Imagine learning baseball from Mike Trout or working on your shooting stroke with Steph Curry. Local youth lacrosse players can now live that dream.
“I tell people, this is like T.J. Watt coaching your youth football team. This guy is at the top of the sport and in the prime of his career,” says DSYSA Lacrosse President Eric Knustrom. “Plus, he’s the most mature 26-year-old I’ve ever met.”
Asher Nolting is the new program director and head coach for DS Youth Lacrosse.
“Lacrosse brings so many opportunities and it’s brought so much to me,” says Nolting. “I want to show the kids it doesn’t have to be football or anything else. It can be lacrosse.”
Originally from Colorado, Nolting competed for five years at High Point University where he quickly made an impact as the first freshman in conference history to be named Offensive Player of the Year. He left HPU with countless accolades as the conference’s all-time leader in points and assists.
After college, the pros came calling. An all-star in both his first and second seasons in the Premier Lacrosse League, Nolting will continue his playing career in May.
“Dripping Springs gave me an opportunity to be close to a growing city and still be in a rural area in Texas. There’s so much room for growth in lacrosse,” says Nolting. “The area has so many great athletes and kids are already seeing that when you’re coached correctly, you’ll pick up the game pretty fast. The work you put in is quickly rewarded.”
The program is growing with more than 150 players signed up this spring season. In addition to new leadership, this year brings additional opportunities as DSYSA expands the program to include girls-only teams.
Spring registration is now open for grades first through eighth. Students interested in playing can attend several local clinics this month.