Biographies

Lou Corsetti – Coaching Coordinator – Community Coach Varsity Boys, The Marist School

Coach Lou

Coach Corsetti is a member of the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame (Class of 2011).

This marks Coach Corsetti’s 43rd year as a player, coach.  Coach Corsetti has had many roles as a local and national lacrosse ambassador. Lou has had the pleasure of coaching 40 All-American Players, 15 Academic All-Americans, over 160 All-State Players (New York and Georgia) and several All-Star teams including the first Lacrosse Team to participate in the Georgia Games in 1993.

Lou has been part of US Lacrosse since it was established as “The National Governing Body” of the sport of lacrosse.  Lou has held many positions with US Lacrosse.  He is past President of the Georgia Chapter as well he has been on the National Youth Council since 2003.  Lou has been a convention speaker 18 times at the US Lacrosse’s National Convention and a Convention Committee member for six years. Lou was elected “Georgia’s Man of the Year in 2003” and in June of 2005, Lou was elected to US Lacrosse Executive Committee, the first person from Georgia given such an honor.  Lou was also nominated in 2004 as US Lacrosse “Most Innovative Coach”.

Coach Corsetti hails from West Babylon, New York. Coach Lou had a very successful lacrosse career at Division I Marist College where he set scoring records many of which stand today.  A four-time all-league attackman Lou was 3rd in the nation in scoring in 1981 and 4th in the nation in 1982. Coach Corsetti was also a member of the Football Team where he was a three-time all-league selection and holds several team records and a NCAA record for Punt Return Touchdowns in a game.

  • Selected to Coach the 2013 US Lacrosse/Champion All-American Showcase – Showcase writeup
  • Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee – Class of 2011
  • US Lacrosse, CEP Level 1,2 and 3 Certified Coach
  • US Lacrosse Level Certified Trainer
  • Board Member and President US Lacrosse Foundation (Georgia Chapter) – 2002 to 2005
  • Executive Board Member US Lacrosse – 2005 to 2007
  • Board Member US Lacrosse Youth Council – 2003 to 2010
  • 18  Time US Lacrosse Speaker – US Lacrosse National Convention
  • Founding Member for the Georgia Youth Lacrosse Association – 2002 to 2006
  • Member National Youth Sports Coaches Association – 1991 to present
  • Certified Clinician National Youth Sports Coaches Association – 1999 to present
  • Member Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Member Forsyth County Sports Association – 2005 to 2007
  • President Atlanta Youth Lacrosse 1999 to present
  • Assistant Coach Farmingdale University 1982
  • Assistant Coach Allen Stevenson School, New York, New York 1983,84.85
  • Head Coach North Georgia Club Lacrosse League Coach – 2002-2004
  • Pace Academy Middle School Head Coach 2004 to 2009
  • Junior Team Georgia Head Coach – 2004 to 2006
  • Senior Team Georgia Head Coach – 2005 to 2006
  • Assistant Coach Kennesaw State University 2006
  • Head Community Coach Riverwood High School – 2009 to 2014
  • Community Coach The Marist School, Atlanta – 2014 – present

Coach Corsetti has been published in several periodicals, US Lacrosse Drill Book and invented the term DSP (Dodge Shoot & Pass) which is used in training manuals.

Our Game: The Character & Culture of Lacrosse, by John Yeager

US Lacrosse Convention Speaker Presentations:

  1. 2002 – How to play Attack
  2. 2003 – Sportsmanship Round Table
  3. 2004 – Transition Drills that Work
  4. 2004 – Everyday Stick Drills – Foundation to Success
  5. 2005 – Lost Art of Stick Protection
  6. 2006 – Foundation for Youth Lacrosse Defense
  7. 2006 – Lacrosse Tic-Tac-Toe
  8. 2008 – Defensive Drills for Youth Lacrosse Players
  9. 2009 – Tryout Drills for All-Star Teams & Managing Expectations
  10. 2010 – Clearing and Riding “Doing the Little Things to Perfection”
  11. 2011 – Six Drills For Speed
  12. 2012 – Getting the Most out of a Short Practice
  13. 2012 – Recruiting Round Table
  14. 2013 – This is not working – changing your practice plan without changing your foundation
  15. 2014 – Progressive Shooting
  16. 2015 – Don’t Settle For 6 on 6: How To Score When You Are Not In a Settled Situation
  17. 2016 – Everything I know “almost
  18. 2017 – Creating a Culture of Volunteerism

Austin Heaton – Director of Operations and Player Development
Austin Heaton began his lacrosse career during the 4th grade with Atlanta Youth Lacrosse. He found his niche early on playing both Attack and Midfield at the youth level and in turn, played both Attack and Midfield as he grew into the competitive level.  Austin played for The Lovett School for 3 years at the Varsity level.  Injuries forced Austin to switch to the Goalie position for his senior year.  In 2009, Austin was voted as 2nd Team All-State as a Goalie for his lone season at the position.  Austin is a Two-Time State Champion, winning Championships in both his Junior and Senior seasons.

