The "Minnesota Loons Lacrosse Program" provides talented high school players exposure to NCAA recruits, premiere showcase competition across the country and coaching to take their game to the next level. We encourage our athletes to have a strong work ethic and provide a competitive and comfortable enviroment to do so. Our goal is to not only improve and develop lacrosse skills, technique, and know how; but also to help develop a strong work ethic for Minnesota`s youth and have them "Set their Sights" on their future!
Director, U17 Coach
Recruitment Director, U17 Coach
Minnesota Loons Select Lacrosse is the longest-running developmental/showcase travel club in the state.
The program was originated as the "Minnesota Chill" in 2000 by Mark Hellenack. Mark is a New Jersey native who migrated to Minnesota in 1992. Coach Hellenack coached Hopkins High School (1997-2002) as well as ST. Johns University (2003-2008). The U17 Minnesota Chill was renamed the "Minnesota Lax Loons" in 2002.
From the start, Mark was a key figure in establishing lacrosse in the state of Minnesota and responsible for much of the progression along the way. He was apart of the organization with US Lacrosse, MBSLA, coaching Hopkins HS, St. Johns University, and yes the Loons. Mark has decided to move on to other things in his life and we wish the best and thank him for all he has done for the game of lacrosse in the state.
In late 2010, Brandon Husak (White Bear Lake varsity head coach) entering his 7th year of coaching for the Minnesota Loons program had the honor of taking the reigns. The Loons continue to grow as one of the best developmental/recruit showcase programs in the Midwest.