Jason Alford Named Head Coach at Creekside High School

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Congratulations to Jason Alford for being named the new Head Lacrosse Coach at Creekside High School. Coach Alford comes south from the lacrosse hot bed state of Maryland, where he served a number of positions at Havre de Grace High School in Maryland. including a stint as Head Coach. He joins a competitive program that finished last season at 12-8, losing to state semi-finalist Ponte Vedra 6-5 in overtime in their district championship game. Creekside also chalked up impressive wins over Vero Beach, McClay, Lake Mary and Hagerty, and also avenged an early season loss to Bartram Trail in the district semi-finals.
Coach Alford was asked a few questions and kindly responded as such:
1. – What brought you to Creekside?
The opportunity to coach lacrosse in the Jacksonville, Florida area at a school like Creekside HS was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Creekside Lacrosse Community and the support that is already in place. Creekside HS already has a great feeder program in place through the Creeks Lacrosse Program for the youth. I’ve already met many dedicated parents that volunteer their time to Creekside HS and Creeks Lax to make the lacrosse community in the Jacksonville area a great place to play lacrosse. There are some great things going on at the youth level in Jacksonville. This excites me as a high school coach. The Creeks Lax program feeds a few different High Schools including Bartram Trail and Nease HS. Many of the coaches in the area have welcomed me already including Bolles, Bartram Trail, Ponte Vedra, Nease, Menendez and Episcopal to name a few.
2. – What are your goals for the program in the next 3-4 years?
My goals for the lacrosse program at Creekside are to continue to build on the already great successes that the lacrosse program has had in the past. Former Coach Rob Jennis left the program in great shape and has been instrumental in my transition to Creekside from Maryland. We will continue to work on the fundamentals of the game of lacrosse. Our goal every year will be to focus on getting better every day. Our success will not be defined by wins and losses. if we are able to focus every day on the little things that it takes to get better every day we will be successful. A couple things I would like for every team to take away from every season is to be passionate about what you do, be excited to be doing what you are doing and to be thankful for opportunities that are presented to you. Another one of my goals is one of my goals is to work and coach in the Creeks Lax Program to help with the development of all the different players going to the different high schools in the area.
3. – What will you and the team be doing between now and the season kick-off to prepare, if anything?
Currently many if not all of the players are working hard in the offseason by either playing a fall and winter sport or by participating in our offseason weightlifting and conditioning program. There is also an opportunity to play fall ball through Monarch Lacrosse Club that many players have taken advantage of. Currently we have 2 teams that are participating in the North Florida Ironman Fall League, Ironman Crossover Tourney at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Oct 12, and the Veterans Cup in Palm Coast on Nov 9/10.
Thanks Coach Alford and welcome to Florida!