Our Team is Our Family
“Teamwork makes the dream work.” The memories you make traveling with family and friends will last a lifetime. Parents, players, and coaches are all part of the Shamrock family.
Serving Our Community Since 2011
With extreme pride and gratitude, the Cape Fear Shamrocks have never turned away a single player who did not have the means to pay for travel lacrosse. Again, we could not do it without the help and support from our sponsors and community. We have also had the honor of raising money for children with cancer, food banks, homeless shelters and look forward to the opportunity again in the future.
There are many benefits in playing for the Cape Fear Shamrocks travel lacrosse organization. Some will say it is because the level of play and coaching the players receive. Others will say it will help with college exposure and the recruiting process.
Although these are good reasons, we take pride in being more than that. We provide a family/community/team approach that teaches leadership, accountability, character, and dedication. We want our players to be good students, neighbors, friends and eventually community leaders. Cape Fear Shamrocks lacrosse is more than top-level training. It is a family!
In 2010, Eddie Jones, Steve Philipp, Steve (Doc) Treman and many other local coaches and parents were coaching for the Cape Fear Lacrosse Association recreation league, founded by Barron Russell and Don Osterbo. Travel lacrosse was still in its infancy stages in North Carolina and most travel teams were made up of high school teams playing in tournaments around the state. At the time, Coach Philipp resided in Jacksonville and coached their recreation league as well. Coach Philipp found a youth tournament in Hilton Head South Carolina and asked coach Jones if he would be interested in combining players from Wilmington and Jacksonville to attend. The U12 team won the tournament and the U15 team lost in the championship game.
Overall, it was a great weekend. At the end of the weekend, we had a team dinner and lifelong friendships were made with players and families. When we returned, parents were asking when and where the next tournament would be. Other age groups also started to ask if they could participate. Coach Philipp, Jones and Russell met on a weekly basis to secure a coaching staff and plan out summer tournaments. Nobody cared what the name was going to be, so coach Jones took the lead. Much to the dismay of many people involved, he named it Cape Fear “Shamrocks.” Parents, players, and coaches have all been instrumental in making what the Cape Fear Shamrock organization is today.