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Mark Goldsmith – Coach Goldsmith has been involved in the game of lacrosse as a player, coach and official for 49 years.  He played youth and high school lacrosse in the “hotbed” of lacrosse, Long Island, NY, and played at the collegiate level at Ohio Wesleyan University.  In 1989, Coach Goldsmith moved to Greensboro, NC to become the Head Men’s Lacrosse and Soccer Coach at Guilford College.  In 1991, he founded the Triad Youth Lacrosse Association (TYLA).  While coaching at Guilford College, Coach Goldsmith volunteered his time in the Phys. Ed. classes at Greensboro Day School, which led them to start the first high school lacrosse team in the area.  In 1996, Coach Goldsmith started the first public school team in the Triad at Southeast Guilford High School, and subsequently worked with many other Triad area high schools to help start their lacrosse programs.  In 1996, Coach Goldsmith started the ONS (Old North State) Lacrosse organization, a year round lacrosse program for youth and high school players.  Coach Goldsmith is the only coach to win state championships at 2 different schools in the history of NC high school lacrosse.  In 2014 Coach Goldsmith was inducted into the NC Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.  In addition to coaching, he is also an NCAA D1, D2, D3 and MLL official, and a State Coaches Clinician.  Coach Goldsmith is also Founder and President of the ONS Lacrosse Foundation, a non-profit organization that hosts the annual Triad High School Senior All Star Games. 

-Head Coach, Carolina National Lacrosse, present

-Head Coach, National Lacrosse Classic, HS Team NC, 2014-present

-Assistant Coach, Under Armour South Team, 2014, 2015

-Assistant Coach, Team Carolina Elite, 2007

-Assistant Coach, MLL Chicago Machine, 2006

-Head Coach, Northwest HS, 2009-2017, State Champions 2011, 151 wins, 25 losses in 9 seasons,

-7 time Conference Coach of the Year, Western Region Coach of the Year 2013

-Head Coach, Southeast HS, 1996-2008, State Champions, 2000

Jay Goldsmith – Coach Jay is currently the Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Catawba College.  He is one of the most decorated players to come out of the Triad.  Jay scored 100 points or more in each of his four seasons as a high school varsity lacrosse player at Southeast Guilford and Northwest Guilford.  He was voted by the state coaches to the All-State team each year he played and was selected as an All-American in both his junior and senior years.  Jay was a two time solo captain at Northwest HS and led his team to the 2011 State Championship.  He was selected as the State Championship game Most Valuable Player having scored 7 goals and 2 assists.  Jay was selected as the Triad’s Player of the year by the News & Record both his junior and senior years.  He ended his high school playing career at Northwest as the school’s all time leading scorer and the 2nd leading scorer in state history with 455 points.

-Assistant Coach, Catawba College, present

-Assistant Coach, Methodist University, 2016-2017

-Drafted by the MLL Charlotte Hounds, 2015

-Starting Attackman, Lenoir Rhyne University, 2014, 2015

-Attack/Midfielder, Lynchburg College, 2012, 2013

Brady Elbin – Coach Brady is a sophomore starting midfielder at Mount Olive, Class of 2020

-Starting Midfielder, Northwest Guilford HS, Class of 2016     -Team Captain, 2016

-All Conference Team, 2015,2016      -All Region Team, 2016      -News & Record All Area Team, 2016

-NW Guilford “Chase Bunting” MVP, 2016     -Selected for Triad HS Senior All Star Game, 2016

-Selected for NC Great 38 game, 2016

Justin Matthews – Coach Justin is a sophomore starting defenseman at Greensboro College,

Class of 2020

-Starting Defenseman, Southwest Guilford HS, Class of 2016           -Team Captain, 2015, 2016

-All Conference Team, 2015, 2016     -Selected for Triad HS Senior All Star Game, 2016

John Simmons – Coach Simmons is currently the Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Northwest Guilford High School. 

 -Defensive Coordinator, JV Lacrosse, Northwest Guilford High School, 2017

-Defenseman, North Carolina State University, 2011-2015

-Starting Defenseman, East Forsyth High School, 2010, 2011

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