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Men for Others

“Cadet Lacrosse is built off a very simple principle. Put the team before yourself. As coaches we look to develop not just great lacrosse players, but tough, enthusiastic, and caring young men that understand what it means to work towards a collective goal. We believe that if every member of the team, coaches included, work to control everything that is in our control, attack every opportunity with enthusiasm, and put the benefit of the team before personal glory, success will follow”

Coaches

Luke Marks '11

Luke Marks '11

Director of Alumni Relations, Social Media Manager, Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Varsity Football Assistant Coach
lmarks@cadets.com
651-683-1572

Education
B.A. in Communications and Journalism from the University of Saint Thomas

Biography
As a recent 2011 alumnus, Luke Marks jumped at the opportunity to come back and work at his alma mater as the Director of Alumni Relations, Social Media Manager, and a Assistant Varsity Football Coach.  This 2018-19 season will be Luke's second season as the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach. Luke loves working at Saint Thomas Academy because he is able to have a transformative impact on the life of young men. “ If others were not willing to make a similar investment in my own well-being when I was a student at Saint Thomas Academy, I would be a much different person than I am today.  I LOVE having an impact on the lives of students”.

Coaching Accomplishments:

  • 27-7 record overall as head coach.

  • In 2019 led Cadets to program's first ever conference championship, section championship, and state tournament appearance. 

  • Six All-State and one All-American coached in two years as head coach.

Sean Hickey '12

sean hickey '12

  • Varsity Offensive Coordinator for the Cadets since 2013.
  • Section Assistant Coach of the Year 2018.
  • Former 2-time captain, All-American, and Academic All-American for the Cadet Lacrosse team.
  • Former team captain, 2-time All-American, and 2-time National Champion for the University of St. Thomas Lacrosse team (MN).

Cotter Kelly '10

cotter kelly '10

  • Varsity Assistant, Goalie Coach, and Head JV Coach since 2012
  • Former 3-time letter winner, points leader, and goals leader for the Cadets in the spring of 2010.

Ben Williams '13

ben williams '13

  • Varsity Assistant, Special Teams Coordinator starting in 2018.
  • Former 2-time Cadet Lacrosse Captain.
  • All-time leader in groundballs and face-off wins at Syracuse University.
  • 2-time Tewaaraton Award Nominee awarded to the top college lacrosse player in the country.
  • 2-time All-ACC, and 2-time All-American.
  • Current player for the MLL’s Florida Launch.

Dillon Ptacek '12

  • Varsity Defensive Coordinator
  • Former captain, 2-time defensive player of the year, 1-time team MVP, and All-Section LSM for the Cadet Lacrosse team
  • 2-time All-Conference LSM for the University of Wisconsin lacrosse team, All-Conference LSM for the University of Minnesota lacrosse team
  • All-time GB leader for the Cadets

Connor Duffy '15

  • Varsity Assistant, Defense
  • Mr. Cadet Lacrosse award winner for the 2015 Cadet Lacrosse team
  • Southwestern Lacrosse All-Conference selection for the Claremont Cougars (CA)

Important Information

Summer Schedule

Scrimmage Dates: 

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Lakeville North
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Eden Prairie
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 6:30 p.m. at Cretin Derham Hall vs. Edina
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 6:00 p.m. home vs.  Minnetonka
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:30 p.m. at Benilde St. Margaret's
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 6:30 p.m. at Edina HS vs. Rosemount

Practice Dates:

  • Monday, June 24, and July 8, 15, and 22. 
  • 6:00 p.m. at STA. 

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning

  • Our summer strength and conditioning program will go along with the football teams. Team lifts will be on MWF at 7:00 a.m. and ending at 8:30 a.m.
  • Team lifts will start on Monday, June 24, 2019. 
  • If you play either a fall or a winter sport and that team has a separate strength and conditioning program you should be doing that teams plan. If your other teams do not offer a program you should be doing ours. 

Alumni Game

Join us on July 29!

  • All Cadet Lacrosse Alumni are invited to join us on Monday, July 29, 2019 for our annual alumni game! The game will be at 6:30 p.m. at STA. Field location is TBD depending on the status of the turf.