tomTOM BAKER
OWNER and DIRECTOR OF XCEL LACROSSE PERFORMANCE TRAINING

Tom has been involved in the growth of lacrosse in the the Central Massachusetts area since he moved here in 2003. One of the founding members of the Team Central Lacrosse Club. Tom’s goal is to help grow the nation’s oldest sport throughout the Central Massachusetts area.

High School Career: Played lacrosse since 1967 making the transition to lacrosse while attending high school in Levittown, New York.

College Career: Two-year starter playing lacrosse at Baltimore Community College in Baltimore, MD.

AWARDS: Two time All-American – Defense, All-Conference Maryland JUCO – Defense, All-Regional XIX JUCO – Defense, MOST VALUABLE PLAYER 1973 and Captain. Captain of the South All Stars playing in the North/South College All Star Game.

FOOTBALL CAREER: As a Football player he was All-Conference Maryland JUCO Tight End, All-Regional XIX JUCO – Tight End.

Tom was offered Full Athletic Scholarships to Maryland and Virginia for lacrosse but choose a Scholarship to play football at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Coaching Career:
Eden Prairie High School, Shrewsbury High School, Saint John’s High School, Westboro High School, Assumption College and the Team Central Lacrosse Club.

Tom was recognized by US Lacrosse For:
2002 as US Lacrosse Man-of-the-Year (Minnesota), 2002 Coach-of-the-Year (Minnesota), 2004 US Lacrosse Man-of-the-Year (Massachusetts), 2007 US Lacrosse Assistant Coach-of-the-Year (Massachusetts).

Post College Playing Career:
2 World Games (Manchester, England and Denver). Minnesota Lacrosse Club 1993-2003, Paladins Lacrosse Club 2005 – 2012 and The Ultra Legends 2009-2012.

 

andyAndy Moran
XCEL ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Andy played 3 years as a Varsity player at Sachem North High school on Long Island. He also played 3 years at Assumption College where he was a Captain his junior year and 1 year student coach. He has coached XCEL Lacrosse Performance Training for 6 years and 2 years with Team Central.

Andy has been a Math Teacher at Shrewsbury High School for 3 years, where he is also the Girls Varsity Volleyball coach (3 years). He has also coached CMASS club Volleyball (3 years) and the Unified Track Coach at Shrewsbury (3 years).

 

melMel McKee
XCEL COACH
Mel was the Head Coach of the Assumption College Men’s Lacrosse Team, also serving as the offensive coordinator and goalkeeper coach for the four seasons. Over that span the Greyhounds improved in most categories including goals per game, assists per game, total points per game and shooting percentage. The team finished second in the Northeast-10 Conference in extra-man goals and success percentage in 2008. In 2011, McKee’s team set a program single-season record for victories with an overall mark of 9-7, including a 5-5 record in Northeast-10 play. The team advanced to the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament for the first time in program history and McKee was named as the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year.

A long time successful high school head coach at Marian High School (Framingham, MA) (2006) and Ashland High School (1997 2005), McKee was named assistant men’s lacrosse coach at the College in November 2005.

He previously posted a 79-67 overall record at Ashland High in its first years of existence. He led the team to four Eastern Massachusetts tournament appearances in eight varsity seasons including the No. 1 seed in the Division 2 tournament in 2000. He was named the Boston Globe Eastern Mass. Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year and the Metro Central Coach-of-the-Year in 2000.

He was also the founder of the Ashland Youth Lacrosse program and its coach and is a member of the Eastern Mass. Lacrosse Coaching Association (1997-06) and US Lacrosse (since 1999). He played on the Brine Lacrosse Club and a member of the team that advanced to the 1975, 76 Club Lacrosse National Championships.

He graduated from Northeastern University in 1976 with a bachelors in business administration and received his masters (also in business administration) in 1984. He later studied at the Stonier Graduate School of Banking (1985-87) at the University of Delaware.

daveDave Roche
XCEL COACH
Dave was head coach of Framingham State College in 1987. He also coached High School lacrosse for more than 25 years; he has a career head coaching record of 177-62. He was Needham High School Boy’s Head Lacrosse Coach 1995-2002. Dave founded Needham Youth Lacrosse September 1996.

Coaching Highlights:
● Coached seven High School All-Americans.
● 2001he was named EMASS Coaches Assn. & Boston Globe
● Division 1 Coach of the Year, while at Needham HS.
● 2001: Needham HS team won first BSC Championship
● 2003 – 2006: While at Algonquin, teams made it to the State Semi-Finals in 2004 and 2005.
● Served on Selection Committee for 2003 U.S. Lacrosse Under-19 National Team.
● 2006-2014: Founder and Director of Mass Vikings Club lacrosse program;

Natalia Martinez 
XCEL SPORTS AND FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

Natalia graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in Physical Education with a Concentration in Exercise Science. She is a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).

Natalia graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. She is a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). Natalia has been personal training for four years; which has allowed her to hone her skills to train various individuals. However Natalia’s preference and specialties are sport performance enhancement, weight loss, and corrective exercise. She also has experience teaching group instructional classes for TRX and Kettlebells. Natalia has coached lacrosse for three years (two years at Hudson High School, one year at Ashland High School and a club team over the summer called Team Elevate based out of Providence, Rhode Island). Over the summer she was the strength and conditioning instructor for Hudson High School athletes where she trained a large range of athletes such as the football team, lacrosse players, hockey players, soccer players, field hockey players, volleyball players, basketball players, dancers, and track athletes etc. The athletes she has trained range from 13 to college level.

Natalia is currently the Sport and Fitness Instructor for the Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest in Hudson, MA where she works with ages 6 to 18 teaching them about sports, fitness, growing up, great attitudes, hard work, perseverance, great health through healthy habits, the mind to body connection through reading and writing poetry, competitive drives, having “heart”, and most importantly, LIFE.

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