2024 Black, 2032’s, Director of Early Player Development BBL Central Coach Tromonda has coached at the high school level for 21 years. He has been with BBL for 8 year. He coached his high school team to a State Championship in 2019 and was named Non public NJ Coach of the year. He is currently coaching the 2024 black team and running the 2032’s in their first year of travel.
2030 Helix and West 31/32 Derek played High School lacrosse at West Morris Central. He continued his playing at Eastern University. Derek has coached at Randolph High School since 2011 at the Freshmen, JV, and Varsity level (Current Assistant Varsity Coach). Prior to that he coached at Frelinghuysen Middle School and Boonton High School. He has been with BBL since 2021. Favorite Quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." -Wayne Gretzky Outside of lacrosse, Derek loves cooking and going snowboarding with his wife and 3 kids.
Boys 2031 Helix Have been playing lacrosse since I was five years old. While playing at Glen Ridge high school I achieved All Gibbs conference, All Essex county, All state Group 1. While playing at Drew University I was awarded 2x All Landmark Conference and leading point scorer freshmen year.
Central Boys 2030 Black I'm entering my 7th season as the head boys lacrosse coach at West Essex High School. Prior to being elevated to head coach, I served as the Assistant Coach/Defensive Coordinator at West Essex for 8 seasons. Collegiately, I was a 4-year letter winner at Montclair State University as a long-stick midfielder and was part of 3 straight ECAC Metro Championship teams. Along with my coaching duties at West Essex, I am also a Social Studies teacher at West Essex Middle School. QUOTE: "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin FUN FACT: I come from a family of educators, coaches and athletes. Both of my siblings are teachers and coach high school sports. My sister played professional soccer and my cousin is currently a professional baseball player.
Central Boys 2029 Helix Nick Russo returns to BBL for his second year coaching the Central Boys 2029 Helix Team. Nick was a former defenseman at Georgetown University and now works full time in finance. He remains passionate about the game of lacrosse and has spent the past decade coaching both boys and girls middle school teams in Chatham. He has coached three All Americans and his former players have gone on to attend schools such as Virginia, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Navy, Lehigh, Lafayette, Holy Cross, Colgate, and Delaware. Nick is currently the Co-President of Chatham Lacrosse and a member of the Georgetown Men's Lacrosse Alumni Mentorship Program. Favorite quote - Work hard when no one is watching. Fun Fact - Nick met BBL founder Andrew Hubschmann in kindergarten.
2029 Helix I grew up on Long Island with four brothers playing all sports all the time. I went to Paul D. Schreiber High School where I played soccer, wrestling (my main sport) and lacrosse graduating with the scholar athlete award and was subsequently elected to the school's athletic hall of fame. I played lacrosse at Ithaca College and didn't realize how much I missed the sport until my son became involved in the Chatham Youth Lacrosse program. I coached him and many other excellent lacrosse athletes through 8th grade then stayed on to coach the next group for another four years. I came to BBL after my daughter went through the program, had a great experience and was recruited to play in college. I have been with BBL for 10 years as an assistant and head coach for several of BBL's talented boys teams: 2018, 2021, 2024, 2027 and currently with the 2029 Helix. Fun Fact: once owned a Corvette - fast and fun to drive. Favorite saying: Attitude is a choice!
2027 Black Central Boys I am proud to say I am a founding coach here at Building Blocks lacrosse. I have been with the academy for over 16 years and coaching for over 20 years. I started the first boys travel team in 2007 for BBL with a very talented group of 7th graders. We then grew each year adding more teams and adding more talented coaches. We are now a national power house! I am very proud of my tenure here at BBL where I have developed and trained some of the best boys and girls players in the world. Truly gratifying.
Central Boys 2030 Helix I played lacrosse at Livingston High School and continued playing in college at Montclair State University. I have coached high school, youth and club lacrosse for the last 24 years in the state of New Jersey. This is my first year coaching at building blocks lacrosse club and I am very excited to be a part of such a great organization. A fun fact about me is I like telling goofy jokes.
Central Boys 2027 Helix, National Boys 2027 Hi I’m Joey and I’m a current 3 year starter and senior defenseman at Caldwell University. This will be my 2nd season with BBL and my first with the national program, I also help out with most of the middle school teams during the fall! Prior to BBL I briefly coached with True NJ. A favorite quote of mine is one that I heard from my old high school coach Sean Peterson: “ Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”
West Boys 2029 This is my 20th year coaching lacrosse at the high school level. Additionally, I have coached lacrosse for the Wolfpack Pride travel team, West Morris-Mendham Futures, & Roxbury Township Youth programs. I additionally have experience coaching field hockey, tennis, ice hockey, and swimming. Favorite Quote: “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” -Pele
26' North Coaching 26' North and I also Coach at SJR. In addition my family runs a lacrosse company and I'm fortunate to work with so many incredible athletes from Bergen County! My greatest talent is assisting lacrosse players on and off the field of lacrosse by working on athletic enhancement performance👊
2031 Shore; 2028 NDP My name is Coach Bobby and I have been coaching with BBl since the summer of 2022. I coached with True NJ 2017-2022 prior to BBL. I work in the health care field as an oral surgeon and have my own private practice. I played collegiate lacrosse at RIT, NY and high school at Blair Academy in NJ. I enjoy coaching kids at all grade levels and growing the sport. I also love Bubbalicioys Watermelon gum and Wendy’s Pink Raspberry lemonade while coaching at tournaments! My favorite quote is “ Be the change you wish to see in the world. Lead by example”
25/26 north I’m passionate about helping people and coaching. I believe building character, skill and trust are important components of any impactful coach. I have been coaching with BBL for 5 years and coaching at all levels for the past 15yrs.
