Testimonial to Mike Acee
Professionalism, honesty and integrity are words that best describe coach Mike Acee. His passion for the game of lacrosse and his commitment to young athletes is evident and consistent. His encouraging yet firm coaching style sets him apart as an exemplary lacrosse “educator”. Coach Mike truly “leads by example” with humility and passion for the game. Mike’s influence on young athletes both on and off the field is stellar.
Coach Acee made our son Gianni’s college lacrosse recruiting process a true pleasure. He demonstrated swift follow-up while acting as a true liaison between Gianni and the US Air Force Academy coaches. Mike handled every detail with care and remained mindful of all appropriate recruiting etiquette and protocol.
Our family cannot truly express our unending gratitude to coach Mike for all he has done and we are looking forward to attending future events with the 212 family. The core group of 212 families has been warm and welcoming. These events are filled with laughter and excitement. The “true” spirit of the game of lacrosse is apparent. We are so pleased that our sons are a part of this organization. They are encouraged to play the sport they love and they are also building friendships and memories that will last for a lifetime.
-Tonya and Bobby Orlando
“Our boys have been part of the 212 program for the past seven years. They were not very familiar with the sport of lacrosse before they started with 212 but both my boys have gained a lifetime of lessons playing with 212, Mike and all of his coaches. The players will learn the discipline and fundamentals that can carry them to a higher level. The 212 program is a program that reinforces old fashion hard work for further achievement. There are no skipping steps with the 212 staff. Mike works with each player individually and has treated us like family. I encourage you to buy into this program and it will provide an advantage like no other. I highly recommend Mike and his staff.”
The only time I cried today was when Grant was speaking with you (and right now) because — and I know I have said it before, but this is what the truth is — you changed the course of Grant’s life. Without you the handshake today between Richie & Grant would not have happened, nor would all of the other offers he has received. That’s just the plain, simple truth, Mike. When you two were talking today it all washed over me — all of the hours you spent with him, with ME (helping me in every way), all of the overwhelming work Grant put in over these years, all of the other coaches who never believed in him, and the one man who did — YOU! And all of the love you have given Grant along the way. You are an amazing man and both Grant & I will love you forever, Mike.
I know you don’t know me well. I’ve only met you a time or two — at a game or picking Ben up from practice. Ian usually has the privilege of lacrosse duty while I do cheer and dance with our daughter, Kate. But I have had the rare opportunity of being with Ben this week for lacrosse stuff in Colorado Springs so Ian can put in a few days at work, and it has been such a positive experience.
Because I’m not usually the “lacrosse parent,” I have felt a little out of my element. But I just felt the need to share with you my experience on the sidelines, and thank you for all you have done for our family and our son, Ben.
I am so grateful for the reputation you have created for 212 lacrosse and for Ben’s affiliation with you. As I sit on the sidelines, feeling like such a novice, it has been incredible for me to hear the positive responses from parents when they ask who Ben plays for.
As soon as I mention your name, or 212 lacrosse out of Park City, there is instant and positive feedback. I hear about the great connections you are building and the positive and professional way you coach. You have created such a great and positive reputation.
As Ben’s mom, I have always been aware of Ben’s strengths and weaknesses, and I have often wondered if we were sending him in the right direction. As I sit here today, I am so appreciative of the role you have played in Ben’s life.
Regardless of what happens in the future, whether Ben plays lacrosse in college or not, I know that he is going to be a better person, husband, professional, father, because of his experiences with lacrosse. Thank you for taking Ben under your wing, and thank you for being patient with him and helping him grow. Thank you for providing a lacrosse experience we can all be very proud of. As a mom, that is absolutely priceless.
So, getting back to the game now. Sorry for any typos – I’m typing with thumbs through the glaring afternoon sun – but it is awesome.
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I have had a great experience with Mike Acee and the 212 Select lacrosse program. First off, Mike Acee has been the best mentor I have had. He is also a great friend of mine who has taught me many things about life and the game of lacrosse. He taught me to love the game. I learned that he created 212 Select for the love of the game. He wanted to teach us kids how to play the game the right way and to have fun while doing it. His love of the game has passed on to his players. Another thing he taught me was that you have to work for everything whether it is life or the game of lacrosse, nothing is going to be handed to you. You have to show up and grind every day and to give 100% every day to becoming a better player. He taught me to “leave my ego at the door” which is something I try to think about every day, because if you don’t work for what you want, you will never achieve it.
Mike Acee also took my game to a totally different level. When I came to him my freshman year I was a below average player who struggled. He showed me how to play the game, I had never improved so much until I started working with Mike. He took time to help me work through the weaker parts of my game. 212 practices were just different, I have never experienced a coach pulling me aside and helping me with the things I struggled with. At other programs there was no attention to detail, it was having 65 kids do drills with little to no coaching and I never improved.
I love the way 212 goes to tournaments, we go out there and play to have fun, take chances, play at 100% and don’t beat yourself up over mistakes. We love to win but it was not Mike’s priority, which takes a lot of stress off teams. Mike only cared about the kids getting out there and having fun. I have never been apart of such a unique program such as 212.