April’s Coach of the Month—Luke Reilly

Luke Reilly is a new coach and teacher at Norfolk Collegiate, but he isn’t new to the sport of lacrosse. He has coached for more than 10 years and is excited to share his passion of the sport with our students.  As a former athlete, he hopes to instill the fundamentals his former coaches taught him into our student-athletes. Reilly is making his mark at Collegiate and this is why he is April’s Coach of the Month.

What was your reaction when you were told you were the Coach of the Month for April?

I look at it as being an honor because there are a lot of spring coaches who I feel are also well deserved.

As a new teacher at Collegiate, how did you come to coach lacrosse?

Lacrosse has played a huge role in my life. Growing up in Upstate New York, I was surrounded by a great lacrosse tradition. My father and older brother played the sport and I went to college to play as well. Before coming to Collegiate, I coached for 10 years at the collegiate level at Virginia Wesleyan and Elizabethtown College.          

How has your playing experience prepared you for coaching?

While I was a player, I was fortunate to have played for some very well-known coaches who demanded great work ethic, discipline, and fundamentals. Both of my past coaches are in the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.     

What are some of your goals for the team this year?

My biggest goal this season is to improve everyday and that we play our very best season to date. We should be focused and determined to get better with each game.

If you could offer a piece of advice to your team, what would it be?

Get better each day and don't take anything for granted.  

When not coaching lacrosse, what do you do?

Outside of lacrosse, I enjoy fishing, snowboarding, watching football and going to the beach.