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Blue Valley Youth Lacrosse
Coaching Staff


Chris Schepmann

Chris Schepmann began his lacrosse career as a player at Kansas State from 1996-1999.  He has coached lacrosse in the Kansas City area since he graduated from Kansas State in 1999.  He was the first head coach of the original Blue Valley Lacrosse club and was the head coach from 1999 until their dissolution in 2006.  He then went on to be an assistant coach with the Shawnee Mission Raiders Lacrosse club for 2 years from 2007 to 2008 before taking over as the head coach for one season in 2009.  Since then he has been a coach with the Blue Valley youth lacrosse club from 2010 to 2013, mainly as the head coach of 7th and 8th grade teams.  Chris has worked in the engineering and construction management field since he graduated from college, first as a Senior Construction Manager, Team Leader and Project Manager at TranSystems from 1999-2011 and now as a Senior Engineering Technician/Telecom Designer at BHC Rhodes from 2011 to present.  He is engaged to be married in September 2013 to the lovely Erin Weisz and is the proud father of Bromley, a 3 year old hound of indiscernible lineage.

Chris Howell

Playing – Played lacrosse at Kansas State University from 1996-1999. Chris has played post-collegiately with several teams since 2000, winning several league championships along the way.  Currently plays for ESB Lacrosse.

Coaching – Assistant coach for the Blue Valley Knights varsity program from 2000-2004. Assistant and head coach for Blue Valley Youth Lacrosse 7th and 8th grade teams from 2010 till current, including travel teams. Had an undefeated season in 2011, winning the championship in triple overtime.  In 2012, Chris had six 8th grade players compete in the league all-star game. Currently head coach for Blue Valley West Jaguars freshman and junior varsity teams, and assisting with players skill development for the varsity team.

Garrick Mallery

Garrick Mallery started playing lacrosse in high school for the Blue Valley West Jaguars.  He was a three year starter and was named 2010 captain and 2nd Team All LAKS.

Garrick went on to play collegiately for Dominican University of California.  Toured with the USA Starz in Berlin, Hanover, and Amsterdam.  He is a current member of the men’s ESB Lacrosse team. Garrick will play for Tennessee Wesleyan College starting in the fall of 2013.

Garrick began his coaching career in 2011 as an assistant for the San Rafael Rockets U9 boy’s team. 

Ken Petersen

Ken grew up in Denver, Colorado where he played a number of sports including football and lacrosse through high school.  His passion and focus quickly turned to Lacrosse. He was then selected to play for the Colorado All-Star team as a defenseman.  After High School he served a mission for his church for 2 years in Norway. Upon his return,  Ken attended BYU for his undergraduate degree, and shortly thereafter relocated to Kansas after getting married.  He attended Medical School and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency here is Kansas City.  This has allowed him not only to be interacting with athletes on the field, but also off the field.  Now with 4 children, 1 girl and 3 boys (in which all 3 boys play lacrosse)  Ken enjoys, above all, his family time which keeps him and his wife very busy with all their children's sports and activities.  Ken coaches, and has coached, for a number of years youth sports including football, basketball, and both rec and competitive lacrosse.  "There is nothing better than watching your kids enjoy playing sports.... especially lacrosse."

Steve Freimanis

Steve Freimanis grew up in Columbia, a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland.  He started playing lacrosse in the third grade and was active in youth leagues year-round, involving both the field and indoor versions of the sport.  Over the years, Steve attended several summer instructional camps at the University of Maryland and Cornell.  While in high school, he was selected as a starting varsity attack man for four years and was the team captain in his Junior and senior years.  After high school, Steve attended and graduated from the University of Maryland, where he played rugby for the school.  He currently lives in Overland Park, KS with his wife, Jennifer, and three children Hans, Sophia, and Amelia. Steve is proud to be a returning coach for the Blue Valley Youth Lacrosse Program and has met all the requirements for a Level 1 certified US Lacrosse Coach.

Paul Morizzo

Paul Morizzo began playing lacrosse in 1999 as a founding member of the Blue Valley Knights lacrosse club.  After graduating from high school, he played goalie for Kansas State University from 2001-2004 and served as captain during the 2003-2004 season.
 
Kansas State qualified for the GRLC playoffs all three years during Paul's tenure and were runner-up in the conference tournament in 2003.
 
2014 will be Paul's 5th season coaching in the KCYLL and his teams have one tournament championship and three runner-up finishes.