Jerry Ragonese

Our Staff

Full-Time

Ryan Boyle

Co-Founder & CEO

Ryan Boyle

Co-Founder & CEO

“Whether I am teaching someone new to the sport or the next All-American, I care about their personal development. I want them to walk away with a greater mental appreciation for the game and the physical awareness to execute new skills. I also want them to understand that you must have passion and work hard in order to succeed, regardless of the task in front of them.”

Widely regarded as one of the smartest players in the history of lacrosse, Ryan was one of the most dominant field generals in the sport. His uncanny understanding of the game and ability to elevate the play of his teammates enabled his teams to win championships at every level of play. He graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Psychology in 2004 and now dedicates his professional life to passing along the wisdom he has accrued to the next generation of players.

US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame Class of 2019

  • Trilogy Lacrosse Co-Founder
  • 3X Member of Team USA
    • Gold Medalist 2002, 2010
    • Silver Medalist 2006
  • ESPN NCAA Lacrosse Analyst 2012 – Present
  • MLL Boston Cannons Attack 2009 – 2014
    • MLL Championship – 2011
  • MLL Philadelphia Barrage Attack 2004 – 2008
  • MLL Championships – 2004, 2006, 2007
    • 6th All-time in Points in MLL History
    • 1st All-time in Assists in MLL History
  • MLL Rookie of the Year 2004
  • MLL All-Star
  • NLL Philadelphia Wings 2011
  • NLL New York/Orlando Titans Forward 2007 – 2010
  • NLL San Jose Stealth 2005 – 2006
  • NLL Champions Cup Finalist – 2009
  • NLL Rookie of the Year 2005
  • NLL All-Star
  • Princeton University 2001 – 2004
  • 4X All American at Princeton University
  • 2X Ivy League Player of the Year
  • 3rd All-time in Points and 2nd in Assists at Princeton University

Rob Lindsey

Co-Founder & Chairman

Rob Lindsey

Co-Founder & Chairman

“We feel a responsibility to make a positive and professional impact on the game and its culture. In additional to exceptional event experiences, we are committed to offering young lacrosse players the most valuable educational opportunity possible- to study from committed master teachers and role models who teach what they do.”

Robert has been a leader in education throughout his life and his vision has shaped Trilogy Lacrosse since its founding. He grew up as a multi-sport athlete in Baltimore, captained Gilman’s State Championship Team in 2000, and was a midfielder on Princeton’s 2001 National Championship Team. He draws inspiration from his late father- one of the game’s all time greats- who was his mentor on and off the field.

Robert seeks to inspire young people to find their passion and realize their potential. He is involved in a wide range of educational programs designed to create transformative experiences. Robert believes in the ancient educational practice of studying with masters who teach what they do.

Robert graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 2004.

Current Educational Leadership

  • Trilogy Lacrosse, Co-Founder & Chairman 2005-
  • Rutgers University India Study Abroad Winter Session, Director 2011-
  • Rutgers University Religion Department, Teacher’s Assistant 2011-
  • Yoga Vida NYC, Director of Yoga Philosophy 2011-

Past Educational Leadership

  • Ecipient Technologies, CEO 2007-2008
  • Baltimore Youth Lacrosse Foundation, Co-Founder & Chairman 2006-2010
  • Mima Music, Trustee 2011-2015
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School, Ski Instructor 2004-2006
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School, Rookie of the Year 2005
  • Guatemalan Lacrosse Festival, Director 2006
  • Foundation for Sustainable Development Chaguitillo, Nicaragua, Community Organizer and Basketball Coach 2003
  • National Youth Center Valparaiso, Chile, Environmental Studies Teacher 2002

Jimmy Vlahakis

President

Jimmy Vlahakis

President

“Lacrosse has been a key part of my life for the last 20 years and has opened up countless opportunities for me. The leadership traits and teamwork lessons I learned at a young age from my lacrosse mentors both on and off the field have been invaluable throughout my career. I am excited to be part of an organization that teaches not only the right way to play the game, but focuses on developing well-rounded student athletes.”

Jimmy was born and raised in Shoreham, a town in Long Island, New York that has developed a strong lacrosse culture. Jimmy grew up playing lacrosse and eventually attended the United States Military Academy, where he was a 3-year starting attackman under the leadership of head coach Jack Emmer. Upon graduation, Jimmy began his service in the Army as a Field Artillery officer based out of Fort Hood, Texas. Over his military career, he served in various Field Artillery and Operations roles all over the globe.

