Alex Bunick has been with PrimeTime Lacrosse since 2009 and has worked in several different roles throughout the years. He played on the first ever Penguins team during the summer of 2009. He has coached numerous age groups but most currently is the head coach of the 2020 and 2026 Penguins teams. Alex played his college lacrosse at Babson College (NCAA Div. III) and garnered many different awards and accolades during his career. In May of 2017, he came on at PrimeTime Lacrosse as the full-time Boys Program Coordinator for all summer, fall and winter camps and clinics. Alex is also the Director of Penguins Recruitment and works with high school Penguins players to evaluate college decisions and the recruiting process.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you originally from? Where do you live now? How did you first get involved with the Penguins?
I’m originally from Franklin, MA where I grew up playing in the town program. Then I went to middle and high school at the Rivers School where I played 3 sports; lacrosse, hockey and cross country. Now I live in Brighton. I first got involved with the Penguins in 2009 when I was a sophomore in high school. I played on the original Penguins team with Coach Spencer, and soon after I started coaching camps and clinics.
Where did you play college lacrosse and what position? Do you still currently play lacrosse?
I played at midfield, mostly defensive midfield, at Babson College. I was a captain there my senior year. I was also All League 3 times, All New England once, and my senior year I was a Scholar All-American and played in the North/South All Star Game. I still play in men’s leagues, mostly in a box lacrosse league.
Where have you coached in the past in addition to the Penguins? And where do you currently still coach?
I currently an Assistant Coach at Babson College where I work specifically with the defense and goalies.
What has been your most memorable coaching moment as a part of the Penguins?
My best coaching moment as a part of the Penguins was this fall, coaching both the 2020 and 2026 teams. I love being able to coach the 20s and help them navigate high school lacrosse, and the 26s and work more on teaching the game with them. It’s a very fun dynamic for me.
What do you like most about the Penguins program?
I like most that the Penguins program is a big family. Both teams I coach are really close, and it is cool to see the bond those players have. Also, I have gotten to know a lot of players at all ages throughout the organization, and it really makes me feel like I’m part of a big family. The coaches are also a really great group of guys, and are a big part of this family as well.
What are some values you try to implement in your players?
I try to teach my players about working hard, and having fun. I want my players to understand the value of hard work, and I really try to get them to play hard every second they’re out on the field. If we out work the other team, there is a good chance we will win. And, it is something I hope they will take to the other parts of their life. I also want them to have fun. When it comes down to it, lacrosse is a game and it should be fun. So, I want them to enjoy it while they’re out there on the field.
How would you describe your coaching style?
Energetic. I tend to get a little fired up during practices and games. I feel that if I’m not excited about the game, the players won’t be, so I try to set the example. I feel that if we’re the more energized team, we’ll go out and play harder, and hopefully get the results we want.