Head Coach: Nick Ignatiev
Bellaire HS '90, University of Houston '95
Coach Nick picked up lacrosse in its inaugural season at Bellaire High school in 1989 when he was a Senior and went on to play several years of box lacrosse and club team lacrosse for the University of Houston. In 2012, Coach Nick's daughter Nina was in 7th grade and playing for the Pershing Girls Lacrosse team. His son Alex was a 6th grader who was looking for a middle school sport.
Coach and several other parent volunteers formed the Pershing Boys Lacrosse Club and he fielded two teams in it's first year back in the league. Pershing Boys Lacrosse is now in it’s 6th year and continues to grow. In addition to leading the Pershing team, Coach Nick also coached several middle school lacrosse elite travel teams, working with Sienna Plantation Lacrosse and Pearland Lacrosse.
In 2016, Houston area summer lacrosse programs began to close rank and decreased the number of summer teams that they would be fielding. This left a serious team void for high school lacrosse players, especially “inside the Loop."
Coach Nick decided to form a Men’s high school travel team, focusing specifically on giving local area boys a chance to play on a quality summer team. The 2016 Houston Cougars team boasted 22 players from five area high schools. In 2017, the team doubled in size and number of teams, with almost 40 players from six area high schools. The Houston Cougars participated in tournaments in Houston, Austin, Dallas and New Orleans.
Coach Nick’s alma mater, Bellaire High School, came calling this past summer with an opportunity to lead the Bellaire Men’s Lacrosse team. Given Coach Nick’s desire to grow lacrosse in inner-city Houston as well as to provide young men the opportunity to learn the sport and all the life-lessons that come along with it, coaching the Bellaire Men’s team was a natural next step. As for Coach Nick's kids, Nina is a Senior and starting Attack for the Lamar HS Women's Varsity Lacrosse team and Alex is a Junior and starting Attack for the Lamar HS Men's Varsity Lacrosse team. Zachary is entering first grade and will be suiting up in full lacrosse gear this Fall as well!
Assistant Coach: Carlo Monacelli
Saint Thomas HS '15, University of Dallas, Houston Community College
Coach Monacelli graduated from Saint Thomas High School in 2015 where he played and started varsity lacrosse all four years. After high school he went on to play NCAA D3 lacrosse at University of Dallas.
He then transferred to HCC and is currently studying Business. Coach Monacelli will be working on the offensive side of things here at Bellaire.
His main focus will be on middies, attack, and face-off working on individual skill as well as shooting.
Assistant Coach: Kyle Tollestrup
Clements High School '14, University of Houston
Kyle has played lacrosse since 7th grade. He played for the Fort Bend Rangers under Rusty Jenkins. During high school, he was Varsity Defense all four years. After graduating high school, Coach Tollestrup went on to play for the University of Houston from 2014 - 2018.
He is currently working towards his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a minor in National Security. He has been the Vice President and President of the UH Men's Lacrosse team.
His main focus for Bellaire Men's Lacrosse will be defense, defensive middies, clears and making this team a tough and physical defense.