"We coach because we love it, we have a chance to teach, interact and make a difference in the lives of young people."
Coach Tom O’Grady has enjoyed tremendous success during 30+ years as a player and coach. After playing as a high-school all-star on Long Island, he played on two national championship teams at Nassau Community College, the elite junior-college program in the country. He then played at Adelphi University, where he was a defensive midfielder in the 1985 NCAA Division 1 National Championship Tournament. In 1991, he returned to Adelphi as the team’s defensive coordinator. After college, O’Grady served as offensive coordinator at Mepham High School in Long Island, where he teamed with USLacrosse Hall of Famer John DeTomasso, taking the Pirates to the Nassau County Play-offs.
At Oakland Mills High School in Maryland, O’Grady helped lead the team to one county championship, two regional championships and consecutive appearances in the state championship final four, as the defensive coordinator.
In 1995, O’Grady as president of the Orlando Lacrosse Club guided them to the State Championship. He also launched the boys’ lacrosse program at Lyman High School and, in two years, led the team to a Central Florida Championship and the Florida High School State Championship game.
In 1998, O’Grady took over the helm as head coach of the Winter Park High School girl’s lacrosse team, and led the Wildcats to the regional championship game each of his four years. In 2002, the team won the regional championship and played in the state championship – O’Grady became the only Florida coach to take both a boys’ and girls’ high school team to the State Championship. During his tenure, with the Wildcats he coached four All-Americans, 30 Academic All-Americans and four valedictorians as they compiled a 51-19 record.
After moving to Tampa, O’Grady started the Saint Leo University Women’s club program and founded the FishHawk Lacrosse Club and Newsome Lacrosse Club, where the Boys and Girls High School teams have made the play-offs each of the last six years. He also was the Head Coach of the Tampa Catholic High School Girls Lacrosse team. During his four years there, the Crusaders played for the District Championship every year, winning the District in 2008 and finishing as Regional Championship Finalists. O’Grady coached 3 All-Americans and 10 Academic All-Americans and Tampa Catholic took home the Catholic Cup three straight years.
In, 2010 Coach O'Grady was name the Sunshine State Lacrosse League - Man of the Year and in the summer of 2010 TeamFLC-Texas was established with O'Grady serving as the Director of the Vipers Girls Lacrosse Club.
July 2011, Coach O'Grady was named Vandegrift High School Varsity Boys Head Coach. Fall of 2011 he began working with Team Texas as a coach of the boys U15 team.
In January 2012, Tom O'Grady was named Texas Program Director for Adrenaline Lacrosse. During the Summer of 2012 Coach O'Grady coached with the ATX LaxBats, Team Texas and Team Austin.
February 2013, Tom was the Varsity Head Coach for the Vandegrift High School newly formed Girls Varsity Lacrosse team. The team finished 3-7 with three one goal losses (10-9 loss to the Regional Champion and State Championship Tournament Qualifier).
June 2013, O'Grady was promoted to Texas Regional Manager with Adrenaline Lacrosse, responsible for Events, Team Sales and the retail stores in Austin & Houston.
July 2013, Coach O'Grady accepted the position of Boys Varsity Head Coach at Cedar Park High School. After his first season at Cedar Park, Coach O was named Central Texas Coach of the Year.
September 2013, established the Lake Travis Girls Lacrosse program.
Coached with C2C/Austin during the 2014-2015 season.
Joined the University of Texas Mens Lacrosse Staff as Director of Operations and Offensive Coordinator in 2016.
Texas Regional Manager
Florida Lacrosse Camps
Director of Operations
University of Texas
Director of Girls Lacrosse
Vipers Lacrosse Club
Founder and Director
Lake Travis Girls Lacrosse
Men’s NCAA Division I
West Point – Army
Boys High School
New York, Maryland, Florida, Texas
Girls High School
Orlando, Tampa & Texas
Women’s College Club
Tampa – Saint Leo’s
Lacrosse Century Club
200+ Career Victories
Coach of the Year
2014 Austin, TX
Man of the Year
Sunshine State Lacrosse League
Man of the Year
Coach Mark Beaty grew up in South Carolina, definitely not lacrosse country. He learned the game playing on the University of South Carolina's club team. He then moved to Orlando, where he played for 12 years on the Orlando Lacrosse Club, also serving as the club's treasurer, vice president and president. He has also served as treasurer and vice president of the Florida Men's Lacrosse League. Coach Beaty started the boys' lacrosse team at Winter Park High School in 1991, where he immediately began to make his mark. In 12 years at Winter Park, Coach Beaty led the team to a 123-30 record, an incredible .804 career winning percentage. He was also named to U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Century Club, one of the first Florida coaches to garner 100 wins in their careers.
Since the beginning of the Central Florida High School Lacrosse League, Coach Beaty dominated the sport, winning 7 Central Florida Championships since the inaugural game in 1993. He led the Wildcats to the Florida State Championship game for four consecutive years - from 1998 to 2001. In 1999, Coach Beaty led the Wildcats to a 21-0 season and the State Championship, becoming the only Central Florida boy's public school to ever win the state title.
His fellow coaches named him 1998 Central Florida Coach of the Year. The following year, the Winter Park boys lacrosse program received the 1999 Central Florida Amateur Athletic Award for Top Performance for a boy's team. And in 2002, the local U.S. Lacrosse Chapter named Coach Beaty Central Florida Man of the Year. In his career, he has coached 12 All-Americans and one Academic All-American.
Coach Beaty was the Assistant Athletic Director at Winter Park High School 9th Grade Center for 3 years.
During the last six years Coach Beaty has been coaching girls lacrosse with Orange County Youth Lacrosse, Lake Howell and Winter Park High Schools.
Mark Beaty is a co-founder and Vice-President of Florida Lacrosse Camps and the Director of TeamFLC-Orlando & TeamFLC-Brevard
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