Empire Lacrosse

While Lacrosse is a sport, we want to help all players develop real life skills that they can use in the future and empower them to be the best that they can be both on and off the playing field. Honor the game.

Our Mission

The Asheville Empire Lacrosse board members and coaching staff are parents, business owners, past lacrosse players and coaches. We are members of the US Lacrosse Organization, abide by its policies and guidelines and follow a planned curriculum. Our community provides for the development and training in the native American sport of lacrosse – the fastest game on two feet – for the youth of Asheville and its surrounding towns throughout the year.

And an Empire was born...

Youth lacrosse gained solid footing in the Asheville area almost two decades ago. Random club programs popped up in and around Western North Carolina – in middle schools and high schools – but Connor Jardeleza started an ALL High School club team called the Asheville Empire. The club focused on the game at the high school level, no matter what high school they attended.  The middle school team waivered over the next several years as coaches changed, until Mike Frisch took over the Middle School team – the Asheville Kings – in 2011. Sean Humphreys grew the program from middle and high school boys to include elementary school aged kids.  Today, Asheville Empire Lacrosse has travel teams in the fall (soon in the summer) and recreation teams in the spring. Growing from the  first team of 16 boys, to over 150 boys playing lacrosse on 10 teams.

Our Administration

Melissa Ciocian, Executive DirectorE-Mail
Lainey Sherwood, AdministratorE-Mail

Our Board

Coalter Lathrop, ChairmanE-Mail
Chris Ciocian, Treasurer/Board MemberE-Mail
Lainey Sherwood, Board MemberE-Mail
Tom Dieterly, Board MemberE-Mail
Melissa Ciocian, Board MemberE-Mail
#9 will forever be in our hearts.

In Memory of Logan Sink #9

The Empire has lost one of its own, Logan Sink, our beloved friend and teammate. Logan was an Empire player for four years before moving to Ohio in summer of 2016. This sport, and more importantly his friends and teammates at Empire, were a source of joy for him that we can all keep alive in our memory. The Sink Family has requested that in lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Logan may be made to Asheville Empire Lacrosse.