Cameron Close has verbally committed to play Division I lacrosse for the University of Denver, a perennial top 10 program. Denver is coached by Bill Tierney, one of collegiate lacrosses’s legendary coaches, who has led the Denver Pioneers to the NCAA Final Four, three out of the last four years. Inside Lacrosse magazine, has picked Denver as the 2014 preseason No. 2 team in the country. Tierney is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame and has six NCAA Championships to his credit.
Close will also be coached by associate head coach and offensive coordinator Matt Brown, who was recently named the 2013 national assistant coach of the year and considered an offensive guru. Under Brown, the Pioneers have consistently been a top 5 scoring offense.
A member of C2C Lacrosse and McKinney club teams, Close is a two-time All State middie, varsity captain and offensive MVP who has 100 points over two seasons. A four-time all star, he attended Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip, Maverik Showtime,UPLax,NSCLA, Philly Summer Invitational and C2C Showcase this past summer and fall. Also was a member of the Texas State Champion 4×200 m relay this past spring, running for McKinney Christian Academy. He considered Air Force, Villanova,Lehigh,Marquette and Dartmouth, before selecting Denver.
Close is coached by Brendan Carney of the McKinney Club program and by Chris Van Dorn and Alex Poole of the C2C Dallas Elite program.
“I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Cam with Coast2Coast for the last 4-5 years or so,” Van Dorn said. “And without a doubt he has one of the quickest first steps out of a dodge I’ve seen, not just in Texas, but in the Northeast as well. Even when playing the big boys like the Baltimore Crabs, LI Express, etc. he is one of the 1st players you will notice on the field because of his quickness, his North-South dodging and his ability to always beat his initial defender. Cam can also shoot extremely hard on the run both lefty and righty, which makes him a MUST slide every time. More importantly, Cam is a very coachable player, he is always one of the hardest working players on the field and is always looking to improve. It’s really fun coaching him and watching his development over the years.”
Poole said that Close’s left-handedness only adds to the problems he gives opposing teams.
“Cam is one of the most dynamic players I have had the pleasure of coaching,” Poole said. “His field vision and athleticism allow him to create match-up problems for anyone trying to game plan for him. The fact that he is left-handed just adds to his ability to wreak havoc on defenses.”