A national trainer facilitates the Coaching Education Program (CEP) Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 instructional clinics, which are annually scheduled at nationwide sites by US Lacrosse. Trainers are assigned from the national office based on the pre-determined schedule for that clinic season.
Clinics are a component of the US Lacrosse certification program, which is the only standardized training and certification program for lacrosse coaches in the country. Trainers are expected to maintain the integrity of the curriculum and the program by holding to the clinic objectives, method, and content when conducting clinics.
Each year, the Coaching Education Program team seeks a handful of new trainers from various parts of the country. US Lacrosse works directly with local chapter representatives to determine candidates for these training positions, but those interested can email TJ Buchanan, Coaching Education Program content manager, email@example.com.
Jeremy Adams coaches boys' lacrosse at Elizabethtown Area High School in Central Pennsylvania. He led a revitalization effort at Etown, which is one of the oldest programs in the area, but had only enjoyed one prior winning season. Adams began coaching lacrosse in Massachusetts and has been a trainer since 2009. He played attack and midfield at Susquehanna University, and teaches English at Elizabethtown Area High School. Adams and wife Amanda, have a son, Carter, and a daughter, Alexandra.
David Antol has been active in the game of lacrosse at many levels: a coach, an official, and lacrosse parent. A long-time advocate of the coaching education program, Antol has assisted in the development of the levels 1 and 2 and has been a trainer for the program since its inception. David has served as the chair of the US Lacrosse coaching education council, served on the youth council, and was a certified Positive Coaching Alliance trainer.
Matt Antol played goalie and graduated from Towson University as a four year letterman in 2008. Antol participated in two NCAA National Tournaments and in 2007 was named second team All-CAA. Matt grew up in the Baltimore area and has played the game of lacrosse since age 5. Antol currently serves as a youth and high school lacrosse official.
Feffie Barnhill is a former chair of the US Lacrosse Board of Directors, assistant World Cup coach in 1989, and head varsity coach at William and Mary from 1981-1999. She was chair of the coaching education Committee for 4 years and was instrumental in writing and developing the current coaching education program. She was a four year varsity player for Ursinus College in Philadelphia. Currently, she is President of the Federation of International Lacrosse and coachess lacrosse at the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware.
Rob Bauer is the head lacrosse coach for Westview High School in San Diego, CA. His record as a first year varsity coach was 17-5 and finished 4th in San Diego county division, leading the team to its first semi-final appearance. The previous year, he was the head JV coach for Westview High School, where his record was 19-0. Overall he has amassed a record of 112-27-1.
Scott Biron has been coaching lacrosse for over 15 years. He has been involved in coaching and coaching education on the national and international level for 35 years dealing with various sports. Scott co-authored much of the coaching education program curriculum with Johns Hopkins coach Janine Tucker. The coaches have written two books and will be preparing their third in early 2013. Scott is a HS girls’ lacrosse coach and has coached at the Women's National Tournament as well as Under Armour All-American Tournament. He is a popular speaker on the national scene and speaks yearly at the USL convention.
David is a retired Air Force officer with over 8 years of experience as an aircrew instructor, six years of experience as girls youth lacrosse coach (U-13 and U-15) and three years as a women’s local official. He is a US Lacrosse Level 1 and Level 2 certified coach. Boots is the founder and co-director of O’Fallon Styx Lacrosse, a youth program for boys and girls, grades 1-8, in 2007. David served four years as chair of the St. Louis Youth Lacrosse Association girls’ division, the largest girls’ youth league in the St. Louis area with over 25 teams in grades 3-8.
KG Braun is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and was selected to the All New England DIII team in 1975. He was the director of middle school boys’ lacrosse for the Chesterfield Lacrosse Club from 1989–2002. In 2003, he joined the Swift Creek Sports Club as an advisor and youth lacrosse coach. He has coached boys’ youth lacrosse for 16 years.
Abby Burbank has been involved with the coaching education program since 2005. Currently she directs Chewonki Camp for Girls in northern Maine. Previously, she coached lacrosse at various levels including, Skidmore College, University of Denver, Plymouth State, William & Mary and Amherst College. She was owner and director of Competitive Edge Sports in Colorado as well as coach of Team Denmark. She continues to officiate and run clinics largely in the New England area.
