Boys Coaches

John Palocsik

John Palocsik – Head Coach  Email:

Coach Palocsik teaches Biology and Anatomy at North Gwinnett High School, and was named the head coach of the Bulldogs in the fall of 2014.  In his first season, he led the program to the 2015 Class 6A Area 4 championship and it's first playoff victory, culminating in a state quarterfinal appearance.  Coach Palocsik was selected by the Gwinnett Daily Post as the county Boys' Coach of the Year for 2015.  This followed his selection as the county assistant coach of the year in 2014 during his first year with the program.  He is a US Lacrosse Level 3 certified coach. John played lacrosse as a youth in New York and moved to Georgia with his family when he was 13. He stuck with soccer in high school and then played at the DII level in college at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  He has coached youth recreational and travel lacrosse for the last five years.  Coach Palocsik plays goalie “old man lacrosse” in the adult league and his two sons Tyler and Chase both play youth lacrosse in the North Gwinnett Lacrosse Association.

Jason Puckett

Jason Puckett – Varsity Assistant Coach, Defense  Email:

Coach Puckett joined the Bulldogs' program as assistant coach and defensive coordinator in 2014.  In his first two seasons with the program, he has guided defenses that were near the top statistically both in the county and the state of Georgia, helping North Gwinnett capture it's first Area 4 title in 2015 by giving up fewer than six goals per game. Jason was a defenseman at Hillsborough HS in New Jersey, and attended the Air Force Academy where he played Defense and LSM for the Falcons from 1994-96. Jason began coaching youth lacrosse in 2010 at the U9 level, and coached the NG Lax Dogs summer travel team from 2012-14.  He achieved his Level 3 Certification in the Coaching Education Program with US Lacrosse in 2013. Coach Puckett resides in Suwanee with his wife Cathy, and two children Austin and Lana.  

Michael DeMaria

Michael DeMaria – Varsity Assistant Coach, Offense  Email:

Coach DeMaria joined the Bulldogs' as assistant coach and offensive coordinator in 2015.
Under his tutelage, the North Gwinnett offense became one of the most productive units in the state, averaging more than 14 goals per game to help the Bulldogs compile a 16-3 record and reach the state quarterfinals. DeMaria hails from Syracuse, NY where he began playing lacrosse at age 10.   He played varsity lacrosse and basketball for Fayetteville-Manlius high school. DeMaria was a four-year letterman in both basketball and lacrosse for Hobart College from 1987-90.  He played on four straight NCAA Division III National Championship lacrosse teams. A two-time first-team All-American, he scored 57 goals as a senior—the fifth-highest total in Hobart history—on his way to the Division III Midfielder of the Year Award. DeMaria completed his career with 92 goals, 15 assists, and 190 ground balls.  Mike was  MVP of both the basketball and lacrosse teams and earned Hobart's athlete of the year award in 1990.  Mike  also played in the 1990 NCAA North-South game at John's Hopkins, and is one of a select few players to have played in this game in both high school and college. He was inducted into the Hobart basketball and lacrosse Halls of Fame in 2008. After college he coached the Arizona State club lacrosse team from 1991-92, winning a league title and coach of the year honors.  He has played club lacrosse since his college days and continues to play in tournaments all over the country.  Mike is a founding member of Southern Empire, the premier men's lacrosse club in Georgia for the last 20 years—most recently winning a world championship in July 2014 at the World Lacrosse Festivals in Denver.  Mike has coached youth lacrosse since 2010 and has previously helped coach the NGHS summer and fall programs.   Mike lives in Suwannee with wife Beth and their three children.  Sarah and Matthew both attend NGHS, while Joey plays in the North Gwinnett Lacrosse Association on a middle school select team.

Arthur Cho

Arthur Cho – JV Head Coach Email:

Coach Cho counts coaching-mentoring student athletes as his favorite pastime among his many hobbies. He takes pride in his personable and direct hands on approach to teaching valuable lessons on the field which he believes transfers over to the game of life off of. 2017 will be Coach Cho's third season as the JV community head coach at NGHS. Arthur has 20+ years of experience in coaching and training alongside youth, high school, college and pro athletes. He holds certifications with the Positive Coaching Alliance, US Lacrosse, International Sport Sciences Association and is GHSA community coach certified. He coached year round in the NGLA from 2010-14 including summer travel programs and MAYLA and Newtown elite lacrosse leagues. Arthur has also coached in the GFL from 2007-2013 and is a current defensive assistant coach with the NGHS football program. Coach Cho competed in hockey, football and wrestling in Canada through HS-college and graduated in ’94 from the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. He remains an avid strength and fitness enthusiast. Arthur’s primary day job is a consultant for GCPS. Arthur is proud to call North Gwinnett home with his wife Thippy. Their children Maddy and Turner are a senior and a junior at NGHS and play varsity lacrosse and football.