Who We Are
We are professional coaches that take pride in teaching your son or daughter the game of Lacrosse. We care about your players game and the player and person they become. Lacrosse as with other sports is both a great athletic endeavor but also a way to teach individuals the values of team-play and dealing with adversity.
As a staff we are constantly trying to play and expand our knowledge-base. The game of lacrosse is always changing and we need to change, adapt and innovate with it. Our staff continues to work on our own skills, gameplans and teaching methods to bring you the best experience, bar none.
To see our coaches play or find out more about the Adult R10 team, email Don Bowers at Bowers@RoninLacrosse.com
To use lacrosse as an aid in the development of players of all ages and abilities both on the field and off of it.
Our programs core values center on intensity, and integrity. How we play on the field is a microcosm for how our young athletes will learn to interact as adults. We believe in teaching out players to give 100% in their discipline while keeping a level head and a strong mind.
We believe in focusing our athletes while still maintaining a high level of fun, because after all is said and done, lacrosse is a game. It is a great game, and one we can learn many life lessons from, but it is still a game.
Join the Ronin family delivering top-tier coaching in a positive environment for youth, high school and collegiate athletes.
Our coaches are high school and collegiate stand-outs. We've played post-collegiately in the professional ranks and carry years of experience both on the field and on the sideline.
We’re constantly looking for experienced coaches with a passion for teaching. We take pride in our coaching reputation. If you think you'd be a good fit for the Ronin team please contact our office. Background checks are performed on applicants.
Donnie Bowers - Director
Coach Bowers started playing lacrosse in his hometown high school in Vermont lettering 3 of 4 years. He made his way to a four-year starting role at Division II Assumption College where he also played Varsity Football. As a mid-fielder at Assumption, Bowers led the NCAA in non-face-off groundballs for four years. After College, Coach Bowers played for the Vermont Voyageurs for 6 years specializing in defense and transition, as well as finding his way onto several MLL practice squads as a midfielder. Coach Bowers has been coaching lacrosse since 2007 at various levels including Youth, High School and College. He has coached in various disciplines and currently serves as the head coach to St. Francis High School in La Canada, CA.
Brendan Smith - Youth Director
Coach Brendan Smith is a former first team all-state lacrosse player from Andover High School in Massachusetts. Choosing to play football at Northwestern University, he was a two time All Big-Ten safety as well as a two time captain for the Wildcats. After college, Brendan spent a year at Oklahoma State as a graduate assistant for the football team before moving to California in 2011. Since then, Coach Smith has been teaching elementary/middle school physical education and is currently full time at Viewpoint School as their head lacrosse coach and director of lacrosse.
Coach Bell began his lacrosse career in the 8th grade in New Jersey. Bell played four years in high school and went on to play 4 years at Division II Florida Gulf Coast University. Coach Bell played Goalie, Close Defense and LSM showing his versatility in the field. He led the league in save percentage in 2012 (68.7%), while also earning team MVP, and FGCU Eagle Player of the Year all in the same season. He still holds the mark for most saves in a game (21) and would then go on to be elected as a 2-time captain to close out his college career. Coach Bell currently serves as the Defensive Coordinator for St. Francis High School.
Peter is a San Francisco native who encountered the game of lacrosse at summer camp in upstate New York. It was an instant and permanent fascination. He was a two-year captain in high school and started at attack as a freshman at Wesleyan University. Coach Swander is a true student of the game and draws from his considerable knowledge in lacrosse and other sports to enhance the abilities of his athletes. Since his time at Wesleyan Coach Swander has been coaching lacrosse at area schools such as Harvard-Westlake, USC, and currently as the head coach of Westlake High School.
Coach Salamunovich started playing lacrosse in middle school in Chicago Illinois. As a four-year starting Midfielder and Attackman at his high school in Glenbard Illinois Andrew received many honors (including the lead scorer in all of Illinois in 2009). Coach Sal, went on to play at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee where he started for four years and was a team captain two times. He has been coaching at multiple levels since 2012. Coach Sal, has served as the Lead Assistant Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Calabasas High School.
A Three year starter in the back end at Valencia, Coach Rosette went on to play college lacrosse at Tennessee Wesleyan. Since returning, Coach Rosette has been an assistant coach at Valencia High School and will be taking over as the new head coach in 2021.