Giovanni Najarro, Owner & Operator
Coach Najarro began playing the game of lacrosse at Kirkwood High School for 4 years and won the State Championship his senior year, compiling an undefeated record along the way. He was named captain during his junior and senior seasons, and was selected First Team All Conference as well as being selected a two-time All State all-star. He has been ocaching Kirkwood High School lacrosse since 2013 and has been with KYL since 2003. Under his operation, KYL has grown each year and continues with many remarkable seasons. Articles on Najorro's involvement with the progression of lacrosse in the Midwest have been noted in US Lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse.
Matt Gambrell, Arch Coach
Matt Gambrell began playing lacrosse at a young age and continued his playing career as a two-year starter and letterman for Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN. Coach Matt made State Tournament appearances both his Junior and Senior years. From there he went on to play for the Division III Birmingham-Southern Panthers of the SCAC.
Jared Mintzlaff, STL Elite Coach
Coach Jared is a Junior midfielder at Loyola University in Maryland where he competed in lacrosse's version of the final four, tournament weekend. Coach Jared started the past two years for Loyola and has played plenty of minutes on both ends of the field, defense and offense. He hopes to spread his knowledge and help athletes succeed at any level whether it be high school, D3, D2, or D1 College lacrosse.
Victor Mehrtens, STL Elite Coach
Coach Vic started playing lacrosse in his middle school years for Seckmans’s newly program and played for the Jaguars throughout high school. Was named 2nd Team All- Conference his senior year and Captain of team. He was the first graduate to play collegiate lacrosse for Seckmans program. Also played over seas in Australia for Team USA through USAAI. Coach Vic is now playing in Greensboro, North Carolina for The Pride which is an NCAA Division 3 college. He was also picked for the All-Conference team this past season.
Mitch Shafer, STL Elite Coach
Shafer, a Hamburg, N.Y., native played lacrosse at Hamburg High School where he won two section championships. He played collegiately at Lake Erie College. Mitchell was a four-year player, a three-year starter at attack and was team captain his senior season. Shafer led Lake Erie to four ECAC conference tournaments, three ECAC conference final appearances and back-to-back conference championships in 2014 and 2015. He led the Storm to two NCAA tournament appearances in 2013 and 2015. Shafer led the Storm to its first NCAA playoff game in school history against Tampa in 2015.
During his playing career at Lake Erie, Shafer helped the Storm defeat many nationally-ranked teams, including LeMoyne, Tampa and Mercyhurst. LEC took down No. 1 Limestone and became the first top-ranked team in school history. Shafer was voted ECAC first-team All-Conference, the Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week and the ECAC player of the week. Shafer holds the LEC record for career assists and fourth all-time in career points, and his class posted a record of 43-19. He graduated from Lake Erie in 2016 with a double major in business administration and sport management.
Kevin Eskridge, STL Elite Coach
Kevin Eskridge began playing lacrosse at Vianney High School. In his years there, he was an all-state performer, second-team all-conference, and three-time team Offensive Player of the Year. After high school he went on to play college lacrosse at Mars Hill University for a year before going back to St. Louis and coaching Vianney High School as the Offensive Coordinator. He then transferred to Lindenwood University where he was a starting attackman all three years, and led the team in points two of those years. He was named to Second-Team All-ECAC, pre-season All-American, and ECAC All-Academic team. During those years, Lindenwood had the best seasons in school history, beating top-ranked teams, competing in two conference championships, and making the NCAA DII national tournament.