About the CCLACentral Collegiate Lacrosse Association

The Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) consists of 7 Division I teams and 14 Division II teams, representing four states: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Sean Buzzard

Sean Buzzard


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Terry Nichter

Terry Nichter

Competition Coordinator

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Tim Gallagher

Tim Gallagher


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Clark Bell

Clark Bell


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CCLA Teams

SchoolEnrollHead CoachPlayers

Central Michigan ChippewasMount Pleasant, MI

28,000Andrew Guzi35

Davenport PanthersGrand Rapids, MI

12,500Chris Gervat29

Michigan State SpartansEast Lansing, MI

50,000Brandon Schwind48

Pittsburgh PanthersPittsburgh, PA

28,000Jason Rickel37

Toledo RocketsToledo, OH

16,192Mike McComish20

Western Michigan BroncosKalamazoo, MI

27,000Erik Frank35
SchoolEnrollHead CoachPlayers

Aquinas SaintsGrand Rapids, MI

2,100Doug Seites30

Dayton FlyersDayton, OH

7,475Joe Venturella56

Grove City WolverinesGrove City, PA

2,450William Sigmund21

Grand Valley State LakersAllendale, MI

25,000Timothy Murray40

Indiana Tech WarriorsFort Wayne, IN

4,000Terry Nichter24

Lawrence Tech Blue DevilsSouthfield, MI

4,500Kevin Riley20

Lourdes Gray WolvesSylvania, OH

2,300Patrick Yannarelli31

Oakland GrizzliesRochester, MI

20,000Tim Gallagher28

Siena Heights SaintsAdrian, MI

1,000Ed Maloney28

Saginaw Valley CardinalsSaginaw, MI

10,425Charles Vierk14

Taylor TrojansFort Wayne, IN

2,000Chey West26

Michigan-Dearborn WolverinesDearborn, MI

9,193Jason Watts20

CCLA History

The Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association was founded in 1999 when the Big Ten Lacrosse League, which had been in existence since 1972, expanded to include teams that were not at traditional Big Ten schools. As one of the original six MCLA conferences, the CCLA initially represented a vast region of the Midwest. In 2002, in response to overwhelming growth and a huge geographical spread, the southern half of the conference split off to form the GRLC.

CCLA teams established national scheduling practices well before the MCLA was born and continue that tradition throughout the MCLA era, with conference teams routinely travelling across the country to play teams from coast to coast and everywhere in-between.

In recent years the CCLA has achieved unprecedented national success. In Division 1 in 2008 Michigan became the first MCLA team to finish a season undefeated on the way to the first national championship for a CCLA team. In 2009, the Wolverines repeated the feat. In Division 2, the CCLA has placed two teams in the 12 team field each of the past two years, with both teams making the semifinals each year. In 2008 Grand Valley State reached the championship game, and in 2009 Dayton played in the championship.

The CCLA consists of 10 Division 1 teams and 15 Division 2 teams, representing six states: Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.