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

Who are we?

PRL was founded in the spring of 2013 as the off-season development entity for the Haven Youth (incoming grades 8/9) and Strath Haven High School lacrosse programs.

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 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, but our nominal annual player registration fee ($55 new, $40 renewal) 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 annual registration) are the "per player" costs for participation in a PRL scheduled event (the team registration fees are split amongst those who participate, on an event-by-event basis).

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 offseason begins on the day 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 dedicated to individual instruction and technique development (by position);

2. A summer event schedule for high school age players (our typical schedule will include 3 summer tournaments, as well as "team camp" experience);

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

5. An indoor, weekly winter practice session that also focuses heavily on team concepts that we expect to implement fully in the spring (this session will be a weeknight, from mid-December through mid-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 7th season as Head Coach and Founder of the Providence Road Lacrosse program.

Coach Hewlings has coached lacrosee at all levels for over 35 years.  In addtion to PRL, He is currently the head coach at Strath Haven High School where he and his staff have taken the Panthers to Districts the last 3 seasons. His head coaching career began back at Malvern Prep in the early 1980's, followed by stints at Penncrest High School (1989-99), Oneonta HS (NY), where he founded the high school program in 2000 and led it for its first 7 years, Hartwick College (2003-07), and Emmaus High School (2008-11).

Along the way, Coach Hewlings' teams won Central League titles (with Penncrest in 1996 and 1998), Lehigh Valley Conference titles (2008 through 2011), and participated in post-season playoffs (at Malvern, Penncrest, and Emmaus, as well as the last 4 years of District One play at Strath Haven). in 2018, Coach Hewlings and senior captain Jeff Connor  took Strath Haven to the State Championship game.   His Penncrest teams advanced to the state semifinals in both 1998 and 1999, and Emmaus reached the PIAA quarterfinal round in both 2009 and 2010. 

Scott Berkheimer enters his 7th season as Assistant Coach and Defensive Coordinator with PRL.  

Coach Berkheimer is also an assitiant coach and defensive coordinator at Strath Haven High School.  Prior to Strath Haven, he coached at Ridley High School for three years. Coach Berkheimer played collegiately at Penn State and Stockton College where he was a 3-time Knickerbocker Conference 1st Team selection, a 3-time ECAC-Metro 1st Team All Star, as well as a USILA D3 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.

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 Fall Schedule

Day Date Game Location Time Result
Sunday 9/9/2018 Interboro Away 2:00 PM Win
Sunday 9/23/2018 Haverford JV Away 8:00 AM Win
Sunday 9/30/2018 Emmaus Away 9:30 AM Win
Sunday 10/7/2018 Malvern JV Away 11:00 AM Win
Sunday 10/14/2018 vs Conestoga JV Away 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 Away
Sunday 11/18/2018 Philly Elite Heritage Tournament Away


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.

PRL at Lehigh King of the Mountain

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