Junior Seals Director and Coach Cam Holding is a 10-year professional lacrosse veteran with over 12 years of experience coaching youth to college caliber lacrosse. Holding has found success at many levels, including a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championship. The decorated defenseman was the 2018 MCLA Coach of the Year and led Michigan State to their first championship. Holding has been an instrumental part of the San Diego Seals organization from the start, being named an assistant captain in every season, and plans to bring excellence, professionalism and dedication to the Junior Seals program.
Coach Wesley Berg has an impressive resume both on and off the field. After an off-season trade to San Diego, Berg made an immediate impacting leading the team in points and ranking second in goals scored. Before the trade, Berg played three seasons with the Calgary Roughnecks where he was an NLL Rookie of the Year finalist. The righty was drafted fourth overall in the 2015 NLL Entry Draft. Berg played college lacrosse at Denver University where he was part of the 2015 National Championship squad. As a coach, Berg brings over a decade of experience in both field and box lacrosse. His passion is to help youth players develop the mental and physical ability to achieve their goals. Whether it is making varsity, obtaining a college scholarship or playing the sport professionally our coaching staff can help you achieve your dream.
In Coach Austin Staats, Junior Seals players will get to learn from one of the youngest and most dynamic players in the game. Staats was the first overall pick in the 2018 NLL Entry Draft. He was named the 2018-19 NLL Rookie of the Year after leading all rookies in 2019 in goals and points and ranked second in assists despite missing the final four games with an ACL injury.
Staats was a two-time All-American selection at Onondaga CC and led the program to a pair of national titles. The youngster has already impressed at every level at which he’s competed, taking home MVP honors in the 2017 Minto Cup. The year prior, at age 18, Staats won the Mann Cup (Canada’s Senior A box lacrosse championships). He was also named to the All-World Team at the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championship.
Coach Moose Whinery brings experience and determination to the Junior Seals. Whinery was a two-time Colorado State Champion and played finished his college career at Texas State where he was named the team president and captain. The goalie was drafted 3rd overall in the inaugural CCBLL draft and won two Morrow Cups with the Fighting Bison. As an American-born box lacrosse goalie and player, young players can learn from Moose and see exactly what it takes to make it.
Coach Kelsey Cuje will lead the Junior Seals Girls Box Lacrosse Program and help bring more young girls the opportunity to play. Cuje was a four-year letter winner at Rutgers University. She continued her lacrosse career with the Toronto Stars adult box lacrosse team where she was named MVP of the Whitby tournament and an Ontario Champion. Cuje earned her master’s degree in sports business and continues to bring her passion and grow the game throughout the San Diego community.