Rich Butler is a career military officer who hails from Rush, New York. He played lacrosse at Rush-Henrietta High School and at the University of Rochester, while on a full military scholarship. Rich has coached boys’ and girls’ youth, as well as high school boys’ lacrosse in Texas and Hawaii and supports the local Hawaii Chapter and youth lacrosse association. During his final tour to Iraq he helped found the Victory’s Hammers Lacrosse Club at Camp Victory. The club occasionally geared up play their cross-town rivals, the U.S. Embassy Baghdad Lacrosse Club Rhinos.
Lisa Christiansen has been teaching physical education for 27 years in the Syosset schools on long island and has coached lacrosse at all levels. She currently is an assistant coach at LIU Post. Christiansen was manager of the USA under-19 women’s lacrosse teams who won World Championships in 1999, 2003 and 2007. She currently chairs the US Lacrosse Physical Education Curriculum Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.
Bill has been involved with lacrosse since the late 1970’s as both a player and coach. He currently is the boys’ varsity head coach at Berwick Academy in southern Maine, where he also teaches high school mathematics. He graduated from Colby College in 1987 and during his college career earned both the sportsmanship award and the MVP award. As a coach, he has earned eastern independent league coach’s award and led the Berwick team to four New England small school championships. Over the years, Bill’s passion for the game has continued as he has come to appreciate the opportunities that youth sports can provide for character development and the benefits of team dynamics.
Sean’s coaching career began back in 2001 when he started the Biola University men’s lacrosse team in La Mirada, CA. It was a long, difficult, yet rewarding process. He learned a lot about how to manage, coach, and maintain a lacrosse program. From this experience he learned to love lacrosse and has been doing anything to stay involved. He has been a men's youth lacrosse official since 2003 and MCLA official since 2010. He started coaching youth lacrosse in 2009 for the Hewes Lacrosse Club in Orange County, CA. Sean has a strong background in education as a middle school math teacher. He also trains new officials for the OC Lacrosse Officials’ Association.
D’Angelo has been involved with women’s lacrosse as a player, official, and coach (HS girls varsity coach, coach of the year 2004) for 20 plus years. She also has experience in the administration side a town youth program girls director, past President Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Chapter, the US Lacrosse Youth Council – President, and USL Board of Directors Executive Committee. D’Angelo is very proud of her induction into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame, Class 2007. She is a trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance. In addition, to her lacrosse activities she resides in Cold Spring Harbor, NY with her husband and 2 children where she is a realtor.
Carol is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, was a 3-year starter there and played in the 2006 Final Four tournament. After college, she helped coach locally with Jupiter Community Athletic Association for 2 years. Carol also helps coach the Florida travel lacrosse LaxManiax program. She currently is coaching at Wellington High School.
Scott started his lacrosse career later than most. He first picked up a stick while attending Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he played for the club lacrosse team. After graduating in 1994, his younger brother's female friends formed a team and asked him to coach. Having never seen a women's game—his only experience with women's lacrosse was accidentally bumping into the Canadian women's team in a pub in Glasgow, Scotland during the 1993 World Cup—he started coaching the girls program at Memorial High School (his alma mater) in Houston, Texas. Scott volunteered as head coach for 19 years and developed the program from a non-winning team in the early years to a state championship team in 2002 and has become one of the stronger programs in the state. He can still be found in Houston, now as a volunteer associate coach with Stratford High School girls' lacrosse. He is also an accomplished women's official, traveling across the state and country to officiate high school and college games. Scott joined the Coaching Education Program in summer 2011 because he enjoys helping others learn how to coach girls' lacrosse.
Leeann is currently living in Bradenton, Florida with her 2 sons and teaching physical education at the elementary level. She has been coaching and officiating for over 20 years. She is the Varsity girls coach at Cardinal Mooney H.S., Sarasota and the local board chair for the Tampa Women’s Lacrosse Officials. She has been a trainer for the coaching education program since 2005. Recently, LeeAnn has been introducing lacrosse into the PE curriculum conducting teacher inservice in Manatee County. LeeAnn was a selector and coach for the New York and Florida teams for the Women’s Division National Tournament. She started two varsity high school programs in Buffalo, NY, the youth programs for Lakewood Ranch and Manasota clubs, and coached the Canisius College club team. She also assisted with the development of the Western New York Girl’s High School Coaches Manual.
