Brian Langtry will retire as the Mammoth’s leader in goals and ranks second in games played. He is a member of the 500 point club, and a former All-Star.
However, Langtry’s accomplishments in lacrosse extend well beyond the field in the Pepsi Center.
As a teacher and a lacrosse coach, Langtry has groomed a great number of Colorado youth lacrosse players into success stories.
“I’m with kids more than I’m with adults. With camps and my two children, and teaching during the day, it’s just my life,” Langtry said.
Veronica Frary has thrived in the sport of lacrosse. She is a former captain of the Smoky Hill lacrosse team after making the varsity team her freshman year. She also contributed as a member of CSU’s Women’s Club Lacrosse National Championship team from last year. For Frary, her excellence in lacrosse began with Brian Langtry.
“He got me started playing lacrosse. He got me interested. He was so passionate about the sport that he wanted to share it with all of his students and the whole school.”
Frary is a former pupil of Langtry’s at the Challenge School. She first picked up a stick in a mini course taught by Brian Langtry, and then continued to play in a weeklong immersion with the retiring Mammoth forward.
“He is a very funny person. He is a very lighthearted person. He doesn’t take anything too seriously, which I took after him,” Frary said. “Since I wasn’t very good at it and I didn’t really know what was going on in the first minicourse. He just had a very goofy approach to teaching everyone how to do it.”
Langtry also taught Frary to develop the work ethic that he was known for throughout his playing days.
“I shared the passion that he shared, and so I dedicated a lot of my time to improving so I could have more fun later on coaching and playing on higher level teams.”
Though Langtry has helped students like Frary for a decade, he believes he is only getting better as a teacher and a mentor.
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten better at it. Before I had children, when I was coaching at Arapahoe, my ego and my arrogance as a twenty something year old got in the way and made me a little bit of an irresponsible coach,” Langtry reflected.
Langtry now has a wife and two children. His children are six and five years old and help their father excel at his job.
“When you have children, you start to see what really matters and just teach them lessons beyond just winning and losing,” Langtry said.
“He has the attitude that everyone can play lacrosse no matter who you are. No matter what skill level, he can teach you how to play,” Frary said.
While Langtry helps children and adolescents develop lacrosse and life skills, he claims there is one type of kid he specializes in helping.
“I used to feel a responsibility to teach lacrosse, now I feel a responsibility to be more of a mentor and try to lead a little more by example,” Langtry said. “I sometimes gravitate towards the kids that have some issues. I just try to let them know they can always change and move forward.”
“He was always accepting. He didn’t care who you were; he would talk to you. I saw that and I’ve used that attitude towards life as well,” Frary said.
Langtry’s coaching techniques have rubbed off on his former student. Frary now coaches 7th and 8th grade students in a summer league using the Langtry method.
“He just had a very goofy approach to teaching everyone how to do it. You’re having fun while learning,” Frary said. “I like to have fun with them so they don’t really know that they’re learning, like I was with Langtry. I just try to play games so they can learn easier and have fun while doing it.”
Frary admires Langtry’s coaching tactics. She also tries to emulate his style of lacrosse on and off the field.
“With his play on the Mammoth and the Outlaws, he would be super passionate about it and fun and outgoing off the field with his teammates and everybody basically,” Frary said. “On the field he really gets his intensity on. I mean that he works hard to be a good player.”
While Langtry hopes all of his kids experience the success of winning a championship, like Frary, he wants to instill the ability to succeed in life in them.
“Lacrosse taught me that no matter what happens in life I can make it, because I’ve been through so much in lacrosse,” Langtry said. “With the hard work that you put in during the preseason and training camp, I feel like I can do anything now. I hope to get those kids to understand that and not just to focus on winning or losing.”
Winning is obviously important to Langtry. His favorite memory in lacrosse is his only championship victory, but he wants his students to achieve more than just wins.
“It’s not a useless endeavor if you don’t win the championship, and the kids should understand that. I want them to feel like they’ve grown playing it. I know that sounds corny, but I actually do feel that way,” Langtry said.
This is part four of a series of stories honoring Brian Langtry culminating with video highlights of his retirement ceremony. The Colorado Mammoth will hoist Langtry’s number six jersey to the rafters in the team’s home opener January 14th. The festivities will begin at 7pm.