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Coaches' Bios

Varsity Head Coach
Chris Delfausse

email - varsitycoach@laketravislacrosse.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
Wyatt Knight

email - JV1@laketravislacrosse.com

 

Wyatt Knight joins the LTHS Lacrosse Program as a trailblazing lacrosse pioneer and mindset coach focused on expanding the potential of his players on and, most importantly, off the field.

First introduced to lacrosse as an 8th grader in South Florida, Wyatt fell in love with the game and has devoted much of his time and energy since then to helping others achieve their goals using lacrosse as a platform for success.

A combination of hard work, a supportive network, and a mindset focused on maximizing your potential in life has allowed Wyatt to win on the field at every level, from state championships in Florida to national championships at The University of Virginia, while changing lives off the field, from Harlem Lacrosse to Lexington, Kentucky.

Wyatt's coaching style is a mix between tough love, a mutual respect between the coach and player/family and an understanding of the player's expectations of himself on/off the field. Once those three come together, Wyatt empowers his players to take their expectations to places they never thought they could go.

Wyatt and his wife, Jane Brady, recently moved to Austin, TX from Washington, DC. By morning he is running around Zilker Park with his two crazy Border Collie's and by day a mindset coach for those looking to maximize their potential in life.

 

 

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.