06 Dec 2018
Introducing Rob Ingham Clarke - Head of Lacrosse

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Sport(s)

Lacrosse (indoor & outdoor), climbing, snowboarding


Playing/coaching history

I started playing lacrosse, like many young men in South England, at university as a fresher. From my second year I was 1st team goalkeeper, which I continued to do until the conclusion of my MA, all at UEA. Upon leaving, I played for Welwyn Warriors LC as an attacker, where I served two years as Club Vice Chair. After a brief stint at Milton Keynes, I co-founded the Camden Capybaras in the Spring of 2018 where I now play as an attacker. I was also selected to play for South England against Wales in the run up to the 2018 World Championships.

With coaching, my first role was as an Assistant Coach at the University of Hertfordshire for the 14/15 season. That summer, I went to coach at Camp Echo in New York, where I somewhat developed my skills, after which I returned to University of Hertfordshire as Head Coach. That year we improved our standing to 2nd from 5th (of 6 teams), and the following year we won the league and promotion to BUCS SE1A. In my last year, we came 4th of 6 in a tumultuous 1up/2down league. I have coached in many primary schools throughout Hertfordshire, including 18 months in charge of lacrosse coaching at William Ransom school which came 3rd nationally in the National Schools Pop Lacrosse Championships in 2017. Before Stowe, I worked at Haileybury for 18 months, where we had an undefeated 12&0 autumn season in 2017. At regional & national level, I am presently Wales U19 Boys Head Coach, South East Universities and English Universities Head Coach, as well as the Assistant Coach for Luxembourg.


Sporting hero growing up

Matt Gibson from the NY Lizards/Atlanta Blaze & John Grant Jr. from the Denver Outlaws/Colorado Mammoth. Both are extremely good attackers with great hands, as well as tireless work ethic to improve their stick skills.


Best sporting moment (playing or coaching or both)

Coaching English Universities in 2018, defeating Eire, Belgium and then Yorkshire. The last of which in sudden-death golden goal, as well as Yorkshire being one of the regular tournament favourites. This secured us 4th place which was the best ever finish for English Universities at the British National Championships.


Favourite film

Withnail & I


Favourite food

Sushi


When not working I like to...

Go bouldering and play the drums, hang out with some friends, work on my left hand shooting.