Introducing Head Coach Derek Michalski
Beginning spring 2020, Mound Westonka is proud to offer MSHSL varsity and JV boys lacrosse. Thank you to the many community members who made this a possibility for MWHS students!
White Hawks boys lacrosse has named Derek Michalski as its first head coach.
Get to Know Coach Michalski
Prior to MWHS, Michalski coached for Edina High School from 2011 to 2016 and in 2015 was honored by his coaching peers as Section and State Head Coach of the Year for Boys Lacrosse. Coach Michalski has also coached at Breck School and Holy Angels, as well as numerous local clubs, including Minnesota Elite and Chill Lacrosse, and with camps/clinics put on by the likes of Homegrown Lacrosse, Ohio State University, Duke University and Cornell University.
In March 2019, Michalski had the great honor of being named a head coach and player mentor in the 2019 Captain’s Cup event by Homegrown Lacrosse. He has been involved with the Westonka Youth Lacrosse Association for the past two years.
Michalski stumbled upon indoor “box” lacrosse in seventh grade after seeing some of his friends playing during the hockey off-season. He then began field lacrosse before ninth grade. A 2006 graduate of the Academy of Holy Angels, Michalski was twice named captain, twice named to the All-State team and was named a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American in his senior year. He was also a multi-sport athlete, lettering in track, basketball, and also captained his football team to the state final as a senior.
After two years at the NCAA Division I level (Butler University/Providence College), Michalski transferred to the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and was twice named a First Team All-American, twice the UMLL Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and a MCLA Scholar Athlete, as he captained the Tommies to their first two National Championships in 2009 and 2010. Coach Michalski’s bachelor’s degree is in Business Administration/Entrepreneurship.
After graduating from UST, Michalski was a recipient of a North American Scholar Athlete Award to study at Durham University in the United Kingdom. There he helped grow the game of lacrosse in Northeast England. His Durham University lacrosse team went on to win the BUCS National Championship in 2011, and he received a M.A. in Marketing Management.
Michalski and his wife, Katie, have two daughters, Willa (4) and Maeve (2). He lives in Minnetrista and for work travels to interesting places around the world, developing export markets for U.S. agricultural products.
“I am very thankful to A.D. Jeff Peterson, Principal Mark Mcllmoyle and the Westonka School Board for this opportunity,” Michalski said. “There are so many positive elements in a school and community like this that will allow a sport like lacrosse to thrive here.”
“MWHS is a top performing school academically and has so many awesome extra-curricular programs,” Michalski added. “[Boys lacrosse] will become another good option that will allow for student-athletes at MWHS to learn, grow and compete. For me, this is the first time I have coached where I also reside, and that makes this opportunity even more exciting and special.”
Registration for spring sports opens February 1. The team welcomes any student-athlete to try out in the spring, even if they are completely new to the game. You will likely find lacrosse to be fun, high energy, and that it shares many similarities to other sports you play.
Go White Hawks!