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.


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.


grady wise

Co-Owner/Director of Black Bear Lacrosse.

Head Coach 2023 Team.

Over 20 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.



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.- 2020 Head Coach.


chris defeo

Over 17 years of playing and coaching experience.

Current Defensive Coordinator and Head JV Coach at Perkiomen Valley High School 2013-present.

Was a 3 year starter at LSM for Division III Immaculata University where he earned CSAC All-Academic honors for three years.

Named CSAC Honorable-Mention at LSM in 2011.

A 2009 graduate of Perkiomen Valley High School-  2021 Elite Team Head Coach.


blase cesarone

Over 16 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!– 2022 Team NEW Head Coach.


Peter Hewitt- Former Villanova University Defenseman, Conestoga Youth Head Coach, and Current Assistant for PIAA State Champio Archbishop Carroll Girls Lacrosse- 2019 Assistant

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 an assistant with 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.  

Bill Clinton- Former University of Delaware Defenseman, Current Boyertown Youth Coach- 2020 Assistant

Tommy Belmont- Current Offensive Coordinator at Perkiomen Valley High School, played at Great Valley HS'12 and Division III Gwynedd-Mercy University'16- 2021-ELITE Assistant

Sean Tornetta- Current starting offensive midfielder for Division I Monmouth University, played at Perkiomen Valley High School'14- 2021-Elite Assistant

Dan Frantz- Former Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Division III Lebanon Valley College- 2021-SELECT Team Head Coach

Paul Major- Former All-CAA Offensive Midfielder at University of Delaware'17 & Spring Ford Alum'13- 2021-SELECT Assistant

David Smith- Current attackman at Division III Marywood University played at William Penn Chart School'15- 2022 Assistant

Shawn Dickey- Current starting midfielder at Division III King's College, played at Perkiomen Valley High School'14- 2023 Assistant

Dan Devlin- Current starting defenseman at Division II Georgian Court University, played at Perkiomen Valley High School'15- 2024 Assistant

Pat Jenkins- Current Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Division III Ursinus College, Former Head Varsity Coach at Aliso Nigel High School (Ca.) 2-time Coach of the Year, and former PV Youth Head Coach- 2025 Head Coach

Kevin Mo- Current goalie at Division II Seton Hill University, played at Perkiomen Valley High School'17- 2025 Assistant and Goalies Coach

Ben Carville- Current Head Varsity Coach at Owen J. Roberts High School, played at Widener University and was a founding member of the Owen J. Roberts Boy's Lacrosse Program- 2026/27 Head Coach

Henry Carkhuff- Current goalie at Division III Ferrum College, played at Phoenixville High School'15- Goalies Coach