My name is Ray Pryphun and I am so honored to be entrusted with the role of head coach and excited to be joining the Ballard lacrosse community. I have been involved in lacrosse for most of my life having played Midfield in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC then at the MCLA level at Louisiana State University where I played SSDM.
After graduating from LSU, I returned home to Maryland and served as an assistant coach at my home high school for a season then as a coach for the Juniors team for the Winners Lacrosse Club in DC. The following year I moved to New Orleans and took a role as a referee for the Louisiana Lacrosse Association. I took a break for several years from lacrosse to focus on getting my master’s degree and beginning my career in teaching but jumped back in this past 2022 season for Props Lacrosse, Ballard's feeder program, as the 7/8’s coach.
Professionally I am an 8th Grade US History Teacher for the Kent School District and am very passionate about education and facilitating hard working critical thinkers. I look to bring together my teaching practices into my coaching where we will build a strong and competitive team culture, foster growth mindsets, and have fun playing this sport we all love.
My name is Frank Finlayson and I am extremely excited to be returning for my 2nd year to the Beaver Lacrosse community and share my love for the game of lacrosse.
I recently graduated from University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in the spring of 2020, where I played MCLA lacrosse in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League. I was a four year starter at attack and three year captain. I grew up in Boise Idaho and played high school lacrosse at Centennial High School, where I was a three year varsity starter.
Outside of lacrosse, I work from home as a Financial Analyst at MWI Animal Heath.