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Coaching Staff

Bill Shatz

Bill has been involved in lacrosse programs and activities for more than 30 years as a player, coach, leader, and business executive. Growing up on Long Island, he played at Sachem High School, and was a four-year starter at attack for Ithaca College, where he graduated as one of the all-time top-10 leading scorers in school history. He was also a highly regarded hockey player and was a two-year captain and two-time All-County selection.

Shatz is one of the founders of the nationally-recognized Tampa Bay Fire Lacrosse Club, and has served the organization as the President and head coach of the U-19 team, where he has assisted dozens of players in going on to outstanding academic and athletic collegiate experiences. Over the course of his coaching career, he has trained and developed over 25 High School All-Americans and one that has earned the College All-American award. Regarded as an innovator in the sport, Shatz is the architect of a number of creative concepts including the lacrosse system that integrates the box and field versions of the sport called 'DoubleCrosse'. Designed to create disruption and confusion through up-tempo, rapid on and off-ball movement, the system has garnered attention as a progressive philosophy and style of play.  Bill was also the co-founder of the American Indoor Lacrosse Association, where he served as the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of this international organization with the mission of extending the NLL-style indoor lacrosse game throughout the United States and globally.

Throughout the state of Florida, Shatz has held a variety of roles within the lacrosse community including serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the West Florida Lacrosse League (WFLL); as a director and coach with Team Florida, the only state-wide all-star lacrosse program in Florida; and Head Coach of Freedom High School's Varsity Lacrosse Program. Shatz was also the High School Area Chairman for the US Lacrosse-Gulf Coast Chapter for five years where he directed the All-American Selection Committee, among other duties.  In 2011, he was appointed to the US Lacrosse Selector Staff to evaluate and select Team USA/U.S. National Men's U-19 team slated to compete in the 2012 World Championships in Turku, Finland. Bill was elected President of The US Lacrosse-Gulf Coast Chapter in 2014.

Bill has a BS in Healthcare Administration from Ithaca College School of Allied Health Professions and an MPH in Hospital Administration from Yale University School of Medicine.


Craig Lepiane

Craig brings over 15 years of competitive, coaching, and administrative experience to IMG Academy. Craig was a highly-recruited attack man from West Irondequoit High School and played his first two years of college lacrosse at Monroe Community College, where he earned USILA JuCo All-American honors while shattering innumerable scoring records at the program. He was invited to play in the Division III North/ South Senior All-star game held at Harvard University.  Craig earned a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and Sports Psychology.

Craig participated in a variety of lacrosse entrepreneurial ventures - coaching and operating a top elite box and field lacrosse program while developing a successful sports training program - both of which have gained national prominence and recognition. Most recently, Craig served as the Head Coach at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, FL.


Mark Burnam

 

Mark has decades of international, professional, collegiate, and high school/elite experience as a coach and player. Recognized as a fierce competitor on the field and in the coaching box, Mark has achieved a reputation as one of the most successful lacrosse experts in the world.

His remarkable career began early as a player where, as an All-American, he led both Henniger High School to a New York State Championship and Syracuse University to its first of many NCAA National Championships. His playing career continuted after college, playing in the National Lacrosse League for 11 years - winning a World Championship with the Buffalo Bandits. He also competed in five consecutive Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships as a standout player on Iroquois National teams. 

As a coach, Mark has developed hundreds of players, many who have gone on to play nationally and internationally. He has coached extensively at the international level, serving as the assistant coach for the Iroquois National team and has also been a prolific high school and elite team coach, where he has led his respective programs to many state championship victories. 


Jason Basso

Jason Basso joins the IMG Academy lacrosse program as Defensive Coordinator with a wealth of playing and coaching experience. After playing lacrosse for Rutgers University, Basso stayed with the team as a volunteer assistant coach before accepting a coaching position with Hartwick College in 2004.

Playing defense and midfield for the Scarlet Knights, Basso was known as a leader on and off the field. In 2002, he won the Knight Cup, which is awarded to the player "who has played the game of lacrosse to the best of his ability, who has, by example, led his teammates both on and off the field and who, above all, has consistently demonstrated the qualities of unselfishness and loyalty to his team and Rutgers University."


Brian Watson

Brian Watson started his lacrosse career at Freedom High School. He then furthered his knowledge and growth in lacrosse by attending Belmont Abbey College where he was a 4 year starter; Face off/offensive specialist. In 2008 he won the Conference Carolina Championship. After ending his career at Belmont Abbey Brian Watson wanted to pass his knowledge of the game to youths in the Tampa Bay area. Brian has coached for several top club programs. Brian is currently the Berkeley Preparatory high school head lacrosse coach. He has been with Berkeley for 3 years as the Middle School division head coach and was named Varsity head coach last year with a record of 10-4 and a district appearance.