Memorial Chargers Boys & Girls Lacrosse


Coaches’ Comments

Boys and Girls Lacrosse

Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America, with new high schools and colleges adding the sport every year.  Both Elkhart high schools and the district administration recognized this growth trend and began developing the sport 2 years ago in the middle schools.   That success, led to the introduction of both a VArsity boys and girls team last year into the high school’s.  Both teams were successful in building the skills of the players and introducing them to the fastest game on two feet.  The boys had a Varsity record of 5-1 aided by many experience players that had developed in other towns youth and HS leagues.  The girls had a harder time, as all the teams in this area and Indianapolis have experienced squads and strong youth program to create formidable teams.  Both teams are looking forward to great victories, as the quality of play increases with these athletes.

The sport combines the stamina of soccer, the offense and defense of basketball and for boys the checking of hockey, so there is some familiarity for the athletes.  This is a testament to both the independence and courage of athletes to join a new and unique sport. The best part of these teams is that they combine the two high schools into one team, creating a precursor to the talent available when the school merger occurs.  The ability of these rival kids to meld into a cohesive team environment proves that the power of competition transcends emotional attachments. Striving to be the best is the goal, although a little Charger/Blazer rivalry helps push the athletes to achieve success on the field.

-Jeff Penney, Boys Head Coach

-Claire Ackerson, Girls Head Coach


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Coaches’ Bio

Jeff Penney – Boys Lacrosse Coach

Jeff has been coaching for over 15 years in Northern Indiana.  He has led the program at St. Joseph High in South Bend and took them from an 0-8 season prior to him joining to a 10-3 and state playoff berth in his first year.  At this time, he started the Middle School lacrosse program in the area, that is thriving today, with expansion from Laporte to Middlebury.  He has coached the South Bend High School program and Penn Jr. program.  He also coached at Holy Cross College and each year took his team to the playoff’s, and to the championship game in his final year.  Finally, he is excited to expand the sport into athletic Elkhart Indiana.

Jeff has played lacrosse most of his life and played at Ripon College in Wisconsin and then club lacrosse in California for 14 years.  He has been a referee for the past 12 years and on state and local boards to promote lacrosse in Indiana.  He has been married to Erin for 27 years and has 3 children, Sean 26, is the Freshman Boys Basketball coach at Penn, Maddie 24, is in grad school at Ball State and Seamus 15 is a freshman basketball and lacrosse player at Penn.

Claire Ackerson – Girls Lacrosse Coach

Bio Coming Soon…