Trident Lacrosse Staff

Our coaching staff is passionate, attentive, driven, & goal oriented!

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High School

James Chakey

FOUNDER / DIRECTOR / HIGH SCHOOL COACH

James Chakey

Coach Chakey is a founder and current director of Trident Lacrosse. In addition, Coach Chakey is one of our High School level coaches. Coach Chakey is originally from Philadelphia, PA where he played for The Haverford School as a defender and midfielder. At Haverford, Coach Chakey earned a National Championship before moving on to continue his lacrosse career with Penn State University. As a Nittany Lion, Coach Chakey played all four years as a defender for Coach Jeff Tambroni.

In his past experience, Coach Chakey has been a part of many staff's on the High School and club levels including Cary Academy (NC), Mesa Lacrosse (PA), Red Devil Lacrosse (NC), and is currently the Owner of Carolina National Lacrosse (NC/SC).

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HIGH SCHOOL COACH

Tony Wells

Coach Tony is heading into his sixth year of coach after his tenior playing club ball at Methodist University. Tony is focused to develop offensive threats on the field and will join Coach Chakey on the High School staff.

Coach has coached all across North Carolina and is looking forward to the coming Summers and Falls with Trident Lacrosse. Prior to being a part of the Trident staff, Coach Tony was a part of the LaxCoast TunaHeads program out of the Hampstead, NC area. In his spare time, he loves to hit the beach, fish, hunt, and spend time with his family.

Middle School

George Benson

2025 HEAD COACH

George Benson

George is a Maryland native and played his collegiate ball at the University of Rochester in New York as a defenseman. After school, George went on to be an infantry officer in the Marine Corps for 21 years! Coach Benson has been the Croatan High School varsity boys coach since 2014 and has a made a playoff appearances every year but one. George is a great addition to our staff and we look forward to having him!

Sean Fleming

2026 HEAD COACH

Sean Fleming

Coach Fleming is a very active member of the lacrosse community in the greater New Bern area. As the head varsity coach of New Bern High School, Sean has provided his program with a long pipeline of players. He was recently the President of the New Bern Youth Lacrosse Club and coaches the club's U15 boys team as well as New Bern High School. Sean is originally from Pennsylvania and attended Eastern Carolina University for undergrad. Coach Fleming is looking forward to joining the Trident staff to share his knowledge of the game to our middle school aged team!

Zach Almand

2026 ASSISTANT COACH

Zach Almand

Coach Almand currently sits as the head coach for West Carteret High School and is an active member in the Jacksonville and Morehead City area lacrosse communities. Coach looks to inspire young men to work as a team and push themselves to become the best and most accountable teammates for one another they can be.

Elementary School

2028/2029 HEAD COACH

Philip Goldberg - "Coach G"

Coach Phil Goldberg (Coach G.) Is from Yorktown NY and played division 2 lacrosse at the University of New Haven. Coach G. became a walk on starter as a keeper and ended his freshman year ranked top 25 in Division 2 for save percentages.  After his sophomore year the program dropped to club where Coach G. was the vice president, midi, and Coach until he graduated.

Coach G. has been a Physical Education teacher, personal trainer, and strength and conditioning coach for the past 10 years and is excited to help develop the growth of the sport of lacrosse down here in Eastern North Carolina

2028/2029 ASSISTANT COACH

Dwayne Adams

2030/2032 HEAD COACH

Rob McCarthy

2030/2032 ASSISTANT COACH

Kelley Smith

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