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True Utah Face Off Lab Series with Bruce Pirie

Winter Face-Off Lab with Bruce Pirie


Boys, grad years 2020-2027, beginner-advanced


True Utah is excited to introduce our newest Director, Bruce Pirie, to the Utah Lacrosse community through the Winter Face-Off Lab. Capped at 20 players, each session will focus on in-depth Face-Off technique and strategy from Coach Pirie, who brings great experience in the position as he faced off at the NCAA Division 1 level for Bryant University.


There are 3 regional sessions - North, South, Mountain

Each regional session includes two dates of training


Day 1 Sample Format

  1. Warm Up
  2. Hand Speed
  3. Quick Hand Speed Comp
  4. Hand placement/ Grip
  5. Stance/ Approach @ the line
  6. Intro to the “5-Point Fundamental Approach”
  7. Clamp
  8. Pinch
  9. Drag
  10. **Placement (ample evolution)
  11. **Rotations (5th point/ evolution) 
  12. “Half-Clamp Drill”
  13. “Reaction Drill”

** Build up to Live Draws

** In depth topics to expand: wing play (communication), clamp variations, grip variations, stance variations, placement options (wing communication), “pre- whistle reads”, & stick technology/ maintenance. 

**Bench Press Partner Passing Drill

***Mini Competitions to be implemented into the training series

(F/O skills competition events that they may find featured in the Draw Day)

Bruce Pirie

Regional Director, F/O Specialist, True Utah

Coaching Background

- Head Coach, Tri-State Lacrosse (NJ, 2013-2016)
- Tri-State Director of Player Development, Face-Off (NJ, 2013-2016)
- Assistant Coach, NCAA D3, Kean University (NJ, 2014-15)
- Head Coach, O2 Lacrosse National Box Lacrosse  (2016-2019)
- Head/Assistant Coach 2022/2024/2025 Teams, O2 Lacrosse (NJ, 2016-2019)
- Varsity Assistant Coach, Head Freshman Coach, Don Bosco Prep High School (NJ, 2016-2018)
- Director off Face-Off Development, Don Bosco Prep High School (NJ, 2016-2019)
- Off Season Strength & Conditioning Coach, Don Bosco Prep Lacrosse (NJ, 2016-2019) 
- Coliseum Strength and Conditioning Coach (NY, 2016-2019) 
- Founder and Director of E.E.E. Leadership Program (NY, 2018-present)

Playing Background

- 3-sport varsity HS athlete (Basketball, Football, Lacrosse) 
- 2-sport Captain (Football & Lacrosse) 
- All-League & All-County (Lacrosse/ Football)
- HS Program Record Holder in single season & career F/O win, totals & percentage (Indian Hills High School)
- Tri-State Lacrosse Club (2007-2010)
- NCAA D1 Bryant University, midfield & face-off (2010-2014) 
- 3x NEC Conference Champions (3-peat: ’12,’13,’14)
- First Division 1 NCAA Playoff appearance in Bryant University Athletics history (2013)
- First NCAA Playoff win in Bryant Men's Lacrosse program history (vs Siena, 2014)
- NCAA Division 1 Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals appearance (vs Maryland, 2014)


2 Dates-3.5 hrs

December 16th

December 18th

Ultimate Indoor Soccer
2404 South 2050 West
West Haven, UT 84401


2 Dates-3.5 hrs

January 6th

January 13th

The Crease
891 S 490 West
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062


3 Dates-3.5 hrs

February 10th

February 11th

February 12th

RSL Soccer Academy
220 East 2850 North
North Logan, UT 84341