2020 BOYS PYLAX Coach Bios
U8 - Cam Thompson (Head Coach)
Cam grew up in Baltimore where he attended National high school lacrosse power McDonogh School. At McDonogh he was captain of the soccer and lacrosse teams and member of McDonogh’s 1999 MIAA Lacrosse Championship Team. He attended and played lacrosse at division I Hobart College and played on Hobart’s 2002 Patriot League Championship team. Cam is the head varsity high school boys lacrosse coach at Shady Side Academy. Cam's boys, Finn and Boden, play on the U8 and U10 PYLAX teams.
U10 - Andrew Dickson (Head Coach)
Andrew played for Shady Side Academy where he served as captain in 1999. He earned first team all WPSLA, first team all MSLA and named all American. In college Andrew played for perennially nationally ranked division III Ohio Wesleyan University. There he served as captain and earned first team all North Coast Athletic Conference honors. His son George plays for the 8U team.
U10/U12 - Rob Jamison
Rob is a graduate of New England lacrosse prep power Avon Old Farms and was a three year, three sport varsity athlete of the lacrosse, soccer (captain) and basketball teams. Rob attended the University of Vermont where he was a four year standout midfielder on two nationally ranked division I lacrosse teams. Rob is the Director of the boy's PYLAX program and his two sons, Mack and Briggs, play on the U14 and U12 teams.
U12 - Conor Ryan (Head Coach)
A St. Vincent College graduate, Conor joins PYLAX this season as our defensive player development coordinator for 12U and 14U. Conor played at St. Vincent College as a longpole helping anchor the defense for three years. The PYLAX alumn, class of 2004, was a stand-out defensmen at Fox Chapel High School where he was a four year letter winner. We are excited to have Conor and his defensive knowledge within the program.
U12 - PJ Kandravy
Primarily a soccer player turned LAX lover, PJ was named All-WPIAL, All-STATE, and to the UMBRO HS All America team in High School as well as to the US Mens Regional and National Team pools before playing as a 4 year starter at Duquesne University, where he even helped out as the football place-kicker during an injury. A multi-sport varsity athlete in HS and college, PJ has finally hung up his cleats to kick and scream as a coach on area lacrosse, soccer, and basketball sidelines for his 2 sons and daughter. PJ’s has two children currently playing.
U12/U14 - Wendell Frank
Wendell grew up in Pittsburgh where he attended Seneca Valley High School. At Seneca Valley, he was captain of the lacrosse team and won the 2012 WPIAL championship. Wendell went on to play lacrosse at Gettysburg College where he was a part of two Centennial Conference championships and two NCAA Final Four appearances. In addition, Wendell has several years of coaching experience for the Low and Away Lacrosse Club and True Pittsburgh.
U12/U14 - Paul Schwartz
U14 - JA MacDoughall (Head Coach)
JA grew up as a box lacrosse player in Brantford, Ontario. In 2005, he was selected as the 13th overall pick in the OLA Jr. "A" Draft by the Toronto Beaches. That same year, JA won a field lacrosse national championship with the Hamilton Bengals club team. As an outdoor field player, JA went on to play at Mercyhurst University where he won multiple conference championships and the 2011 Division II National Championship in Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. He finished his career at Mercyhurst in 2012 as a senior captain, making it to the Final Four one more time. Currently, JA is working under Cam Thompson as an assistant coach at Shady Side Academy.
U14 - Andy Braham
Andy was a three year starter, four year letter winner and senior captain of Shady Side Academy's 1994 lacrosse team. Andy attended Lehigh University where he played for one season. Andy has remained active in the Western PA. youth lacrosse community with three children currently playing on PYLAX teams. Andy's son Emmerich, a 14U PYLAXer, is also a 2025 TRUE Lacrosse National team member.