Coach DJ Shelton is a Palo Alto native, and the head boys' varsity coach of Palo Alto High School, where he has won SCVAL coach of the year two times and won 3 league championships. He played at Goucher College (Div. III) in Baltimore, MD, where he was a defender and a face off specialist. Goucher made two NCAA tournament appearances during his time there, and was ranked #10 in the nation his senior year. Coach Shelton has 15 years of coaching experience of coaching all ages, including college. He founded Phenom in high school to start giving back to the game that had given him so much by helping kids reach their potential, and also play in college.
Coach Manuel “Bubba” Paguirigan is currently an assistant coach for the boys lacrosse team at Palo Alto High School. Before Paly, Bubba coached at Santa Clara University, Sequoia High School, and at the youth level for the Firehawks and Tomahawks programs. Growing up in Palo Alto, he has been playing for 16 years and played alongside Coach Shelton on the Tomahawks and Redhawks. Since high school, Bubba has focused on giving back by sharing his love and passion for the game to all ages.
The Phenom Mission
Our mission is to develop the lacrosse player from the ground up, so that they will understand the game and unlock their potential.
The objective is to turn the field into a classroom. Sessions are designed for the players to receive top-level instruction through specialized, position-specific drills, and then to utilize them in live play. In a competitive atmosphere, players will have the game broken down for them to fine-tune their fundamental skills and develop a stronger lacrosse IQ.