My son, Trey, was one of the first members of the Aces when Encore introduced the team in Sacramento. We were excited that we could avoid the arduous ride to and from the Bay area for practice with one of two other travel team organizations Trey had played with prior to the Aces. The thought of practicing close to home was exhilarating—if the coaching staff was as good as those of the other organizations Trey played with, then we’d hit the jackpot.
To Trey’s and my delight, the Aces organization, from top to bottom, proved itself superior to any organization we experienced before. Every coach was not only knowledgeable about lacrosse, but demonstrated a passion for teaching the game to any player interested in learning, regardless of skill level. That Trey was passionate about the game only meant that his coaches were even more passionate about teaching him. Trey’s skills and, more importantly, his lax IQ, soared. Trey had found his travel team home.
Fast forward to 2016 and Trey was asked to play on the newly-formed Pinnacle Aces team that was going to travel to the East Coast to take on the best the East had to offer. Frank Resetarits had been telling Trey and his teammates that they belonged in the upper echelon of high school lacrosse; that the Aces could compete against anyone. Frank’s knowledge and skill as a lacrosse coach had always amazed Trey. Listening to Frank talk about how the Aces team was going east on a mission to bring back a championship infused Trey and his teammates with a confidence I had never seen before. By the time the team arrived in Boston, there was no question in any player’s mind that the Aces were going to stomp their east coast opponents. And stomp they did, closing out their 6-0 run to the championship trophy with a 10-2 thrashing of a talented but seriously overmatched New Hampshire team. The joy on the players’ faced was expected. What impressed me was the sheer joy on the faces of the Aces coaching staff—they were even more moved than the players! They take their jobs as mentors and life coaches very seriously, and the results are easy to see.
Trey leans on his lessons from the Aces coaching staff frequently, both on and off the field. The only thing Trey regrets about his time with the Aces is that that time will soon be over as a player. My regrets about that are tenfold more intense. I’ve watched my son play at the height of his abilities with some of the best lacrosse players in California thanks to the Aces and their wonderful coaches. I can’t thank Encore enough for the help it has given my son to grow as a player and as a young man.
Many thanks to all of the coaches who have touched Trey’s life: Ryan, Lorne, Steve, Jerem, John, Stephen, Greg, and most especially, Frank. You have all made a tremendous impact on Trey and me. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.