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Wes Jackson


Wes, a native of the Bronx, NY and co-founder of the Brooklyn Crescents Lacrosse Club, started playing lacrosse at the Buckley School in Manhattan. Unfamiliar with the game he followed his football and basketball coach and learned the Game of the Creator.  Wes continued playing at The Lawrenceville School where he was a part of the school's nationally ranked undefeated team. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Wes returned to New York and settled in Brooklyn where he began his career in music, entertainment and marketing running his company Brooklyn Bodega and producing the annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.  Looking to play lacrosse again, he met Dan Sheff and L'Quentus Thomas. He joined the coaching staff of the Brooklyn Admirals with Thomas and Sheff, where he met Crescents co-founders Kassim Howell, Susan Murray, and Jessica O'Brien.  Wes lives in Clinton Hill and is excited to be coaching his own kids who are now old enough to play.


Todd Ernst

Boys Program Director


Todd played lacrosse for Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua New York where he was a Midi and also a face-off specialist.  Todd is also the parent of two Brooklyn Crescents, Owen and Alex who have been with the club for five years, getting their start as Pee-Wees with Coach Kassim.....still their favorite coach.  Todd is a US Lacrosse Level 1 certified coach and also trained and certified to administer CPR.  He is a strong believer in the Positive Coaching Alliance, "PCA," whose double goals are always striving to win, but more importantly the life lessons of being a good sportsman, teammate, and for the boys to always do their best!



Joe Trainor
Joe is currently the Assistant Executive Director for the Martin De Porres School for Exceptional Children. Joe has over twenty years experience in Social Service High School Education and Special Education. He brings with him nearly ten years of experience in coaching both high school football and track and field. Not having the opportunity to play growing-up he's been fortunate to have the opportunity to fall in love with lacrosse and the community that the Crescents have created through his two children. Joe enjoys coaching his son and daughter both die-hard Crescents and looks forward to the upcoming season!  


Karenga Arifu

Over 20 years coaching high school and youth sports. Three years as a municipal recreation director and eight years as an elementary physical education teacher.

Khari Freeman


I have been involved in coaching for over 20 years. My primary sport is wrestling, and I coached several nationally ranked teams at Poly Prep. I have also coached football and lacrosse and currently have 3 kids playing with the Crescents.


  Eoin Collins
Eoin has deep lacrosse roots here in NYC. After playing for the Brooklyn Admirals and later the Brooklyn Crescents lacrosse clubs, he went on to play at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN where he won two state championships before going on to attend Mercer University where he was a standout midfielder and helped lead his team to a share of the conference title. Since graduating, Eoin has had success coaching with Citylax, Harlem Lacrosse, US Lacrosse, and at Xavier High school.

TEAM: Boys 11U/12U 


  Lliam Finn

High School Lacrosse, Advance All Star NYC Metro League Championship, Empire State Games, Naval Academy Varsity Lacrosse 2 years and Club Team 2 years


TEAM: PeeWee Coed PreK - 1 POLY



Manny Gutierrez

I have played competitive sports from the age of 5 years old through college, in baseball, basketball, football, wrestling and rugby. Over that time, I have been exposed to championship level coaching, I am also a parent of a Crescent and stood on the sideline for two years, learning the game, and helping my son and his friends work on their skills outside of practice. As a coach, I am dedicated to providing a safe and fun environment for your child, as we all engage in competition together.

TEAM: Boys 11U/12U 


Andrew Hughes

A Long Island native, I have played the game since second grade and maintained a love for the game. Skidmore College 3 year varsity player and Defensive MVP. I have co-coached the Pee Wees since 2010 and continue to love to watch the growth of all our players.

TEAM: Boys 13U/14U 


  Joseph McCann

Coaching experience: • 7th year coaching with the Crescents, boys 3rd through 8th Grade. • US Lacrosse Level 2 certified• US Hockey Level 2 certified. Playing experience:• Played at University of Wisconsin in the 80's and 90's during undergraduate and graduate school• Played on several Big Ten Club League championship teams • Most Valuable Player, 1993• Most Valuable Midfielder, 1991 and 1992


TEAM: Boys 13U/14U 

Matthew Shimaitis

Matt is a Long Island native, who has played the game his whole life, and still very much enjoys being around the mens and womens game. Matt played 1 year for Towson University and 3 years for Baltimore LC, and various other Metro NY LC's before hanging up his cleats ! Matt has coached with the Crescents since 2010 and has 3 children in the program.


TEAM: Boys 11U/12U 


  Tommy White

Newton North High School & University of Hartford