BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse has hired Brian Silcott and Melissa Coyne as the men’s and women’s game directors, respectively. Coyne starts on April 18 and Silcott joins US Lacrosse on April 25.
The game directors will serve as the leading advocates for their respective games, providing the lacrosse community with access to and information about US Lacrosse’s leadership and efforts in the sport’s development. Both directors will report to the Managing Director of Game Administration, Ann Carpenetti.
"Melissa’s skills, background, and passion for the women’s game make her the perfect fit for the position," said Carpenetti. "She will be an effective advocate and leader for all levels of the women’s game."
Coyne, a Baltimore native, comes to US Lacrosse from Yerman, Witman, Gaines & Conklin (YWGC) Reality, where she served the past five years as the assistant to the firm’s major partner and was a board member on the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Professional Standards Committee. Prior to working at YMGC, Coyne was the assistant to the principal partner of the Hubble Bisbee Real Estate Group, where her group was ranked number one in the Mid-Atlantic for Coldwell Banker.
A goalie at Towson High School and member of the 1995 U.S. Women’s Under-19 National Team, Coyne went on to play at the University of North Carolina from 1998-2001. Since college she has coached at the high school and youth levels and is actively involved with the South African Lacrosse Project. From 2003 to 2005, she was the assistant varsity lacrosse coach for St. Paul’s School for Girls in Brooklandville, Md.
Silcott, a native New Yorker who most recently lived in Portland, Ore., joins US Lacrosse from the Oregon Exposition Center and State Fair, where he was chief executive of the 185-acre complex. Before that, he served as executive vice president and governor of the National Lacrosse League’s Portland LumberJax, founder and president of Rhino Lacrosse LLC in Portland, Ore., and owner and president of QRS Market Research.
As a first-team All-American at Nazareth College in the early 1990s, Silcott went on to play professionally between 1994-2005 for the NLL’s Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Knighthawks and New York Saints, and for Major League Lacrosse’s Boston Cannons and Bridgeport Barrage. In addition to playing, Silcott was the defensive coordinator at Nazareth College, the head coach at Trinity College and the head coach for the MLL’s San Francisco Dragons.
"Brian’s experience and passion in and for the game at nearly every level will make him a tireless supporter for the men’s game," said Carpenetti. "He has pursued opportunities to make an impact in the sport of lacrosse all over the country, and he’ll make a similar impact here."
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse is the parent organization of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams program. US Lacrosse has nearly 350,000 members in 63 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.