Michael Wright

Team Buffalo Youth Coach & Defensive Coach 

Founder and Director


Michael Wright founded the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy in 2005 with the understanding the dire need for development in the WNY lacrosse community.  Through the years, the Mike has devoted his service to providing lacrosse players with the resources needed to succeed on and off of the field.  Continued progress has been made in providing players with the tools to continue their lacrosse careers towards colleges that fit the player’s needs.  Mike continues to coach and provide young student athletes with the necessary fundamentals towards reaching their maximum potential, and understanding the correlation that the game of lacrosse has with everyday life.

Drew Belica

Social Media & Team Buffalo Director

Team Buffalo 2023 Coach (Team Buffalo related topics)




Andrew Belica is currently the Team Buffalo Director for our 2020-2022 teams. Overseeing the team communication, creating  practice plans, as well as coaching  teams in different dynamics. He is entering his second season as the Offensive Coordinator at Hilbert College.

Coach Belica has developed a more prominent role within the BLA as he manages the organizations social media feeds and promotes BLA and Team Buffalo players, while also assisting in player development and recruitment.

Chris Macrides

2025/2026 Team Buffalo Coach & Assistant Director of BLA Youth Program




Chris Macrides is currently the Team Buffalo coach for the 2025/2026 team and an Assistant Director for the BLA Youth program.  Chris has been with BLA for 6 years working closely with the youth players  developing the fundamentals needed to excel.  Chris played at West Genesee H.S. (Section 3), with a state championship, and was an All-American Goalie.  He continued his education at Clarkson University where he started two years and was named All-American and Honorable Mention.

Michael Carbery 

Team Buffalo 2022 Coach & Goalie Coach

Michael Carbery is the current coach and Head of NCAA Compliance at Hilbert College.

He came to the BLA after 15 years as the Assistant Athletic Director & Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Medaille College where he started that Division 3 program and was named the North Eastern Athletic Conference in his final season at the helm of the Mavericks (2014).   He was a standout goalie at Fayetteville-Manlius H.S. (Section 3) and a 4 Year Starter at Division 1 Canisius College.

Lew Vaccaro

Team Buffalo 2020 Coach

Illinois Wesleyan Assistant Coach



Lew Vaccaro has been one of the BLA’s most dedicated and respected coaches in his last 4 years.  Leading the 2020 Team Buffalo, Lew has developed some of the area’s best players. His constant communication with players allows for our staff to understand the wants and needs in terms of finding the right college destination.  He was a captain of the Canisius College Men’s Lacrosse team, as well as an assistant when they won their most recent MAAC Championship.

Lew has recently accepted a new position at Illinois Wesleyan college where he will be the Offensive Coordinator for the 2018-2019 season.

2020 Team Buffalo Coaches: Lew Vaccaro and Matthew Perla (SUNY Albany/Orchard Park)

Matthew Perla 2020 Defensive Coordinator

2021 Team Buffalo Coaches: Adam Belica and Ronnie Shul

2022 Team Buffalo Coaches: Mike Carbery

2023 Team Buffalo Coach: Andrew Belica

2024/2025 Team Buffalo Coach: Chris Macrides


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