James Lightner


Coach James hails from Edison, NJ. He started playing lacrosse in 2001 for the East Brunswick Blackhawks and played throughout high school for Edison High School as an attackman. Upon graduating high school, instead of going to college, he decided to enlist in the USAF. In his 8-year career with the military, he had the opportunity to compete with the Kaiserslautern Lumberjacks Lacrosse Club in Germany. Along with his teammates they took the program from the Bundesliga 2 to the premier league in Germany. 

After returning state-side, Coach James dedicated his lacrosse career to learning the box game. He has competed for the Toronto Tigers Lacrosse Club in the most premier box tournaments in North America as a defensive stalwart. Most notably placing 16th of 34 teams in the Lacrosse Allstars North American Invitational hosted on the Onondaga Nation. Competing against the Czech national team, Thompson Brothers all-star team, among many others. On top of competing in top tier events, Coach James founded and was the original GM of the Auburn Aviators of the Interstate Box Lacrosse Association (the best senior box lacrosse league in the nation). In their first season they placed second in the regional New England league to the eventual national champions. He continues to be involved in the game by being a board member/coach of his new home town in Norwich and looks forward to being able to bring the best to Southeastern CT.

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