BBL Shore 2030 Played collegiate lacrosse for the Division 1 University of Massachusetts from 1999 – 2000 during which time the “Minutemen” made 2 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Quarter finals (02, 03.) Played High School lacrosse at Ward Melville High School on Long Island, from 1997 – 1999 during which time the “Patriots” won 2 state championships (97, 99,) 3 Long Island Championships and 3 Suffolk County Championships. During his free time he enjoys playing ice hockey and golf, but most of all, spending time with his 3 boys. One of his favorite go-to coaching quotes is “A great assist is far more impressive than an easy goal.”
2030 National, 2030 Shore, 2032 Shore I started my lacrosse career playing for United and Rumson Fair Haven in 4th grade. Played at RFH receiving All-Shore and All-State awards. Played at Pace University where I was a 2 year captain and played in the Division 1 and 2 North vs South All Star Game. I have coached club, high school, and college for a total of 8 years 2 of which have been with Building Blocks.
Shore Boys 2028/2029 I graduated from playing lacrosse at York College in 2012. I have been coaching lacrosse full time at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels for over 10 years. This is my first season coaching with Building Blocks lacrosse. My favorite all-time quote is “Try. Fail. Learn. Repeat.” - Unknown
North boys 2028 Played for Ramapo high school, as a four year varsity starter. Had a won a state championship in 2017 and a conference championship in 2018. My favorite quote is from the great Mohammed Ali “To be a great champion you must believe you’re the best. If your not pretend you are.” I’ve been working with BBL for about 2 years and my favorite thing about it is teaching the kids and seeing them teach their goals and grow.
Boys North 2025 Graduated from Seton Hall Prep ‘13 and High Point University ‘17. Assistant Varsity Coach at Livingston High School. Came to BBL in 2021, also coaches Box and Academy.
2025 North 2022 - U20 World Lacrosse Games - Head Coach Team Ireland /2021 Assistant Coach Don Bosco - TOC Champs/2016 U19- Team Ireland Head Coach /2014 World Championships Ireland Men’s Head Coach/ 2015 Bergen Catholic Assistant - State Championship/Under - Armour Assistant Coach / nephews playing lax at Notre Dame & Duke
BBL Boys North 2026 Played two seasons at Army and two seasons at Loyola, winning a National Championship in 2012, and graduating in 2013 studying economics. Been coaching ever since graduation and hoping to have the same positive impact all of my coaches had on myself through my years playing. Currently coaching at Saint Joseph’s Regional HS in Montvale, NJ. Also coach for the Greenwich Warriors program in Greenwich CT in the spring and fall. This will be my first year with BBL. “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” -John Madden
Shore Boys 2032 Coach Cieri proudly represents Mountain Lakes as a senior on their only undefeated team. After high school, he played D1 at Radford University. Cieri started coaching in Delaware at the middle school level, but ultimate started the program at Delaware Military Academy a new school at the time. After DMA, Cieri was the head coach for County College of Morris and an assistant at Centenary University.
North Boys 2029 3031/32 4 year player at Fair Lawn High school class of 2004. 6 years Assistant coach of Fair Lawn High. 4 year player at Richard Stockton University. 05 Stockton rookie of the year 2008 Stockton defensive player of the year. Fun Fact: I was a top 10 ranked fencer in New Jersey during High School. Favorite Quote “If you fall down 7 times, stand up 8” Japanese proverb
BBL Shore Boys 2032 My name is Dylan Portnoy and I have been playing lacrosse my whole life. I currently coach for BBL and JV lacrosse at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft NJ. I also play for the Hungarian Men’s National team for field and box lacrosse. A fun fact about myself: I scored the first goal for Hungary lacrosse in the World Games in 2018 in Israel. My favorite quote is by Charles Barkley, “If you are afraid of failure, you don't deserve to be successful.”
Head Coach Central Boys 2029 Black I have been coaching lacrosse for over 8 years at the highschool level and over 12 years in total. I was the Head varsity boys lacrosse coach at West Orange from 2016-2020. During my time at west orange I was named coach of the year in the KIRST division in 2019! Turning the program from a 2 win program to a 7 win program back to back years. I currently coach at Morristown high school, I coach the offense at the varsity level. I have been coaching at BBL for 3 years now. I started with the 2026 black team, we won the "Brawl on the Hill" in 2020 and competed in multiple championships throughout the summer. "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make BIG things happen." John Wooden FUN FACT: I have been skydiving twice! Coach Kevin Yeager
Central Boys 2028 Black I played LSM and Defense at Susquehanna University from 2014-2017. We won one conference championship and had an NCAA playoff berth and in 2017 I was named Co-Captain. After graduation I was an Assistant Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Paint Branch High School for two years. I joined BBL in the summer of 2022. Favorite quote: "Communication is key"