Boys Head Coaches
Larry's experience playing lacrosse combined with his natural love for the game, positive enthusiasm, deep belief in teamwork, mentoring and teaching children best describe his coaching style. He was greatly influenced by his father and several outstanding coaches along the way who improved his lacrosse game and continue to influence his coaching and leadership style.
Larry played youth lacrosse for several teams including Loch Raven and LTRC and attended camps at Johns Hopkins and Towson University . He attended Calvert Hall College Prep where he played his 1st year as a team captain.
Larry Fritsche moved to Chatham County 16 years ago after living in Raleigh, NC.
Eric Ditter grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania and played football and lacrosse for Henderson High School. As a defensive specialist on the crease, Eric followed his lacrosse passion to play for Army at the United States Military Academy (West Point) and at Virginia Tech.
Eric believes it is an honor to coach youth in any sport; however, it is a true pleasure to be able to watch as kids excel with the lacrosse stick. To that end, he is in the process of obtaining Level I & II Coaching Certifications from US Lacrosse.
The Ditter family has three kids, two of which are now Chatham Cardinals.
Coach Mann grew up with lacrosse in Syracuse, New York and has been coaching locally in the Triangle for the past 10+ years including youth, high school and travel lacrosse with several area programs. In his high school coaching career at Carrboro and East Chapel Hill High School, he helped guide winning teams and has assisted in the development of four high school All-Americans and over 16 All-Conference players.
Lastly, Coach Mann was one of the founders of North Chatham Youth Lacrosse. He ran NCYL as the Program Director from inception until the transition to new leadership in 2016.
Northwood HS Boys Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach
Pete has been around the sport of lacrosse his entire life. A native of Annapolis, MD and graduate of St. Mary’s HS, he went on to play in college at West Virginia University (club) and at the University of New Haven (NCAA Div II).
He moved to the Triangle area after college, where he played for and eventually managed the Great Atlantic Lacrosse Club (men’s post-collegiate club lax). In the late 1990's he helped create and direct the Triangle Area Lacrosse League, which was among the first large-scale youth leagues in the Triangle. He has Coached high school lacrosse at Cardinal Gibbons, Jordan and Riverside, and was also an Assistant Coach at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton, CA.
Girls Head Coaches
Chan is from Chapel Hill and played basketball growing up but had several friends that played lacrosse in high school. He really enjoyed watching the sport and got the opportunity to be involved with our girls program in 2018. Chan's daughter Lauren started playing in 2018 and absolutely loves the sport. He has seen a HUGE improvement and the girls are consistently getting better and having fun.
Outside of girls lacrosse, Chan is the owner of Chan Wright Insurance Agency, Inc and co-owner of Tenacity Travel, LLC with his wife, Melissa Wright. He is also very involved with the Y-Guides Father Daughter program.
Julia Silvestri is a Senior at UNC and the president of the UNC women’s club lacrosse team. She grew up in Sparta, NJ and played one year of Division III lacrosse at Ithaca College.
She is majoring in advertising and public relations and looking forward to taking our 5/6th-grade team to the next level.
Riann Daziel grew up in southern New Hampshire and started playing lacrosse in 3rd grade in the youth program her dad, Rob Daziel, started back in 2003.
She continued to play lacrosse through middle school, high school and at a division 2 school in North Carolina, University of Mount Olive. While there, she was leading scorer in Conference Carolinas all 4 years, as well as 1st Team All- Conference.
Riann is excited that lacrosse is growing down south and to be teaching girls the game that she fell in love with at a young age!
Coaching Leadership & Direction
Director of Coaching
Northwood HS Boys Lacrosse Head Coach
Randy Cox was born in Germany and grew up Long Island, NY. He was a high school All-American and member of the 1979 New York State Championship Lacrosse Team and inducted into the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
At the University of North Carolina, Randy was a three time All-American, ACC Player of The Year and Captain 1984. He was also a member of the 1981 and 1982 National Championship Teams. Randy was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame as one of the Top 50 ACC Players to ever Play the Game.
Randy went on to be a member of the TEAM USA 1986 World Championship team
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME is Randy's primary reason for continuing to develop and coach young players today. Fundamentals, sportsmanship, leadership, understanding and yes, a desire to WIN and have FUN are part of the North Chatham Youth Lacrosse program.
Northwood HS Girls Lacrosse Head Coach
Coach Amanda grew up in the area. An all-around athlete, she was recruited to play three sports and chose lacrosse. During her years playing at the collegiate level she was the leading scorer and Captain. She played Center (now known as midfielder).She took off a few (or more) years to focus on dancing – she performed as a Latin dancer after college.
She has coached different sports at varying levels over the years and is excited to be back on the lacrosse field working with the Chatham Cardinals and Northwood High School’s inaugural girls lacrosse team. She is passionate about mentoring young female athletes and sharing her love of this incredible sport.
Her daughter, Noelle, began her lacrosse career with the Cardinals Summer 2018 – and Coach Amanda is certainly hoping Noelle follows in mom’s footsteps.