OUR STAFF

Black Bear's coaching staff is filled with passionate, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, dedicated, hard working coaches who care deeply about the opportunity they have to directly impact your son's love, desire, and learning of lacrosse. They bring strong communication skills to the field, and make it a priority to build relationships with players and their parents.

 
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Bryan Churchey

Co-Owner/Director of Black Bear Lacrosse.

Head Coach 2019 & 2024 Teams.

Over 18 years of playing and coaching experience. 

Directs Black Bear's High School Program.

Head Varsity Coach at his Alma Mater, Perkiomen Valley High School (2013-present).

Named the Pottstown Mercury Newspaper 2018 Coach of the Year

Has been coaching at Black Bear for 10 years.

Played at Perkiomen Valley High School'07 2nd-Team All-Area Midfielder for the Vikings Won two Pac Titles and 1 PVLL Conference Championship in 2005, and 2006.

Played for Division III Powerhouse Cabrini College where he was a 3-year starter as a Defensive Midfielder for the Cavaliers winning 4 CSAC titles and appearing in the NCAA Quarter-Finals in 2008 as well as a 4-year CSAC Men’s Lacrosse All-Academic team and team captain his senior year.

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grady wise

Co-Owner/Director of Black Bear Lacrosse.

Head Coach 2023 Team.

Over 21 years of playing and coaching experience. 

Directs Black Bear's Youth Program.

Head Varsity Coach at Boyertown High School (2017-present).

Former Assistant at Methacton High School (2016, 2011-2007).

Former Head Varsity Coach at Phoenixville High School (2010-2015).

Played at North Penn High School as defensemen.

Played club lacrosse at MCLA Division 1 Temple University where he was team captain and president for three years.

 

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2026/27 Head Coach sean tischler

Current Defensive Coordinator at JUCO Williamson College of the Trades in Delaware County PA.

Former Head Coach of Kennett High School (2014-16) & Sun Valley High School (2011-2013).

Prior to Sun Valley, Coach Tischler was an assistant coach at Delaware power Salesianum School and Friend’s Central as well as head coach at Wilmington Christian in Delaware.

  Played at Northeast High & East Stroudsburg University as a goalie.

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2021 Head Coach Matt Justice

at 25 years young Coach Justice brings a wealth of experience to our 2021s and is currently an Assistant Coach at NCAA Division III Eastern University.

Former Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Division II Davis & Elkins College. Was the lead assistant and offensive coordinator there during the 2016-2017 school year. During that year he lead the program to their first win in history and a four-win season in just their second year as a program.

A 2016 graduate of Division III Marymount University where he played attack finishing in the top three on the team in goals and points each year.

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2022 Head Coach blase cesarone

Over 17 years of playing and coaching experience.

Head Varsity Coach at Pope John Paul II High School 2017-present.

Took PJP from a 2-16 to 7-8 season and the program first ever PIAA District 1 Class AA Play Off Berth!

Prior to PJP Coach Cesarone was a 4-year member & 2-year Starter at Attack for Gwynedd-Mercy University.

PJPII Principal Jim Meredith said, “It is evident that Blase brings a record of leadership, energy, enthusiasm, and the right experience to this position. He is well-suited to lead our lacrosse program.”

Played at Daniel Boone High School'12 as an All-Berks II 1st Team player!

OUR STAFF

2020 Team Head Coach Greg Lignelli- Coach Lignelli has been involved in coaching boys and girls lacrosse at various levels for the past 35 years.  Since 2016, he has been the Varsity Assistant Coach at Boyertown High School Boys Lacrosse serving as Offensive Coordinator.   

For the past 5 years, Coach Lignelli has been active in Boyertown Optimist Youth Lacrosse ( BOLT ) were he currently serves as Director of Coaching.  In addition, he coordinates the winter indoor training for the high school and youth programs.

