2019 Speakers


Barbara Martinichio

Barbara is a Women's Lacrosse Official, Certified Trainer for US Lacrosse and a HS Rules Committee Member.

Brandon Davis

Brandon has coached at every level in both men's and women's lacrosse. Originally from Tolland, CT, Brandon was a goalie at the University of Louisville and is now the Head Women's Lacrosse coach at Georgetown College. Since starting his head coaching career in 2010, Brandon has coached 19 All-Americans, 37 All-Conference selections, as well as three National and eight Conference Position Players of the Year.

Charlie Obermayer

Charlie Obermayer is the Senior Manager of Officiating Development for US Lacrosse. He oversees all aspects of officiating for US Lacrosse focusing on leadership, recruiting, training and retention of officials. Charlie is an active NCAA men’s lacrosse official and also serves on the National Association of Sports Officials, Officiating Development Alliance.

Henry Montgomery

Born and raised in Florida, Henry played football, weightlifting and wrestling in high school. In 2009, he began his coaching career in high school sports and in 2015 was named the boys lacrosse head coach at his alma mater, Gainesville High School. As head coach, he led his team to back to back playoffs, had back to back winning seasons, and the program grew from 15 to 45 players before leaving to become head coach at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, FL. Henry is a level 3 US Lacrosse certified coach and CDP trainer.


Jeffrey Grose

Jeff Grose is a lacrosse parent and long-time lacrosse volunteer. He is a former men's lacrosse official and currently an official and Certified Trainer for the women's game. Jeff is a board member of the Washington Women's Lacrosse Officials' Association and a member of the US Lacrosse Women's Rules Subcommittee

Jennifer Larkin

Jennifer Larkin is the Manager of Officials Content and Curriculum for US Lacrosse. She is responsible for the project management and development of US Lacrosse Officials Development Program (ODP) resources, education materials, e-learning assets and certification content and curriculum.

John Danowski

Danowski took over as the head coach at Duke in 2007 and has achieved tremendous success. In his career at the helm of the Blue Devils lacrosse program, he has compiled an impressive 180-55 record in leading Duke to seven ACC regular season titles and four ACC tournament titles, nine appearances in the national semifinals, including eight straight from 2007-14, five trips to the NCAA title match and ultimately to the 2010, 2013 and 2014 national titles. The 2014 NCAA crown put Danowski, a winner of an NCAA Division I record 399 career games, among a small group of nine coaches to win three national titles and among eight to capture consecutive crowns. Meanwhile, Duke’s run of eight straight NCAA semifinals rank as the second most of any program since 2000 with Syracuse. Danowski is currently the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Karen Blaine

Karen is a 15 year lacrosse official from rural Pennsylvania. She currently works in several areas including: Group TRX and Tabata training, Project Management Consultant, US Lacrosse Clinician, Training and Rules Committees for US Lacrosse, Certified Trainer and Observer for US Lacrosse, and PIAA Statewide Rules Interpreter for Girl’s Lacrosse. Karen enjoys officiating lax games at all levels.


Laura Jennings

Laura is the Executive Director of the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association - overseeing operations for a league which serves 8U to HS, boys and girls teams and 53 clubs and its 18 annual events. She is also a certified US Lacrosse Women's game official and trainer. Laura was inducted into the Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 and the NorCal Chapter Hall of Fame in 2017.

Lissa Fickert

Lissa Fickert is a National umpire with over 35 years of experience at all levels, including multiple state and regional HS, WCLA, NCAA, and International championships. Umpire development has included work as an International, CWLOA and US trainer, mentor and observer. She has served in several leadership roles, including as Chair of the USL Rules Committee. She currently serves on the USL/NFHS Rules Committee and is the girl’s lacrosse Officials Director and the USL State Coordinator for Ohio.

Liz Brush

Liz Brush is the Manager of Officials Development at US Lacrosse. She is both a National Elite and FIL International rated official. Liz has officiated four NCAA Division I Final Fours and three Division III Finals. She has also officiated in three FIL World Cups, including working a gold and bronze medal game in each world event. She is also a US Lacrosse and CWLOA Clinician.

Matthew Bocklet

Matt Bocklet retired from the MLL after the 2018 season. He finished his 11 year career (10 with the Denver Outlaws) as a 3x MLL Champion (2014, 2016, 2018), the Outlaws all-time leader in games played (153), and ground balls (730). He was captain of the team in his final 4 seasons, and finished his career ranked in league history 3rd all time for ground balls and 5th in games played. He played collegiality at Johns Hopkins University where he won an NCAA Championship in 2007 and was named an All-American in 2008. Matt just won the 2019 Colorado 5A State Championship in his 2nd season as Varsity Head Coach at Cherry Creek High School. He’s in his first season as the Outlaws Defensive Coordinator, and spent 6 years as the Head Coach at Highlands Ranch High School, where he was named CHSAA Coach of the Year in 2014. Matt founded the DoCo Lacrosse Club (now Colorado Outlaws) in 2011 and is currently the Executive Director. He also serves on the Young Professionals Board for Denver City Lax.


Maureen Monte

Maureen Monte is author of Destination Unstoppable: The Journey of No Teammate Left Behind and team consultant who has been building winning teams over a dozen years using her Destination Unstoppable® program. In the past three years, she has worked with 25 sports teams resulting in 12 regional champions, 8 state finalists, and 4 state champions. She accelerates team success by reducing the roadblocks to achieving goals and objectives, both in the formal system (what you do) and in the human system (how you do it). 

Mike Allan

Mike Allan was born in Baltimore, MD, and as the son of a coach, began playing lacrosse at a young age. In high school, he helped lead the Gilman School to an MIAA Championship in 1994, and was named a USILA High School All-American. Allan attended Princeton University where he was a member of the Tigers’ teams that won three straight NCAA Championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998. After graduating, Allan moved to Los Angeles, CA. He coached at the Windward School and coached the LA Lacrosse Club to a 3rd place finish in the state in 1999. Allan then coached the UCLA club team for four seasons before taking the job at UC Santa Barbara. He led the Gauchos to MCLA National Championships in 2004 and 2005. From 2006 to 2008, Allan was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Riptide of Major League Lacrosse. Allan briefly left California and coached at Towson University from 2009 to 2011. He then returned to UCSB in 2012. Coach Allan is a 2018 inductee into the US Lacrosse Los Angeles Chapter Hall of Fame. He spent the summer of 2018 coaching the Uganda National Team at the FIL World Championships in Netanya, Israel. Allan lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, Katie, and their two children, Hattie and Crosby.

Tom Hoffert

Tom Hoffert hails from the great Northwest. A former ice hockey and lacrosse player himself, Tom transitioned into wearing the stripes after seven years coaching select-level youth lacrosse in Oregon. Tom currently serves as USL's Regional Coordinator for the PNW and as a Certified Trainer & Assigner. Always a positive and optimistic voice for collaboration, Tom has actively partnered with leadership from each state in the PNW region to implement strategic and engaging programming designed to strengthen each LOA's position within the communities they serve. Tom presides as President of the Oregon Lacrosse Officials.

Vince Smith

Vince Smith is the Men's Lacrosse Head Coach for Colorado Mesa University.


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