Scott is Vice President of Creek Indians Boys Lacrosse, Inc. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Colorado Lacrosse Foundation. Scott is currently coaching a Creek Indians boys youth lacrosse team and is officiating in Colorado. He also coordinates the ball retrievers for the Denver Outlaws. He played on a state championship team at Cherry Creek High School and was selected to the All-State team. He attended and played lacrosse at Colorado State University and played men's post-collegiate club lacrosse.
Mason Goodhand is a lacrosse product of the Kelly Post youth and Baltimore County scholastic programs in Towson, MD. He left Maryland for the western US in 1974 earning four varsity Lacrosse letters and an engineering degree from the US Air Force Academy in 1978. After graduation from the Academy, Mason stayed on staff and coached lacrosse for one year (1979) before attending pilot school in Phoenix, AZ. After earning his Air Force pilot rating, the next nine years of his Air Force career included teaching positions as a T-37 instructor pilot, a platform instructor in Air Force navigation training and teaching and coaching positions at his alma mater, (1987-1989 lacrosse seasons). In the spring of 1989 Mason was hired by Delta Airlines and soon after settled with wife Mary and son Andrew just outside Salt Lake City in Sandy, UT. He founded the Utah Chapter of US Lacrosse in 1996 and served one term on the US Lacrosse Board of Directors from 1998-2001. Mason is in his seventh season at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where his teams have earned four conference championships and one national championship honor in the MCLA. Coach Goodhand has been recognized as the RMLC conference Coach of the Year three times in the past eleven seasons.
Kevin played lacrosse, basketball and soccer growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, and went on to play Basketball and Lacrosse at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After graduating from F&M, Kevin returned home to Baltimore to play club lacrosse for the Towson Lacrosse Club. In 2007 Kevin helped launch the Cecil County Youth Lacrosse League, a recreational lacrosse league for boys and girls, located in Northeastern Maryland. Kevin has coached at the youth and high school level for over 15 years, and is currently coaching his son’s U13 lacrosse team. Kevin is also very active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Lacrosse Ministry; serving on the National Advisory Board, founded and coaches the FCA Delmarva Youth Lacrosse Travel Program, and also plays on the FCA Grandmasters team. Kevin has served as the Chair of the Coaching Education SubCommittee for US Lacrosse, and is a certified trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance.
Luke Griemsman is currently the head men's lacrosse coach at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Previous head coaching experiences include Saginaw Valley State University 2006-07, Central Michigan University 2005, and Michigan State University 1999. Growing up in Huntington, NY he played varsity lacrosse at Michigan State University 1993-96. He is also a high school boy's official with over ten years of experience.
Alicia Groveston is the head women’s lacrosse coach at Grand Valley State University. In her first year with the Lakers, Groveston coached GVSU to a 10-7 record, while guiding five players to spots on the Division II All-Independent teams. Groveston was honored with the 2011 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Service Award at the annual IWLCA Meetings in Naples, Fla. Prior to her arrival at GVSU, Groveston led Gannon University to a 12-4 record during the 2009 campaign and a final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) ranking of No. 8. Groveston spent the 2008 season as an assistant for Belmont Abbey when the Crusaders posted a 12-7 record, including a 7-4 conference mark against Conference Carolina opponents. Groveston, an Academic All-American at Salisbury (Md.) University, spent three years prior to coaching at Belmont Abbey in private business. At Salisbury, she earned all-conference and Regional All-America honors as a senior defender.
The former head coach at Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Oakland Universities, Hicks has been Coach of the Year four times in the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association and the National MCLA Division I Coach of the Year in 2011. Originally from Freeport, Long Island, Hicks was a player at the University of Notre Dame, a player/coach in England for two years, and then a member of several club teams in the states. Dwayne is now director and head coach for Team Total, a Michigan based travel team featuring some of the best high school players from the metro Detroit area.