In 2017, Coach Lignelli joined the staff of the Black Bear Lacrosse Club as an assistant to the 2020 Team. He played lacrosse at The Hill School and Brown University.  Coach Lignelli is a small business owner and lives in Gilbertsville with his wife and two children.

2021 Assistant Coach Matt Saxon- 15 years coaching & playing experience. Played at Boyertown High School was an All-PAC LSM 2013. Played Division III lacrosse at Alvernia University and is the current Head JV Coach at Boyertown High School.

2022 Assistant Coach Austin Mutter- 15 years of coaching & playing experience. Played at Boyertown High School where he was an All-PAC Goalie in 2013-2014. Played Division III lacrosse at Eastern University and is the current Defensive Coordinator at Pope John Paul II High School as well as the A1 Head Coach For Boyertown Youth Lacrosse.

2022 Assistant Coach David Smith- 15 years of coaching & playing experience has been coaching the 2022s for three years. Current attackman at Division III Marywood University played at William Penn Chart School'15- 2022 Assistant

2023 Assistant Coach Shawn Dickey- Over 16 years of coaching & playing experience. Played at Perkiomen Valley High School where he was voted PAC Player of the Year in 2014 and was an All-PAC Midfielder in 2013-2014. Played Division III lacrosse at Kings College (PA) and is currently an Assistant Coach at Kings College (PA).

2024 Assistant Coach Dan Devlin- Over 9 years of coaching & playing experience. Played at Perkiomen Valley High School where he was an All-PAC Defenseman in 2015. Played Division II lacrosse for Georgian Court University helping them win back-to-back CACC Championships as a starting defenseman.

2025 Head Coach Pat Jenkins- Brings over 20 years of coaching & playing experience. Played at South Brunswick High School in New Jersey where he was an All-State Attack man. Played at Division III Cabrini College an as All-League Attackman. Former Head Varsity Coach at Aliso Nigel High School (Ca.) voted 2-time Coach of the Year, former Perkiomen Valley A2 Youth Head Coach, Former Ursinus College Assistant Coach, and current Offensive Coordinator at Perkiomen Valley High School.

2025 Assistant Coach Kevin Mo- Over 11 years of coaching & playing experience. Played at Perkiomen Valley High School where he was voted Captain his Sophomore-Junior-Senior seasons and was an All-PAC Goalie. Volunteered with Perkiomen Valley Youth for four years and is currently a goalie at Division II Seton Hill University.

2026/27 Assistant Coach Kyle Derrickson- Over 11 years of coaching & playing experience. Played at Methacton High School where he was voted Captain and was the PAC Defensive MVP as well as an ALL-PAC Defenseman for three seasons. Volunteered with the Collegeville Cougars for two years and is currently a defenseman at Division I University of Vermont.

2026/27 Assistant Coach Jacob Miller- Over 10 years of coaching & playing experience. Played at Boyertown High School where he was a 1st Team All-PAC Defenseman in 2019. Volunteered with Boyertown Youth Lacrosse for two years and is currently a defenseman at Division III Misericordia University.

U-9 Program Head Coach Peter Hewitt- Brings over 30 years of coaching and playing experiences and is the former Assistant Coach of our Black Bear 2019 Team. Former Villanova University Defenseman, Conestoga Youth Head Coach, and Current Varsity Assistant for 2018 PIAA State Champion Archbishop Carroll Girls Lacrosse Program.

U-9 Assistant Coach PJ Hewitt- A 2019 Graduate of PIAA Class AAA State Runner-Up Conestoga High School where he was an All-Central League Midfield & Face-Off Specialist for the Pioneers. PJ has been volunteering with Conestoga Youth Lacrosse for two years and will be playing at NCAA Division III 2019 National Champion Cabrini University.

U-9 Assistant Coach Nick Steele- A 2019 Graduate of Perkiomen Valley High School where he was an 1st-Team All-PAC Midfielder for the Vikings. Nick has been volunteering with Perkiomen Valley Youth Lacrosse for two years and will be playing at NCAA Division II Post University (CT).