Few Words About Us
We do things a bit differently, and that’s the way we like it!
Brotherly Love Lacrosse Academy, LLC represents a strategic initiative with Philadelphia based teams to offer a competitive alternative for families desiring to supplement the community lacrosse experience. Our mission is to facilitate community-based talent and provide them with elite coaching so they can compete with any club in the country.
Brotherly Love Lacrosse Club, was started in the Spring of 2014. Jonathan Nurry and Wade Goldt founded the program as an alternative to the traditional youth lacrosse club. Our formula is simple. Focus on excellent athletes provide them with quality coaching and let them evolve into excellent lacrosse players. In addition, we place a premium on being sensitive to family finances and schedules. Our model is a hybrid of parent coaches augmented with elite players and coaches from Major League Lacrosse (MLL), National League Lacrosse (NLL) and college ranks. We strive to field teams capable of competing with any team in the country. We believe that finances should never be a deterrent to a player that wants to play club lacrosse. We encourage any interested player to try out for one of our teams. Our scheduling goals are simple as well, less is more. By focusing on playing soccer, football, basketball, wrestling, swimming and family vacations in lieu of incessant practicing we strive for balance. We let players choose what clinics, skills sessions, and off-season programs that make sense for their families. Our very first Team, 2023 Zeus, is an example of what community alliances, great kids from great families, and excellent athletes that are taught the game of lacrosse can accomplish together. Play Hard, Play Fast, Play Together
Our Coaches and Trainers
Chris BatesBrotherly Love Academy, Episcopal Academy HC, Professional Lacrosse League HC Archers, Princeton HC, Drexel HC, Wings Player, Dartmouth Lacrosse
Paul DenikenBrotherly Love Academy, Philadelphia Wings 5th All Time Goal Scorer, 4 World Championships
Jeff RatcliffeBrotherly Love Box Coach, Philadelphia Wings, New York Titans, NLL 4th Overall Draft Pick 2000, NLL All Star
Scott BerkheimerBrotherly Love Academy Defensive Coordinator, Strath Haven DC, Ridley High School State Champions, Penn State University, Stockton University, DIII All American
Ryan LehmanBrotherly Love Academy Defensive Coach, University of Maryland, Garnet Valley All American, #11 Ranked Defensive Player in the Country for his Graduation Year by Inside Lacrosse
Jake BergeyBrotherly Love Box Coach, Philadelphia Wings 2nd All Time Goal Scorer, NLL All Star, USBOX 50 Greatest Box Players of All Time #24
Adam MuellerTeam USA Offensive Coordinator, National Lacrosse League Coach of the Year, Former NLL Player, Only Coach in NLL History to take 3 Different Teams to the Playoffs, Avon Grove Youth Lacrosse
Bob DilonnoBrotherly Love Academy, Haverford School AC 2X National Champion, Malvern Prep Assistant Coach, Avon Grove Youth Lacrosse
Brotherly Love Lacrosse Academy, LLC 101 Turnberry Drive Avondale, PA 19311