Mark Howard began coaching boys’ lacrosse in 2005 as the first varsity head coach for Arrowhead HS, helping lead them to four straight Wisconsin state championship appearances, including two consecutive state championships. He was named conference Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2009 and named US Lacrosse Wisconsin High School Coach of the year in 2009. He was selected as coach for Team Spirit in 2010 US Lacrosse National Senior Showcase, in Orlando, Florida. Currently, he coaches boy’s lacrosse for Lake Country Youth Lacrosse Club, Hartland, WI, where he also serves as boy’s coaching director. Howard played lacrosse at New Trier (IL) HS and was member of inaugural Illinois HS All-Star team in 1988 and played both collegiate and post-collegiate club lacrosse. Currently, he works in law enforcement, and as a law enforcement trainer for last 12 years.
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Jim serves as the Head Coach for France Lacrosse. He has been instrumental in establishing and growing lacrosse in the Reno-Lake Tahoe region. He is the President of the Tahoe-Truckee Lacrosse Association and the founder and, for seven years, was head coach of the High Sierra Huskies Lacrosse Club in Reno, Nevada.. Jim developed his lifelong passion for the game playing at Johns Hopkins University. He works as a business consultant, focusing on leadership development, organizational culture and communications.
Kevin Kelley is originally from the Boston area and played high school lacrosse for the Needham Rockets. Kevin graduated from Providence College (2000), where he played goalie. After graduating, Kevin spent one year coaching at St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Potomac, Maryland and then in 2001 he moved to the Bay Area. From 2002-2003, Kevin was the assistant coach at Piedmont High School and then from 2004-2009 he was the head coach at Piedmont High. As head coach, Kevin led Piedmont to three consecutive NCS appearances, DVAL league title in 2006, and a NCS semi-final appearance in 2007. Currently, Kevin is the goalie coach at UC-Berkeley, and the Program Development Director of the Oakland Lacrosse Club. In addition to coaching Kevin has worked as a teacher and an administrator at various non-profits.
Amy Komisarek played for the University of Toledo club team where she served as president of the team for two years and earned All-League honors. Komisarek began her coaching career, while playing in college, as an assistant coach for the Sylvania High School team, where she had played in high school. In 2008, she was named head coach of the team and continued in that position for three seasons. She has also led many junior high teams and instructed clinics through the Sylvania Recreation program each year. In 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from The University of Toledo and served as an assistant coach for The University of Toledo for two seasons following graduation. Most recently she served as the assistant coach for Siena Heights University and completed her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Siena Heights University in 2012. In the fall of 2012, Komisarek was named the head coach of St. Mary’s College (IN) women’s lacrosse team. The team will compete as a varsity sport in 2014.
Marty has been heavily involved with lacrosse for the last 20 years. He has served as a head college coach (Montgomery College), a head high school coach, and a youth coach. From 2007-2010, he was a member of the US Lacrosse National Youth Council. In 2009, he was also appointed to the US Lacrosse Men's Board of Governors. He is the author of several articles on lacrosse, and was a speaker at the 2005, 2008, and 2011 US Lacrosse National Conventions. Marty founded the Damascus Youth Lacrosse League in 1998, serving as its first commissioner until 2000. He played varsity lacrosse at the College of Wooster, then graduate school club lacrosse at Cornell University.
Kate grew up in Severna Park, Maryland where she grew up playing lacrosse alongside her brother in a very lacrosse-oriented family. After high school, she played for University of Maryland club lacrosse team and now plays post-collegiate lacrosse in Minnesota, where she relocated with her husband and 3 children in 2007. She currently coaches for one of the top varsity programs in Minnesota and was named 2010 MN State HS league’s coach of the year. Kate has her degree in Exercise Science and enjoys coaching and directing camps, leagues, and clinics for all levels of lacrosse in Minnesota from elementary school through high school players.
Wendell grew up in New Jersey and played both ice Hockey and lacrosse at the Lawrenceville School. He played two years of club lacrosse at Carnegie-Mellon University. He entered education soon after his graduation from Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. In Texas, Wendell returned to coaching as a JV and assistant varsity coach at Greenhill School. Joining the Plano Youth Lacrosse Program in 2003, he has travelled extensively with youth teams. He has coached with LoneStar lacrosse, Plano West JV and varsity lacrosse, Allen Eagles HS program, Dallas Deuces and Iron Horse lacrosse.
