Leslie LaFronz

Coach Leslie LaFronzWith over thirty years of coaching and playing experience at the collegiate, club, high school and recreational levels, Coach LaFronz offers a wealth of field hockey experience to players of all levels. She launched Rapid Fire Field Hockey in 2006 to offer quality field hockey opportunities to players of all ages and abilities. Now, Rapid Fire is arguably one of the most competitive and comprehensive clubs in the tri-state area.

She began her high school career in 1977 and started her coaching career in 1987. Coach LaFronz played at Northern Valley Demarest High School where she received All-League, All-County and All-State honors. Afterwards, she attended Northwestern University on a full field hockey scholarship. With Northwestern, Coach LaFronz made four NCAA Division I appearances, one Final Four appearance, and was named to the First Team All-Big Ten Defensive Squad on Northwestern’s number two nationally ranked team. She was also a member of Northwestern’s nationally ranked lacrosse team, where she made three NCAA Division I Tournament appearances.

After graduation, she worked on Wall Street before leaving to coach full-time. At Wayne Valley High School, LaFronz spent ten years bringing her team from last place to championship winners. In 1996, she was named County and Conference Coach of the Year and her team won the County Championship for the first time in school history. She was named Passaic County (Star Ledger) Coach of the Year that same year. She received the same Coach of the Year honors in 2000, 2001, and 2002. LaFronz was also named North Jersey Coach of the Year in 2002 and won the County Championship for the second time in the school's history.

Coach LaFronz made the leap to the collegiate ranks in 2003 where she began an inaugural field hockey (and lacrosse) program at Ramapo College. As Head Coach, LaFronz received Ramapo College Coach of the Year honors in 2004. After five years at collegiate level she chose to devote her career full-time to Rapid Fire Club and developmental hockey. Coach LaFronz was a long-time United States Olympic Development Futures Coach. She has travelled Holland, England and Brussels with Elite high school teams as well as her college team. She was instrumental in bringing the World USA Camps to New Jersey in 2008 which exposes players to cutting edge international training and playing techniques. She has run the New York City, Boston and Honolulu Marathons multiple times with a personal best of 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Contact: leslielafronz@gmail.com

National Field Hockey Festival 2008 U-19 undefeated Disney Field Hockey Showcase 2009 U16 undefeated Disney Field Hockey Showcase 2009 U19 2nd in pool
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