MINNEAPOLIS – North Central University (NCU) has selected Ted Sperides to lead its men's lacrosse program as head coach, director of athletics Greg Johnson announced on Wednesday. Sperides, who was an assistant coach for the Rams this spring, offers a local, Midwestern focus after spending years working in the high school and club lacrosse scenes.
Sperides is no stranger to Minnesota, nor is he new to the sport of lacrosse. The Burnsville native won a state club championship at Bloomington Jefferson high school before becoming a student coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth during his days as an undergraduate. From there, Sperides coached at all different levels, be it with the Bloomington youth system, Blake High School, and Team Minnesota Lacrosse. Since 2013, Sperides has owned and coached at 36 Lacrosse, a Bloomington-based operation that features both instruction and club teams for middle and high school students that started with eight students in a summer training program. In the last five years, Sperides' vision has grown; Team 36 now features 150 kids on five boys and two girls club squads while hundreds more attend skill development classes throughout the calendar year.
Sperides joined the NCU coaching staff in February 2018 as the program was in the process of transitioning to a new leader on the sideline. From that position, Sperides had the eye of Johnson, who watched the team grow in both chemistry skill. "I witnessed Ted's approach to the game of lacrosse first-hand this spring," noted Johnson. "Ted's respectful and encouraging team-first attitude produces results on and off the field. I'm proud to have him on our side and look forward to watching him lead our student-athletes spiritually, academically, and athletically in the next chapter of the Rams lacrosse program. I'm confident that our best days are ahead of us."
"I am humbled and honored to lead the North Central University lacrosse program and thank God for the opportunity to continue building on the work from this past season," said Sperides. He continued, "I am excited to continue working with a great group of men that do such a great job of representing the program and institution. I am committed to carrying out NCU's mission of developing our student-athletes academically, athletically and spiritually and look forward to the future of the program."
With two seasons under its belt, North Central is one of two NCAA varsity programs in Minnesota. The Rams recently joined the now-12 team NCAA Division III Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC) and will begin league play in 2019. NCU hosts its home games across the street from its downtown Minneapolis campus at Elliot Park.