After seven years of service, Jimmy left the Army and entered the NYU Stern School of Business where he completed their program and received his MBA in 2011. Following a passion of his, he started his career in education as a Business Operations Manager at Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City. After running the operations of a high performing elementary school in the Bronx, he moved onto a larger scale facilities and operations management role overseeing the day-to-day facilities management of all 22 schools within the Success Academy network.

A fun fact about Jimmy is that he and his father started the Faceoff Lacrosse Yearbook, an annual preseason preview magazine of the college lacrosse landscape. Jimmy and his father started the magazine in 1994 by cold calling college coaches for up to date information about their respective teams and their upcoming seasons. Jimmy was in charge of locating and organizing stats from previous seasons as well as writing previews for many colleges, a far more complicated task in 1994 than it is today.

Jimmy now lives in New Jersey with his wife Morgan and son Anthony.

Mitch Belisle

VP of Sales & Marketing

Mitch Belisle

VP of Sales & Marketing

“Lacrosse has given me so much; an opportunity to obtain an excellent education, lifelong friends and a chance to see the world. My passion is to grow the sport by teaching young players both on and off the field. I am proud to be a Partner at Trilogy Lacrosse because of our team’s shared commitment to getting the most out of each and every player and running the best lacrosse events in the world.”

Beginning as an offensive midfielder in high school, Mitch Belisle switched to long pole defense at Cornell University. By his senior year in 2007, he led Cornell to the Final Four as a captain, earned 1st team All America honors, and was named the Division I Defenseman of the Year. Mitch’s versatility has enabled him to compete as a member of Team USA and in the MLL and NLL and for nearly a decade, playing both short stick and long pole defense. Mitch’s vast understanding of all aspects of the game coupled with his work ethic and charisma enable him to thrive as a teacher on the field. He earned a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 2007.

  • Team USA 2014
  • MLL Boston Cannons 2009 – Present
  • MLL Champion 2011
  • 3X MLL All Star 2011, 2014, 2015
  • All MLL Team 2011
  • MLL LA Riptide 2007 – 2008
  • NLL Georgia Swarm 2012 – Present
  • NLL Boston Blazers 2009 – 2010
  • NLL New York Titans 2008
  • NCAA Division I Defenseman of the Year 2007
  • 2X All- American at Cornell University 2006 & 2007
  • 2X Academic All-American
  • 2X All-Ivy League
  • Lowe’s Senior CLASS finalist 2007
  • Mario St. George Boiardi Leadership Award 2007

Kevin Mitchell

Director of Events

Kevin Mitchell

Director of Events

“I am very fortunate to have found the game of lacrosse and even luckier to have had such great coaches and teammates. Some of the best moments of my life have happened either on a lacrosse field or because of the sport.

The game of lacrosse has given me a lot in life, so I am excited about the opportunity to join an organization focused on giving back to the sport and teaching the next generation of players the right way to play it. All of the coaches I had when I was growing up instilled in me a love and respect for the game that I hope to pass down to every young player I work with at Trilogy.”

Kevin didn’t pick up a lacrosse stick until the 8th grade and hasn’t put it down since. He was a two sport athlete in high school playing football and lacrosse. One great team followed another, and Kevin’s lacrosse season ended in the championship game for seven years straight. His championship record was 5-2, culminating with captaining the 2009 Division III National Championship team at SUNY Cortland. He graduated cum laude from SUNY Cortland in 2009 with a bachelor’s in Sport Management. He made the Deans List 5 of his 8 semesters.

After college, Kevin worked in the events industry planning charity fundraisers for professional athletes, as well as the on-site sponsor activation for a PGA golf tournament. Before joining Trilogy, he was planning events for a company in the optical industry. Kevin has been coaching at camps and clinics for over 10 years. He has been a volunteer coach for Westfield High School since 2016 and was the head coach for a 6th grade travel team in the area.

Kevin lives in Westfield, NJ with his wife Emma, son Jack and dog Bailey.

2X Division III National Champion at SUNY Cortland 2006 & 2009
Team Captain 2009
2X Division III National Runner Up 2007 & 2008
3X Virginia AAA State Champion at Oakton High School 2003, 2004, 2005
Team Captain 2005

Chris Jurgens

Senior Manager, Operations

Chris Jurgens

Senior Manager, Operations

“The sport of lacrosse has taught me many important lessons throughout my life: the value of hard work, teamwork, and perseverance. I am extremely excited to now be a part of something where I can help provide those lessons to so many student-athletes around the country.”

