Director

Elliott Bender

CEO - Program Director

Elliott, a California native, fell in love with the game of lacrosse over 22 years ago and hasn’t put the stick down since.  He has made it his goal in life to provide athletes with the proper mentorship, skill development and lacrosse IQ development to get to their highest level.  Elliott has earned many lacrosse accolades, some of which are listed below. 

 

  • 3 Seasons Major Series Lacrosse - Oakville Rock (professional box lacrosse)

  • 1 Season Jacksonville Bullies (professional box lacrosse)

  • Starter Fontbonne College NCAA DIII

  • University of Alabama Huntsville Women's Lacrosse Offensive Coordinator (2021 - present)

  • 2x California Men’s High School State Champions (2013, 2015)

  • 8x United States Box Lacrosse Association National Team Coach (2012 - 2020)

  • CEO and Board President of 5 separate lacrosse clubs

 

Elliott and his wife Alissa moved to Huntsville, Alabama in November of 2019 to be closer to family and start their own.  They welcomed their daughter Ella in 2020 and McKenna in 2021.  He loves spending time with his family and getting out in nature with his two silly rescue dogs, Ava and Sansa.

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Coaches

chris cudmore

Chris Cudmore is the most decorated player in Mars Hill lacrosse history. The Whitby, Ontario, Canada native was a four-year starter for the Lions at long stick midfield. He was the 2009 Deep South Conference Freshman of the Year and was a four-time All Deep South Conference first team performer from 2009 to 2012.  On a national scale, he was a three-time NCAA Division II All-America selection and left Mars Hill as the program leader in points by a defender and caused turnovers. Cudmore was also a 2011 Preseason National Player of the Year Nominee according to Inside Lacrosse.

 

Following his collegiate career, Chris was selected as the 51st overall pick by the Minnesota Swarm in the 2012 National Lacrosse League Draft, and was also signed by the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse. 

 

Cudmore continued on to receive his Masters Degree in Human Resources from Tusculum University, while working as the Defensive Coordinator for the varsity lacrosse team.  The Pioneers were a first year program in 2014, and Cudmore was able to mentor 4 players to become All Conference selections during his tenure. 

 

After graduation, Cudmore coached the USA - Athletes International to championships in both the 2015 Prague Cup and Berlin Open before settling in as the Defensive Coordinator for the Jr. B Green Gaels in Bowmanville, Ontario.

 

With the Gaels, Cudmore accumulated a record of 87 wins and 22 losses while leading the defence and coaching players that would go on to play NCAA Division 1 and 2, as well as draft picks in the NLL and MLL.

 

Chris currently lives in Nashville, TN where he is the Head Coach of Christ Presbyterian Academy High School and works as the Director of Strategic Resourcing for a healthcare IT company.

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