Buku Lacrosse Club is back in action this summer offering boys and now girls teams at the U11, U13, U15, and HS levels as well as a U11 team for boys. Teams will go through a 2-3 week training camp regime before starting team practices to prepare for local tournaments. The training camp will be held at Velocity Sports Performance Center and ProTech Sports in Irvine. Players will work on specific lacrosse movements focusing on speed, agility, and quickness for an hour with a certified performance trainer. Following the hour training session players will be turned over to their coach for positional skills work inside of the 20,000 sq. foot state-of-the-art turf training facility.
“Velocity is a mecca for lacrosse players. Everything a player needs to excel his game, all under one roof.” said founder and club director Johnny Rodriguez. Rodriguez has been training at the facility since January as he prepares for the upcoming Denver Outlaws season.
Buku has always had a plethora depth in their coaching staff. This summer, the boys program brings on even more talent than last summer with lots of energy.
Grant Kaleikau (26), another Maryland product, joins the staff bringing with him a healthy resume. Grant was a D1 All-America Attackman and a Tawaaraton finalist during his senior campaign at University of Delaware. Grant was drafted to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2011 and has spent this past year in California as the 3D Manager of Los Angeles.
Mike Hutnick (31), a Hall-of-Fame midfielder at Southern New Hampshire University, has proven himself to be an elite coach in the area over the past decade. Coach Hutnick has spent the last 5 years as the Head Coach of J Serra and San Clemente High School. From 2013-2014 Hutnick was the 3D director of Orange County and is currently an assistant coach at Servite High School and Concordia University.
Knute Kraus (22), a Tesoro product, class of 2011, has spent the last 4 years winning multiple national championships at Salisbury University in Maryland. The returning All-American defenseman and team captain looks to return to his Rancho Santa Margarita home with another ring on his finger at the end of May.
Other coaches include, Dillon Bernad (starting attackman at Concordia U), Corey Hamilton (Defensive Coordinator at San Clemente HS), Cody Cook (starting goalie at Concordia U), Nick Popovici (JV Coach @ San Clemente HS)
The Buku girls’ program looks to have an electric start this summer with Kat Gartner taking the reigns as director. Kat was an All-American and National Champion at Salisbury University in Maryland. The girls program will be offering teams at the U13, U15 and HS levels. Coach Johnny Rodriguez will also be helping out coaching teams. In addition to Coach Kat and Coach Johnny, many members of the women’s lacrosse team at Concordia University will bringing lots of energy with college level skills and strategies to prepare our youth teams for the high school level of lacrosse.
Placement tryouts for both boys and girls will be held after the 2-3 week training camp, mid June, to allow players to hone in their skills for the upcoming summer season.
There will be additional tournaments to sign up for following the summer season. Buku will be attending recruiting tournaments at the high school level as well as fun local tournaments at the high school and youth levels.
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