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Clients have referred to him as "the swing coach" of lacrosse. Having struggled with shooting early in his college career, Ryan Small dedicated himself to understanding the art of shooting as it's done at the highest level. After seeing a staggering improvement in his own shooting percentages, power, and accuracy as a college player, he wanted to create a system to help both struggling shooters find their form, and great shooters improve on what they already have.
Embraced by many of the top college coaches and players in the game (Denver, University of Maryland, Marquette, and many others), Ryan has also created shooting training equipment designed to facilitate proper shooting form and power. Everything has culminated into The DYG Shooting Academy where there is a single focus, to spread the best shooting instruction on the planet. DYG is a gathering the best offensive minds ever to coach our sport and teach our system to those wanting to go from shooters, into finishers.
Though a great playing resume is nice, it's not what makes a great coach. We are obsessed with getting great coaches. You'll notice that we have collegiate All-Americans players and National Lacrosse Hall of Fame coaches, however, what matters most is each one understands the art of shooting at the highest level and has a track record to prove it.
Because our camps run nation-wide not every coach is at every camp. Camp attendance and location determine which coaches are at what camp. Every coach inherently understands the DYG shooting system which ensures that every camper receives the best shooting instruction available.
Dave Cottle is a former University of Maryland and Loyola University head coach. The Chesapeake US Lacrosse Hall of Famer is one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history and holds the record for most consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. "Coach Cottle is where it all started for me," says Ryan Small, "I went into college not understanding a thing about shooting. His foundational approach to teaching shooters is the basis of our system - there's nobody better in the business and we are extremely lucky to have him sign on with us."
After his college coaching career Cottle went on to consult with current NCAA power Marquette University while taking over the Major League Lacrosse franchise the Chesapeake Bayhawks. He coached four of those seasons earning two MLL championships. Now, Cottle is the GM of the Bayhawks while he continues his passion for educating young athletes in lacrosse.
Jay Card is one of lacrosse’s all time greatest goal scorers. A native of Toronto Canada, Card graduated Hofstra University as its second all time leading goal scorer with 182 career goals and was a three time All-American, CAA Player Of the Year, and four time All-CAA selection. After college Card was the 14th overall Major League Lacrosse draft choice in by the Long Island Lizards and continued his box lacrosse career with the Minnesota Swarm in the National Lacrosse League.
Jay Card is pure goal scorer. He is one of those rare Canadian shooters that not only has the uncanny ability to finish every shot in close range, but also possesses a blistering 109mph shot from the outside while maintaining absolute control of the ball. “I could watch Jay shoot all day” states LSA Founder Ryan Small, “he not only has that shooting ability we all strive for, be he also possesses the ability to explain it to the athletes we coach – that is rare in someone so talented in their craft.”
Hall of Famer Dave Huntley is one of lacrosse's all-time greats. A 3X All-American at Johns Hopkins University, Huntley earned 1979 NCAA Midfielder Of the Year, then moved on to the pro level first as a player, then as a coach. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Coach Huntley is widely regarded as one of the best offensive minds ever to play and coach lacrosse. "This is absolutely huge for DYG," say's Ryan Small, "Dave's resume both as a player and a coach is unparalleled in our sport. When I think of shooting, I think of Coach Huntley - he's truly dedicated to turning lacrosse players into great shooters. Furthermore, he embodies everything we stand for at DYG. Whereas a lot of programs hire athletes just because of their playing background, that's not enough for us. One can be a great player but a horrible teacher of their craft. With Coach Huntley, he has the playing resume and a coaching track record that displays nothing but success."
Coach Huntley is currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland and is the Head Coach of the MLL franchise the Atlanta Blaze.
Scott Bieda is the 2016 Big 10 Offensive Player Of the Year and a 2X NCAA Division 1 All-American. While at Rutgers University, Bieda led the Scarlet Knights to an NCAA tournament bid and graduated number six all time in points scored. "Scott is an pure worker and student of the game," says Ryan Small, "he's a guy that has earned everything he's gotten. In order to accomplish what Scott has and shoot at the level he does, it required him to truly learn the mechanics behind shooting. He's great as relaying his teachings to our athletes in a way that they can absorb it and put put it into practice immediately - and that's more valuable to our athletes than his playing resume."
Scott Currently resides in Bridgewater New Jersey where he teaches offensive-minded lacrosse players. He is also a staple player for the Major League Lacrosse franchise the Boston Cannons.
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