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A tribute to Jarred Coleman

As many of you may be aware we lost a coach, brother, son, teammate and friend this past season.  Jarred Coleman will always be remembered by the Rockford Lacrosse Family.  This year our players will wear their shooter shirts with his initials on them, as a beautiful soul is never forgotten. 

" The thing I appreciated most about Coach Coleman was the encouragement he gave me.  When a skill or play was difficult for me, he worked with me until I got it. He always took the extra time to make sure I was feeling confident about my lacrosse skills. He has helped form me into the player I have become today. Coach Coleman was always positive and made learning and playing lacrosse so much more than just a game. I will never forget his passion for the sport and the love he shared with his team. "

" Coach Coleman was one of my favorite Lacrosse Coaches this Spring and Summer: He coached by 3/4 Lax Bash Tournament Team and Roc Lacrosse Summer Team. I learned so much lacrosse skills from him to help me become a better Lacrosse Player: He always made Lacrosse so much fun. One of my favorite memories of Coach Colemen is when he bought me a Maui Waui from the Heat Invitational Tournament. He was very kind Coach. I will always remember him"

Director of Coaching and Player Development

Chris Gervat

  • Long Island Native
  • Lives with wife Alison and 2 Boys Brooks (4) & Blake (2) in Rockford
  • 4 Year Starter and Captain at UMass
  • Ranked in the top 10 in NCAA DI 3 out of 4 years
  • Northport HS - NY - Assistant Coach 2005-2007
  • Michigan State Assistant Coach 2008-2010
  • FHC Assistant Coach - 2011
  • Davenport Head Coach 2012-2015
  • True Lacrosse LLC Director of Product and Development 2012-2016
  • Currently a Financial Advisor at Baird

Current Coaches

3rd and 4th Coaches:

Pete Sims:

  • Director - 3/4 Program
  • Past Rockford Varsity Coach
  • 15 plus years lacrosse coaching experience
  • 2 sons went on to play college lacrosse at Michigan State

"Coach Sims comes back to us after a great first year with the 3/4 program! He is great with the kids and does an amazing job stressing the fundamentals as well as discipline and effort. Very excited to have him back!" - Coach Gervat

Ben Stoklas:

  • 2018 Rockford Grad
  • 2019 HS All American Goalie at Rockford
  • 4 Year starter and Captain
  • Current Freshmen Goalie at Davenport University

"One of the better ball stoppers in Midwest during his HS career. Great energy and great attitude. Is great with kids. Tough to find Ben without a smile on his face!"  - Coach Gervat



Connor Foster:

  • 2016 Spring Lake Grad
  • Current Junior Midfielder at Davenport University

"Connor brings a lightness towards coaching while being able to get his point across with hard work. Also someone who always has a smile on his face." - Coach Gervat

5th and 6th Coaches:

Cole Shuple

  • 2016 Rockford Grad 
  •  6 years of lacrosse exp.
  • 2 Year Football letters 
  • 2 Track Letters 
  • 1 Lacrosse Letter 
  • 2016 Rockford Most Improved Lacrosse Player
  • Current Midfielder for Davenport University 
  • Finance Major 

"Heart, heart, heart. Cole is 100% effort when he plays, and gives his players the same as he's coaching. Great young man" - Coach Gervat

Jason Kroll

  • 2006 Rockford Grad
  • Lacrosse, football, & wrestling
  • Degree in Psychology with minor in Communications from Western Michigan University
  • Worked in hospitality for Marriott for past 8 years in Lexington & Austin. 
  • Moved back in 2018 to be closer to family

"Great passion for the game and for helping others. He's always looking to get better at his craft. Extremely happy to have him in the program in 2019!" - Coach Gervat


7th and 8th Coaches:

Connor Gillis

  • 2016 Grad of Rockford
  • Currently a sophomore at GRCC
  • Grew up in Rockford and played lacrosse for 8 years
  • 3 time varsity player.
  • 1 time All-Conference,
  • 2 time All-Region,
  • 2 time All State,
  • 100+ career points,
  • will also be helping out with the JV-A team

"Diligent and driven. Connor brings a great attitude to everything he does. Wants to win but spends a ton of his time concentrating on preparation and progression. A lot of confidence for such a young coach, but again, ties into the time he prepares!!" - Coach Gervat

Ben Sims:

  • 2014 Rockford Graduate
  • Lacrosse Player at Rockford
  • 2018 MCLA DI National Champion - Michigan State University 

"Snagged up a soon to be Med school student before he heads off. Great attitude and lacrosse knowledge. Also great with kids!" - Coach Gervat

Tournament Team Coaches:

3/4 - Pete Sims
5/6 - Jason Kroll
7/8 - Steve Scheffler/Ben Sims
5-8 - Connor Gillis
-Coach Gervat will be overseeing the tournament teams and at the events

Chris Gervat

Pete & Ben Sims

Connor Gillis

Ben Stoklas