Chris graduated from University of Delaware in Newark, DE with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management. While at UD, Chris worked in Minor League Baseball for the Wilmington Blue Rocks and on the Operations Team for Delaware’s Division 1 NCAA football team. Prior to joining Trilogy, Chris interned for the Baltimore Ravens in both the marketing department and on gameday event operations during training camp and the 2015-16 season.

Chris was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in Southern California where he attended Westlake High School and played lacrosse for four years. After accepting the position with Trilogy Lacrosse, Chris now lives in Brooklyn.

Bill McGlone

Account Manager

Bill McGlone

Account Manager

“I quickly fell in love with the sport of lacrosse when I was introduced at 13 years old. I had no idea then that this would carve the path of my professional life and become my life’s passion. It has allowed me to further my education at a great school, develop lifelong relationships, travel the world and provide me with my most memorable experiences. Now I have the opportunity to help young men follow their own path that has enabled me with so many possibilities. I love the educational aspect of the game and am grateful to become part of what I think is the best platform for teaching, Trilogy Lacrosse. I am honored and humbled to be on the Trilogy staff.”

As a dominant athletic midfielder, Bill was able to guide the University of Maryland lacrosse team to 3 Final Fours. He was named to the All-American team 3 times (2X first-team) and was a two time captain of the prestigious University. He would go on to play professionally in both the MLL and NLL, being named to the National Lacrosse League’s All-Rookie team in 2007. He had the privilege of representing his country in the World Games in 2003 and 2010. He was also selected as the Head Coach of the 2009 ESPNRise 40 game featuring the top prospects in the country. His vast experiences and wide range of abilities make him a valuable asset. He graduated from University of Maryland with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice in 2006.

Ridley High School (1999-2002)
2x High School All-American (’01 & ’02)
2x PA State Champion (’01 & ’02)
2x Offensive MVP of PA State Championship Game (’01 & ’02)
University of Maryland (2003-2006)
3x All-American (only 2x 1st Team – ’05 & ’06)
2x Captain
2x 1st Team All-Conference
ACC All-Tournament Team
Tewaarton Trophy Candidate
MLL: Baltimore Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Boston Cannons, Ohio Machine
MLL All-Star
NLL: Chicago Shamrox, Toronto Rock, Philadelphia Wings
NLL All-Rookie Team (’07)
ESPNrise Warrior 40 High School All-America Game “Head Coach” (’09)

Carl Jeppesen

Office & Operations Manager

Carl Jeppesen

Office & Operations Manager

“Lacrosse is the best. From an early age, I recognized that this game is unique and that I wanted to be around it as much as possible. I’ve enjoyed playing, coaching, and watching the game. More importantly, I have learned lessons from lacrosse in grit, teamwork and leadership. I have made lifelong friends in teammates and coaches alike. I am excited to share my experience and joy for the game with student-athletes around the country.”

Carl graduated from University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. While at UCONN, Carl was a member of the men’s club lacrosse team on campus. Prior to Trilogy, Carl worked as a Program Coordinator for Incarnation Camp, an overnight and day camp located in Ivoryton, CT.

Carl was born and raised in Guilford, CT on the Connecticut shoreline where he attended Guilford High School and played four years of both lacrosse and football. Upon graduation from college, Carl returned to GHS to coach lacrosse for 3 seasons alongside his former coaches. Since joining Trilogy, Carl has moved to Hoboken, NJ.

Michael Angelo

Digital Content Creator

Michael Angelo

Digital Content Creator

“I am so grateful that, through athletic competition, I learned that if you set your mind to improving, you can and will. I apply that every day to everything I do in my life. It is a pleasure and a thrill to work with a group of like-minded individuals that comprise the Trilogy Lacrosse Family. Together we push each other to be better while pushing all of the students of the game that we come across to be better on and off the field.”

After receiving a Lego Filmmaking Set when he was 8, Michael became passionate about making movies. He followed that passion, and eventually merged it with his other passion, athletics. Michael graduated from Cornell University in 2014 as a member of the Sprint Football program and two summers experience interning for a sports marketing firm in Los Angeles. Before joining Trilogy, Michael worked on a number of projects at VICE Media, including the skateboarding documentary series “Epicly Later’d”. He also worked as a videographer and editor at the food magazine “Saveur”. He looks forward to creating content that excites and motivates every day.

