The Sandpoint Lacrosse Club is committed to inspiring our student athletes to achieve their fullest potential as competitors, as students, and as Human Beings, to the best of our, and their ability, while fostering an atmosphere that thrives on the passio
The Sandpoint Lacrosse Club was born in 2005, when 10th grader Stephen Lee, was at Sourdough Point, and saw a two people playing lacrosse. He approached them and one turned out to be the coach of a California high school team. The coach gave Stephen a few sticks and balls. Stephan loved the idea and got some of his friends together and started playing. They found out about the North Idaho Lacrosse League that consisted of CDA, Lake City, Lakeland, Gonzaga Prep and Logos. They contacted the NILL and began a dialogue. Wayne Stringfellow started helping the boys (and girl) by organizing practices and getting equipment ordered. Two high school students saw lacrosse being played and, knowing their father had played, encouraged him to go check it out. Having grown up in lacrosse country, Annapolis Md, and played at Georgia Tech, Nick Guida had always wanted to start a lacrosse team, but it took a group of athletes to really make it happen.
The next year we expanded into the middle school and had a great turnout. Sandpoint was the first team to put together a middle school team and now many of the other schools have teams as well. Shortly thereafter, Tom Whalen became the Head Coach of the Middle School Program. In 2009, Bruce Demko arranged a youth team consisting of kids ranging from second to sixth graders.
In 2013, The Sandpoint Lacrosse Club became the first program in North Idaho to form a partnership with US Lacrosse. We earned a First Sticks Grant and worked to develop our youth programs. We expanded to build three youth teams; U-15, U-13, and U-11.
A girls team was added for the 2016 season as the result of successful application for a female specific first sticks grant.
The Sandpoint Lacrosse Club was built by young athletes who wanted a program in which they could compete at lacrosse. This program continues that tradition and still places many decisions it makes at the hands of the players. Of the five board members, one is a Sandpoint Lacrosse Club athlete, chosen by the players as a representative of their interests.
The Sandpoint Lacrosse Club is committed to continuing the growth of youth lacrosse in the Sandpoint area, and in providing an outstanding atmosphere for young athletes to develop their passion for this great game.