Riptide Coaching Staff
Regy Thorpe is Head Coach and General Manager of the New York Riptide. A decorated former professional lacrosse player, Thorpe has more than 20 years experience as a coach and general manager at nearly every level of men’s and women’s field and box lacrosse.
Thorpe’s vast experience as a player, coach and general manager spans professional, collegiate, junior level and international box and field lacrosse. From 2010 to 2019 he coached the women’s lacrosse team at Syracuse alongside Head Coach Gary Gait, helping the Orange to reach the NCAA semifinal round six times, including two championship game appearances. In 2017, US Lacrosse named Thorpe the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Indoor team that will compete at the 2019 Federation of Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championships in British Columbia. Throughout his career as a Head Coach, he has led the Hamilton Nationals to the MLL championship game (2011), the Six Nations Arrows of the Ontario Junior A league to the Minto Cup title (2007) and the Long Island Sound to the UWLX championship (2017) following an undefeated season. As an Assistant Coach, he helped the Rochester Rattlers win a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) championship (2008) and the Six Nations Arrows win the Minto Cup (2014).
Thorpe is a Syracuse graduate who was a captain and All-American for the 1993 national championship team and went on to a successful professional playing career. Thorpe played for 15 seasons (1995 – 2010) in the NLL, all for the Rochester Knighthawks, where he served as team captain for the team’s NLL championships in 1997 and 2007. He eventually became the league’s first general manager/player as he simultaneously held duties on and off the floor from 2008 to 2009. To this day he holds the record for the most NLL games played by an American. In addition to his professional indoor experience, Thorpe spent six seasons (2001 – 2006) competing for the Rochester Rattlers of MLL, serving as a team captain and helping lead the team to the league semifinals in three seasons. Thorpe served as a captain for the 2007 U.S. team at the FIL World Championship that won a bronze medal and has represented the country at the Heritage Cup and Bowhunter Cup over the years. He helped the U.S. defeat Canada to win the Heritage Cup in 2002 and beat the Iroquois Nationals to win the Bowhunter Cup in 2010.
Among his many accolades, Thorpe has been inducted into the US Lacrosse Greater Rochester Chapter Hall of Fame, the Jordan Elbridge High School Hall of Fame, the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame and the Rochester Knighthawks Hall of Fame.
Joe Smith is an Assistant Coach for the New York Riptide, serving as Defensive Coordinator for the team.
Smith is a former professional lacrosse player with the NLL and Major League Lacrosse (MLL), with nearly 10 years experience as a defensive coaching specialist at the high school and collegiate levels. He currently works alongside Riptide Head Coach & General Manager Regy Thorpe as an Assistant Coach and member of the Player Selection Committee for Team USA Indoor Men’s Lacrosse, a position he has held since 2017. Smith also serves as Director of Lacrosse Operations for Canisius College men’s lacrosse. He was previously an Assistant Coach for the team, helping guide them to the 2018 MAAC Championship.
A defensive force in his playing days, Smith was twice named to Team USA Indoor, played nine seasons with the MLL Rochester Rattlers winning a championship in 2008, and six seasons in the NLL, including championships with the Rochester Knighthawks (2007) and Buffalo Bandits (2008). Thorpe and Smith were teammates on the Knighthawks NLL championship winning team in 2007, and Thorpe was the Assistant Coach for the Rattlers when they won the 2008 MLL championship.
Riptide Lacrosse Operations
Lance Basler is Assistant General Manager and Director of Lacrosse Operations for the New York Riptide. He oversees all lacrosse operations for the team as well as development and management of the team’s grassroots initiatives. In addition, Basler supports the Riptide’s scouting, player signings, trades and contract negotiations.
Basler has more than a decade of experience working in a number of sports operations positions. Prior to joining the Riptide, he was General Manager, National Teams for US Lacrosse. In that role, he led the administration and operations for the national teams program, which includes both men’s and women’s senior and under-19 teams, as well as the men’s indoor team. During his four years at US Lacrosse, Basler was part of three world champion teams – the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2018, U.S. Women’s National Team in 2017 and the under-19 U.S. Men’s National Team in 2016. Prior to US Lacrosse, Basler was Director of Football Operations for Louisiana Tech University where he managed the program’s day-to-day operations. In addition, he previously served as Director of Player Personnel for the football program at Middle Tennessee State University.
Jake Henhawk is Director of Player Development for the New York Riptide, serving as a key liaison between the Riptide players and management and supporting team scouts with player evaluation and planning.
Henhawk has a strong background working with NLL teams. Prior to joining the Riptide, Henhawk was President of Lacrosse Operations for the Rochester Knighthawk and earlier he served as Head Scout for the Vancouver Stealth.
Brian Hobart is Director of Scouting for the New York Riptide. In this role, he manages the team’s regional scouts and is responsible for draft preparation, free agency and trade recommendations, as well as opponent scouting and analysis.
Hobart has more than a decade of lacrosse coaching and front office experience. In addition to his role with the Riptide, he is currently the boy’s lacrosse Head Coach at Penn Yan Academy in Penn Yan, New York. Previously, he served as a scout for the Philadelphia Wings, Assistant General Manager for the U.S. Indoor Lacrosse National Team and as a coach for the Rochester Rattlers in the MLL. In addition, Hobart worked alongside Riptide Head Coach and General Manager Regy Thorpe during his nearly 10 years as the Head Scout for the Rochester Knighthawks and while serving as a coach with the Hamilton Nationals in the MLL.