Brian Lemon is a former professional lacrosse player with the Baltimore Thunder, Detroit Turbos and Rochester Knighthawks in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). Brian spent 12 years teaching and coaching high school athletes as an educator and continues to coach youth lacrosse in Florida. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Masters in Athletic Administration. Brian stresses sound individual skill development for youth athletes as a foundation to team concepts. Brian has worked in the league office of the National Lacrosse League for the past 9 years as Vice President of Lacrosse Operations. The NLL currently has 9 franchise teams throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Joanna Lignelli is the director of retail sales at STX in Baltimore, MD and is and at large member on the women’s side for the Coaching Education Sub Committee of US Lacrosse and a level 1, 2 and 3 master trainer. Lignelli was a four-year varsity player at the College of William and Mary, where she was named Regional All-American and served as the team captain. Currently, Lignelli is a volunteer coach at all skill and age levels in the Baltimore, MD area. She plays on several post-college club teams.
Jessica was a captain and All-American Lacrosse Player at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Since 2002, she has held the head coach position of the three-time state champions, Chaparral Varsity Girls Lacrosse Club. In 2004, she founded and still manages AZ Girls Lacrosse, LLC, a league for girls in grades K-9. In addition to starting a program for the youth in 2004, she also founded and continues to play for the only women’s post-collegiate team in Arizona, the Arizona Storm. She has received other formal recognition, including the Women’s Sports Association Community Leader of the Year Award for 2006-2007 and the YWCA Tribute to Women Sports Leader Award in 2007. From 2004 to 2008, she was on the Executive Committee of the AZGL. She has served on the US Lacrosse Board of Directors and on several on-going committees with USL. She also serves on the Arizona Chapter US Lacrosse Board of Directors. US Lacrosse recognized her with the 2010 Excellence in Growing the Game award. She was also recently on the cover of the US Lacrosse Magazine in 2012 as "One of the Top 10 People Changing Youth Lacrosse Now."
Wynne Lobel coaches at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon and served as an assistant coach to the Dannish national team for the World Cup in the summer of 2009. She was voted in 2007 as the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) West region coach of the year. Prior to that, Wynne was the head women's lacrosse coach for four seasons at Plymouth State College in Plymouth, N.H. Lobel earned a bachelor's degree in outdoor recreation and education from Ithaca College (NY) in 1993, and earned her master's in elementary education from Lesley University (Mass.) in 2002. Wynne still plays lacrosse for Portland Women's Club.
Meredith is originally from Annapolis, MD, where she began playing field hockey and lacrosse in middle school. She is a graduate of Broadneck HS, Towson University, and has a Master's degree in education from the University of Colorado. Meredith currently teaches elementary physical education in Colorado Springs, and coach’s youth lacrosse with SoCo Sports lacrosse club. She has served as a U19 national team selector for US Lacrosse in 2010 and as an All American Showcase coach in 2011. Meredith has been a trainer since 2005 and also works as a women's locally rated lacrosse official.
Currently Justin is the assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. His responsibilities are with the goalies and the defense. He also coaches for Blue Devil Elite and runs his own camps. Justin recently spoke at the 2012 convention and has been a trainer since 2010. Prior to PBA, he was the head coach at Jupiter Christian School and the 2010 South Florida US Lacrosse Coach of the Year. He was an All-American goalie from Messiah College and also the 2001 Mid-Atlantic Conference player of the year. After graduation, he decided to stay at Messiah and coached for four years.
Anne Moelk is currently the co-head coach for the Minnesota Lakers Select Travel Team. Prior to moving to Minnesota, Anne spent a year in England coaching at The Godolphin School as well as coaching the England U-21 Team. From 1992-2002 Anne held various assistant and head coaching positions with several Division III and Division I programs, including both head and assistant roles at Denison University, her alma matter. Anne is the Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Student Life at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul and plays for Northern Lights, a post-collegiate club team in Minneapolis.
