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New York Lizards Coaches

May 13, 2016

Joe Spallina

General Manager & Head Coach

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Joe Spallina is entering his ninth season with the Lizards, serving as the assistant coach for two seasons before being named head coach in 2012. That same year, he was named MLL Coach of the Year. Joe has led New York to four playoff appearances in his five seasons thus far including the Lizards 2015 MLL Championship. This was the first Championship title for the Lizards in over a decade.

Joe is also the Head Coach of Stony Brook University's Women's Lacrosse team. Under Spallina, Stony Brook has produced eight IWLCA All-Americans, five Tewaaraton semifinalists, four conference championships and four NCAA Tournament second-round berths. In 2016, the Seawolves won their fourth-consecutive America East title as part of a 17-win campaign that brought Stony Brook to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. Joe is considered the winningest coach in program history. 

He also played college lacrosse at Adelphi University for four years, where he won two Division II National Championships. Joe currently resides in Mount Sinai with his wife Marybeth and their five children.

Ryan Danehy

Offensive Coordinator

Ryan Danehy has been involved in Major League Lacrosse since 2006 and is returning to the league as the new offensive coordinator for New York. After his college lacrosse career at Dartmouth, he went on to play in the MLL for the Boston Cannons and the Chicago Machine. In 2008, while playing in the MLL, he became the assistant coach at Dartmouth. Over his six years with the team, he worked as a goalie coach and an offensive coordinator. In 2012, he went on to work for the University of Michigan for two seasons where he served as their assistant coach and offensive coordinator. In 2014, after coaching at the University of Michigan, he began working for 3D Lacrosse as the National Director of Training and Methodology. This is Ryan's first year on the Lizards coaching staff.

Brian "Doc" Dougherty

Defensive Coordinator

Brian Dougherty, affectionately called “Doc” by his players, has been a part of Major League Lacrosse since it’s inception and is returning to the Lizards as a coach this season. Playing for the Lizards, the Rattlers, and the Philadelphia Barrage, he has been a part of three championship teams and won the Goalie of the Year Title in 2003, 2006 and 2007. In addition to his MLL career, Dougherty served as the assistant coach for Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the head coach of the men’s lacrosse team at Chestnut Hill College. This is Doc's first year on the Lizards coaching staff.

Mike Gongas

Assistant Coach

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Mike Gongas is starting his first season with the NY Lizards during the summer of 2018. Before joining the Lizards Mike spent the last 11 seasons coaching collegiately at the division 1 level. Mike spent his first two years at Presbyterian College as an assistant coach where he served as the offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator and goalie coach before becoming the programs head coach for the following two seasons. After Presbyterian, Mike spent the next two seasons as the assistant coach at Sacred Heart University where he served the program as its offensive and recruiting coordinator. After Sacred Heart, he then worked as the assistant coach at Marist College; serving as the offensive and recruiting coordinator, as well as working with the goalies. 

Darrin Schirtzer

Team Operations Manager

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Darrin is entering his fifth season with the Lizards. In addition to serving as the equipment manager for the Lizards, Darrin also coaches Team 91’s Crush with head coach, Joe Spallina. Last year, The Crush won the Dicks U-11 National Championship. Darrin grew up in Bohemia and attended Connetquot High School.  

Andrew Alderman

Assistant Equipment Manager

Andrew “Mookie” Alderman has been a staff member with the Lizards since their inception in 2001  . In addition to working with the Lizards, Mookie also worked with the NLL New York Titans  and  with the NLL New England Black Wolves professional indoor lacrosse team s . Mookie has been also a part on the Israel National Outdoor and Indoor Men's lacrosse teams as a player, adviser and most recently a staff member and was awarded a Gold Medal in Finland when Team Israel won the FIL International Indoor Lacrosse championship.
Mookie received his bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Adelphi University and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Health Education at Hofstra University.


Kyle Hayes

Advanced Scout

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Kyle Hayes enters his second year assisting the New York Lizards coaching staff as their Advanced Scout. He is currently the lead men's assistant coach at Misericordia University in Pennsylvania.

Prior to MU, Hayes was the top assistant coach at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where he worked with 3D lacrosse. Hayes has also served as offensive coordinator for Marvin Ridge High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, Head Coach for Ryan Flanagan's Team 24/7 U-18 team, and FLG's Committed team based out of Long Island, NY. 

Hayes is a Long Island native, and grew up in New Hyde Park, NY.