WEST FORSYTH HIGH SCHOOL
2017 COACHING STAFF
Head Coach John Laden
In Coach Laden's first year as Head Coach at WFHS, the team had their first winning season in school history at 11-5. Coach Laden is a native of Long Island, NY and a graduate of Adelphia University. Coach Laden has played and coached lacrosse for over 25 years. He and his wife, Renee, live in Cumming with their children Colby and Ella.
* Played at UMASS 1983-1985
* Coached at Chaminade HS, Mineola, New York 1988-1994; 2004-2005
* Long Island HS Champions 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2005
* Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Adelphi University 1994-2003; 2006
* NCAA Division II National Champions 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001
* NCAA Division II Runner Up 1996, 1997
* Bulgarian Men's National Lacrosse
* WFHS Boy's Head Coach 2012-2015
Asst. Coach Dave Neal
Coach Neal is entering his 5th year coaching lacrosse at WFHS. In addition to helping build the lacrosse program at West HS, he contributed to the development and growth of the successful WFYLAX youth feeder program. He grew up playing lacrosse in Maryland where he played for several top collegiate club teams before graduating from Towson University.
Asst. Coach Carlo Grohovac
Coach Grohovac is entering his second season as the Defensive Coach at West and is looking to carry on being a Defense powerhouse for 2014. He attended and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between 1986-1989. During his tenure, he lettered all four years in Men's Lacrosse for the 1986 NCAA Division 1 National Champions, 1987 NCAA Quarterfinalist, 1988 ACC Champions, NCAA Quarterfinalist and 1989 ACC Champions, NCAA Division 1 Semifinalist as a defensive specialist. Coach Grohovac grew up in Freeport, NY (Long Island Area) and attended Freeport High School. In high school he lettered and was captain in both football and lacrosse as well being chosen for the All County teams in each in 1984 and 1985. He was a member of the 1984 New York Empire State Games Lacrosse team where his team, Long Island, earned a silver medal. In 1985 he was also a member of the North vs. South All-Star Game.
Coach Grohovac has coached at the middle school level, as well as with Jr. and Sr. Select, in Forsyth County over the past five years with West Forsyth Youth Lacrosse. He also coaches youth football in Forsyth County and still plays lacrosse. He lives in Forsyth County with his wife and three sons who play lacrosse as well.
Asst. Coach Chris Colson
Coach Colson joined the WFHS lacrosse program last year, bringing experience as a coach for and president of the West Forsyth and Forsyth County youth lacrosse programs. Support by his lovely wife, Lisa, and family, he helped coach and organize the nation's first youth lacrosse program for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has also played middie on collegiate club programs at Elon College and Florida State University.
Coach Devin Laden is the younger brother of Coach John Laden. 1998 graduate of Fairfield University where he was a 2 time 1st team All MAAC selection and represented Fairfield in the North South game his senior year. He remains the all time leading midfielder in scoring for both a season and career. A 1993 graduate of Garden City HS where he was a three year varsity letter winner and 2 time Long Island champion. Devin was named All-County in 1993 and was selected to the Long Island Empire State team in 1992. As a coach he was an assistant at NY perennial powerhouse Chaminade HS at both the J.V and Varsity level helping guide them to 2 Long Island Catholic League titles.