Nicole Moore has been the head coach of the Hatters’ new women’s lacrosse program since December 2011. Moore came to Stetson from the University of Vermont after where she has spent the last two seasons. Prior to her time with the Catamounts, Moore spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Temple University (2007-10). Prior to joining the Owl coaching staff, Moore served as an assistant coach at Canisius (2004-06). In 2005, Moore helped the Lady Griffins to the program's first winning season in history with a 9-6 record. In 2006, the squad finished second in the MAAC with a 12-7 record. While at Canisius, Moore also served as an assistant coach and player on the MAAC All-Stars team in the International Friendship Games, held in Tokyo, Japan. Moore was a three-year member of the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team, where she led her squad to a 2002 America East Conference Regular Season Title. Moore, an IWLCA/US Lacrosse Regional Second Team All-American, was a member of the 2001 and 2002 America East All-Championship teams, as well as an America East All-Conference First Team selection in 2002. During her senior season, she was voted UNH's Defensive MVP. A speaker at the 2009 US Lacrosse Convention, Moore sits on multiple IWLCA committees. She is currently on the IWLCA Outreach Committee that works with Project IRM, which identifies, recruits and mentors minority coaches in the sport of lacrosse.
Kevin Murphy played youth and high school lacrosse in Wilton, CT before heading to the University of Notre Dame, where he played defense and defensive midfield, lettering three times. He graduated in 1994 with a degree in Economics and returned the following year to get his Master's degree. After settling in Long Beach, CA in 2006, Kevin began coaching at the youth level and has been president of the Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse club since 2009. Kevin became a trainer in 2011 and still lives in Long Beach with his wife, Genevieve, and 3 children. Kevin is currently vice president of US Finance for Element Materials Technology in Huntington Beach, CA.
Kristen Murray is currently the assistant girls’ lacrosse coach at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL. Previously, she coached for eight years at Shaker Heights HS in Shaker Heights, OH. She has also coached clinics at the youth and middle school level. Murray played lacrosse at Brown University earning All-American and All-Ivy honors. In 1996, she was inducted into the Brown University Sports Hall of Fame.
Tony Olney is a charter member of the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Board and former head coach of the Nathan Hale and Lakeside High School lacrosse teams. Olney has been involved with lacrosse in the Seattle area since 1981 and formed the Washington State University lacrosse team in 1983. He went on to play club lacrosse for the Seattle Lacrosse Club before retiring in 1998. Olney is a Social Studies and PE teacher at the Secondary Academy for Success in Bothell, Washington. Olney was inducted into the Washington Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2008. He is currently serving on the US Lacrosse Board of Directors.
Jane is the Athletic Director and Physical Education teacher at the Brookwood School in Manchester, MA, a pre-k through grade 8 private school. Jane’s coaching experience includes being the varsity coach at Brookwood School for the past 20 plus years and also works with several area club teams. Since 2004, Jane has coached a U13- 15 girl’s spring club team for The New England Select Lacrosse League. Jane is also involved with the Synergy Lacrosse program year round. As a coach for Synergy, she has worked with the U11-U18 teams. 2011 and 2012, Jane was the assistant coach for the U17 New England Under Armour team. Jane is a certified Level 1 and 2 coach and has been involved in writing and rewriting the coaching education program curriculum and has also done coaches training for The Federation of International Lacrosse. Jane’s played four years of goalie for the University of Richmond, Va. Jane aenjoys watching her children play the game of lacrosse and lacrosse is definitely in the family’s blood as Jane’s husband also played and coaches, while also serving as a trainer for the coaching education program.
John Pirie has been a coach of middle, high school and college lacrosse for the past 20+ years. He started as the varsity assistant at Wilton High School in Connecticut and then became head coach at Brookwood School in MA, where he served for 19 years. He was an assistant coach at Gordon College, while also coaching a variety of select U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19 teams in competition around the country. John has served on the Coaching Education Committee, where he has helped write both the Level 1 and Level 2 curriculum. John has also presented coaching clinics internationally in Czech Republic and Germany in 2007 and Poland and Bulgaria in 2009. In 2007, John was named the German national U-19 team head coach and took the team to the 2008 World Games, where they not only won their first international game ever, but went 5-0 in their bracket and beat Japan to place 6th overall. In addition to teaching both biology and marine biology, John is currently the assistant varsity lacrosse coach at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA.
Tom played in college at Brockport State in New York. He left the game until his son started playing and coached his teams from sixth grade through elite travel team (Green Turtle) in high school. He has been a ref for the past 12 years for mostly youth and high school and adult box lacrosse in northern Virginia. He has run the local beginners clinic for middle school boys for the past 10 years. He is currently the director of fall ball for Western Maryland (about 500 boys and girls). Powell joined the program as a trainer in summer 2012.
