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SFLC'S COACHING STAFF


BOY'S COACHES

JOHN FERNANDEZ

John Fernandez is a native of Bellport, NY, where he was a Midfielder and Fogo for Bellport High School. 

He is a 2002 graduate at Hofstra University earning a bachelors in Physical Education and Sports Sciences where he had the opportunity to learn from one of the best in Coach Danowski through his courses.  

In 1998 he returned to Bellport High School to coach lacrosse and football.

He then worked in the fitness industry training athletes of all ages and sports for the Parisi Speed School in Islip NY from 2005-2009.

In 2010 he moved to NC and was named the Head JV coach at Wakefield High School in 2013. By 2015 he became the head varsity coach at Wakefield High School leading them to the play-offs in every year.

Currently, he is the new head coach of Wake Forest High School in Wake Forest, NC.

“I believe coaching provides us with a great opportunity to help our students athletes develop character, accountability and responsibility among many other life skills. My ultimate goal as a coach is to help each player understand the importance of being a great team member in both lacrosse and the community.”


MIKE SMITH

Michael Smith is a native of Amsterdam, NY where he learned to love the game of lacrosse playing at Amsterdam High School.
After moving to Florida his senior year, he joined the US Army where he served for almost 12 years with 3 tours to Iraq. 
That is where he met SPC Dana Wilson during his first deployment to Iraq where they became close friends.

After getting out of the Military he moved to NC with his wife April and 4 children. He worked with WF High School Lacrosse
team as a consultant. He later was hired as the JV Head Coach at Athens Drive High School before being offered the Head
Varsity Coaching Position at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School. He helped in reestablishing the lacrosse program and
he led Southeast Raleigh to their first win in 10 years.

Coach Smith instills in his players to live with a fearless mindset. He believes that fearless athletes are success-driven and strive
for positive outcomes in Sports and in School. They don’t limit themselves with strict or impossible-to-achieve expectations. They
can raise the bar of their performance during crunch-time in competition. They thrive in the heat of battle and love the thrill of crunch
time performance. They have a massive amount of self-confidence in competition. They perform free and FEARLESS in competition.
He believes that athletics open so many opportunities for students.


GIRL'S COACHES

MICHELLE KLINE


 

Michelle (Michaels) Kline is the current Varsity Head Coach at Heritage High School in Wake Forest and is a Special Education Teacher at Franklin Academy. 

She started her career in Syracuse, NY her hometown. She played at West Genesee High School as a defender and then at SUNY Cortland as an attacker.

She coached at West Genesee Middle School and Westhill High School before moving to North Carolina.  She previously coached at Wakefield High School, East Chapel Hill High School, and Carolina Fever.

Michelle loves the game and can’t seem to stay away from it!


MIKE KLINE


Michael Kline is currently the assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Heritage High School. 

Michael started coaching with his wife when she was pregnant with their twins, Lyla and Emme and fell in love with the game.

Previously Michael was a science teacher at Wake Forest Middle School where he coached football and other sports.   Michael will be transitioning to River Bend Middle School where he will teach PE and coach football as well.  

Throughout his time living in North Carolina Michael has coached multiple sports at both the middle and high school levels.  He also assisted in training high school and college athletes.  Michael feels athletics help build character, self-esteem, self-motivation, and discipline within the young minds of our youth. Athletics are geared to be fun, educational, and full of life lessons that help guide us to our ultimate goal of being a respected and productive member of society.