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Jake Padilla coaching Nazareth Academy

This elite lacrosse program truly prepares players for the collegiate level


The fastest growing sport in America is making its mark in Chicago and the Midwest with Deep Dish Lacrosse. Blending the East Coast elite lacrosse mentality, education and opportunities with Midwestern principles, valuing the importance of family and community pride, Jake Padilla has put incredible time and dedication into creating the unique, competitive experience of Deep Dish Lacrosse. 

Established in Chicago, IL, Deep Dish Lacrosse is a newly emerged traveling lacrosse program guaranteeing to give their players an intimate team setting, high quality coaching and the opportunity for each player to be recognized and succeed at the collegiate level. Through maintaing a 7:1 player to coach ratio, Deep Dish Lacrosse offers an elite level of play to truly prepare players for the collegiate level. 

“It’s about symbolizing and executing the deep devotion and quality the game of lacrosse deserves,” says Founder and Executive Director of Deep Dish Lacrosse, Jake Padilla. “You need to respect, nourish and take pride in your roots before you can grow.”

Padilla is a Chicago native that has, over the years, established his strong roots in the lacrosse world. Finding his passion at a young age, Padilla picked up his first lacrosse stick as a young boy, and first learned how to play the game he loved using a girls stick in order to emphasize stick skills. He began his high school lacrosse career at Lyons Township before making his way to New York to finish is high school career at Trinity Pawling, an all male boarding school that plays in the New England Founders League, one of the most competitive lacrosse leagues in the country. Continuing down his path, Padilla went on to play Division One lacrosse at Hobart College in New York where he played under former national team coach, Matt Kerwick. After learning from the best and molding himself into a prominent figure in the lacrosse world, Padilla is now head coach and Lacrosse Program Director at Nazareth Academy, where he earned the title as the youngest head lacrosse coach in Illinois. Before finding Deep Dish Lacrosse, Padilla held both coaching and administrative positions at True Lacrosse, Ante-Up Lacrosse and Western Springs Lacrosse.

Through focusing on the qualitative development of the player’s overall lacrosse skills and character, Deep Dish Lacrosse strives to create a rich, unique and strong platform that will enable players to confidently and successfully adapt to the advanced game of lacrosse at the collegiate level.

To find out more about Deep Dish Lacrosse, visit their website at and attend their information night Friday, August 17 at Irish Times – Back Cottage in Brookfield, IL.

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