Bonnie Rosen is the head women’s lacrosse coach at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where in her short time there she led the owls to a A-10 Championship, an NCAA appearance, and was named the 2008 A-10 Coach of the year. Prior to coming to Temple, Bonnie spent 10 years as the head women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Connecticut. A former defender for the US national team starting in 1992, she is a three-time World Cup player having won the gold in 1997 (Edogowa, Japan) and in 2001 (High Wycombe, England) and most recently won the silver medal in the 2005 World Cup games held here in the United States in Annapolis, Maryland. Bonnie is a member of the US Lacrosse Eastern Pennsylvania chapter’s Hall of Fame. She has served on both the Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of US Lacrosse as either the athlete’s council’s or college coaches representative and has been involved in numerous US Lacrosse committees. Bonnie also serves as a Division I representative of the IWLCA (the college coaches association). Rosen is a 1993 graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was a two sport athlete (field hockey and lacrosse) and an NCAA champion in lacrosse (1991).
Carol Samuels is currently the assistant lacrosse coach at Amherst High School and is a former official in western Massachusetts. She is a former US national team player, US developmental team coach and USWLA board member. She also taught physical education and coached at the Friends School of Baltimore for 21 years. “Sam” was inducted into the Baltimore Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1998 and has authored a book called Lax Facts-Smart Cards for Women’s Lacrosse. Her mother played for the 1950 US national team.
Andrew is a girls' lacrosse coach at Villa Duchesne High School (St. Louis, Mo.). He started coaching in 2008 and has been with the Coaching Education Program since 2012. He has been a coach for youth and middle school teams in the St. Louis area as well. Andrew played collegiately at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., and for Missouri State University’s club program. Andrew is an elementary special education teacher and brings his enthusiasm for teaching into his CEP trainings. In his free time Andrew also runs the Schlafly men’s lacrosse team out of St. Louis, a post-collegiate men's team.
Alise Shuart teaches and coaches at the Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, NJ. In addition to coaching lacrosse, she is also an official. Alise also loves field hockey, football and hockey, especially supporting the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. In her free time, she enjoys running 9has trained for the NYC Marathon), reading and traveling - her goal is to visit all 50 states, and so far she has been to 44!
Chris Snyder is the director for coaching education in the sport performance division of the United States Olympic Committee. His responsibilities include discovering and providing resources to better benefit sport culture and the National Governing Bodies that service sport in our great nation. In addition, Chris is focused on supporting both the Sport Performance Department and Team USA coaches as they strive to be the best they can be. Previously, Chris served as the manager of coaching education and training for US Lacrosse from 2009 to 2012. In addition to guiding the coaching education program for US Lacrosse, he also served a large role in curriculum development, resource implementation, and event programing. He is the creator of the USL Mobile Coach application and now chairs the Coaching Education Sub Committee of US Lacrosse. Chris hails from central Pennsylvania and holds an undergraduate degree from Shippensburg University and a Masters of Education degree in Sport Management from Millersville University. He currently lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife Samantha and coaches at Air Academy High School.
Ken is from central PA where he is the head boy’s lacrosse coach at Penn Manor High School in Lancaster, PA. Ken has been an offensive coordinator for many years and has never had a losing season as a coach. In the summers, you will find Ken playing post-collegiate ball in the Philly Box League or the CALL summer league, as well as being the head coach of the Lancaster Select Meltdown lacrosse team. Ken’s ability to progress his drills from a youth level to a college level is what separates his training style from others. Expect to learn new trends in the sport and great creativity from this great trainer.
Brian Southern has been coaching girls' and women's lacrosse for more than20 years. He works with youth and high school girls in the local community, coaching various summer elite teams. During his coaching career, Brian has coached at the Collegiate varsity level in Division I, II, and III, as well as club level for local colleges, and most recently founded and developed new programs for High School Girls and College Women's programs in the Midwest area. Brian is currently developing a new college program for Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis. He has coached the Indiana/Kentucky Regional team for the Women's National Tournament. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Brian has served on the IHSWLA board of directors, worked with the Indiana US Lacrosse Chapter, and has been responsible for membership development for girls'lacrosse in Indiana.
