The Mission Statement of the Vail Valley Lacrosse Club is to teach and support the values of character, honesty, sportsmanship and excellence through the game of lacrosse.

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Brian Welch

Brian developed his love for the game at an early age, playing for youth leagues in Denver.  Brian was a 4-year varsity athlete in both Lacrosse and Cross Country at Cherry Creek High School.  During his High School career, Brian led the team in goals and assists, received First Team All-State honors, and was selected as Team Captain. Brian was recruited to Butler University where his knowledge and passion for the game grew while competing at the Division I level.  As a starting Midfielder, Brian led the team in groundballs during his Junior season.  Brian was again selected as Team Captain his Senior year.  However, Butler University cut the program just before the season due to funding.  Brian has continued to participate in men’s club lacrosse leagues and has played in the Vail Lacrosse Shootout for over 25 years. 

Coaching lacrosse has always been an easy choice for Brian as he is passionate about the sport and is thankful for any opportunity to give back to the game.  Throughout his career, he has witnessed firsthand how impactful sports can be in the positive development of young athletes.  Brian was lucky to have great role models as coaches that helped teach life lessons through sports.  Brian strives to be that same type of role model and pass along the importance of a great work ethic, sportsmanship, teamwork, and fun. Brian coached youth lacrosse teams during the summer while in High School, and each summer throughout college.  He spent his final spring at Butler University coaching a local High School program as the Varsity Assistant.  Brian started coaching with VVLC in 2015 and has witnessed the growth of the sport in the mountain community.  As the Director of Lacrosse for VVLC, Brian is focused on continuing that growth and looks forward to sharing his love and knowledge of the game.

 

Austin Stauffer

Coach Austin was born and raised in Holland, Mi where he started to play lacrosse in the 8th Grade. Austin attended West Ottawa high school where he played attack on varsity for 4 years.  After high school he continued his education and lacrosse playing at Hope College. Austin played lacrosse for his first two years at Hope. After his sophomore season Austin started coaching for his old high school for 5 seasons. While he was the assistant varsity coach, he coached 5 conference players of the year, along with one All State goalie.  Austin has lived in the Vail Valley for 10 years, and this will be Austin’s 5th season coaching for the Vail Valley Lacrosse Club.

 

Collin Brook

With over 10 years of coaching experience Collin understands the importance of having a positive impact on young athletes. The sport of lacrosse is a great tool that gives your child the ability to work through adversity through teamwork, development of good sportsmanship, work ethic and discipline. Lacrosse allowed me to make something of myself - creating several opportunities. Collin started his lacrosse career in Colorado Springs for the Cheyenne Mountain lacrosse club in the 5th grade.  Collin attended Christ Church school in Virginia a college prep boarding school.

At Christ Church Collin was a two-sport standout athlete playing football and lacrosse.  In football, Collin was selected All-State his Soph, Junior and Senior season. For lacrosse, Collin was awarded All-Prep 3X in the Virginia Prep League, First Team All-State Soph (Junior and Senior season).  In 2010, he was selected as a U.S. Lacrosse All American in 2010 leading Christ Church to their first ever State Championship win in school history.  Collin was selected to play in the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip top 120 showcase in 2009.

Collin accepted a NCAA Division I scholarship to Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.  As a freshmen Collin played in 8 games for the Bobcats. After Collin's sophomore season at QU he decided to transfer to NCAA Division II Colorado Mesa to play for his old head coach at Christ Church, Vince Smith.  Collin Was awarded All-Conference his JR year at Mesa. Due to injury Collin did not play during his senior season but stayed involved in the program by helping to coach on the sidelines.

Throughout his career, Collin has seen how coaches and programs can have a positive impact on young athletes in the development of good sportsmanship, teamwork, and work ethic. He is excited to be a part of the VVLC and looks forward to sharing his passion for the game.

 

Travis Aldrich

Coach Travis played lacrosse at Middlebury College in Vermont. His started off coaching at the Bement School in Deerfield, Mass and then went on to be the Varsity Head Coach at South Burlington High School in Vermont. He moved on to be the founding Varsity Lacrosse coach at the Alexander Dawson School in Boulder, Colorado. He continued to play club lacrosse and won four consecutive state club championships with Boulder Lacrosse Club. Travis then became the founding Varsity Lacrosse coach at Sierra Canyon School in Los Angeles, CA. Moving back to Colorado he was a goalies coach for VMS and has been coaching for Vail Lax as a youth coach for the last several years.