Leadership Team

Adam Gardner, Founder and Director

Over the past 20 years Adam has been involved with the game of lacrosse. His passion for the sport began as a player and was highlighted by earning a scholarship first to Trinity-Pawling School in New York, then to NCAA Division 1 scholarship to Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Adam graduated as the programs All-time Leader in Goals Scored, All-time Leader in Points, the first 100 Goal Scorer, and was also named Male Athlete of the Year in 2008.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Adam returned to Toronto and remained active in the game as a player, coach and referee. Adam has recently completed a Graduate Program in Sports Business Management from Durham College and most recently working with TO2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games,MLSE and for the Their Opportunity as Program Coordinator where he was responsible for enrolling low income families into sports and recreation programs.

Adam has extensive coaching experience developing elite student athletes and exposing them to NCAA recruiting opportunities and experiences. Adam served as Head Coach with Edge Lacrosse for four seasons and has since returned as the Edge Academy Director of Coaching and Development and the Head Coach for the 2020 age group. Has served as General Manager with the Dirty Lacrosse Club that attended the Hawaii International Lacrosse Tournament in 2011 and again in 2012,2013 as Head Coach.

Adam served as offensive coordinator for Team Ontario U19, the 2013 Nations Cup National Champion team. Adam served as Support Staff with Team Canada Sr men's team at there fall 2013 evaluation camp. In the summer of 2014 Adam Coached the Edge 2015 team to a NSCLA 2nd place finish as well as Team Ontario to a silver medal at the National Championships. 

Adam has also worked many camps and clinics in the US and Canada, has worked in event management and planning positions with the Adrenaline All Canada Games and the Great Lakes Lax Games. Adam also serves in and advisor/consultant role to USBOXLA on officiating, rules of play, player safety and development. Adam most recently served as the director of Player Development for House league programing for Uxbridge Minor Lacrosse and Learn to Play Programing for King Township. 

Kyle Kropman, Director of Foundational Skills Development

Next Level Lacrosse is excited to welcome Kyle Kropman to our staff. Kyle is a great addition to our team and will help build upon our strong foundation of cutting edge player development. Kyle Graduated from Brock University with an Honours Degreee in Kinesolgy with a focus on training principles, biomechanics, exercise prescription and nutrition.

Kyle as been involved in lacrosse for most of his life as a player, referee and most recently as coach working with the OMFLL as an instructor for their player develoment clinics. Kyle was a two way midfielder and face-off specialist at Brock Univerity winning a CUFLA National Championship in 2009, Kyle was also a 5 year member of the Oakville Buzz and Toronto Beaches and currently serves as the Zone 6 Referee in Chief and a NLL referee.

Kyle's focus is on the design and implementation of lacrosse specifc training programs that are aimed at developing foundational physical skills associated with the sport of lacrosse. Our programing includes sport specific training to help players improve upon their lacrosse related conditioning. Emphasis placed upon speed, agility, strength, power and flexibility drills to help supplement their lacrosse skills so players can take their game to the Next Level. 

Angus Dineley, Director of Goaltending

Angus has been working with Next Level Lacrosse since 2014, serving as a leader in Goalie training and education for both Box and Field lacrosse. Angus began his career in the Toronto Beaches Minor program and stayed with them all the way up to Jr A. Since falling in love with lacrosse in the Beaches, Angus has gone on to play NCAA Division 1 lacrosse at Canisuis College and most recently with Team Canada Sr Men's Team earning Gold medal at the 2014 World Championships and Silver in 2010. In 2015 Angus was named CLAX Most Valuable player and Top Goaltender while backstopping the Barrie Blizzards to a league title.

Angus now spends his days as a high school teacher and Lacrosse coach at OFSAA Champion St Michael's College School in Toronto. Outside of high school lacrosse Angus remains active as a Goalie Coach of Team Canada U19 since 2012 and will serve again with the tean for the 2016 World Championships in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

Rob Dyment, Director of Skill Development and Methodology

Rob Dyment brings an extensive and varied lacrosse experience to the Next Level Lacrosse program. A Physical Education teacher for 20 years for grades 1 to 8, he has a background in developing skills in proper progressions for every level of player, and in a variety of sports. However, lacrosse is the one sport that weaves a thread throughout his life. Rob played box lacrosse in Whitby from a young age, which led to becoming a member of the McMaster University field lacrosse team, and winning a provincial lacrosse championship with the McMaster Marauders.

Coming home to establish a career in Whitby, Rob sought out to coach lacrosse. After many years, and coaching several Ontario provincial championship teams in boys’ box and field lacrosse, he turned his sights to coaching provincial championship teams for the Oshawa Blue Knights women’s field lacrosse program. He also added a national championship to his resume as an assistant coach with the Team Ontario peewee lacrosse team.

Currently Rob is a facilitator for the NCCP coaching program, coordinating community and competitive introductory level courses for coaches across the province. He also organizes the Durham elementary schools’ lacrosse program in May, where 80 teams and hundreds of students from grades 4 through 8 converge on the Oshawa Civic playing fields to compete in a soft lacrosse development tournament.