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VAND'AL Lacrosse teaches girls and young women how to play women's lacrosse and a whole lot more. We coach out-of-season programs in the summer and fall, organize camps and clinics, and women's lacrosse events throughout the northwest.

Founded by childhood friends Craig Van Der Horn and Tony D'Alessio, VAND'AL Lacrosse has been helping girls get better at women's lacrosse since 2006. 

Coach Craig Van Der Horn

Craig Van Der Horn is a founding partner of VAND'AL Lacrosse. Craig was also the Varsity Head Coach for Bellevue East Lacrosse, where he led that club to the Division II State Championship in 2011. Craig was awarded the Division II title of "Coach of the Year" in 2007 while coaching for Mercer Island. In the past, he's coached for Seattle Rainz and he currently teaches high school and youth camps and clinics throughout the northwest.

"I have often said that Coach Craig is a life coach; he goes way beyond coaching a sport - he teaches life skills. He also exemplifies integrity, sportsmanlike conduct, and enthusiasm for playing hard but clean. I have never before seen his level of coaching quality, all while maintaining an easy sense of humor,"  Gail Wolz, Parent.

Claire Monsaas

Elite Team Head Coach

Claire has played lacrosse in Washington for 15 years. She was coached by the co-founder of Vand'al Lacrosse, Tony D'Alessio, in high school leading his Lake Samm. team to place 2nd in state two back-to-back years. Claire made All-State each year and was a two-time All-American in 2012 & 2013, being one of the top 80 chosen to attend the All-American Showcase in Orlando, Florida in July 2013.  Claire continuing to play lacrosse at Gonzaga University, she was a three-year captain and club president. She helped bring the team to their first National Tournament in 2014, where they placed 11th in the nation for Club DII, and aided in the transition of the team from Club DII to Club DI in 2015.  She currently plays for the Seattle Women's post-collegiate lacrosse team.

Claire has been coaching for Vand'al since 2017, earning her first Head Coach championship at the Park City Showdown in June 2018! She's a Level 1 US Lacrosse Certified Coach, coaches for Lakeside's lacrosse program during the Spring season.  Claire understands the importance of time management from being a 3-sport athlete all throughout middle and high school, as well as playing a club sport all throughout college. With an understanding of the college recruiting process, she aims to help girls find a team AND school that best fits them.

Playing Experience

Lake Sammamish Youth Lacrosse 2005-2010

Lake Sammamish High School Lacrosse 2010-2013

(All State-1st Team selection 2010-13 & All-American 2012 & 2013)

Puget Sound Select  2010-2013

Gonzaga University 2013-2017

(GU Women's Lacrosse - President of the Board & Player-Coach 2015-2017)

Seattle Women's Lacrosse (post-collegiate) 2017-Current

Coaching Experience

Lake Sammamish Assistant Coach 3/4th and 5/6th grade 2010-13

Vand'al Green Team Assistant  2017 - 2018

Coached Issaquah JV Spring 2018

Vand'al White Team Head Coach 2018 - 2019

Vand'al Green Team Head Coach 2019 - Current

Currently coaching at Lakeside High School

Level 1 US Lacrosse Certified Coach

Coaching Championship - Park City Showdown 2018

Umpire Experience

Umpired  5/6th and 7/8th grade games 2010-2013

Grace Reid 

Select Team Head Coach 

Grace Reid joins Vand'al as Select Team Head Coach this summer. Grace is a Seattle, WA native and graduate of the University of Puget Sound. She began playing lacrosse for Lake Sammamish Lacrosse Club and continued playing through college for the NCAA DIII Puget Sound Loggers, where she served as captain her senior year. Since graduating, Grace has been coaching in the South Sound and developing players at both the youth and high school level. She led the Bellarmine Prep varsity program to their first-ever winning season and 1st place conference finish in 2015. She also founded 253 Lacrosse, an organization that provides camps, clinics, and other out-of-season opportunities for players of all skill levels in the South Sound. In addition to several years with the Bellarmine Prep Lions, Grace has also coached the University Place Vikings youth, Stadium High School varsity, Tacoma Tigers new player clinics, and North Cascades Club Lacrosse (high school and youth). Since moving back to Seattle, Grace spent her first season with Vand'al this past fall/winter and is excited to keep the good vibes going this summer!

