James Lightner

CT: Norwich
Head Coach of the Shoreline Sharks 2024 boys team. Experience playing both field and box lacrosse. USAF Veteran.

I hail from Edison, NJ where I started playing lacrosse in 2001 for the East Brunswick Blackhawks and played throughout high school for Edison High School as an attackman. Upon graduating high school, instead of going to college, I decided to enlist in the USAF. In my 8-year career with the military, I had the opportunity to compete with the Kaiserslautern Lumberjacks Lacrosse Club in Germany. Along with my teammates we took the program from the Bundesliga 2 to the premier league in Germany.

After returning state-side, I dedicated my lacrosse career to learning the box game. I have competed for the Toronto Tigers Lacrosse Club in the most premier box tournaments in North America as a defensive stalwart. Most notably placing 16th of 34 teams in the Lacrosse All Stars North American Invitational hosted on the Onondaga Nation. Competing against the Czech national team, Thompson Brothers Elite team, among many others. On top of competing in top tier events, I founded and was the original GM of the Auburn Aviators of the Interstate Box Lacrosse Association (the best senior box lacrosse league in the nation). In their first season they placed second in the regional New England league to the eventual national champions. In the spring of 2021, Ill be making my debut as an Assistant Coach for the Mitchell College Men's Lacrosse program.

When Im not out on the field coaching or playing lacrosse, I spend time with my wife and dog going one hikes or riding our jet skis.