Providing lacrosse opportunities for athletes along the Emerald Coast.



****UPDATED Aug 16 2021****













2019 Summer Select Lacrosse


Boys High School* Travel Lacrosse




HS-A (2020, 2021) & HS-B (2022, 2023) 

Tryouts will be held Sat, May 4th 9-11 am 

Each player must have current US Lacrosse membership in order to participate.

Best 18-20 players in each of the 2 year groups will make up the 2 teams.

There is potential for additional teams and/or practice players


Tournament Schedule:

6/15-6/16: Big Easy Lacrosse Tournament – Mandeville, La. 

Potential for additional tourneys based on desire.


Player Fees:


Cost will include Big Easy tournament fee, reversible game penny, 1 pair of shorts, and 10 practice sessions.

Hotel and other travel costs are not included.


Tryouts & Practices:

Tryouts Sat May 4th 9-11am, at Twin Oaks in Niceville...MUST PRE-REGISTER BY APR 19th

10 Practices: Every Thursday evening 6-8pm, and Sat 9-11am (except Sat of Memorial day weekend) 

Practice location is TBD, most likely in Niceville/Ft Walton Beach/Destin/So Walton areas

Locations will be determined based on participation/fairness/coaching factors.


Coaching Staff:

Duke Pope (Ft Walton Beach HS Head Coach)

Lou Alberio (Niceville HS Head Coach)

Shelton Colliers (Ft Walton Beach HS Asst Coach)

Deu Portal (Niceville HS Asst Coach)



Duke Pope  850-499-8557


*We were very disappointed by the inability to offer youth summer select teams this year and hope for increased participation next summer.

Thank you to all who spent time planning the 2019 summer select program.










2018 Emerald Coast Lightning Lacrosse FALL LACROSSE Program

Tentative FALL Season 
Practices will begin in early October and run for 4 WEEKS
culminating in the
Nov 10-11 - 2018 Destin Fall 7v7 Surf-n-Turf Tournament
*Lightning Players will be mostly composed of local high school aged (9-12th grades) athletes; however, consideration will be given to 8th graders as well.
REGISTRATION FEE is $90, plus each player must have a current US Lacrosse Membership thru Nov 30, 2018
*****Historical 2017 INFO BELOW*****


ALL LIGHTNING EAST teams will begin practice this week. Most (U13/12U, U15/14U, HS GIRLS) will begin tomorrow, May 2nd at the Fort Walton Beach Preston Hood Athletic Complex  (132 Jet Dr NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548). HS BOYS will begin practices on May 4th there as well. Our U15/14U EAST team will practice tomorrow at FWB fields and at Twin Oaks in Niceville for most other practices. Please contact your head coach if you have any questions.

U13/12U Lightning EAST: Jamie Hansen, 

U15/14U Lightning EAST: Lou Albiero, 


Boys HS Lightning EAST: Riley Cocks, 

Girls HS Lightning EAST: Kelly Reece, 


ALL LIGHTNING WEST teams will begin practice on May 9th, 6-8pm. Those WEST teams will be alternating between Sage Park and Daphne Middle School. Please contact our Lightning WEST Director Dennis Dowd with questions. 

Boys HS Lightning WEST & Director of Lightning WEST: Dennis Dowd,



May and June Practice schedule & locations will be announced by your coaches

June 3-4: Atlanta Invitational for the BOYS (Gainesville, GA)

June 3-4: STX Southern Alliance Tournament 2017 for the GIRLS (Peach Tree City, GA)


June 10-11: Foley Beach Expressway Lax Blast (Foley, AL)  BOYS & GIRLS


June 17-18: Father's Day Invitational (Palm Coast, FL)  BOYS & GIRLS


It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you seek hotel/lodging reservations ASAP at our tournament locations, as hotels fill up fast nearest the fields.

Good Luck and GO LIGHTNING!!!

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EC Lightning 2016 Summer Select teams

2016 Summer Tournament Schedule
                               1. June 4: Foley Beach Express Lacrosse Blast, Foley AL.
                               2. June 18-19: Father's Day Classic, Palm Coast, FL 
                               3. June 25-26: BIG EASY Lacrosse Classic, Mandaville, LA
                               4. July 9-10: Birmingham Steel City Showcase

2016 Teams Coaching Staff

At this time, we are planning 4 Lightning teams (18-22 travel players per team) this summer, we will be flexible based on demand:


             U11  (Coaching Staff: John Willis, Garrett Purcell, Joe Eisensee)


             U13  (Coaching Staff: Lou Albeiro, Dave Cook)

             U15  (Coaching Staff: Josh Shingleton, Tim Mixon)

             HS   (Coaching Staff: Riley Cocks, Dennis Dowd)


We have seen huge growth in our high schools and youth programs and we expect to have some tremendous talent in this year's program. Because of that growth, talent and need to continue to develop players in the area we are doing two things.  First, we are going to consolidate into one area, Pensacola/Gulf Breeze, in order to build the BEST teams in the NWFL, AL & MS areas.  Second, we are going to stratified talent into A and B level teams in all four age groups, if tryout numbers reach 36 in a given age group.


COACHING/Learn the game OPPORTUNITIES: Because of the rapid growth of lacrosse in our area there is a need for everything from coaches to officials and one way that EC Lightning Lacrosse would like to assist with this issue is by offering assistant coaching opportunities.  If you are interested in learning more about the sport and trying you hand as an assistant coach please contact me.  We are only looking for aspiring coaches that have a high interested in helping to provide a positive lacrosse experience for player growth. Drop me an email at if you are interested.

FULL TRAVEL TEAM Cost will be $450. This includes full uniform, practices and tournament play. Lodging, transportation and travel costs are not included and each player must provide their own equipment.
PRACTICE SQUAD cost will be $200This includes full uniform and practices. Given coach's discretion a practice squad play may  be asked to attend one of our tournaments. Lodging, transportation and travel costs are not included and each player must provide their own equipment.





5 Lightning Teams competed in the 1st Annual Destin SURF-n-TURF on Nov 14-15th, 2015



June 13-14: Father's Day Invitational in Palm Coast, FL
 July 11-12: Steel City Showcase Birmingham, AL
Aug 1-2: End of Summer Classic in Foley/Gulf Shores, AL