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Steven Jacobs – Recon Lacrosse – Executive Director of Player Personnel

Coach Jacobs played his College Lacrosse under Tony Seamen at Towson University where he was a standout player. At Towson he was part of two CAA Championship teams and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Coach Jacobs served as the Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Coach at Nassau Community College a Nationally Ranked Program with 21 National Championships. He played his High School lacrosse at Plainview Old Bethpage JFK where he was a two time All County player and a member of the 2001 Long Island Empire Team Gold Medalists. Coach Jacobs has experience coaching Football and Lacrosse at Plainview Old Bethpage High School for many years before moving to the Hempstead School District. Coached several years of Lacrosse and Football in Hempstead where he is currently a Physical Education Teacher at the Barack Obama Elementary School. Steve is the Recon Director of Player Personnel. Head Coach of Recon 2027 Team & Recon 2029 Team. 

Paul Desimone – Recon Lacrosse Executive Director

Combined 15 years of experience Coaching PAL in Plainview and Hicksville. Has been involved in travel lacrosse for 10 plus years. Former Head Coach for the Long Island Storm. Current Coach of the Recon Cadet Team. Paul is also the Director of Operations for Recon Lacrosse.

Harry Jacobs - Recon General Manager

Harry has been involved in the game of Lacrosse for over 40 years.  He is the current Northeast Director of Player Development for US Lacrosse. Former 2 time President of the Long Island Metro Chapter of US Lacrosse. Former board member of the US Lacrosse Youth Council, former Director of the Hicksville PAL Lacrosse program,  Current Vice President of the Nassau County PAL Youth Lacrosse League. 2012 Man of the Year by the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association and also winner of the James Condon Man of the Year for 2012 by the Nassau County Lacrosse Officials Association. Harry was also inducted by into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. Harry is the 2016 Homer R. Schwartz Chapter Leadership Award winner from US Lacrosse. Harry currently sits on the Long Island Metro Lacrosse Hall of Fame committee and is the Co-Chairman of the Shootout for Soldiers event held each year to benefit our Veterans and troops.

Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Mike Nelson - Recruiting Director

2X All-County Sewanhaka High School
– 1981 Long Island Champs
– MVP Senior game
– Adelphi University – 3X NCAA Division 1 playoffs
– North Hempstead Lax Club 1986 – 1995 ( 3X club all-star )
– Long Island Sachems 1988 – American Professional Lacrosse League
– New York Saints 1989 – 1992 -MILL
– Ass’t Varsity Coach – Sewanhaka HS 1986-89
– Ass’t Varsity Coach – Massapequa HS 1990-91
– Levittown Youth Coach
– Director – NCPAL Special Needs Lacrosse Program
– Director – Levittown Unit PAL Lacrosse
– President – NCPAL Youth Lacrosse
– Chairman – NCPAL Lacrosse Festival
– President – Levittown Tomahawks Lacrosse Club
– Chairman – US Lacrosse ( Long Island Chapter ) Special Needs Program
– Co-Chairman – Shootout for Soldiers Long Island
– Executive Vice President – US Lacrosse ( Long Island Chapter )
– Committee – Greenport Lacrosse Festival
– Presenter – 2014 National PAL Conference – Orlando, Fla.
– 2014 NY Lizards “Youth Group Leader of the Year”
– Chairman – Levittown Tomahawks “Lax for a Cure”
– LI representative – US Lax Cross Country Local Leadership Coalition 2015

Current Assistant Coach MaCarthur High School 

Mike is the Head Coach of the Recon 2023 Marine Team.

Karl Hedstrom

Coach Recon 2028 

Coaching Experience:
2019- Present        Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY
National Junior College Athletic Association
Assistant Lacrosse Coach 

2019   - Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach
            Islip High School

2008-2019    Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach
            NYIT, Brookville, NY 
•    Head Defensive Coordinator
•    Head Goalie Coach
•    Head Face-Off Coach
•    2012 National Division 2 Assistant of the Year 

2008        Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach
            Garden City High School, Garden City, NY
Nassau County Class B Champions
Head Defensive Coordinator: Coached Two All-Americans
Coached Nassau County Defensive Player of the Year
Head Goalie Coach: Coached All-County Goalie     

Hedstrom attended Hofstra University, where he was a member of the lacrosse team from 1993 through 1997. At Hofstra he was a member of three NCAA Division I lacrosse playoff teams, Hofstra’s first NCAA quarterfinalist team and was awarded with the Steve Carlin Award in 1997 as Hofstra lacrosse’s unsung hero. Hedstrom graduated in 1997 with a bachelor of arts degree and received his master of arts degree in 1999 from Hofstra.

