skip navigation

True North Carolina Staff

Directors & Coaching Staff

RJ Ancona

RJ Ancona

Director, North Carolina

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

True Lacrosse: 2015 - Present
- Director - True North Carolina
- True National Coach

A native of West Islip, NY, was an All-Section and Long Island All-Star in both football and lacrosse.  After high school, Ancona was recruited to play lacrosse at Division 1 Hobart College.  There, he excelled as a face-off specialist and defensive midfielder.   After two years of NCAA Division I lacrosse, RJ transferred to Stevens Tech, a top Division III program.   At Stevens, he led the team to one conference championship, one ECAC championship, and two NCAA tournament appearances, and was part of the number one scoring offense in Division III in 2006. Ancona was awarded the Stevens Coach’s Award, named an Honorable Mention All-American, and an All-Conference player.   After playing, RJ was an Undergraduate Assistant coach at Stevens Tech  working with face-off specialists and goaltenders.  Since 2010, RJ has held positions as both Defensive and Offensive Coordinator, as well as Head Coach at the High School level in Minnesota, earning USILA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016.  In box lacrosse, RJ has spent the past 5 years as a part of the Minnesota Stars program primarily coaching the Midget team to 1 National Title and 1 Runner-Up appearance at USBOXLA Nationals.

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy

Director, North Carolina

COACHING EXPERIENCE:

Coach Murphy joins True NC as a Senior Director & National Team Coach, which is the same position he held in Illinois, where he ran both the boys & girls programs in Chicago. He is also the current Defensive Coordinator at Cardinal Gibbons HS. Murphy was a 3-year starter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His UNC Honors include All-American, All-ACC, 2x ACC Champion, Team Captain, Most Outstanding Freshman, 3rd All-time in Takeaways at UNC. A native of Long Island, Coach played at Garden City HS where he was a 2x HS All-American, 2x County Defenseman of the Year, 2x Captain, 2x Medal Winner for Team Long Island at the Empire State Games, GCHS Athlete of the Year, All-State Football, GCHS Sports Hall of Fame. His past experience includes serving as the Defensive Coordinator for Undefeated N.Y. State Champion Garden City Trojans and Head Coach at The Latin School of Chicago. Murphy is the founder & director of LiL' Ballers Lacrosse and is certified by U.S. Lacrosse & Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

Murphy's Message to Players - US Lax Magazine
Murphy Joins The Braveheart Lacrosse Show