BURNABY, BC (September 3, 2018) – Simon Fraser University Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Brent Hoskins has announced that Mackenzie Terrio and Matthew Sobey have been appointed as Head Coaches of the inaugural SFU Field Lacrosse Academy. Set to start this September and open to students in Grades 8-12, the academy is a partnership between Simon Fraser University and Burnaby Schools. It was also announced that the year-round training will now be hosted at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Mountain Campus where participants will share the same facilities used by the SFU Men’s Lacrosse program. Once accepted, student athletes may remain at their current school or become a full-time student at Cariboo Hill Secondary.
Terrio and Sobey will lead all academy training, while Hoskins will oversee the academy as Technical Director. In addition to their Academy roles, Terrio and Sobey were also named as Assistant Coaches with the SFU Men’s Lacrosse team. The academy will be supported by current SFU Lacrosse student-athletes, as well as other members of the SFU Men’s Lacrosse coaching staff. Cariboo Hill Secondary Principal Andy Chin will lead the academic programming and collaborate with Jason Stockley, Youth Programs Manager for Simon Fraser University Athletics and Recreation. The unique partnership with SFU enables the Burnaby School District to provide high performance field lacrosse training with academic support through a holistic approach committed to physical, mental, cognitive and emotional development.
“We’re very excited about our partnership with Burnaby Schools and to have two coaches of the quality of Mack and Matt lead our Academy program,” said Hoskins, who is entering his 15th season as Head Coach at SFU and 17th season on the Clan sidelines. “Not only are Coach Terrio and Coach Sobey experienced coaches, they also serve as outstanding mentors to younger student-athletes having both recently completed accomplished lacrosse careers at the collegiate level, while also excelling in SFU’s demanding academic environment as Canada’s top comprehensive university.”
Terrio is a former coach with the Burnaby Mountain Selects Elite Development Program which trained at SFU from 2006-2016 and was recognized as one of the top professional teaching programs in North America as a member of the National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association (NSCLA). Sobey is a long-time coach with the Surrey Minor Lacrosse Association where he has coached for the past 7 years. He was also a Zone Coach for the 2018 BC Summer Games. Both Terrio and Sobey have worked as lead coaches for the SFU Field Lacrosse Camps, Western Canada’s largest and longest running field lacrosse camp.
In addition to their coaching experience, Terrio and Sobey were both standout players for the Clan. An Economics major and former Team Captain, Terrio was a two-time MCLA All-American and two-time PNCLL 1st Team All-Conference selection at SFU. He was also named the Clan’s Defensive Most Valuable Player and recipient of both the SFU Lacrosse Endowment Award and Chris Friesen Memorial Award for high standards of leadership, performance and academic accomplishment. A Biomedical Physiology major and 4-year starter for the Clan, Sobey was named to the PNCLL All-Conference 1st Team in his senior season as the league’s top Face-off Specialist. A native of High River, Alberta, Terrio is a product of the Okotoks Mustang Starz, the only Canadian member of Adrenaline Starz – one of North America’s top-ranked club lacrosse programs. Sobey is from Surrey, BC and played his club lacrosse with the Burnaby Mountain Selects.
Enrollment in the academy program fulfills the academic requirements of two courses for credit. Training will include two lacrosse classes every other day in the morning based on a two-week class rotation schedule. Classes will consist of on-field lacrosse technical skill development, speed, strength and power training, and classroom instruction in areas such as game analysis, nutrition, sport psychology and other areas related to the science of sport and training.
ABOUT SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY MEN’S LACROSSE
Established in 1996, Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse is a Division I member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The Clan captured a record ninth PNCLL Conference Title in 2014, and rank eleventh all-time with eleven MCLA National Championship tournament appearances, placing 2nd in 1999 and playing in the 2010 MCLA Semi-Finals after reaching the Quarterfinals in 2008 and 2009. On top of their success at the national level, perennially ranked in the MCLA Division I Top 25, SFU has earned twenty PNCLL Final Four appearances and competed in eighteen Conference Championships, most recently finishing as runner-up in 2017 and 2018 after finishing the 2018 regular season with the conference’s top record.
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