Continuing his studies at The University of Mississippi, Austin played for the Ole Miss Club team for his freshman year in 2009-2010.  Beyond his day-to-day duties, Austin acts as provisional Director whenever Lou or Mary Jo are away from the fields. He is also the Head Coach for the Regional Coyotes.

Austin’s long-standing passion for the game and developing Atlanta’s youth into both players and young men is what makes him show up day in and day out. “Growing up, I always thought that the young men and counselor’s teaching me in the sport were the coolest guys around.  I always looked up to them.” Austin now reciprocates that feeling of appreciation and gratitude by helping teach and guide those younger than him with his vast IQ of the game.

Mary Jo Corsetti – Administrative Assistant

Mary Jo Corsetti

Mary Jo became involved with lacrosse nearly 20 years ago along side her husband Lou Corsetti who with other Atlanta fathers help start lacrosse in Georgia at Murphy Candler Park under the Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Organization.

Mary Jo then became a full time volunteer administrator for over 3 years at Bagataway Lacrosse from 2002 – 2006, (she and her husband formed, owned and ran Bagataway Lacrosse from 2002-2006) where she organized Forsyth, Gwinnett & Buckhead leagues, Supersouth Camp, the first South East Championship Tournament in 2005, all fall, winter, spring & Summer leagues, clinics and much more!

Prior to this she was a full time volunteer for the Athletic Director of Mt. Pisgah Christian school from part of 2000 to 2002. From 2000 – 1999 She was the PALS (parent Organization VP for the Middle School at Mount Pisgah) Mary Jo also co-chaired the committee that raised over $5 million to build the school’s gymnasium.

Prior to her years at Mt. Pisgah, Mary Jo volunteered her time at Esther Jackson Elementary School. She headed and designed the schools float for the Roswell Youth Day Parade which won 1st place for 3 years in a row.

Her passions are photography and woodworking! Her proudest accomplishments are woodworking where she has built over 100 pieces of furniture for Mt. Pisgah Christian School, Esther Jackson and Nancy Creek Elementary school, and now numerous things down at the Buckhead fields. Mary Jo’s woodwork was published in Better Homes and Gardens Do It Yourself Magazine Winter 2006.

Mary Jo now contributes to AYL as the  Administrative Assistant and currently works for The Marist School Athletic Department.

Gordon Corsetti –  Head Official, Youth, JV, Varsity and Collegiate Official, Manager of Men’s Officials Education Program

Gordon Corsetti

Gordon Corsetti began playing lacrosse during 5th grade at Atlanta Youth Lacrosse. He found a passion in defense and continued in the position during his competitive lacrosse years. Gordon played for Pace Academy for three years earning 2nd Team All-State his senior year in 2006.

He was recruited to play lacrosse at Presbyterian College in South Carolina but decided to focus on schoolwork after the fall season was over.

Gordon became a recognized official for the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association and officiated many sanctioned JV and Varsity games during the Spring Season along with our youth program.  As of 2013 he became a certified collegiate official.

Gordon wrote many articles on the AYL blog – click here and wrote his first book – “Advancement Rules:Improving your lacrosse Officiating“.

Gordon moved to Maryland in 2015  and currently works at US Lacrosse Headquarters, where he is the Manager of the men’s officials education program

Andy Halperin –  Head Youth, JV, Varsity and Collegiate Official, U15 and U17 Coyote Coach

andy-halperin

Andy  began playing lacrosse during 5th grade at Atlanta Youth Lacrosse. He played midfield and defense and continued in the position during his competitive lacrosse years. Andy played for Riverwood  High School and Presbyterian DI College

Andy became a recognized official for the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association and officiates many sanctioned JV and Varsity games during the Spring Season along with our youth program. He is also the head coach for the U15 Coyotes

Much of  Andy’s coaching philosophy has been adopted from Coach Corsetti in his long time working under him both as a player and as a coach. The ideal from him that stands out the most to Andy is “do something special every time you step onto the field”, this has become a cornerstone for me in coaching and I try to convey this to players I come into contact with. To me it means ‘don’t get caught up in the big ticket factors that most people gauge success on the field by like goals, assists, caused turnovers etc. Rather it means making personal accomplishments like proper technique, keeping an opponent from making a game changing play, or recognizing a double-team.

Coach Halperin has lead the Coyote HS teams to several Club Tournament Championship games over the last five summers and most recently at the NXT MVP Tournament in Towson, Maryland.