Hedstrom has been a tenured fine arts educator at Island Trees High School since 2000. 


Dennis Scannell

Coach Recon 2023 Marine 

Coach Denis Scannell is the Assistant Men's Lacrosse Coach at Suffolk Community College and serves as the offensive coordinator, strength and conditioning coach, and leadership development facilitator.  

Coach Scannell is a graduate of Stony Brook University where he was a 4-year starter at midfield, 3-year captain, 1st Team All-America East, Team MVP (2000, 2002), and led the Seawolves to their first NCAA Tournament in 2002.  The SBU Lacrosse alumni board selected Scannell to the Stony Brook 1st team All-Decade midfield along with professional box and field players Kevin Crowley and Ryan Duchs.

Scannell began his coaching career at MacArthur High School in 2003 as a Junior Varsity assistant. He coached the Varsity Lacrosse team at LuHi from 2004-2007, the LuHi Middle School from 2011-2014, and returned as the LuHi Varsity Head Lacrosse Coach at LuHi in 2017 and placed 1st in the conference. He has worked as an administrator and teacher at LuHi for the past 15 years. Scanell also conducts private lacrosse skills training.  

Tom Graef

Coach Recon 2029

Assistant Coach at Molloy College

Joined the Lions staff in 2017. Graef played two years of lacrosse at Nassau Community College and Molloy. 

Jeff Rysanek

Coach Recon 2023 Marine

Head Coach Farmingdale Middle School

Andy Gutierrez

Coach Gutierrez Played Lacrosse at Plattsburgh  and Nassau Community College. He is the Current Huntington High School Assistant Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Former Head Varsity Coach at  Roosevelt High School . One of the most respected coaches on Long Island for turning the Roosevelt Lacrosse Program into a consistent playoff contender. Roosevelt has twice been nominated as one of the most improved teams in Nassau County under Coach Gutierrez.


Current Varsity Assistant Coach Huntington High School

Recon 2021 Coach.

Howie Salus

Howie played his college lacrosse in between the pipes at NYIT, under Hall of Fame coach, Jack Kaley.  Since 2013, he’s been involved in the West Islip Lacrosse Club where he’s been both a Goalie and Head Coach for the girls and today for the 2030 boys program.  He currently is Head Coach for 2030 Recon Chaos and is one of Recon‘s goalie coaches.  He’s trained several prominent Long Island goalies in the past and still trains privately today.  Howie currently plays in between the pipes for the Long Island Chaos Lacrosse Club within the competitive LI Grandmasters Lacrosse League where he shares the field with several other prestigious Recon Coaches.  Howie works in Finance on Wall Street while residing in West Islip with his wife Sue, and kids Caitlyn and Gavin.



Frank Kirk

Coach Recon 2027

Playing Experience: Nassau CC and Stevenson University

Current Nassau CC Assistant Coach

Recon Lacrosse Club, 2019-Current
ASA College Assistant Coach, 2019

Education: Nassau CC and Stevenson University

Tom Nuckel

Coach Nuckel is a two time All-County selection out of Division Avenue High School in Levittown. He was a member of the Long Island Empire team that won Gold in part of the Empire Games’ final year. Nuckel went on to play for the Division I, University at Albany graduating in 2015. During his time there the Great Danes won 3 America East Championships and had made one Semifinal appearance and two Quarterfinal appearances losing to powerhouses Denver and Norte Dame respectively. Nuckel went on to play for his Graduate Redshirt year at Adelphi University where the Panthers made a post season playoff appearance with a loss to Merrimack. Nuckel is currently in his final semester for achieving his Masters in Social Work at Adelphi University and is a current Assistant Lacrosse Coach for the Blue Dragons at his Alma mater Division Avenue High School. Nuckel comes from a long family history of lacrosse players with both his Father and Uncle playing at Hofstra in the 80’s and with his brother playing at Fairleigh Dickinson in 2010.

Current Varsity Assistant Coach MaCarthur High School

Recon 2026 Head Coach

John Rado

John played his College Lacrosse at Adelphi University where he won 2 National Championships in 1993 and 1995. 

Physical Education Teacher and Health Coordinator at Baldwin Middle School. Was voted Adapted P.E/Educator of the Year in 2007-2008.

John was the Previous Director and Coach of the Long Island Sharks Lacrosse Club from 2008-2018. 

