McCallie's Middle School Lacrosse program is made up of our sixth, seventh, and eighth grades and split into two teams based on age and skill. The teams practice with a staff of four coaches, two of whom have won state championships as McCallie players and/or coaches. The practices focus on fun cardiovascular activities, developing the fundamentals of lacrosse, and focused drills/concepts. All of these elements translate directly to the values and best practices we see at the junior varsity and varsity levels.
The Middle School program is led by Cory Dobyns who is in his first year as a McCallie faculty member. Cory teaches math and assists in the Middle School learning center. He was a three-time High School Lacrosse All-American in the Northern Virginia area. Members of the coaching staff include Wayne Fullam '03, Eric Wolf '13, and Scott Sholl '02.
The lacrosse program is under the direction of Varsity Head Coach Eamon Thornton ’02, who took over the program in 2020. Eamon has been a member of the school’s faculty since 2011 and the JV head coach and varsity assistant for seven years before assuming the varsity head coaching role.
The middle school teams are split by grade level and skill. McCallie has joined the East Tennessee Youth Lacrosse Association which will help teams with scheduling and competition and allow for some team travel. The league will have a champion at the end of the spring season.
The coaches prioritize playing time and skill development and pursue the experience of competitive environments as a team over individual accomplishments.