FTP is a short acronym written on the girls lacrosse players of East Islip. Representing the Marine slogan, “the few, proud,” FTP has become an identity for East Islip lacrosse. Casual Long Island lacrosse fans wouldn’t consider EI girls lacrosse elite. However, if you look a little deeper at what Head Coach Steve Levy has built in East Islip, you’ll find a team that’s “tough as nails” and on the brink of going the distance. In a recent interview with the LILJ, Coach Levy talks about his few, his proud, and his girls on a quest to be considered elite. Read more by clicking below.
Q: What is your lacrosse background?
I played at Roanoke College and LIU, then was the head boys coach at West Babylon from 2004-2007, and now I have been the East Islip Varsity girls head coach since 2008.
Q: Why did you decide to get into coaching?
Started my college career as a business major. Father always said, “want an easy life, enjoy what you do for a living.” After soph year I changed majors and went PE and Health. Never looked back. Started coaching when I student taught 30 years ago! I find it super rewarding watching a player develop because of the opportunities and training we provide as coaches. Moreover, seeing them go on to college, work professionally, and begin raising their own children is another level of professional pride.
Q: What is the goal for East Islip in 2020?
Q: Are there any teams that you have coached that stand out more than the others?
2013 and 2019 Both squads had 14-15 man rosters. I was extremely intense game days because it was the only time we saw our system in place. We could not simulate game situations in practice so during games we were constantly adjusting on the fly. 2013 team was a game away from the county championships. 2019 team had no true middies yet battled! Lost to WI twice by one, Mt Sinai by one in OT, Westhampton by one, and BBP by two.
Q: What is your motto?
Changes throughout the season. The team’s personality and needs will drive it. Many of our girls carry a 10 Penny nail in their bags as a reminder of how we want to be perceived, “tough as nails.” In the past some girls have written FTP on their shoes or calves. It represented our roster size and was based off the Marine slogan, “the few, proud”