WEST ORANGE, Dan Lederer, a teacher of physical education and health at Clifton High School, a certified lacrosse official, and former assistant lacrosse coach at Montclair State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Ridgewood High School, and Chatham High School has been named the new head lacrosse coach at West Orange High School.
Lederer is a 1999 graduate of the University of Scranton with a degree in Communications. He was also a four-year starter, team captain and All-Conference defenseman while with the Royals. He earned a Master's Degree in Teaching at Montclair State University in 2002.
Lederer met with parents and athletes in an impromptu meeting at West Orange High School on Aug. 28. He was introduced by Athletic Director Ron Bligh. Lederer replaced Coach Rob McOmish
, who resigned after one season as Head Lacrosse coach. McOmish, who is a phys ed teacher at Montclair High School, accepted a position as MHS Head Girls Soccer Coach.
With several years of lacrosse coaching under his belt, Lederer outlined his goals as well as his philosophy to the group. "The bridge between potential and success is hard work" said Lederer. "You don't get better unless you practice. It's all about what individuals are prepared to do to improve... you get back what you put in." He said the highest ranked Lacrosse teams integrated repetitive practices every day into their routines.
Saying that there was 'no hidden agenda' in his program, Lederer went on to discuss fall and winter LAX programs that were available, and encouraged the athletes not participating in fall sports to join fall and winter leagues. The regular lacrosse season begins the end of February, and by law, a coach cannot train their athletes until the start of the season.
Lederer went on to say that West Orange High School's weight training area and facilities were "better than some college's" and that athletes should be taking advantage of them. He also said that he hoped to establish a Summer League/Travel team to compete in tournaments and practices. Both Bligh and Lederer understood the importance of training athletes to position them for athletic scholarships in college. However, he also emphasized academics for lacrosse players. "I've seen poor grades close many doors for good players," said Lederer.
In addition to the high school, Lederer said he was committed to working with Bill Kehoe, West Orange recreation director, to lay a foundation for Lacrosse in town at the youth level. He hoped to establish skill/coaching clinics, a summer camp, and work with the youth teams currently in place.