Directors

Our coaching staff is an extremely talented group of coaches who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience for all of our players. The staff is composed of today’s top professional and collegiate players along with some of the top high school varsity coaches in the Tristate. For more information on our tremendous coaching staff we have listed their biographies below.

Nick Daniello
Director & Founder

Since founding Prime Time in 2008, Nick has been involved in placing over 120 high school players at the collegiate level. Nick oversees all of Prime Time’s boys & girls programing, events and recruiting for all boys high school players.

In addition to founding Prime Time, Director Daniello is currently entering his third seasons as  a Varsity Assistant Coach at John Jay High School where he was a captain and player during his high school career.

A graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, Nick was a four year starter for the Ducks at defense anchoring one of the top defensive units in the country his senior year. During his time at Stevens Nick was a 1st Team All-Knickerbocker, 1st Team All Empire 8 and Team MVP. For his efforts his senior year, Nick was selected for the prestigious Division Three North South Game featuring the nations top senior lacrosse players.

Chris Daniello
Boys Co-Director & Head Coach Prime Time 2025

Chris enters his 8th year as the Boys Co-Director of Prime Time Lacrosse. Chris is involved in the planning of all lacrosse programing throughout Prime Time and is currently the Prime Time 2025 Head Coach.

A former Major League Lacrosse Fourteenth Overall Selection by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to Prime Time’s offensive players. Throughout his MLL career Chris also spent time with the Hamilton Nationals and New York Lizards.

Prior to the MLL, Chris was a two year starter and two time National Champion for the Syracuse Orange where he was a Captain his senior year. Chris scored the first goal in the 2009 National Championship and was Third Team All-American for the Orange. In addition to taking home All-American honor’s his senior year and leading the Orang in points, Chris was the 2010 Big East Attackman of the Year.

Chris is originally from Cross River, New York where he was an All-American at John Jay High School. In addition to All-American honors he was named the Journal News Player of the Year and selected to the East Team for the National Senior Showcase.

Ernie Lupinacci
Co-Director Events

Ernie enters his 8th year of being the Co-Director of Events and Director of Operations for Prime Time. One of the founders of Moonlight Lacrosse, Ernie brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to Prime Time’s event and showcase platform.

Ernie is also the Director of Operations (since 2009) for the John Jay High School Lacrosse team where his son Matt was a Section 1 All-American for the Indians.  He is also one of the charter members of John Jay Youth Lacrosse helping establish this organization in 2002.  He continues to serve John Jay Youth Lacrosse in a leadership role after holding numerous executive board positions.

Jackie Pierce
Co-Director Girls Program

Jackie begins her first year as the Co-Director of Prime Time Girl’s Lacrosse. Jackie, along with Stephanie Hopkins, will oversee the Prime Time Girl’s lacrosse programming, events and recruiting.

Jackie, a graduate of Sacred Heart University ’10,  is currently the Prime Time 2021 Head Coach. At Sacred Heart, Jackie was a 2 time All-NEC Selection as well as making the NEC All Tournament team twice. Jackie was a graduate of Walter Panas High School and a lacrosse standout for the Lakeland-Panas Girl’s Lacrosse team. She was an All American her senior year as well as a 3-time All League and All Section Selection.

Throughout the past few years, Jackie has been popular in the club lacrosse family, having a huge role in recruiting for the high school age level. Throughout the past four years, she has helped place over 40 girls at some of the best programs in the country and at all three levels. Here at Prime Time, she brings her college connections and wealth of knowledge of the club lacrosse scene to help build our girl’s program to be one of the best.

Stephanie Hopkins
Co-Director Girls Program

Stephanie begins her first year as the Co-Director of Prime Time Girl’s Lacrosse Program. Stephanie will help oversee the Prime Time Girl’s lacrosse programming, events and recruiting and assist in day-to-day operations.

Stephanie, a graduate of The University of Massachusetts at Amherst ’10, is currently the Prime Time 2018 Head Coach.  At UMass Stephanie made appearances in Three Atlantic Ten Conference Championships and was a part of two NCAA Championship tournaments.

Stephanie is a graduate of Nyack High School and a lacrosse standout for the Indians. She holds records in goals and points as well as earing All-American her senior year as well as a 4-time All-League, All-Section, 3-Time All- County Selection.

Currently, Stephanie is the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY.  She was named the head coach in 2010, where she took a team from a record of 0-13 to a 12-5 record and making Two East Coast Conference Championship Tournaments.