Between red-eye flights to Dallas, Chicago and various other cities to which his occupation takes him, San Ramon Valley High School boys lacrosse coach Peter Worstell has been able to feed his passion, which is the game he coaches.
The four-time NCAA All-American at Maryland has played a large role in building the lacrosse community in the East Bay, and has played an even bigger part in getting boys in this area, and in the state, noticed by college programs.
Worstell hosts two of the most elite lacrosse camps in the country, Be The Best and California Gold, which expose boys to training from top-notch collegiate coaches and players.
The list of coaches goes on and on, and it includes guys such as Hall of Famer Jack Emmer, the former coach of Army, and Dave Pietramala and John Danowski, coaches at top-notch programs such as Johns Hopkins and Duke.
The players include Max Seibald of Cornell, who was the NCAA's top midfielder, and All-American Kenny Nims of a Syracuse team that won the national championship.
Obviously, Worstell has done, and is doing, a lot for lacrosse in Northern California, but make no mistake: The camps next week are not about him at all, and he will be the first one to tell you that.
"These camps are not about me in any way. They are about the game and the players," Worstell said. "The kids learn values of the game and get a lot of experience. It's a throwback. It's presenting a lacrosse player with the opportunity to be prepared and people want to be a part of it."
The first camp, Be The Best, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday. More than 300 boys will attend, with more than 70 top coaches and players, making for a nearly 4-1 ratio of player to coach, which guarantees a lot of hands-on work.
"There are so many aspects of the game and we want them involved and to keep them involved," Worstell said. "We don't emphasize where they are, but instead where they are going. It's a teach-up philosophy."
California Gold will run Wednesday and Thursday, and the players whittle down to 110. It is an invitation-only camp, with the best players displaying their skills for the best schools.
"It's a venue that gives them exposure and showtime," Worstell said. "If they are the cream of the crop, it's worth it."
The camps aren't about making money, but about motivating the young men involved. Every camp is ended with heartfelt speeches on academics and hard work.
"These camps are for people who are passionate about the game," Worstell said. "I temper blowing smoke, because there is enough of that out there."