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“Be a truly good person, always be willing to help, you have to have integrity if you want to make it anywhere in life, you have to be honest, and be true to the people around you and yourself more than anything else” -Grant Wineman on Joe’s coaching philosiphy

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came to the elementary school a few blocks away from my house, I showed up not playing any lacrosse before, but a few friends had convinced me to go out and play. When I first got to the school I headed towards a swelling group of children, I was told to look for the jolly bald guy. After navigating a mob like group of kids i got to Joe, he had just helped a kid get some gear on. He greeted me and asked me “which ones your’s”, then proceeded to breakout in laughter and looking around to people to join in. He told me to pretend to know what I was doing and help him keep the kids in line. He came off as caring and heartfelt. He never said a bad word about a kid, he settled their disputes with poise and a calming fluidity. The kids hung on every word, in a trance like state of euphoria. Everytime I help Joe with these camps, he cares so much about helping them become the best they can be. He becomes truly invested in who they are and what they can achieve, He has dedicated his life to making better lacrosse players, but more importantly helping kids become the mature men they need to be.


Joe grew up in New York,

a lacrosse mecca, where he grew up playing both lacrosse and football. During those times he encountered some bad coaches himself. He moved on from highschool to play at Ithaca college in New York, and then moved to study at Arizona. Joe is in his sixth year of coaching for Mountain View. He first found out of the lacrosse

program when he was at starbucks and noticed a flyer that stated that the school needed a boys lacrosse program. He helped turned the team into a reality and took the team to three championships in the first 4 years. He graduated many kids into college programs and a bnch of club and NCAA division schools. Joe has graduated over 30 kids almost all come back to help the team and cheer on when they can. He does his best

to keep very close relations with both current and past players. He finds that alumni support is invaluable in creating a program. He plans on staying at Mountain View for many more years to come and hopes to take his team to the championship and claim to be league champions for the first time, but most importantly he hopes to keep producing good people.


The first time I met Joe Juter,

and talking to parents, somehow managing to keep the kids under he asked me to help at a kids control while talking. I walked up camp for lacrosse. I had nevto him and he asked, “which one er played so I was skeptical. I is yours” he started cracking up showed up to the elementary hysterically. He told me to pretend school at the time he told me, to know what I was doing and basurprised by the number of kids sically be friends with the kids. He that were attending this camp. carries that same type of laid back Joe was a tall, bald man, wearing coaching into our high school all mountain view spartans gear, team, but at a higher level he is socializing with every person more urgent to instill morals and possible, laughing with the kids values into the soon to be men. Joe

hasn’t changed from that day, still a long talker and a social butterfly. He still wears the same mountain view lacrosse gear and he still cares about every single kid. He still loves his job every single day. “You men should do three things everyday, well I should say you should strive to do three things everyday. I want you to feel deep emotions everyday, no matter what it is you should have something that you feel everyday and moves you emotionally. You should strive to be the best most honest person, and have integrity with everything you do, and finally you should laugh everyday. I want you to leave my program with those three values. I know I do all those things, I laugh with you guys, I feel deeply emotionally attached to all of you guys, and finally I am honest and straightforward with you guys. I promise if you can do those three things everyday I will be proud to say that you were in my program.”. Joe gave that speech to the team and every time I think of him I make a conscious effort to try and live my live like that. He is more than just a coach to us he is a mentor and most importantly a friend.


I was skeptical. I

had been asked to help a kids camp for a sport I had never played by a coach I had never met. I showed up to the elementary school at the time he told me, surprised by the number of kids that were attending this camp. Joe was a tall, bald man, wearing all mountain view spartans gear, socializing with every person possible, laughing with the kids and talking to parents, somehow managing to keep the kids under control while talking. I walked up to him and he asked, “which one is yours� he started cracking up hysterically. He told me to pretend to know what I was doing

and basically be friends with the kids. He carries that same type of laid back coaching into our high school team, but at a higher level he is more urgent to instill morals and values into the soon

to be men. Joe hasn’t changed from that day, still a long talker and a social butterfly. He still wears the same mountain view lacrosse gear and he still cares about every single kid.


Every person has had a bad (Me)“What did you take coach before. I often felt spiteful for being jerks or mean away from your four years toto coaches me because I was a goofball. Joe the first coach to take time with Joe?”. “Be a truly good was with me and treat me like a person not just a nuisance. I know he person, always be willing has changed the way I look at my own life and how I have to take things more seriously. Joe has had to help, you have to have a personel control on every player he has had on his team. There are integrity if you want to kids who still call him tot hsi day. Recently one on the team said he make it anywhere in life, probably wouldb’t be in school if it weren’t for Joe. Joe provides an escape in lacrosse where kids feel at you have to be honest, home but also change into men. Joe has helped me mature from a goofy and be true to the people little kid to a more serious minded kid. I know many other feel this around you and yourself way as well. Hopefully Jee continues what he does for kids for many to come, because everybody more than anything else”- years should feel like there is atleast one person out there who is willing to (Grant Wineman) help them become the people that they can and should be.


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