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Central Region


Boys Tryouts

Empire State Cup Tryouts for all levels of Central boys will be June 29th and 30th 6-7:30 pm with a 5:30 registration and sign- in at C-NS High School! Thank you,
Kirk A. Ventiquattro Central Boys Coordinator


2015 and up
Bill Aldrich/.Jesse Long

Bill Aldrich – Varsity Lacrosse Coach

Born and raised in Camillus, NY, Bill is a graduate of West

Genesee High School where his lacrosse team won the New York

State Championship. Bill also played Football for the Wildcats.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from

Ithaca College. While at Ithaca Bill was a four-year starter on the

Lacrosse team. Bill received his Master’s Degree in Physical

Education at Cortland College. Bill has been teaching in the North

Syracuse School District for the past 23 years. He has been the

Varsity Lacrosse Coach at CNS for the last 14 years. Bill also

coaches the JV Girls’ basketball team. Bill and his wife Deanna

have three children, Jaelynn (9 years old) and Jake (7 years old)

and Jordis Rae (5 year old.)

Jesse Long

Born- February 9th 1976

1994- Graduated: Granville High School Granville New York

1998- Graduated from SUNY Cortland Degree in Physical Education

1999- Current- Physical Education Teacher Syracuse City School District

1999-2001- Corcoran Boys Lacrosse Modified Assistant

2002-2004- Corcoran Boys Lacrosse Junior Varsity Assistant

2005-2008- Corcoran Boys Lacrosse Junior Varsity Head Coach

2010-2013- Corcoran Girls Lacrosse Junior Varsity Head Coach

2012-Current- Camillus Youth Lacrosse Coach

2012-Current- Road Hawks Lacrosse Club Youth Coach

2017 and up
CJ Nye

CJ Nye graduated from Marcellus high school, where he was a three-year member of the Varsity lacrosse team. He was appointed team captain and most valuable player his senior year.

From 2010 – 2013, Nye played College lacrosse at SUNY Cortland and completed with a record of 73-8. As a two year starter and team captain he was a two-time semifinalist and one-time national runner up. Nye was a 1st team all SUNYAC defensemen, 1st team all ECAC selection and played in the Senior North-South game.

Now entering his third year as an assistant coach for the Cortland Red Dragons, Coach Nye has earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, and a master’s Degree in Adapted Physical Education. Besides coaching in camps and clinics across the country, Nye is a P.E teacher at DeRuyter Central Schools.

Greg Wright

Greg Wright begins his third season as an assistant coach for the Cortland men’s lacrosse program in 2015 after a stellar four-year career with the Red Dragons.

Wright, who earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at the College, completed his Cortland career ninth in scoring with 202 points on 97 goals and 105 assists. As a senior, Wright earned first team All-America honors and was named the SUNYAC Co-Player of the Year and an Academic All-American. As a freshman, he was the fourth-leading scorer on Cortland’s NCAA Div. III national championship team.

A native of Irondequoit, N.Y., Wright graduated from West Irondequoit, where he was a four-year member of the lacrosse team. He helped lead the team to a Section Five title his junior season and earned All-America honors as a senior.

2019 and Up
Kirk A. Ventiquattro/Mark Ferritto


Kirk Ventiquattro

Hall of Fame Coach Ventiquattro will take the reins and lead the Central Region in the 2013 games. Last season, Ventiquattro served as the Cup’s director. He was inducted into the Upstate Chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2010. His teams have won 80 percent of their games over his 25-year career. Carthage teams won 18 Frontier League titles, six Section 3 Class B titles and made three state championship appearances under his direction. He has helped over 200 young men play college lacrosse including 35 Division I players, including his two sons who were high school All-Americans.
Three of his former pupils, Casey, Ryan and Mike Powell, were all four-time All-Americans and members of NCAA Championship teams at Syracuse. Ventiquattro also has taught lacrosse and coached all-star teams in Baltimore, Md., Dallas, Texas, Los Angeles, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. He has spoken on three occasions at the National Lacrosse Convention in Baltimore Maryland.


Mark Ferrito

After 28 seasons as a high school coach, Ferrito currently serves as assistant coach/offensive coordinator at Homer High School. His teams have won three Section 3 Championships under his direction. He served as Homer’s assistant coach in 2012, assistant coach at Skaneateles in 2002 and Homer’s head coach in 1995. He previously served on the ESG Central coaching staff in 1994, 1997, 2010 and 2012.


Tim Burr

20 years of coaching lacrosse at Watertown High School. 16 years as the boys coach and the past 4 years as the varsity girl’s coach. Coached 2 boys All Americans and 1 female All American. Four year girl’s record of 60-15. Two time Frontier League champions, Two time Section 3 Class B runner up and 2015 Section 3 Class B Champions. 2015 New York State Class B semi-finalist.

John Connolly

26 years involved with high school lacrosse
14 years boys assistant at Carthage high school
4 years boys lacrosse official
5 years head coach girls at Immaculate Heart Central
3 years Carthage girls
2014 Central Region Girls Assistant Empire State Cup Gold
Current assistant varsity girls at Carthage

Bob Elmer

West Genesee Varsity coach 2000-Present (16 years)
Overall varsity record 314-26
15 league championships
11 sectional championships
11 State Final Fours
7 State Championships
I have coached 32 high school All-Americans and 7 CNY Players of the Year.
All CNY Coach of the Year 6 times.
Coached the Under Armour North – South game, the underclass Under Armour NY team, the Brine Upstate team.

Ella Thorpe
Bio coming soon

About Empire State Cup

The Empire State Cup was designed in 2012 to give high school boys lacrosse players in the state of New York another opportunity to be seen and recruited playing at the highest level of competition possible.

The 2015 Cup will introduced a new format with 3 divisions for boys and girls lacrosse and a brand new 7 v 7 football division.

Lacrosse Divisions are by graduation year 2015, 2017 & 2019. Players can only play for one division, and are eligible to play up a level.

ESC now has introduced football with two divisions of 7 v 7

Graduation years 2016 & 2018.

The cup is designed to see who indeed is the best region in the Empire State.