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.
Social Media & Team Buffalo Director
Team Buffalo 2023 Coach
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.
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.
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.