Our model is long term athletic development that incorporates individual’s Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength.
We believe that the goal of winning is a fixed mindset, that is often accompanied by short-range, outcome based thinking that views mistakes as failure.
Instead, we choose to set our goals on the growth of the athlete as an individual and that individuals must be developed completely in order to selflessly strive for excellence, where winning will be the result of development, not in place of it.
We believe that God’s greatest commandment is to love Him with our heart, soul, mind and strength. We believe that these four elements can be introduced and cultivated through sports. We believe that the result will be a fully developed athlete capable of competing in any arena, in any conditions, not for their personal glory but for the glory of God.
Cort Miller is one of the two founders of FCA Lacrosse-Chicago and serves as a Director. Coach Miller runs the non-profit organization Warrior Youth Athletics and is both the Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach and Head JV Lacrosse Coach at Wheaton Academy. Cort played lacrosse at Texas Christian University and for numerous club teams after college. He has coached youth lacrosse for over a decade with various organizations. Cort’s sons, Noah and Jake, play WA Lacrosse and son, Cooper, plays FCA Lacrosse. FCA Coach ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20, ’21
Geof Weisenborn is one of the two founders of FCA Lacrosse-Chicago and is the Director of Athletic Performance and the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Wheaton Academy. Geof was a scholarship athlete and four-year letterman under the legendary Don Zimmerman at UMBC. He has coached in high school and college for the past 18 years. Prior to moving to West Chicago, he was the head coach at Messiah College for 8 years. Geof also served as a lacrosse coach for the FCA Lacrosse national camp in Gettysburg. Geof’s son, Aiden, plays Wheaton Academy Lacrosse and is a helper coach for FCA. FCA Coach ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20, ’21
Watson Fung played for UT-Austin and was coached by Bob Korba. Bob was instrumental in merging the SWLA and the SELC into a unified Championship game in the early to mid 90s. This and his subsequent efforts resulted in the formation of the MCLA. Later, Coach Fung coached at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Coach Fung is also an Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Wheaton Academy. Watson’s sons, Colby and Luke, play FCA Lacrosse. FCA Coach ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20, ’21
Beth Weisenborn serves as a Director of FCA Lacrosse-Chicago. Coach Beth played lacrosse in middle- and high-school in Maryland and continued playing as a defensive midfielder in college at UMBC (D-1). Beth coached FCA Lacrosse U9 in 2016, U8 in 2017, and Mini in 2018/2019/2020 and while she loves coaching the little boys she had been seen helping out with the bigger boys too. Beth is the Goalie Coach for Wheaton Academy Lacrosse. Beth has her Levels 1 and 2 U.S. Lacrosse Certification for Boys and Levels 1 and 2 U.S. Lacrosse Certifications for Girls. Geof’s son, Aiden, plays Wheaton Academy Lacrosse and is a helper coach for FCA, along with her daughter, Emery. FCA Coach ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20, ’21
Theo Collins joined the FCA coaching staff in 2017 and joined the Wheaton Academy Lacrosse coaching staff in 2017. Theo’s son, Ty, is an alum of WA Lacrosse and went on to play D-1 ball. Theo’s younger son, Aidan, plays WA Lacrosse. FCA Coach 17, ’18, ’19, ’20
Coaching staff for 2020 also includes: Andrew Mouw (’17, ’18, ’19, ’20), Steve Meeters (’17, ’18, ’19, ’20), Jeff Ross (’18, ’19, ’20), Mike Pacer (’20). Our high-school helpers for 2020 include: Jaden Nenni (’19, ’20), Aiden Weisenborn (’18, ’19, ’20).
Our past coaching staff includes:
Dan Venard is entering his third season coaching for FCA, prior to joining FCA Dan coached for Naperville based Fox Valley Lacrosse for two seasons coaching their U7 and 8th Grade Green teams and two seasons with River City Lacrosse in St. Charles. Coach Venard is often seen on the field coaching alongside his oldest son, Ian, is an alum Wheaton Academy lacrosse and currently plays at John Carroll University. FCA Coach ’17, ’18, ’19, ’20
Jonathan Dale played at lacrosse power Yorktown H.S in Yorktown Hts., NY. He went on to play at Franklin & Marshall College, Division 3, where he was a three-time 2nd Team All American, Team Captain, two-time MAC MVP, holds a F&M Career Scoring Record, and played in the North South All Star Game. Since college Coach Dale has been busy! He was a Professional Coach for Ashton Under Lyne Lacrosse Club, Manchester England for 1990-1991 Season, Club Coach of Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 19 Teams. He was also Player/Coach on Ashton First Team and led the team to an undefeated season and the 2nd Division Championship. Coach Dale has also been an Asst. Coach at Worthington Kilbourn HS, Worthington OH and coached numerous camps, Lacrosse America Starter Program, and teams with Wheaton Park District. FCA Coach ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19
Kai Libby joined the FCA coaching staff in 2018. Kai was selected as the Illinois High School Player of the Year in 2011. Though recruited by several D1, schools Kai decided to focus on his education. He served as president and coach of the Wheaton College Lacrosse Club from 2011 to 2015 where he received all conference awards as a midfielder and face-off specialist sets every year. He then moved to Scotland and received the MVP award while training with the Scottish National Team and playing with for the University of Edinburgh Club program. Kai has 10 years of experience coaching youth through college lacrosse. Over two dozen of Kai’s players have received conference and state accolades within two years of the first training.
Kai has trained as a fitness instructor, personal trainer, and emergency medical technician. All players will be given personalized training regiments that complement their playing style and expand their personal capacity. As a trained medical personnel and victim of several sports related injuries, all players safety will be taken into the highest regards and trainings will be especially geared to include injury prevention. FCA Coach ’18
Additionally, our past coaches include Peter Hubbard (’18, ’19), Craig Howser (’18, ’19), and Mike Michaud (’19), Travis Pearse (’16, ’17, ’18), Chad Crandell (’16, ’17, ’18), Jakob Works (’18), Carson Nenni (’17), Brad Diericx (’17).
Our past helper coaches include Mikey Ancona (’18), Nick Schrepferman (’18), Graham Spindler (’16, ’17, ’18, ’19), Ian Vernard (’16, ’17, ’18, ’19), Scottie McLean.
We thank all of our coaches, past and present, for their time, effort, and dedication in building our program, growing the game of lacrosse, shepherding young men, and serving Christ’s Kingdom.