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Varsity Coaches

Chris Delfausse

Varsity Head Coach

varsitycoach@laketravislacrosse.com


 

Coach Delfausse came to Austin in 2013 after spending 4 years  as the Head Coach and creator fo the Berry College men's program.  He lead them to a conference title in just their third year of existence.

Prior to building the Berry College program, he spent 3 years at Adrian College building the fledgling program.  He never had a loosing season and built a program that made 4 straight NCAA tournament appearances.  He also created the MLC (Midwest Lacrosse Conference) during  his time at Adrian College.

Highlights:

  • 2016 Texas Coach of the Year
  • 7  years of NCAA Head Coaching experience
  • Head Coach Under Armour Southwest All American team since 2019
  • 5 THSLL Central District Titles from 2014-2018
  • Coached 10 US Lacrosse All Americans in the past 6 years
  • Coached 13 US Lacrosse Academic All Americans in the pat 6 years
  • Recipient of the Donald Carnes Sportsmanship award, 2016, Westlake
  • Recipient of the Jim "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship award, 2011 Berry College
  • As Director of Iron Horse LLC Austin, he has helped 59 players earn college commitments in the past 5 years.  39 NCAA D1 Commits 
  • Created the Midwest Lacrosse Conference, a NCAA D3 conference

Coach Delfausse grew up in New York where he played at New York power 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.

John Wheeler

Assistant Varsity Coach

 

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 has been the offensive Co-Ordinator for the Lake Travis Varsity program.  He has also been coaching with Iron Horse Lacrosse over the past two years. Prior to coming to Austin, Coach Wheeler spent 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 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 his senior year.

Kendall Vecchio
Varsity Assistant
Face Off Coach

  • Face Off Specialist for LeMoyne College, Won 2016 National Title
  • Played Attack at Johns Hopkins
  • Coached LT 5/6 Black team 2020

JV Coaches

Oliver Murch
JV Head Coach

 

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)

Drew Goethals
JV Assistant
Goalie Coach

 

  • Goalie for NCAA D1 Bellarmine University (Freshmen Starter)
    • Ranked 26ht Goalie in NCAA D1 Lacrosse
  • All State Goalie 2014- Dallas Jesuit
  • Played in premier showcases like Nike Blue Chip and Cali Gold 

Bob Gustavson

Volunteer Assistant 

 

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.