by Randy Lefko
FLEMING ISLAND – Fleming Island High lacrosse coach John Hawley has slowly built his Eagles’ team into a regionally strong unit with interest growing more and more in north Florida in the sport.
“We started three years ago just trying to keep the interest level high here,” said Hawley, a Naval Academy standout and a recent US Lacrosse North coach of the year recipient for his 2018 season. “The previous coaches here, like previous coach Jeff LaVangie, now at Shorter University, set a high standard for the kids to learn the sport and we have just tried to keep that momentum.”
On Mon., July 2, Hawley, who took over for LaVangie in 2016, landed Florida Launch offensive coach Brian Duncan in Fleming Island to discuss and coach a summer session to a large group of Fleming Island lacrosse players. Florida Launch is part of the professional Major League Lacrosse league based out of south Florida.
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