1997-2000 - Head Coach West Hempstead HS 

2001-2016 - Baldwin Middle School Coach 

1996-2005 - Checkmate Lacrosse Head Counselor

2000-2010 - Mark Million Lacrosse Camp Lead Defensive Camp Counselor 

1996-2010 - Duke Tobay Lacrosse Club Player and Coach

Recon 2024 Sharks Head Coach

Current Huntington Lacrosse PAL Boys Assistant Director

Current Head Coach St. Patrick's Middle School


Robin Naggar

Robin played his College Lacrosse at the University of Albany. 

Middle School Teacher in the South Huntington School District.

2005 - Head JV Boys Lacrosse Coach at Walt Whitman HS.

2006-2008 -Assistant Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach Walt Whitman HS. 

2009 - Assistant Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach Half Hallow Hills HS

2010-2014 - Assistant JV Boys Lacrosse Coach North Babylon HS

2015-2016 - Head Middle School Boys Lacrosse Coach Stimson MS

2017- Present - Assistant Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach Walt Whitman HS

Robin had also coached for the Long Island Sharks Club for the past 7 years. 

Founding member and Director of SHYLAX. Youth Lacrosse organization in South Huntington. 

Recon 2024 Sharks Assistant Coach

Current Varsity Assistant Coach Walt Whitman High School 

Joe Bacarella

(Bio Under Construction)

Recon Varsity Coach

Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame  Class of 2017

Current Head Coach Farmingdale JV

Marcelo Sandoval

Coach Sandoval is the former Head Coach of the Division II Dominican College Lacrosse Program, where he also served as the head coach of the women's soccer team, as well as assuming the role of Assistant Athletic Director.
Before his time at the collegiate level, Coach Sandoval spent five years (2004-2009) at the Portledge School in Locust Valley, New York. It was there where he also helped coach Portledge's men's basketball and junior varsity soccer teams. He was also named the school's Assistant Athletic Director and Facilities Coordinator over the final two years of his tenure. Coach Sandoval's high school experience also includes creating the lacrosse program at the Wheatley School, head coach at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, assistant coach at John F. Kennedy High School, junior varsity head coach at Sewanhaka High School and president of the New York Metropolitan Lacrosse Coaches Association from 2005-2009.
Coach Sandoval's extensive coaching career goes beyond both the college and high school levels, as he also served as the director of the Long Island Pride Lacrosse Club and is a three-time assistant coach of the Long Island Empire State Gold Medal Lacrosse Teams (2001, 2002 and 2006).

Recon Varsity Coach

Current Varsity Head Coach West Babylon High School

Dan Agovino

Coach Agovino has been an educator and lacrosse coach for over 20 years.  He has coached many levels ranging from youth to varsity lacrosse. Currently he is a youth coach for Plainedge Youth Lacrosse and is the Head Woman’s Lacrosse coach at MacArhur HS. Coach Agovino was named  “Coach of the Year” in 2016 by the Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association  He has coached Men’s lacrosse at MacArthur High, coaching many players who went on to successful careers in both college and the pros.  For the past 16 years he has served as Head Football Coach at North Shore High School, receiving “Coach of the Year” honors in 2006 and was President of the Nassau County Football Coaches Association in 2010.  Dan will be Coaching the Recon Cadet Team. 

Coach Agovino is the “Dean of Student’s” at Jonas Salk Middle School in Levittown.  He lives in Plainedge with his wife Nicole and three sons Ryan, Dominic and Sean.

Recon 2027 Assistant Coach

MacArthur High School Varsity Girls Head Coach

Matt Mullin

Coach Mullin has been an English Teacher for the last Six years and he currently works at John Adams High School in South Ozone Park, Queens. When he is not teaching, Coach Mullin enjoys coaching young athletes in various different sports. He spent the last three seasons at the helm of the POB Middle School Boys Lacrosse team. Coach was also the Head Coach of the Recon 2021 Mountain Team last year. What he loves most about coaching, as well as teaching, is watching his players grow throughout a season not only as players, but also as individuals. Coach Mullin believes very strongly in the “team” mentality of his players and is looking very much forward to the upcoming 2019 Recon Lacrosse Season. 

Head Coach of the Recon JV Team.

Paul Desimone Jr

Recon Asst. Coach Paul Desimone Jr. – Recon Alumni who played Lacrosse at Springfield University. All-County Attackmen his Senior year at Plainview JFK. Was also a member of the LI Under Armour All-American Team. Has been an Asst. Coach with Coach Gutierrez for the past 5 years. Also has experience coaching at the PAL level in Roosevelt.

