CJ Seling - Offensive Coordinator/Strength + Conditioning:
Coach Seling began his coaching career in 2015 with C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport Louisiana where he focused on player development and growth at the Junior Varsity Level. In 2017 he was presented with the opportunity to become the head coach of Louisiana Tech University. Louisiana Tech, at the time competed in the MCLA Division 2. In the team’s second year of competition, Coach Seling led the team to a 10.5 goals per game average.
Austin Melson - Volunteer Asst.
Austin Melson joined Gents lacrosse as a volunteer assistant coach in March 2018. With intentions of building competition in North Louisiana, Melson is eager to join Coach McDonald in the recruiting process for the Gents’ first season back in Spring 2019.
Melson is a soon to be graduate from LSU in May 2018. There, he played 4 seasons (2013-2017) under head coach Jeff Echols. During his collegiate career, he served as a team captain during both upper-classmen years as well as Executive Secretary his Junior year. Coming back from an ACL surgery in 2015, Melson was selected as a 2016 1st Team All-Conference Midfielder in the MCLA Lone Star Alliance. In the same season, he was also awarded LSU’s Offensive Player of the Year and MCLA’s Scholar Athlete.
An Air Force brat, Melson was introduced to lacrosse in the 6th grade, while his family was stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Newport News, Virginia. After his first season, he joined the Peninsula Predators, a U13 travel team put together by head coach Steve Powers. The Peninsula Predators remained a summer travel team throughout Melson’s middle school and high school career, as they went on to win many competitive tournaments. Two of which - the Brine Southern Sizzle in Charlotte, NC and the Brine Sun & Surf in Virginia Beach, VA - qualified the Predators for entrance to the 2011 Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament of Champions in Tampa, FL.
Melson is quick to credit Coach Powers for providing the tools, training, and lessons necessary in becoming a competitive player; Melson makes clear that he intends to share these same values with the Gents.
In the 8th Grade, his family received PCS orders to Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier, LA. He attended Southfield School for the remainder of 8th grade before enrolling into Loyola College Preparatory. He led the Flyers to two Final Four appearances while earning All-American awards his Junior and Senior years.
During his senior year of high school, Melson served as a volunteer coach for an 8th grade CABOLA team. In 2016, he assisted Jimmy Dicken with the high school Red River Mudbugs, reuniting with many of the players he once coached on the CABOLA team.
Melson will receive his B.Sc. in Petroleum Engineering come May 2018. He will join the Shreveport community working full-time for O’Brien Energy Company, a company that he interned with in prior summers.
Mitch Pabst - Volunteer Asst.
A 2014 graduate of Louisiana Tech, and Shreveport Native, Pabst served from 2013-16 as the full-time Director of Operations for The Red River Youth Lacrosse Association. He was in charge of every aspect of the program, including recruiting new players, promotions, tournaments, hiring coaches and officials, local training, and also coached the high school summer travel teams. During his tenure the program grew from 100 players to at one point nearly 350 local players. He currently serves as an assistant coach at Captain Shreve High School, as a local lacrosse official, and on the Red River Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors.
“I'm excited and honored to be joining Centenary Lacrosse,” said Pabst. “I would like to thank Dr. Bunnell and Coach McDonald for this fantastic opportunity. I am ready to help hit the recruiting trail as well as find amazing talent right here in our area. This lacrosse program has a bright future and will bring a lot to our amazing local lacrosse community.”
Pabst has coached at Captain Shreve the last couple of years (where last season he led them to a top 3 defense in the state), South Bossier Panthers Lacrosse, and with the Shreveport Mudbugs travel team. He's helped run clinics, coached recreational teams at every level, and was instrumental in helping Louisiana Tech establish their MCLA team in 2016. He's also the president of the the local men's club team.
Prior to his three years as the Director of Red River Lacrosse Pabst served 11 years on both active duty and with the Louisiana National Guard as an Engineer Officer, serving a year with a combat tour in Afghanistan in 2012.
He and his wife, Meredith, have one daughter, Frances.