Celtic Club Director Patrick Crann

Coach Crann in Auschwitz, Poland

Coach Crann in Auschwitz, Poland 

Founder, Owner, President of Celtic Lacrosse
Patrick J. Crann

It is rare that you get the opportunity to play for three great coaches at the college level. During my collegiate years, I played for three of the top teams in the country at the Division I and III Levels: Loyola, Syracuse, and Washington College respectively. All were ranked in the top 5, in the nation at the time I played. I was in the hunt for a national championship title at each institution being in the National Championship Finals twice and Semi-Finals and quarterfinals once. Guided by their examples, I was able to combine different coaching philosophies and form a foundation for my own coaching. After graduation, I returned to NJ lacrosse with a mission to make my players more knowledgeable about the game that I really knew so little about when I embarked on my career. I was part of another winning program with a great reputation as a Defensive coordinator, Delbarton School, where I helped them achieve their first NJSIAA State Championship in 1999 and repeating as a State Champions in 2000. We were also a runner up in 1995.

I have posted winning records, have built, turned around, and significantly strengthened programs (Seton Hall Prep), (Livingston) and have coached teams to the NJ state championship tournaments. (Seton Hall; Delbarton, Summit) I have been lucky to coach some of the best talent New Jersey has ever seen.   I have logged many hours training players 1v1,  as well as working numerous camps over the years.  

Coaching Skills, Experience & Achievements
Coaching Highlights
2010 Coach of the Year - Klank Division & Group 3 (2010)
Group 1 Finalist - Summit High School (2004)
US Lacrosse NJ Chapter - Board Member (1998-2000)
English Lacrosse Association - Youth Development Director - London, England (1998)
NJ Lacrosse Jamboree (1998-2000)
Co-Director of the NJ Lacrosse Challenge & High School All Star Weekend at Drew University (1998-2000)
2 Time Morris County Tournament Champion & 2 Time NJSIAA State Champion at Delbarton School (1999-2000)
Coached 2 NJSIAA Players of the Year as Defenseman at Delbarton (Ryan Crane - Harvard)(Pat Collins - Georgetown)
Coached 12 High School All-Americans
Coached Dozens of NJ All-State Selections
High School Coaching Experience
Glen Ridge High School - Defensive Coordinator (2013) Essex County Semi-Finalist State Group I Semi-Finalist
Morris Catholic High School - Varsity Head Coach (2011)
Livingston High School (Livingston NJ) - Head Coach (2008, 2009 Klank Division and Group 3, Coach of the Year, 2010)
Summit High School - Varsity Assistant (2004) Group 1 Finalist - #5 in NJ Final Rankings
Seton Hall Prep - Assistant (1996) & Head Lacrosse Coach (2002)
Delbarton School - 4 Years Defensive Coordinator (1995, 1998-2000)
Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach - Defensive Coordinator
State Champions (1999-2000), State Finalist (1995), National Ranking #7 (1999), Ranking #12 (2000)
Morris County Tournament Champions (1998-1999), Morris County Tournament Finalist (2000)
Youth Coaching Experience

Coach Crann has coached numerous youth clinics and programs throughout the years to many to name. 

Westfield, Madison, Maplewood as well as  other Girls Youth Sessions.

Coached  various levels of the Westfield Lacrosse Club as well as Westfield Blue Devil Travel Team (2008)

Scotch Plains Youth Lacrosse Club - 3rd & 8th Grade Coach/Consultant (2012)

Harding School - New Vernon (2007)
College Playing Highlights
Loyola College - Division I - As a freshmen in the 1990 season, earned a scholarship to the # 2 team in the country and was part of a great team, one of the best ever in Loyola’s history. We lost in the National Championship game to one of the greatest Syracuse teams ever assembled. (National Finalist (1990) -  #2 Final National Ranking)
Syracuse University - Division I - In 1991, transferred to powerhouse Syracuse University to play for legendary coach Roy Simmons Jr. – head of the finest Lacrosse program in the country. Syracuse was truly the gold standard, and it was invaluable development: Played alongside some of the best athletes in the country, and observed the best coaching in the country. (National Semi-Finalist (1991), National Finalist (1992) - #2 Final National Ranking)
Washington College - Division III - Agreed to play for Washington College, and another highly-regarded coach: Terry Corcoran, who had coached Team USA in the World Games and made numerous trips to the NCAA Div III championship finals. At Washington, Crann started at close defense and helped lead the Shoremen to the NCAA Semi- Finals in 1993 and the NCAA Quarter Finals in ‘94 as a Team Captain. (Division III National Semi-Finalist (1993) - #3 Final National Ranking, Quarterfinalist (1994) - Top Five National Ranking)
High School Playing Highlights
Columbia High School - Coach Crann was a standout defenseman and long stick midfielder for coach Keith Manara.  Crann an extremely decorated player in the late 80's going on to earn a scholarship to the #2 team in the country Loyola University.  Columbia High School was highly regarded program nationally during this time period.  
State Quarterfinalist (1987-1989)    


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