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IMG Academy Lacrosse program

As the nation’s only lacrosse residency program, the IMG Academy lacrosse program has revolutionized the sport.

By pairing elite academics with world-class athletic training, IMG Academy has established itself as a premier school for preparing student-athletes for their next step in life. 

However, academic enrichment and athletic skill development – though critically important – represent only a portion of the training that IMG Academy student-athletes receive. We instill the confidence that allows our student-athletes to aspire for anything that their mind can imagine, while providing the tools to help them reach those goals.

The number of IMG Academy student-athletes who go on to noted universities and the scholarships they earn tell the story. The past four IMG Academy graduating classes have featured a total of 326 student-athletes attending Division-I universities and 142 attending schools ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report, with each class collectively averaging more than $1.2 million in scholarships for their freshman year alone.


Learn more about the IMG Academy lacrosse program here, which combines Academics, Athletics and Personal Development Training

Lacrosse Camps

IMG Academy offers year round camp options for those who want to take their game to the next level. We offer three different types of camps:

  • Ascender Camp: Modeled after the Academy Program, which is a 5-week lacrosse camp program
  • Total Athelete Camp: Emphasis on comprehensive athletic devleopment, which is offered on at a 3-week, 2-week or weekly lacrosse camp
  • Core Camps: Foundation of all training programs. These camps are offered at a 5-week, 3-week, 2-week or weekly lacrosse camps. 


Click here to get more information on the IMG Academy lacrosse program camps. You will find information on all three camp types as well as the ability to sign up for a camp today!

IMG Academy Lacrosse Program Contact

Ben Slingerland

Ben Slingerland

Business Manager, IMG Academy lacrosse program

Phone: 941-739-7456

After having spent 5 months in business development as the Soccer Sport Advisor at IMG, Ben has transitioned into the Lacrosse Program where he serves as the Business Manager. Having worked in Sports Marketing at Nike’s World Headquarters, the NCAA’s Office of Government Relations and Georgetown University’s Athletic Department, Ben brings lots of experience from the sports business world. Moreover, Ben comes from a lacrosse family as his brother, Eric, currently plays lacrosse at Harvard University and his sister Anna plays at Brooks Academy.

Ben will continue to grow out the IMG Academy Lacrosse program in the coming years. He welcomes families to visit with him on campus to tour the facility and meet the IMG Academy and the IMG Academy Lacrosse program administrative and coaching staffs.


IMG Academy Lacrosse program Coaches

Bill Shatz 
Head Coach & Director, IMG Academy lacrosse program
Shatz has been involved in lacrosse programs and activities for more than 30 years as a player, coach, leader, and business executive. Growing up on Long Island, he played at Sachem High School, and was a four-year starter at attack for Ithaca College, where he graduated as one of the all-time top-10 leading scorers in school history. He was also a highly regarded hockey player and was a two-year captain and two-time All-County selection.

Bill Shatz

Director, Lacrosse & Head Coach

Phone: 941-739-7396

Patrick Haley
Offensive Coordinator

The IMG Academy lacrosse program summer camps are led by lacrosse veteran Patrick Haley.  Born and raised in Maryland, Patrick has played and coached lacrosse for 20 years.  He played high school lacrosse for St. Mary’s Annapolis in the powerful MIAA-A conference before playing two years at Towson University for Tony Seaman, then transferring to Florida State where he led his team in 2007 with 30 goals and 21 assists.

Prior to IMG, Patrick coached at every different age group for the La Jolla Lacrosse Club in San Diego, CA, where he played for top team Quicksilver Lacrosse Club. He worked as personal trainer for young lacrosse athletes while also running several camp and clinics.

Jason Basso
Defensive Coordinator

Jason Basso joins the IMG Academy lacrosse program as Defensive Coordinator with a wealth of playing and coaching experience. After playing lacrosse for Rutgers University, Basso stayed with the team as a volunteer assistant coach before accepting a coaching position with Hartwick College in 2004.  

In 2006, Basso returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach where he stayed for four years before joining the staff at St. Joe’s High School in Metuchen, NJ.

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