With the addition of lacrosse in the 2017-18 school year, Bishop Lynch High School found a coach with deep roots in the sport, hiring New York native William Connery as the first-ever lacrosse coach at the school.
"I'm excited to bring something new to Bishop Lynch and hope to get the community excited about the program," Connery said. "Starting a program from scratch is a rare opportunity and a big reason why I wanted to come to this school."
Connery is a native of Homer, New York, located just 30 miles from Syracuse which is home to one of the nation's premiere collegiate lacrosse programs. Connery played lacrosse and football in high school then continued playing football collegiately at Hobart College. After graduating, he coached youth lacrosse for a few years, learning from coaches with championship pedigrees.
"This game is in my blood," he said. "I grew up playing the game and learned from great coaches. Being able to learn from them what it takes to run a program was a huge benefit."
Connery moved to Texas in 2014 and went to work as a financial analyst at Dallas-based BSN Sports, which hosted the Bishop Lynch Lacrosse Camp last month.
"The camp was a great start," Connery said. "Being able to get familiar with some of the kids and help them learn some of the terminology was important."
For the past two years, Connery has coached with the Denton Lightning lacrosse program, a community-based organization serving the Denton area. However, coaching a school program is something he says is more suitable for him.
"I like the idea of coaching at a school," he said. "There's so much more camaraderie at the high school level."
While starting a brand-new program is exciting, Connery is aware of the challenges it presents – challenges he welcomes.
"One of the biggest hurdles will be getting the kids to build their lacrosse IQ," he said. "It'll be important for them to get comfortable with the game, the rules. But it's part of the learning process and it's all part of the experience. It's all very exciting."