EMW Lacrosse Academy was established in 2001 by former Syracuse University Midfielder Drew Searl with one goal in mind: To raise the level of lacrosse in Utah & provide an inexpensive way for kids to gain exposure to the BEST players & coaches in the game today without having to travel to the East Coast where this type of exposure to the game primarily exists.
The vision was to bring the BEST staff here into Utah’s own backyard (hence "East Meets West") & to do it at a premium cost.
The result has been what is traditionally one of the best lacrosse coaching staffs assembled anywhere in the country including professional players from both the MLL & NLL, collegiate coaches, collegiate players & professional coaches from Major League Lacrosse.
The problem is that mediocrity is being promoted to today's young athlete, this is unacceptable. Mediocrity will not be promoted at EMW. This staff enjoys working with young athletes and is passionate in seeing young athletes succeed. Participants will be here to learn and improve upon their skills so that they have the opportunity to "be" the best, The EMW staff will give them the tools.
The expectation is that participants in these camps & clinics be ready to learn & accept the great knowledge this coaching staff has to offer them about what it takes to become a better lacrosse player, a better athlete, a better student, a better teammate and most of all what it takes to win and become a Champion.
The promise is simple: If you have the desire, we can make you better. Come take a ride with us through our world, keep what you learn to take with you to the next level.
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Drew Searl is the founder & director of East Meets West Lacrosse Academy LLC. Drew played 4 years of Division 1 lacrosse for Syracuse University in New York as a walk-on midfielder & graduated in 1999, a class that appeared in 4 NCAA Semi-Final Games & 1 NCAA National Championship. After graduating from Syracuse, Drew moved to Utah for 7 years & coached lacrosse at Judge Memorial Catholic HS. Over his 7 lacrosse seasons in Utah Drew, along with current head coach David Allen, took Judge Memorial High School to 4 State Championship games, winning 2. While in Utah Drew also coached the U-15 & U-17 All-Star Teams & was honored with the '04 US Lacrosse Coach of the Year award. Drew served as a director for Nike Lacrosse & has directed & coached numerous lacrosse camps/clinics all over the country for many different programs.