About

"Improving individual & team performance through hard work & commitment."

Who are we?

PRL was founded in the spring of 2013 as the off-season development program for Haven Youth Lacrosse and Strath Haven High School Lacrosse. Our focus is on our guys - those that have already reached the SH high school program as well as those that are soon to be SHHS lacrosse players. We recognize, as do many HS programs, that developing together outside of the traditional spring lacrosse season results in a stronger, more cohesive high school team and program. While we do not discourage participation in other club lacrosse programs during the offseason, we strongly encourage participation in PRL as the Strath Haven HS student athlete's primary club affiliation.

What are the program's goals?

Our goals are two-fold:

1. To help each player who makes the commitment to our program reach his lacrosse potential with and around his HS teammates;

2. To build a championship level high school program.

We applaud those players who have made a commitment to develop their game in the off season and hope that they also realize how valuable it is to develop the chemistry and cohesiveness that results in a winning tradition in the spring.

The cost of playing PRL

Unlike most private club programs, PRL is not designed to "make money." The legal entity is set up as a for-profit venture (LLC), but our nominal annual player registration fee ($55 in 2019) is used solely to help cover the operating costs of the program. The coaches are not paid for their efforts (we do hope that we can offer our coaches some reimbursement of their out-of-pocket and travel expenses), and in general, the only additional costs (after the annual registration fee) are the "per player" costs for participation in a PRL scheduled event.

What's the difference between PRL and other private club programs?

A few of the most glaring differences are:

1. Our program is set up to develop players that are entering our SHHS high school program; we aim to spend our time and effort developing our own players;

2. Our teams are not all-star teams; they are simply a compilation of our own players whose goal is to develop as a unit in the offseason;

3. We do not have "make money" as a goal of our program; we hope to recover the costs of program operation only while developing players whose commitment to our SHHS program is a priority.

Our off-season schedule

Our off-season begins shortly after our last spring HS game is played and lasts until the official first practice date in March each year. Our typical off season includes:

1. A weekly summer practice session dedicated to individual instruction and technique development (by position);

2. A summer event schedule for high school age players (our typical schedule will include 2-3 summer tournaments);

3. A weekly fall practice day (Saturday) that brings together all participants (grades 7-12) and focuses on both individual skill development and team concepts (this practice offering starts in September and ends in November);

4. o A fall tournament schedule that will include 2-3 tournaments (including our annual SHHS Fall Fest in November each year; this is the major fundraising event for the HS booster group);

5. An indoor, weekly winter practice session that focuses heavily on team concepts that we expect to implement fully in the spring (this session will be a weeknight, from early January through February, and is subject to availability of indoor space).

The college recruiting season

College coaches use their own off-seasons to recruit student athletes for commitment to their respective schools. The most active recruiting seasons are often June/July and October/November, as these tend to be the times when events are plentiful and college coaches are most available to travel and see youth and HS players on the field. PRL has access to the same tournament schedules as all other private clubs and will continue to make decisions about which tournaments its teams enter based on our perceived level of play, tournament location, cost, and other organizational factors.

For questions about PRL, including its intentions, goals, costs, or other information not included in this document, please contact Head Coach Jef Hewlings at 610-737-3268 or via email at providenceroadlax@gmail.com.

Providence Road Lacrosse Coaching Staff

For information about our coaching staff, see the bio's below.


Jef Hewlings enters his 39th year of coaching and his 7th season as Head Coach of the Strath Haven Boys' Lacrosse program. Prior to his arrival at Strath Haven, he enjoyed head coaching stops at Malvern Prep (1983-87), Penncrest High School (1989-99), Oneonta HS (NY), where he founded the high school program (2000-06), and Emmaus High School (2008-11).

Along the way, Coach Hewlings' teams won Central League titles (with Penncrest in 1996 and 1998 and Strath Haven in 2016), Lehigh Valley Conference titles (with Emmaus, 2008-11), and participated in post-season playoffs (at Malvern, Penncrest, and Emmaus, as well as in each of the past 5 seasons at Strath Haven). His Penncrest teams advanced to the PSLA state semifinals in both 1998 and 1999, and Emmaus reached the PIAA quarterfinal round in both 2009 and 2010.The Strath Haven Panthers have advanced in the PIAA state tournament in each of the past 3 seasons and rode the class of 2018 to the program's first ever trip to the state championship game last year.

With the graduation of last year's successful senior class (led by USL's national POY and UVA bound freshman Jeffrey Conner), Hewlings sees 2019 as a bit of a transition year, especially related to the presence of strong player leadership. "Jeff and Ryan [Morris] led this program on the field and off, and many of our other seniors played key roles in the growth and success of the program over these past 3 years. As coaches, we are optimistic that our 2019 senior guys will step up and accept this incredibly important responsibility, and if they do, we will continue to challenge at the top of the Central League and District One lacrosse."


