(continued from home page) At first his knowledge of lacrosse was based on his son Gavin's participation and new love for this remarkable sport. Being a very involved parent in his kids lives, Chip stepped up to learn what he could do to help the kids his son was playing with be able to play the game. In doing so, he ended up on the board of directors as well as a coach.
As a board member, Chip was instrumental in helping schedule games and practices, order uniforms, restrung goal nets, ensured the operations of the club were handled and pretty much stepped in to help with anything needed for the kids and coaches. Even after he stepped down from the board, Chip happily continued to help the new board members in any way needed.
As his daughter Bella started to play, Chip recognized some much needed changes were necessary to grow and keep the girls club progressing and thus stepped in as girls program director. After conversations with concerned parents and coaches, Chip created what he dubbed as the girls sub committee. In doing so, it was an opportunity for those to put their suggestions forward to create a vision and program that has proven very successful. In fact, this past season the girls program recorded the most participants in the club's history.
Everything Chip did was done for the love of his kids, community and the success of the club he believed in. Many sleepless nights and countless hours on the phone with coaches and players was Chip Wessel's life . His family shared him with us; we are forever grateful for that. Thank you Melissa, his strong and beautiful wife, and his 3 kids Gavin , Bella and Kody. God bless you all and thank you for letting us be part of Chips life.
It is not an understatement to say that Brooks was the best player in the world during his time. In fact, with his 7 goals that helped USA defeat Australia to win gold in the 1982 World Lacrosse Games, Brooks earned the title of “Player of the World.” The list of accomplishments for Brooks is long; a few of the highlights include the following:
Lauren is a former Florida Institute of Technology Women's Lacrosse student-athlete receiving an All-American and SSC Player of the Year awards. She has experience coaching at the high school level as an assistant coach for the North Florida Wave travel team and Bartram Trail High School club team in Jacksonville, Florida. Having played lacrosse for 13 years, Lauren has a great passion for the sport and enjoys supporting the growth of the athletic mentality, IQ, and skills that are encompassed in the sport of lacrosse.
Coach Mark has been coaching girls lacrosse in Brevard for over 10 years. Mark is the former Viera High School Girls Varsity Coach and current SCL middle school coach.
Coach Sonny has been coaching youth athletics for 30 years. He is a Level 3 US Lacrosse Certified Coach as well as a Train the Trainer Certified Coach. He is currently an assistance coach for Satellite High School Women's Lacrosse (2021 District Champions), former Melbourne Central Catholic JV head coach and assistant Varsity coach. He has been coaching Girl's Lacrosse in Brevard county at all age levels for the past 5 years where he has held the head coaching position for our Middle School and then High School Competitions teams, winning several local tournament championships. Coach Sonny grew up playing lacrosse in Long Island NY.
Tristen began playing lacrosse on the very first Vipers team at the Viera recreational fields when she was 8. She became a 4 year Varsity player at Viera High School. She won various awards including MVP and was voted to be a part of the Space Coast All-Conference Team. She was selected to play on the Women’s National Lacrosse in Team 2019 and became the first collegiate Division 1 lacrosse player from Brevard County when she was recruited to play with Youngstown State University in Ohio. Tristen was a starter and integral part of the midfield and defense. She is a Digital Media major, minoring in Business with honors.
Coach Mike Karr has over 20 years of director and youth coaching experience. He and his family relocated from San Francisco, CA in 2018 where Coach Mike was a director, consultant and/or coach of several soccer companies, academies, college and high school programs as well as founded Pacific Soccer Academy (now Liverpool FC Bay Area).
When Mike arrived in the Space Coast he began playing lacrosse again, opened Blue Tornado Sports Arena and began coaching lacrosse at Space Coast Lax. Mike also joined the board of directors at SCL and has implemented a new recreational curriculum that incorporates fun and learning so that kids can enjoy the game while learning the skills needed to be adequately challenged and prepared for competitive play.