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Manheim Township boys' lacrosse coach is giving back to the game

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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 11:14 pm | Updated: 4:32 pm, Mon Jan 20, 2014.

Kyle Wimer was bored with baseball and wanted something different when he picked up his first lacrosse stick in seventh grade.

He had no idea that a little over a decade later the sport would be part of his identity.

Wimer is in his second season as the head coach of Manheim Township's boys' team. He's beginning his third season in Major League Lacrosse, which begins its season on April 28, and he just finished organizing Low and Away Lacrosse, which is a summer club team.

His plate, needless to say, is full.

"There's a lot going on right now," said Wimer, who works a 40 hour week and just closed on his first house. "The key is to use proper time management and setting things up in practice so the weekend is taken care of."

His weekends have been spent in Charlotte at the Hounds' training camp. Wimer, who spent his first two seasons with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, was selected by Charlotte in the expansion draft. He flies out of Harrisburg on Friday mornings to take part in the weekend training camps.

"It's a fresh start," Wimer said of his of new team. " It's like starting from the beginning because I have to prove myself to everyone. Everyone is new so we're all in the same boat."

The MLL has a 14 game regular season with the majority of the games being played on Saturday. There are eight teams in the league and all are located in, or near, major cities which will allow Wimer to fly to games.

Wimer spends his weekends in a team hotel and says his transitions to a new team has been smooth. Two former Bayhawks teammates, Ryan Hurley and Brian Caroll, are in Charlotte and have helped ease any growing pains.

"There are a few guys I know from college and doing other things and that's been really helpful," Wimer explained.

In Chesapeake, Wimer was seldom used. He practiced with the team but rarely made the game-day roster. In Charlotte, he believes he'll be used better.

"I'm running with the second line right now," Wimer said. "But it's training camp so I'm not sure where I'll be when the season starts. Everyone is basically at the same skill level and it's a matter of where you fit in."

With everything he has going on, Wimer has had to make some tough sacrifices. He missed a Township game two weeks ago because he was in Charlotte, but hopes there won't be many more scheduling conflicts.

"We'll take each situation as it comes," he said. "It's tough to miss a game, to not be there with the guys. We work hard in practice to prepare them for games and limit mistakes during games. That hopefully helps if I can't make a game."

With all that he is doing with lacrosse, Wimer feels the headaches and sacrifices are worth it because what he's doing is rewarding.

Both for him and the players he's teaching.

"I never thought lacrosse would become as popular as it is and would be a big part of my life," Wimer admitted.

"This game has taught me a lot of life lessons and I'm trying to give back so other kids can have the same experience."

mblymier@lnpnews.com

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