BYLA Coach Bios
Ryan Penner -
Ryan is a product of the Yorktown lacrosse program, where in high school he started two seasons in goal managing a .663 save percentage. As a starter, Ryan heled the Huskers to back-to-back Section Championships and was named All-Section both years. Despite only starting for two years, Ryan still ranks #7 in saves in Yorktown history with 437. Ryan was also a member of the 2003 State Championship team.
Ryan accepted a scholarship to play college lacrosse at Marist University where he was a mainstay in goal for the Red Foxes. He was a four-year starter and was a three-year captain while at Marist. During his senior year, Ryan ranked in the top 10 in the country in save percentage.
As a coach, Ryan has been actively involved with numerous programs. Prior to the Predators, he has spent his summers coaching at the club level for the No Limit Ballers and the Yorktown Bombers. Ryan is also a coach for Greeley Youth Lacrosse and Bronxville Youth Lacrosse.
Conor Gately -
Conor Gately graduated from Yorktown High School in 2012. He was a member of the varsity team from 2009 - 2012 and was a part of three Section Championships. A three year starter, he earned All Section honors twice and was an All-American in 2012. He served as co-captain his senior year while also being named first team All-Metro and Hudson Valley player of the year.
After high school, Conor accepted a scholarship to Marquette University. At Marquette, Conor was a four year starter as an attackman and a captain his senior year. His Marquette teams made it to the Big East tournament three years in a row and won the Big East Championship in 2016. His Marquette team was also the first team in Marquette history to reach the NCAA tournament, host an NCAA tournament game, and finish the season as a top 15 team. Conor was twice an All-Conference player in 2015 and 2016 as well as a Tewaarton Watchlist member in 2015 and 2016. He leaves Marquette as their all-time leading point scorer.
Eric Cooley -
Eric Cooley graduated from Yorktown High School in 2012. During his time at Yorktown he lettered in lacrosse, football, wrestling, and basketball. In lacrosse he was a two time All-Section player and captain for the Huskers during his senior season. In football, Cooley was an All-State performer, Super 11, and a member of the Golden Dozen.
A Division 1 recruit in both lacrosse and football, Cooley chose to continue his career at Rutgers University on the lacrosse team. With success on and off the field, Cooley helped the Scarlet Knights to their first top 25 ranking since 2005 and an appearance in the Big Ten final his senior season.
Cooley has also competed on the international lacrosse stage representing Finland. He competed in the 2012 U19 World Games in Turku, Finland, as well as the 2014 Mens World Games in Denver, Colorado. Cooley served as team captain and anchored a defense that averaged the best goals against percentage in the 2014 tournament.
Henry Nelson -
Henry Nelson is a graduate of Brother Rice High School in Michigan, where he played attack and midfield and was a 2 time All-American.
He played collegiate lacrosse at Marquette University where he was a team captain, a Big East Conference champion, and played in the NCAA Tournament.
Andrew Rohle -
James Goldmann -
Coach Goldmann is the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. In 2013 he was named CHSAA Coach of the Year and led Stepinac to a CHSAA "A" Downstate Championship. Stepinac was 15-0 in league play and finished the season with the most wins in school history. The team would go on to win the NYC CHSAA City Championship in 2014. Under Goldmann's leadership, Stepinac was elevated to AA play in 2015. Prior to becoming head coach, Goldmann spent the 2011 season as the team’s offensive coordinator. Coach Goldmann was the Head Junior Varsity Coach and Varsity offensive coordinator at Oneonta High School for three seasons from 2008-2010. He was also the Head Coach for the Oneonta State Club Lacrosse team in 2010, leading the team to the NCLL sweet 16 and a top-10 national ranking. Coach Goldmann has worked at numerous clinics and camps across the tri-state, while also coaching travel teams out of the metro NY area, and has coached both U.S. Lacrosse All-American's and Academic All-American's at Stepinac.
Prior to coaching, Goldmann played collegiate lacrosse at SUNY-Oneonta. He played his high school lacrosse at Archbishop Stepinac, where he was a CHSAA All-League selection and team captain. He currently teaches American Literature at Archbishop Stepinac.
Jackie Pierce -
Jackie is the Co-Director of Prime Time Girl’s Lacrosse. Jackie, along with Stephanie Hopkins oversees the Prime Time Girl’s lacrosse programming, events and recruiting.
Jackie is a graduate of Sacred Heart University ’10. At Sacred Heart, Jackie was a 2 time All-NEC Selection as well as making the NEC All-Tournament team twice. Jackie was a graduate of Walter Panas High School and a lacrosse standout for the Lakeland-Panas Girl’s Lacrosse team. She was an All American her senior year as well as a 3-time All-League and All Section Selection.
Throughout the past few years, Jackie has been popular in the club lacrosse family, having a huge role in recruiting for the high school age level. Throughout the past four years, she has helped place over 40 girls at some of the best programs in the country and at all three levels. At Prime Time, she brings her college connections and wealth of knowledge of the club lacrosse scene to help build our girl’s program to be one of the best.
Stephanie Hopkins -
Stephanie is the Co-Director of Prime Time Girl’s Lacrosse Program. Stephanie oversees the Prime Time Girl’s lacrosse programming, events and recruiting and assist in day-to-day operations.
Stephanie is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst ’10. At UMass Stephanie made appearances in Three Atlantic Ten Conference Championships and was a part of two NCAA Championship tournaments.
Stephanie is a graduate of Nyack High School and a lacrosse standout for the Indians. She holds records in goals and points as well as earing All-American her senior year as well as a 4-time All-League, All-Section, 3-Time All- County Selection.
Currently, Stephanie is the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY. She was named the head coach in 2010, where she took a team from a record of 0-13 to a 12-5 record and making Two East Coast Conference Championship Tournaments.
Lauren Murray -
A member of Northwestern University's graduating class of 2016, Murray was a four year contributor in the midfield. In her career, she competed in four consecutive NCAA tournaments and appeared in two Final Four contests. In her senior year, she led the Wildcats in caused turnovers and ranked third in ground balls, earning her Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. Prior to Northwestern, Murray was a four year letter winner for John Jay, Cross River. A First-team All-American, Murray currently ranks third in the program's all-time scorers list with 176 goals.
Nichole Locher -
As a native of Yorktown Heights, NY, and its intense lacrosse program, Nichole went on to play for the Hornets at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA from 2004-2008. As a four-year starter and two-year captain, Nichole successfully earned Lynchburg Women’s Lacrosse title for most assists and most career points. Other achievements and accolades include the Old Dominion Conference Award, Player of the Year, and All Tournament Team. Lacrosse did not end for Nichole after graduating from Lynchburg.
Post college, Nichole has served as the assistant coach for the Putnam Valley Girls Varsity team back in 2011, leading the girls to the semi finals during sectionals for the first time ever. Moving on from PV, it has been her honor to be a part of the Bronxville community for the past six years, coaching lacrosse for the modified program, and BYLA. Other teams in which Nichole shared her passion for coaching include Revolution Lacrosse and High Impact Lacrosse.