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Posted: September 16, 2019

Newton, Mass – Gorilla Lax is excited to announce the addition of Newton North Head Lacrosse Coach Nick Pfeifer to our coaching staff. In his new role, Nick will be working closely with Coach Jim Connolly and overseeing all of the Gorilla elementary school teams which includes the 2027, 2028 and 2029 teams.

“I am excited to become more involved with Gorilla Lax and focus my efforts on helping to develop our youngest teams,” said Pfeifer, a native of Newton. “I have seen the growth and incredible work that Gorilla has been doing in our communities over the past few years, and I could not wait to become a part of an organization that is developing young talent the right way.”

Nick, who is also a teacher at Newton North High School, was named head coach of the Newton North boys lacrosse team for the 2019 season and led the team to a Carey division title in his first year.

In just four years, Gorilla Lax has grown from three to 14 teams spread across two geographic locations – Metro and North. Just last season, the program recorded eight championship titles including an undefeated run by the 2021 team at the Liberty Elite National Tournament where they defeated teams from across North America. It marked the first time that a Gorilla Lax team had competed in a national-caliber event.

The addition of Nick complements the role of Ryan Connolly, the former head coach of the North Andover boys lacrosse team, who served as Gorilla High School director during the 2019 season and was the lead coach for the 2021 team that enjoyed national success in Delaware.

“Our growth is allowing us to have our coaches like Ryan and Nick focus their attention on the specific training and development – both on and off the field – that each age group needs to succeed,” said Jim Connolly, who continues to serve as director of coach and player development. “I am now able to work hand in hand with both Ryan and Nick and continue to oversee our middle-school aged teams heading into the new season.”

Gorilla players have already started to work with Nick at the Fall Training sessions, and he looks forward to accompanying all elementary-aged teams to the upcoming Fall Tournaments.