Scott Berkheimer enters his 7th season as Assistant Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Strath Haven High School after coaching at Ridley High School the previous three years. In 2006, he served as an Assistant Coach at Stockton College (University) under the late NJ Lacrosse Pioneer and Coaching Legend Dick Rizk. Scott has coached countless players in the Greater Philadelphia area and has worked with various Philadelphia-based club lacrosse programs including Mesa/Fever, Old School, and Providence Road Lacrosse.


Coach Berkheimer played collegiately at Penn State and Stockton where he was a 3-time All-Conference First-Team selection, a 3-time ECAC-Metro First-Team All-Star, as well as a USILA DIII All-American selection in 2005. He was a member of Ridley's '97 and '98 PSLA State Championship teams and captained their '99 PSLA State Title Runner-Up team.


Scott is a graduate of Penn State University and is completing his Master's of Education at Widener University. He is a Social Studies Teacher at Interboro High School in Prospect Park, PA.


Coach Clemons starts his 5th season with PRL this season.

In addition to cioaching PRL, Don currently serves an assistant varsity coach at Strath Haven HS where he also leads the JV program. Coach Clements played collegaitely at DeSales University where he was a 4-year starter on defense (and 2-year team captain). After graduation from DeSales he began coaching at Parkland High School, where in 2012 he led the JV squad to a 15-0 record; he also served as a varsity assistant while at Parkland HS.


Coach Dawes enters his 5th season with PRL this year.

In addition to PRL, Cory is an assistant coach at Strath Haven High School where he works with the team's goalies. A 2-time PA state champion as a player at Ridley, Cory's focus with the Panthers is coaching the team's goalies. Before joining the Haven staff, Cory enjoyed success coaching at the youth level. He is married to Jill and they are parents to Camille.


2018-2019 Schedule


Day Date Game Location Time Result
Sunday 9/9/2018 Interboro N 2:00 PM Win
Sunday 9/23/2018 Haverford JV N 8:00 AM Win
Sunday 9/30/2018 Emmaus N 9:30 AM Win
Sunday 10/7/2018 Malvern JV N 11:00 AM Win
Sunday 10/14/2018 vs Conestoga JV N 11:45 AM Win
Saturday 11/3/2018 Lax Fest Home
Saturday 11/10/2018 Taylor Hospice Day of Service Home 8AM to Noon Win
Sunday 11/11/2018 Lehigh KOTM Tournament N
Sunday 11/18/2018 Philly Elite Heritage Tournament N
Wednesday 1/9/2019 Winter Indoor Practices @ Ampro Start Away 5:00 PM
Wednesday 2/27/2019 Winter Practices End Away 5:00 PM
Tuesday 6/11/2019 Summer Tuesday Practices Start Home
Wednesday 6/19/2019 Haverford Invitational @ MapleZone, Day 1 N
Thursday 6/20/2019 Haverford Invitational, Day 2 N
Wednesday 6/26/2019 Philly Elite @ Maple Zone, Day 1 N
Thursday 6/27/2019 Philly Elite, Day 2 N
Tuesday 7/16/2019 Summer Practices End Home
Wednesday 8/28/2019 Youth Mini Camp for Prospective SHHS Players, Day 1 Home
Thursday 8/29/2019 Youth Mini Camp Day 2 Home
Friday 8/30/2019 Youth Mini Camp, Day 3 Home

NEWS

You can sponsor Play for the A's

The 7th annual Play for the A's lacrosse event will be held on Saturday April 13, 2019 at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, PA. This event fully supports our battle against Alzheimer's disease by raising funds that enable us to offer support services to families affected by this dreaded disease. 100% of event proceeds are shared locally to assist families whose loved ones are affected – and our fight to overcome this debilitating disease needs your help!


Winter Update

For those planning to participate in our winter sessions at Ampro (Wednesdays from 5-7 pm, 1/9 through 2/26), please register by sending your $100 payment to PRL at 115 Keller Road, Fleetwood PA 19522. All players not involved in a SHHS winter sport, including our 8th grade guys, should plan to participate.


PRL at Lehigh King of the Mountain

A young PRL team competed well in Lehigh King of the Mountain tournament.


PRL at Taylor Hospice 2018

To those that gave of themselves on Saturday morning at our day of service, THANK YOU! Your work on Saturday means MUCH to so many, and I'm very appreciative of the sacrifice you made to give up your Saturday morning to move stone, clean, remove weeds. Our program is better because of your willingness to do this work each year.


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