The Rhino CT Select teams provide a competitive opportunity combined with a commitment to the ongoing development of each player. Just as important as our tournament play will be our training camp, practice sessions and clinic series. Our coaching staff is invested in the individual training and growth of each player. We will develop elite players in a challenging and exciting atmosphere where leadership and teamwork will be expected of all players. It is our hope that each player can carry their love of the sport with them and always strive to reach their highest potential, both on and off the field.
2017 Summer Program
2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024 will play 3-5 tournaments. 2025 & 2026 will play in 2-3 tournaments.
Training camp after the town season, focusing on individual skill development – positional training, shooting, dodging, 1 v. 1 defense, goalie and face-off clinics. Will consist of four sessions during the same week.
All teams will have 8-12 summer practices. Place and times for summer practices will be determined in the Spring of 2017.
*The summer program fee will include all coaching, uniforms, practices, training camp, team gear, field rentals and insurance. Each player will pay separately for the cost of the tournaments that are chosen.
Questions? Please email John Mathews at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Fall Program
1-2 tournaments per grade. Players selected for the summer team will have the first right to fill out the fall tournament roster. Optional for players selected for summer team but encouraged.
Rhino Academy Fall Training
Fall & Winter Clinics
Fall training will be offered for Rhino players in Fairfield, Redding or Trumbull, while Winter training will be at InSports in Trumbull. Players selected for the summer team will have opportunity to pre-register for these sessions before registration is made available to public. Registration for fall/winter programming will be made available soon.
*Fall tournament fees, fall clinics and winter clinics will have separate fees, and are optional.
Tony Valance - 2020
Tony has over 12 years of experience coaching at the college level, most recently as an assistant coach at Fairfield University. During his five years at Fairfield University he helped the Stags reach the ECAC Championship Game twice and a program record 12 win season in 2012. While working closely with the goalies he mentored two players to All-ECAC Goalie awards for three straight years, including Charlie Cipriano who was also named an All-American. Prior to Fairfield, he helped begin the DI program at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY while also coaching at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and Dean College in Franklin, MA.
Originally from Maryland, Tony played goalie at Pennsylvania State University and graduated in 1998 before playing a season overseas in Melbourne, Australia. He was also Director of lacrosse at Chelsea Piers CT and Director of lacrosse Instruction at House of Sports in Ardsley, NY.
Cory MacEachen - 2021
Cory returns as 2021 Rhino Coach for his 2nd season. Cory started his youth career playing lacrosse in Wilton Youth Lacrosse program. He continued playing at Wilton High School and played defense for the 1998 State Championship Warriors. Cory attended Roger Williams University and played there as a four-year starter. His strong play and leadership qualities led to him being named captain for two years. He was also a two-time recipient of All Commonwealth Conference (CCC) Honors. Cory served as an Assistant Coach for his alma matter during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He has also coached at Wilton High School, PAL youth program in Westport and most recently FYL youth program.
Christian Leone - 2022
Christian coached the Rhino 2024 group last season and will now lead the 2022 team. Leone currently works at LAX.COM and has coached youth lacrosse both in the US and in Australia. He has coached for both the New Canaan Youth program and Weston program the last 5 years. A Brien McMahon HS native, Christian was named All-FCIAC, All-Area, Multiple Time Athlete of the Week by the Norwalk Hour, and selected to the 2008 Connecticut Super Junior Team. After high school he played at Essex CC in Baltimore, MD. While at Essex we won the Region XX consecutively, Went 23-0 at home including a #1 national ranking and were National Champion Runner-Ups twice. While at Essex he was named All-MDJUCO and All-Region XX. He finished his career at Eastern Connecticut University. In 2013 he played professionally in Melbourne, Australia for the Chadstone Redbacks in the Victorian State League.
John Mathews - 2023
John is happy to be back coaching the 2023 Rhino team. His coaching highlights include 2 state championships at Weston High School as Head Coach and 3 state championships at Fairfield Prep as Offensive Coordinator and Asst. in a 9 year span. He also led Weston to its first and only SWC title in 2012. He was named CT Post coach of the year in 2012. His was a midfielder and National Champion at Syracuse where his team was in the final four every year he was a player. He has coached at the youth level for over 12 years through elite club programs and most recently with his son in the FYL program.
Sol Mahoney - 2024
Sol played attack for Villanova, and has coached at the High School level and youth level for over 7 years. He was an assistant coach at Fairfield Prep in 2011 and 2012. He has also coached for FYL program for the past 4 years and has coached in the summer with the Fairfield U (Bucks) program as well.
Seamus Grooms - 2025
Seamus grew up outside of Syracuse, NY and played Lacrosse for West Genesee High School where he was Team Captain on the 1994 NY State Champions. He attended Princeton University where he was part of four Ivy League Championships and won three NCAA National Championships under Head Coach Bill Tierney.Youth Coaching experience started in High School at West Genesee’s Shove Park youth program, continued through college at the Princeton, Top 205 and Syracuse Lacrosse camps, and extended beyond college through area club lacrosse programs.
Rob Mulligan - 2026
Mulligan is a 2001 graduate of Syracuse, where he was a two-time All-America selection in goal and just selected to the Syracuse lacrosse All Century team. He is fifth on the Orange career saves list with 626, while his 224 saves in 1999 is the 10th best single-season effort in program history. A two-year captain, Mulligan backstopped the Orange to the ’99, 2000 and 2001 NCAA championship game, winning the 2000 game finishing with 14 saves against Princeton and winning all tournament team (’00 & ’01) He posted a 9-3 mark in NCAA tournament play, and is third in career NCAA saves, 135, at Syracuse. A native of Farmingdale, N.Y., Rob coached at the college level at Fairfield University for 2 years. He is also the current Director of both 2nd and 3rd grade FYL player development and Board Member.