NATIONAL DIRECTORS

Janine Tucker

National Director

Janine Tucker

National Director
Johns Hopkins Head Coach
All-time Winningest Coach in Johns Hopkins History
5X IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year
Janine Tucker brings an incredible amount of experience and is a highly respected member of the lacrosse community. Coach Tucker is the Head Coach of the Johns Hopkins Womens Lacrosse program where she holds the title as the all-time winningest coach in school history with a 271-144 record in 24 seasons. Under the leadership of Coach Tucker, she has helped develop twenty-seven IWLCA All-Americans, one IWLCA Defensive Player of the Year and one Attacker of the Year, two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, four Centennial Conference Players of the Year, two ALC Rookies of the Year, 60 IWLCA All-Region selections and 84 All-Conference selections. In addition, nine of her former players have been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame.
Off the field Janine has played an integral role in the character development of young female athletes. She recently completed a “Lacrosse and Life” journal project sponsored by Under Armour geared towards helping coaches and players of all ages create a healthy and positive team culture.
  • 5x IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year
  • Member of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame
  • 9th Coach in NCAA Division I History to reach 250 wins
  • Author of 6 Books, 4 of which are through the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program:”The Baffled Parents’ Guide To Coaching Girl’s Lacrosse”, “Women’s Lacrosse: An Advanced Guide for Players and Coaches”, “Go To Drills: Developing the Complete Lacrosse Player and Building a Winning Lacrosse Team”, “Building the Modern Attacker”, “Building the Modern Midfielder”, “Building the Modern Defender”
  • Member of the Tewaaraton Selection Committee
  • Member of the Harlem Lacrosse-Baltimore Advisory Board
  • Member of the US LAcrosse Athlete Development Committee
  • Member of the National Board of Advisors for the Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Loyola (MD) Graduate and member of the Greyhound Athletic Hall of Fame

Katherine Simmons

National Director

Katherine Simmons

National Director

“I fell in love with lacrosse with I was thirteen, and my love for it continues to deepen. The roots of lacrosse are tied to community-building, playfulness, and healing, three areas that can define and strengthen culture. Lacrosse is more than just a game; for many, it is a ticket, an open door, a chance to connect and grow in a way you never knew you could.”

Katherine (Kado) Simmons brings passion, dedication, experience and creativity to coaching lacrosse, and is in her fifth year coaching lacrosse at Berkshire School, a prep school in Western MA. Kado began as an assistant varsity lacrosse coach during her first two years at the school, then left to pursue a career in health and fitness in New York City before returning to the squad in 2016 for a season serving as a fitness and recovery specialist. Now, in her second year as head coach at Berkshire, Kado continues to integrate yoga, functional strength training, and mindfulness into the program at Berkshire. She has coached tournaments and clinics with the CT Dodgers, Berkshire Attack, and Lacrosse Masters, and implements lots of new drills and concepts from these teams and other events, like the US Lacrosse Convention. She believes firmly in growing the game, and via her role as Assistant Director of Admission at Berkshire, works closely with the coaches, mentors, and players from Harlem Lacrosse. Berkshire will be home to two HL players next year! She also volunteers for the WNEPSLA Class B Tournament Committee, which is organizing the inaugural tournament this season. Her hard work and commitment to teamwork and to the game of lacrosse inspired her coaches to create the Katherine Simmons “Brick Award” which is given yearly to a Big Red player whose daily hard work and effort contributed most to the team.

IWLCA All-American ‘08
IWLCA First Team All-Region ‘08
IWLCA Academic Honors ‘08
All-Ivy Honors ‘05-’08
Two-time captain ‘07-‘08
Recipient of the Richie Moran Award ‘07
Recipient of the George Boiardi Award ‘08

Sam Hammer

Sam Hammer

Sam Hammer is a professional surfer from Lavallette, New Jersey. His expansive wave knowledge as well as his understanding of weather patterns and swell make him one of the most notable surfers to come out of the East Coast. He’s spent his career traveling to surf the best waves in the world and is often featured in Surfing, Surfer and Eastern Surf Magazine and Surfline.com. He has been sponsored by Billabong for 18 years and is an ESPN X-Games and New Jersey Grudge Match competitor. Sam owns and operates Hammer Surf School, which provides best in class surf instruction with a 3:1 camper-to-teacher ratio, professional staff and proven success.

David Madeira

National Director

David Madeira

National Director

Sam Hammer is a professional surfer from Lavallette, New Jersey. His expansive wave knowledge as well as his understanding of weather patterns and swell make him one of the most notable surfers to come out of the East Coast. He’s spent his career traveling to surf the best waves in the world and is often featured in Surfing, Surfer and Eastern Surf Magazine and Surfline.com. He has been sponsored by Billabong for 18 years and is an ESPN X-Games and New Jersey Grudge Match competitor. Sam owns and operates Hammer Surf School, which provides best in class surf instruction with a 3:1 camper-to-teacher ratio, professional staff and proven success.

