COACH MATTHEW WARD
Varsity Head Coach
Coach Ward is a native of Michigan where he grew up playing Lacrosse along with Hockey and Football. While attending Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania, Coach Ward played four years on the lacrosse team with an overall record of 56-6 and a NCAA D2 National Championship Title in 2011. Coach Ward graduated from Mercyhurst with a degree in Applied Intelligence Studies and a minor in Russian Studies. Most recently, Coach Ward was the assistant coach and defensive coordinator for McKinney Lacrosse; assistant coach for Parish Episcopal in Dallas; the Defensive coach for Grand Valley State University; and coach for Iron Horse HS (Defensive Coordinator) and Iron Horse 2020.
Words from Coach Ward:
“I am thrilled at the opportunity to be the Head Coach for Plano Lacrosse. I believe that I bring a new creative dynamic that will help shape the look of Plano Lacrosse. Taking the time to develop and progress the youth of the program to help establish deepened sense of culture and pride around being a Plano Lacrosse player is one of my main goals for the coming seasons. I am extremely excited to be able to bring my knowledge and passion to Plano.”
Outside of lacrosse Coach Ward is a compliance risk specialist at Capital One Bank in Plano. Other outside work includes Anti-Money Laundering investigator at JP Morgan Chase, an Intelligence officer for the United States Coast Guard, and Department of Defense. Currently living in Allen Texas with his girlfriend Casen, and French Bulldog Waffle. Hobbies outside of lacrosse include working out, skeet and trap shooting, and snowboarding.
COACH SHAYNE THOMAS
Varsity Assistant Coach
"I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA. I played multiple sports growing up with Hockey being my favorite. That changed when I started playing lacrosse as a sophomore at Huntington Beach High School. After High-School I traveled to Minnesota where I have a lot of family to play lacrosse for the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. I played 4 years there from 10’ to 13’ and was a three-year starter at Defensive Midfield. We won our conference every year I was there and were regulars at the MCLA National Tournament. I majored in Communication and minored in Coaching. I have overall 7 plus years of coaching experience at the Youth, High School (Minneapolis HS), and Select (Minnesota Chill) level. I recently moved down to Plano at the beginning of 2017 and spent last spring helping coach the 3-4 and K-2 teams within Plano Youth Lacrosse .
“I am very excited to get back to coaching at the high school level. I see a lot of potential surrounding the program and opportunities to develop players into well-rounded lacrosse players. I think my experience, knowledge, and leadership will benefit the program and I am looking forward to further building positive and influential relationships with the players and personnel in Plano Lacrosse.”
In my free time, I like to stay active by playing Men’s league Lacrosse, Hockey, and working out. I also like to cook and eat with my favorite food being authentic Mexican food. I enjoy hanging with my family here and playing with my nephews. I also enjoy snowboarding, traveling, watching football and hockey, and attending concerts. I work as a Technical Recruiter for a Staffing Agency in Irving, TX."
Coach Harley Brown
Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Harley was raised in Connecticut where he was fortunate enough to play for some stellar programs which allowed for a successful recruiting process. At Fairfield College Prep he helped the Jesuits win 3 State Championships, and later attended Deerfield Academy for a PG year to gain additional recruitment exposure. Afterward he played for Coach Tierney at the University of Denver to help the Pioneers attend one quarterfinal and two semifinal appearances. Aside from lacrosse, Coach Harley enjoys dabbling in projects that serve social & environmental causes. His current project, Lax4, recruits athletes as volunteers to aid local veteran organic farmers. In college, he assisted Bridgeport Youth Lacrosse (CT) in gaining reliable transportation for their players. Look for Coach running around Frisco as he trains for the Dallas Marathon, or on his bike taking up more road than is probably desired. He is a certified personal trainer who enjoys an endorphin rush. He's also a true boarder in the snow or on the concrete wave who flows into Plano with a stoked flame to help bring the Wildcats to the State 'Ship!