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Coaches' Bios

Varsity Head Coach
Chris Delfausse
lthslacrosse@gmail.com

Coach Delfausse grew up in New York where he played at John Jay High School.  From there he moved on to Connecticut College where he played for four years as a middie in the NESCAC conference.

Upon finishing graduate school at Wake Forest he went on to start the Adrian College NCAA D3 program.  While there, the team never had a losing season and he created the Midwest Lacrosse Conference.

Coach Delfausse next moved on to Berry College where he also created their first NCAA D3 lacrosse program. Within three years his team had won a share of the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) titles. 

For the past five years he has been the Head Coach and Program Director for Westlake High School. In 2016 he was named Texas High School Coach of the year. In that time, his team won five consecutive District Titles as well as one state final 4 appearance. In that time his team also had nine All-Americans and 12 Academic All-Americans.  Coach Delfausse also had 13 players go on to commit to NCAA Varsity programs. Over the past 2 years he has also been a coach for the Under Armour All-American Underclassmen games in Baltimore, coaching the Southwest region.

JV Head Coach
John Maggio
coachmaggio@gmail.com

Coach John Maggio began his lacrosse career as a youth in Bridgewater, New Jersey and in high school at St. Joseph’s, Metuchen. During college, John was a four year starter at the University of Texas playing defense for the Longhorns and winning the Lone Star Alliance Championship in 1995. As Captain and Vice-President of the UT program, John became passionate about growing lacrosse at the university and also in Texas.

Upon graduation, John head coached the University of Texas Women’s Team in 1995-1997, winning three league titles.

After taking a break from lacrosse to start a family, John picked up his sticks again in 2004 as Head Varsity Coach of the Westwood HS boys lacrosse team. During this time, John also began working with Ryan Boyle and Matt Streibel coaching select travel teams for Trilogy Lacrosse.

Being a Lake Travis resident with two sons, he decided to shift gears and start a program in Lake Travis. John has served the Lake Travis Lacrosse community in many capacities since 2007 being a founding member of both the youth and high school programs, serving multiple years as President of each of these organizations and Director of Coaching. He has coached every level from 1st  grade beginners to high school Varsity boys. John’s sons have followed his passion with one currently a sophomore in the  high school program and the other a Lake Travis graduate and now a college sophomore, following his father’s footsteps playing for the University of Texas.

Assistant Varsity Coach
John Wheeler
 

Coach Wheeler was born and raised in Dallas where he attended Jesuit and graduated in 2014. While attending Jesuit,  Coach played both football and lacrosse for four years. As a member of the lacrosse team they went to 4 straight final fours and were 2x state runners up. Fun fact: Lake Travis knock his team out of the 5A state football playoffs my senior year.

Coach Wheeler attended Salisbury University where he played under head coach Jim Berkman, the winningest coach in NCAA lacrosse history (includes D1, D2, and D3). 2x Division 3 National Champion, with 3 straight appearances to championship weekend. He was also a team captain during his senior season.

Coach Wheeler spent the past 4 summers doing clinics and coaching teams ranging from 1st grade to High school with the Dallas Deuces and Iron Horse lacrosse club. After completing his 4 years of eligibility playing at Salisbury, he joined the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in the fall of 2018. Post-graduation he moved back to Dallas and joined Jesuit’s coaching staff as an offensive assistant for the 2019 season.

Coach Wheeler moved to Austin in July and began his coaching career at Lake Travis this fall.

Assistant JV Coach
Oliver Murch
 

Coach Oliver Murch joined Lake Travis Lacrosse for the 2019-2020 Season.  He recently relocated from San Diego, where he attended Rancho Bernardo High School and furthered his education at San Diego State University.

Coach Murch comes to Lake Travis after coaching at Del Norte High School in San Diego as the Varsity Assistant and JV Coach.  He was with Del Norte for 5 years, during which they won Div 2 San Diego CIF Championship (2017) and Div 1 San Diego Championship (2019).

He is also the Founder and Head Coach of Tune Squad Lacrosse (2016-2019), which has over 220 players in the program.

Coach Murch is the Director of Recruiting for University of Oregon Men's Lacrosse (2018-present) and was a US Lacrosse All-Star Coach (2017)

Volunteer Assistant 
Bob Gustavson

 

University of Connecticut, B.S. '68, M.A. '70
University of Arkansas, Ph.D., '98

University of Connecticut Varsity Lacrosse, 1965-1968
UConn Varsity Freshman Team coach, 1969, 1970
Brandeis University Head Coach, 1971-1973
Boston Lacrosse Club, Attack, Player/Coach, 1971-1973
New England Lacrosse Officials Association, 1974-1980

 

School Sponsor 
Robert Messner
messnerr@ltisdschools.org

Coach Messner grew up in Summit, New Jersey where he graduated from Summit High School and was Captain for their state finalist team his senior year. He attended college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY where he started four years at long stick middie and close defense.

After graduation he worked for three years in NYC as a transportation company analyst for an investment fund while finding time to assistant coach his old high school team and learn from the New Jersey state lacrosse hall of fame coach Jim Davidson.

After three years in the finance world Coach Messner decided to pursue his dream job of both coaching lacrosse and teaching high school mathematics. He moved to Atlanta where he received his master’s in education from Georgia State and he head coached the newly formed Druid Hills Lacrosse program for two years. After getting his masters, Coach Messner’s wife Leah was hired by Camp Champions in Marble Falls as the girls camp director and Coach Messner began teaching at Lake Travis HS in 2010. 

He has been the assistant coach at Bowie for one year, Lake Travis for two years, and now is in his third year as the head coach at Lake Travis. He was voted the top division 1 coach in central Texas after his first season! Coach Messner is currently the AP Calculus AB & BC teacher in at Lake Travis High School.