Playing Experience

Lake Sammamish Lacrosse 2004-2008

Seattle Rainz 2006-2008

University of Puget Sound, Captain 2008-2012

Coaching Experience

University Place Vikings Youth, Assistant Coach  2013

Stadium High School Varsity, Assistant Coach  2014

Bellarmine Preparatory School Varsity, Head Coach  2015-2017

North Cascades Lacrosse Club, Coach  2014-2017

253 Lacrosse, Founder & Camp Director  2015-Current

Vand'al Lacrosse, Assistant Coach  2018 - 2019

Vand'al Lacrosse Head Coach White Team 2019-Current

Dave Rezoski 

Vand'al Assistant Coach

Dave spent the first 23 years of his life living on the east coast, mostly in Connecticut. He started playing lacrosse in high school, and continued playing in college at the NCAA DII level at New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University). More than 30 years later, Dave still frequently plays both indoor and field lacrosse. He played for 15 years with the Seattle Lacrosse Club men's team in the Pacific Northwest Lacrosse Association 'A' league. He has spent the past several years playing in the Cascade Men's Lacrosse League on the Seattle Classics team. Dave has traveled to several states and played in dozens of men's lacrosse tournaments over the past 20 years, including Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, and Hawaii.

With two daughters who started playing girls' lacrosse in 2012, Dave knew he had to get involved in coaching. Since 2012, Dave has coached girls' lacrosse at the youth, middle-school, and high-school level. Dave spent five years coaching for the Mount Si Girls Lacrosse Club and was one of two coaches involved in starting the Mount Si Girls' High School program. He coached High School girls for three years.  Dave has been coaching at the High School level with the Vand'al Lacrosse Club since 2016. He has his USL Level 1 and 2 women's coaching certifications from US Lacrosse, and is currently working towards his Level 3 certification.  

Rebecca Tharp 

Vand'al Assistant Coach

Rebecca started playing lacrosse during her High School years in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She continued to play as a Midfielder for three years at Seattle University. After playing for Seattle U she moved on to become the teams Head Coach for two seasons.  From there Rebecca coached for the Lake Sammamish Lacrosse Club at the High School level in 2016. She has been coaching with Vand'al Lax for the past seven seasons as an Assistant Coach with the White Team. Her passion for coaching and having an impact on her players lives has continued to grow stronger as a member of the Vand'al Lacrosse coaching staff.

Playing Experience

Bishop O'Dowd High School 2007-2011

Seattle University 2011-2015

Coaching Experience

Seattle University Head Coach 2015-2016

Lake Sammamish Co-Head Coach 2016

Vand'al Assistant Coach 2016-Current

Jenny Todd 

Vand'al Assistant Coach

Playing Experience

Issaquah school district: (2012-2016) senior captain

Vand'al Lacrosse: (2014-2015)

Seattle Starz Lacrosse: (2016)

Washington State: (2016-2018) Freshman captain, then regular captain

Coaching Experience

Vand'al Lacrosse 2017-2019

Larry Jorgensen

Vand'al Assistant Coach & Super Dad

Larry's coaching career began humbly by watching our co-founders, Coach Craig and Coach Tony, at his daughtersÃ??Ã?¢?? practices as a youth player.  Larry has been a part of the Vand'al Lacrosse experience for over seven years. During these years he has absorbed the Vand'al philosophy and the technical skills needed for coaching.  He put these skills into action over the past five spring seasons as a coach for the Issaquah School Districts youth lacrosse program. In the off-season Larry continued to come out for Vand'al practices and traveled with the teams for tournaments.  It was inevitable that he would become a part of the Vand'al coaching staff. For the past three years Larry has been an assistant coach at the High School and Middle School levels. The Vand'al Family can always count on Larry being at practice or on the road for tourneys with a positive attitude; ready to do whatever it takes to make our players better!

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