Buckley

Playing Experience
Pascack Valley High School

  • 3-year Varsity starter @ Attack
  • JR & SR year Captain
  • 1993-Eaned 1st Team All Gibbs, 1st Team All State and All American
  • 1993-State scoring champion with 104 points

Rutgers University

  • 4-year starter @ Rutgers University
  • Led team in goals 3 out of 4 years
  • Played both Attack and Midfield @ The Division I level

Pascack Valley High School Head Coach (2009-Present)

  • Won 4 League Championships
  • 2011, 2012, 2015-Coach of The Year (League)
  • Over 100 career wins
  • Coached 6 All State and All County players

West Orange High School Head Coach (2005-2008)

  • Started the varsity program
  • Qualified for state tournament in first varsity season

Honors

  • Oct, 2009-Inducted into Fair Lawn High School Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Feb, 2014-Inducted into The New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame
  • June, 2015-NJILOA Len Roland Award Winner-(Sportsmanship)

Personal

  • Special Education Teacher @ Pascack Valley High School (2006-Presetn)
  • Resides in Emerson, NJ with his wife of 8 years, Lauren
  • Proud dad to Julianna (5 years old) and Jax (3 years old)

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