Andrew Stanley is the associate director of admission, associate director of athletics, and head boys’ varsity lacrosse coach at Collegiate School in Richmond Virginia. Stanley has been coaching football and lacrosse at Collegiate since 1996, where he also helps run the school's summer sports camps and serves as the executive director of Geronimo Lacrosse, a 1st through 6th grade coed youth league with about 1,000 players. Andrew played high school lacrosse in Baltimore for the Gilman School and college lacrosse at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, VA. After college he played for a number of post-collegiate club teams.
John has been involved in lacrosse as a player, coach and official for over 38 years and his 30 years of coaching experience includes teaching boys’ youth lacrosse at the U11 to U17 levels for the past 14 years. He has served as an assistant and a head lacrosse coach at the Division I, Division III and high school level. A four year varsity starter and varsity letter winner at UConn from '78-'81, Stevenson captained the team his senior year and was named to the All New England team & East-West All-Star game. John has been working with the coaching education program since 2005 and is a member of the men’s level 2 curriculum development working group. John currently sits on the board of the NH Lacrosse Foundation and is a past President of that organization.
Dennis Sullivan is the commissioner of Perry Hall Boys’ Recreation Lacrosse Program and head coach of the Perry Hall High School varsity team. He is also an assistant coach with the Griffins, a summer club team made up of the Baltimore area’s top players, who desire to play at the college level. He has been coaching since 2000. Sullivan played goalie at the University of Maryland 1985-1988, during which time the team won the ACC Championship and was an NCAA Semi-Finalist in 1987. He was also named the Unsung Hero Award winner in 1986(fall). Sullivan played goalie at Calvert Hall High School, where he was named 1st Team All-Metro and played on the Maryland All-Star Team.
Bob grew up in the suburbs of Boston and started playing lacrosse at perennial Massachusetts high school power, Lincoln-Sudbury High School. As a senior in 1981, Bob captained the state finalist team and also earned All-American honors. Bob continued playing in College at the University of Notre Dame and post collegiately with the Brine Lacrosse Club, as well as, one year professionally indoor with the New England Blazers of the now NLL. Over the past 12 years, Bob helped found, run, coach and grow the youth lacrosse program in Danvers, Massachusetts. He’s coached at every age level in both the boys and girls sides of the program. From 2005 through 2009, Bob also ran the northeast division of the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League, where under his 4 year tenure as director, the region grew from 13 youth program with 50 teams and 1,000 boys to 23 programs with 120 teams and 2,400 boys. Bob has 3 children who all play lacrosse; son Michael playing in college, a daughter Rachel playing in high school and daughter Leah playing at the youth level.
Denise is the head women’s lacrosse coach at Monmouth University, where her team won the NEC Championship in 2012. She has coached at the division I level for 30+ years, and coached internationally with Germany in the 2001 and 2005 World Cups. She played at University of Maryland as a goalie starting all four years in field hockey and lacrosse. A former assistant for the US women’s national team and national team selector, she continues to work with the FIL - Lacrosse Development Committee and work U19 and senior World Cups.
Duke Whelan has served as a member of the US Lacrosse Youth Council Board and the Board of Directors. He has been involved with the US Lacrosse Festival committee and has assisted in the development and writing of the coaching education program level 1 and 2 curriculum - writing and editing. He is actively involved in the coaching and development of lacrosse at all levels in North Carolina, where he currently serves as the president of the North Carolina Chapter of US Lacrosse.
Tucker is coaching and developing youth lacrosse in north Florida. He has coached girl’s youth lacrosse in Maryland, New Jersey and Florida since 1994 and been an umpire since 2000. He is a master trainer, having instructed over 50 clinics at both the level 1 and 2. He is a local 3 year rated umpire and is also a trained rater. He is very proud of the roles he had in developing the Jersey Girls league in NJ (now 8,500 young lady players). Other roles Tucker has served include Board member US Lacrosse, Youth Chair of the US Lacrosse Women’s Rules Committee, the Women's Division Safety Education Committee, the US Lacrosse Youth Council Executive Committee and many other roles at the local, state and national level.
Dwayne has coached both boys and girls at different levels for almost a decade. A coach for 20+ years, he is also Jersey Girls Lacrosse Conference President and Director of DEWLAX, LLC., a lacrosse education organization, which provides instruction, camps and tournament teams to middle school and high school athletes. Dwayne is also a trainer for Positive Coaching Alliance.