Current Asst Coach with the Recon 2027 Team.

Josh Long

Recon Lacrosse Alumni. Former Midfielder at Farmingdale State University.  Also played football at SUNY Cortland. Was All-League his Senior Year at Huntington High School where he helped his team to the Suffolk County Championship Game. Was also an All-County Football Player at Huntington HS. Assistant Varsity Football Coach Huntington HS. Asst. Coach with the Recon 2026 Team..

Phil Essigman

Gettysburg College – Physical Education teacher and former Asst. Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Hicksville High School for 20 years. Phil is also the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Hicksville High School. Phil is a consultant with the program.

Frank Alfino

Varsity Assistant Coach Floral Park High School 

Farmingdale PAL 

Head Coach Boys 2030/31 Team

Aaron Bates

Coach Bates played his College Lacrosse at NYIT where he was part of the 2005 National Championship Team . Has also served as a coach Long Beach HS and Roosevelt HS. Has been an Asst. Coach with Coach Gutierrez for the past 6 years. Aaron is an Recon 2021 Asst. Coach. 

Assistant Coach Boys 2030/31 Team

Howie Salus

West Islip PAL 

Asst Coach Recon 2030/31 Team

Chris Dearborn

Played lacrosse at Chaminade High School and at the University of Dayton. Chris also coaches the Mineola PAL 2021 & 2022 teams. Chris is the Head Coach of  the Recon 2021 team.

Kevin Reisman

Recon Lacrosse Alumni. Current Face-Off Midfielder at Limestone University where he is a three time All American and won a National Championship in 2014 & 2015. Kevin was also the 2015  Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award Winner as the Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Division II. In high school Kevin was All-County and All-League his Senior year and All-League his Junior year at West Babylon HS. One of the top Face-Off players in Suffolk County during his Senior Season with a 78% Face-Off Win Percentage. Kevin will be our Face-off specialist working with all Recon Teams in 2019.

Alex Seltzer

Recon Lacrosse Alumni. Current Goalie for NYIT and a 2nd Team All American in his Freshman year. Was All-County and All Conference his Senior Year at Plainview JFK HS where he was a 3 year starter under Recon Director Steve Jacobs at Plainview JFK. Was also Captain of his team his Senior Season. Alex is Recon’s  Goalie Coach and is currently at US Marine Basic Training which will limit his time with Recon this year.

Tom Campolettano

Former Molloy College Girls Head Coach 

Girls 2024 Head Coach

Coach Campolettano is the Current Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Molloy College and below is some of his resume.

 -Since starting the program in its inaugural 2006 season, Campolettano has brought the Lions forward in leaps and bounds – including a record-setting 2010 season, where the women finished with a 15-2 overall record and narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

 -Under his guidance, a 30 student-athletes have been named to the All-East Coast Conference ledger, totaling 70 selections. Three have been named to the All-ECC preseason squad, and 12 different players have been recognized as Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association All-Region honorees for a total of 21 times. Finally, seven have    been named USA College Lacrosse All-Americans.

 -Prior to starting up the women’s lacrosse program at Molloy, Campolettano spent seven years as the head coach of the girls’ lacrosse team at Manhasset High School. During his time with the Indians, Campolettano compiled an impressive 110-22-4 overall record, while garnering the Nassau County Coach of the Year Award in 2001. He also earned Newsday Nassau County Coach of the Year laurels in 2003 and 2004. In addition, Campolettano guided his squad to three straight Nassau County and Long Island Small School Championships. In 2003, his Manhasset team won the New York State Small School Championship.

 -Aside from coaching, Campolettano also served as the Vice President of the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation from 2000-03 before becoming President during 2003-05. He is currently the Womens Lacrosse Hall of Fame Chairperson as well as a voting member for the mens Hall of Fame nominating committee. He is also currently a member of the NCAA Division II Regional Women’s Lacrosse Committee. He has been on the LIMLF Board of Directors since 1996 and is currently the 2nd Vice President. He was a member of the NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse National Committee and currently is a member of the Division II All-American Committee. He served as the Chairperson of the same committee from 2008-2011. He was named  President of the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse in September 2018.

 -In 2012, Campolettano was inducted into the Manhasset Lacrosse Hall of Fame for his dedication and contributions to the program. On February 8, 2014, Campolettano was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame. On June 10 2015, he was honored by the Nassau County Lacrosse Officials as their Man of the Year.

Girls Coaches

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