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John Hayden
Head Coach

In 2001 Coach Hayden founded the Apex Lacrosse club to create more opportunities for students from the area to participate in athletics. The following year (2002) the team played its first Varsity season.

In 2003, Apex made the playoffs for the first time. Apex has appeared in 9 final fours and 6 State Championship games, winning titles in 2005, 2013 and 2015.

To date, 12 Apex players have earned All America honors and 54 have been selected All State.

Coach Hayden is an alumnus of Farmingdale HS on Long Island where his 1983 team won the Nassau County Championship and Hayden earned All Nassau County Honors as a Defenseman. Hayden also played Division I Lacrosse at Rutgers University and participated in the NCAA playoffs two times while playing "On the Banks".

Coach Hayden was inducted into the North Carolina Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2018. Coach Hayden has been the Dean of Student Services at Apex High School.

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Gene Vigue
Assistant Coach

Gene Vigue has been a volunteer assistant with Apex Lacrosse since 2011.

He has had two sons go through the program (Kyle 2016) and Zach (2020).


Coach Vigue has brought valuable experience from years as being a youth football and lacrosse coach in the Apex area.

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Jon Nicholas
Assistant Varsity Coach

A 2016 transplant from Bethlehem, PA, Coach Nicholas was involved with several youth and high school programs. In 2009 he became the Lacrosse Coordinator for Bethlehem Township Athletic Association overseeing and coaching U7-U15 boys and girls teams.

In 2013 he became an assistant coach with Freedom High School focusing on defense and face off coaching. In 2014 he became the President of the Lehigh Valley Youth Lacrosse League. Coach Nicholas has also been involved with many Travel programs including Dukes Lacrosse, Lehigh Valley Lightning and box teams as well.

He joined Apex HS in the summer of 2017 coaching the defense and face off training. He is also the Site Director for Rival Lacrosse Cary, Assistant Coach Team 91 Carolina 2022 and Head Coach Team 91 Carolina Box High School team. He resides in Apex with wife Jennifer sons Nathan and Connor. 

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Bryce Sneed
Head JV Coach

Bryce is a 2010 Apex graduate. He will serve as Head JV Coach and Assistant Varsity while spending a lot of time with all the faceoff guys in the program.


Bryce played Football and Lacrosse at AHS. He was a two-time captain for the Lacrosse team and Captain of the Football team. Bryce played in two State Championship Lacrosse games in (’08 ’10). Coach Sneed played in college at Wingate University.


He served as Captain his Senior year and was ranked 3rd in GB's per game average and 5th in FO percentage in DII. In 2015 Coach Sneed was an Assistant Coach for the Cougars epic State Championship run.


That same year, he had a brief stint with the Charlotte Hounds. In 2016, Coach Sneed was hired as a Graduate Assistant for the North Greenville University Men's Lacrosse program.


During his two years there, he led their face-off group to a 60% average and coached their lead man to All-Conference Honors both years.


Bryce is currently teaching at Apex and will be married in the Fall.