Head Coach The Providence Academy Athletic Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Watts to the position of Boys Lacrosse Head Varsity Coach and Program Head. Sean’s background includes a wealth of coaching opportunities that will help him oversee not only the varsity team, but also PA’s entire 7–12 Boys Lacrosse Program.
Watts has a well-established coaching background. He started the lacrosse programs and served as Varsity Head Coach at Minnetonka High School and Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Sean also has served as the defensive coordinator of the University of Minnesota club team and currently serves as President and Head Coach of the Minnesota Lakers Lacrosse Club. The Lakers are a men’s post college team in the Twin Cities. The club is currently an invite-only team. The team consists of players from all over the country who have played Division I, II, III NCAA or competitive USL-MDIA college lacrosse.
Sean started playing at eight years old in Baldwinsville, NY. During his high school career Sean moved to Milwaukee and played lacrosse at Wisconsin powerhouse Arrowhead High School as well as for the Marquette University club team. He also played linebacker on the Arrowhead football team, winning a WIAA State championship and that was ranked twenty-fourth in the country. Sean also grew up skiing and snowboarding and has even been a snowboard instructor.
After his high school days Sean attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. He also served as captain of the University of Minnesota Lacrosse Club. While at the U, he was part of an Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference championship team and won All UMLC Tournament accolades twice. He was also honored as a member of the All-Tournament team at the National Championship.
After college Sean became president of the Minnesota Lakers and vice president of the Midwest Cities Lacrosse Conference. While with the Lakers he has been part of two MCLC championship teams and won MCLC Defensive Player of the Year.
When asked, why Providence Academy? Sean answered, “I chose Providence because I liked the challenge of building a new program. Being able to see Providence Lacrosse grow from a single team into to a full lacrosse program is something I was really interested in being a part of.”
Athletic Director Rick Johns states, “Sean’s knowledge of lacrosse, his background of playing at a high level, along with club management experience give him a skill set that is an excellent fit for this role at PA.”
Of his appointment Coach Watts reflects, “My short-term goals include hiring a strong coaching staff and building a youth program from scratch. Of course, some fun is to be had, too. I’m looking forward to getting to know the players all while teaching the fundamentals of lacrosse. Ultimately, I’m hopeful these short-term goals will then lead to my long term goal of having a stable and competitive lacrosse program at Providence Academy.”
Austin Dover Goalie Coach
Austin is a product of Edina High School and the University of St. Thomas. At UST Austin major and earned his degree in Economics with an emphasis in General Engineering.
As a prep player, Austin was a two-year captain at Edina and earned “Mr. Goalie Award” presented by the Minute Men Amateur Athletics Foundation whose mission is to do to good will through sports which is built on encouraging strong character, perseverance and athleticism throughout Minnesota’s youth sports organizations. After High School Austin earned first team All American lauds at UST and served as the Tommie captain his senior season.
Prior to coaching at Providence Academy Austin has had stints coaching at Edina, Homegrown Lacrosse, TCM Lacrosse, and True Lacrosse.
Austin is excited to begin his work as the PA Goalie Coach, “In my past coaching experience has been focused on goalie development from youth and beginners to high school and future Division 1 goalies. I’m looking forward to working with the goalies, developing them and helping them grow to their full potential. Providence is an exciting program overall and I am excited to help grow it.”
The mission of Providence Academy fits Austin in many ways. Austin states, “Just as at St. Thomas the religious aspect is big, the ability to come together outside of the sport and support each other is as important as the support on the field.”
Blaze Leutem Assistant Coach
Blaze graduated from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School where he played football and hockey, as well as running track. He then attended University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he graduated with a BS in Finance while minoring in Marketing.
Blaze started playing lacrosse at UMD Blaze stand by his third year he was first team Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference and All-American Honorable Mention. As a senior Blaze was a team Captain, UMLC Offensive Player of the Year and MCLC Second Team All-American.
Prior to coaching at Providence Academy Blaze has served as assistant coach at Wayzata High School and his alma mater Robbinsdale Armstrong High School.
When asked what in our religious mission attracted you to Providence Academy? Blaze responded, “I was raised in the Catholic faith thus providing me with a background that fits the profile of a leader in this program. I express the virtues necessary to be a positive example to those I teach.”
When asked why do you want to coach at Providence Academy? Blaze responded, “My goal is to get back into the game by helping the young men grow as players in the game, as well as provide a positive example to become better men off the field. It is extremely rewarding to give instruction and to see it create success among the players.”
David graduated from Maple Grove Senior High where he earned All American honors in lacrosse and also played hockey for the Crimson. Next, David moved on to Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO where he earned a B.S. in Exercise Science. While at Lindenwood David was lauded three times All-Conference and All-Section, was selected two years as team captain and was an NCAA D1-D2 North South All Star team participant.
Prior to coaching at Providence Academy David three years in the Maple Grove youth system and another four years for True Lacrosse.
When asked ‘Why do you Coach, David suggests, “I coach because I have played lacrosse all over the country, and in two different countries. I know the game very well, and I love to give back and share my knowledge with youth players. Experienced coaches in the sport of lacrosse are hard to come by, so I decided to take part.”
When asked ‘Why Providence, David responded, “Providence Academy Lacrosse is a newer program, so I was hoping to come in and make a large impact. The students education and the uniform structure of the academic program through Providence is what attracted me. I am looking forward to not only helping these young athletes become better lacrosse players, but better people.”