Michael Williams

National Director

Michael Williams

National Director

Joe Banno

National Director

Joe Banno

National Director

“When I was growing up, I did not have access to the best coaches. Much of what I know about lacrosse came from hard work, a passion for the game, and lots of trial and error. Now that I am a coach, my goal is to impart that same passion into each and every player I work with. I believe that with a love of the game and hard work, every player can improve, no matter what their skill level. Trilogy camps find a perfect balance between one on one tutoring, and full team coaching. At Trilogy I have the ability to not only work with players individually on the finer points of the game, but I can also help players through the more complex team concepts that are vital to becoming a successful teammate and a well rounded lacrosse player.”

Joe Banno arrived at Haverford College in 2009 as a freshmen goalie, and after an impressive fall ball performance, he earned the starting nod. Joe started all four years while at Haverford, leading the team to it’s first ever victory in a Centennial Conference Championship, and to two NCAA post-season appearances including a trip to the Quarterfinals. Joe was a three-time All-Centennial Conference player and a two-time All-American.

After graduating from Haverford, Joe entered the MLL when he was acquired by the Rochester Rattlers just before the start of the 2013 season. He saw he saw significant playing time in the first game of the season, registering 14 saves on only 5 goals against. From that point on Joe was a regular on the Rattlers’ game roster. At the start of the 2014 MLL season Joe joined the Chesapeake Bayhawks, where he was an active member of the practice squad. After graduating with a BA in History, Joe went on to become a middle school teacher. He has coaching experience at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels.

As a goalie, Joe has an in depth understanding of team defensive schemes and one-on-one defense, as well as an extensive knowledge of complex offensive sets. Joe’s knowledge of all aspects of the game enables him to work with players from all positions and skill levels.

· MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks Goalie 2014
· MLL Rochester Rattlers Goalie 2013
· 2x All-American at Haverford College 2011 & 2012
· 2012 USILA Scholar All-American
· 3x All Centennial Conference
· USILA Division III North/South Classic Senior All-Star Game Participant
· 2012 Gregory Kannerstein ’63 Award Winner by the Haverford College Athletic Department for the individual who has brought distinction to the entire athletic program
· Haverford Men’s Lacrosse Career Record: Most Wins (41)
· Haverford Men’s Lacrosse Career Record: Goals Against Average (7.89)
· Haverford Men’s Lacrosse Single Season Record: Most Wins (13)

Matt Striebel

National Director

Matt Striebel

National Director

“I play lacrosse because I love it—the speed, the intensity, the teamwork, the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction that comes when success is achieved over and through adversity. At Trilogy Lacrosse, we approach the teaching and coaching of lacrosse with the same passion and commitment to excellence that we bring to our play. Nowhere else can you find a community of lacrosse players and coaches so dedicated to the singular values of the game.”

During his career Matt was among the most elite class of lacrosse players in the world. At his peak he was widely considered the best midfielder in the game. His unique combination of athleticism, versatility, and intelligence set him apart as a dynamic playmaker and offensive force. A champion at every level of the game, Matt set professional records in All Star appearances and games played, while compiling one of the most impressive statistical careers for a midfielder ever. His vast knowledge and passion for the game of lacrosse distinguish him as a Trilogy instructor. His energy is contagious and quickly picked up by his players. When not coaching lacrosse, Matt can be found playing pick-up basketball in high school gyms across America. He earned a BA in English from Princeton University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa.

US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame Class of 2019

  • MLL Chesapeake Bay Hawks 2015
  • MLL New York Lizards 2014
  • MLL Rochester Rattlers 2011- 2013
  • MLL Chicago Machine 2009 – 2010
  • MLL Philadelphia Barrage 2001-2008
  • MLL Champion Philadelphia Barrage 2004, 2006 & 2007
  • MLL All Pro 2007 & 2008
  • MVP MLL Championship Game 2007
  • Team USA 2010
  • Silver Medalist Team USA 2006
  • Gold Medalist Team USA 2002
  • NCAA Champion Princeton University 2001
  • NCAA 2X All American Princeton University 2000 & 2001
  • 3X All Ivy League
  • Assistant Coach Princeton University 2005

Brian Farrell

National Director

Brian Farrell

National Director