“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
NBC PLL Lacrosse Analyst 2019 – Present
ESPN NCAA Lacrosse Analyst 2012 – Present
NLL San Diego Seals Scout 2018 – 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
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
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
VP of Girls Lacrosse
VP of Girls Lacrosse
“Sports have been a crucial part of my physical, mental and emotional growth for as long as I can remember. Coaching, mentoring, and facilitating experiences is the best way I can think of to pass on some of the life lessons I have learned. I truly believe that though we cannot prevent adversity in kids’ lives, we can help them build tools to navigate anything that comes their way.”
Founder and Director, LIT4Women
Board Member, Z-Cares Foundation
Board President and Former CEO, The Tenacity Project
Founder and Director of Western Winners Showcase
CEO Sherry Sports LLC, BearLax, Tenacity10
US Lacrosse NorCal Chapter Hall of Fame 2016
Head Coach University of California Berkeley 2007-11
IWLCA Service Award 2009
Chair, IWLCA Recruiting Committee 2009-10
MPSF Coach of the Year 2008
Assistant Coach University of California Berkeley 2006-07
Volunteer Assistant Coach Amherst College 2006
Volunteer Assistant Coach Smith College 2005
FIL U19 World Cup Champion 1999
Player of the Championship Game
Princeton University 2001 – 2004
Tewaaraton Finalist 2004
Midfielder of the Year 2004
Ivy League Player of the Year 2004
2x NCAA Division I National Champion 2002, 2003
7x Ivy League Champion (4x in Lacrosse and 3x in Soccer)
3x First Team All American
4x First Team All-Ivy
3x Team Captain in both Lacrosse and Soccer
Western Massachusetts Lady Pioneers W-League Soccer Team 2004-06
US Developmental Lacrosse Team 2004-05
New Jersey Wildcats W-League Soccer Team 2003-04
“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.
VP of Sales & Marketing
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 over 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
Team USA Indoor 2011
MLL Boston Cannons 2009 – 2018
MLL Champion 2011
3X MLL All Star 2011, 2014, 2015
All MLL Team 2011
MLL LA Riptide 2007 – 2008
NLL NY Riptide Analyst 2019-Current
NLL Georgia Swarm 2012 – 2017
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
Co-Founder & Chairman
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 teachers and role models who teach what they do.”
Rob 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.
Rob seeks to inspire young people to find their passion and realize their potential. He has been involved in a wide range of educational programs designed to create transformative experiences. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 2004 with a B.A in Politics and holds an M.A. from Columbia University in South Asian Religious Studies.
Past Educational Leadership
Rutgers University, Adjunct Professor & Program Director for Hinduism Winter Session in India 2011-2021
Yoga Vida NYC, Director of Yoga History & Philosophy 2011-2021
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
Director of Events
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, two sons, 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
“I am very thankful to have been introduced to the game of lacrosse by a family friend at a young age. It has given me a lot of great memories, teammates and friends over the years. Lacrosse involves different aspects from several sports and that is what made it so attractive to me. I was fortunate enough to play the sport in college and continue to enjoy coaching the game I love.
I am excited to join an organization focused on growing the sport of lacrosse. The entire lacrosse community is always looking for ways to grow the game and Trilogy has done that in various ways. Before joining the company, I had first-hand experience at a Trilogy Spring Break Training trip to Arizona and am excited to join the team.”
Andrew began playing lacrosse in 4th grade in Randolph, NJ. After the team needed a goalie and no one volunteered, Andrew gave it a shot and has played goalie ever since. He was a two-sport athlete at Newark Academy high school from 2005-2008 playing lacrosse and soccer. He was part of the soccer team that won the Non-Public B title his senior year. In lacrosse, he played goalie and was a member of the varsity team for three seasons, helping lead the team to the Essex County and Non-Public B semifinals his senior season. He then continued to Drew University from 2009-2013 where he started his senior year. After playing, Andrew coached the Chatham High School freshman lacrosse team in 2014 before returning to coach at his alma mater, Newark Academy, as a varsity assistant from 2015-19.
Andrew is joining the company after spending nine years at Sirius Satellite Radio as an associate producer on Mad Dog Sports Radio. He also works part time at CBS Sports and has previously worked at MLB Advanced Media, FOX Sports and AOL in various roles. Additionally, he wrote and conducted radio broadcasts for a lacrosse website titled In Lacrosse We Trust where he covered the MLL and NCAA.
Andrew grew up in Randolph, NJ and currently lives in Hoboken, NJ with his girlfriend and cat Ollie.
“Lacrosse has always been a constant in my life no matter where in the world I have been. I have seen firsthand the ability of the game to bridge cultural divides and bring a group of strangers together as a community and turn into a family. Over the years I’ve also had the opportunity to play and grow the game around the globe in places such as Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and China and am excited to see where it reaches next.
I am excited to join the Trilogy Lacrosse team to work with a group who shares the same love and vision for the game. I also look forward to growing and strengthening the lacrosse community through the variety of events and services Trilogy offers.”
Heeral began playing lacrosse in Somerset, New Jersey in 7th grade before his family moved to Pennsylvania. Upon graduating Methacton High School, Heeral continued his playing career at Lock Haven University where he was a member of the Bald Eagles club team. After transitioning away from the game during his time in the Army, Heeral returned to the sport as an assistant at his high school alma mater before moving overseas to China.
Heeral served as a Camp Director at Camp Greenwoods in Beijing, China where he was in charge of bringing American-style summer camps to the Far East. He also coached with Beimei Lacrosse (a local youth club in Beijing), eventually incorporating lacrosse programming into his full-time roles at Camp Greenwoods and later World Strides. Most recently, Heeral served as the Behavioral Lead and Experiential Learning Director at Beijing Field Studies. He returned to the United States in early 2022 where he joined the Trilogy team as Operations Manager.
Heeral currently lives in Chatham, NJ with his dog Digby and is the reigning Beijing Backyard Chili Cook Off People’s Champ.
Brandi Padilla finished her 10th season at San Diego State as an assistant coach after joining the Aztec coaching staff in August 2012. With Padilla serving on the SDSU staff, the Aztecs have garnered 77 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation all-academic honors and 35 all-conference selections.
In her role, Padilla works primarily with the SDSU attack and draw takers, and thanks in part to Padilla’s efforts, San Diego State won a school-record 11 games during the 2018 campaign, culminating in the Aztecs’ first-ever MPSF championship with an 11-10 overtime thriller over UC Davis in the conference title game.
A four-year letterwinner during her collegiate playing career at Maryland, Padilla started at midfielder and helped lead the Terrapins to the 2010 national championship as well as three straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles (2009-11). The Poway, Calif., native landed a spot on the IWLCA All-America team in 2009 to go with all-ACC distinction.
Prior to Maryland, Padilla was a four-sport star at Poway High School in lacrosse, volleyball, basketball and track and field. In lacrosse, she earned all-CIF honors on three occasions and was twice named CIF Player of the Year. Padilla was also a two-time US Lacrosse All-American and she was tabbed an Under Armour All-American in 2007.
The former Brandi Jones is a 2011 graduate of Maryland, earning a bachelor’s degree in family science. She and her husband, Eddie Padilla, a strength and conditioning coach at San Diego State, have four children as of the spring of 2022.
Kylee White, the Head Coach at San Diego State University and the leader of multiple Western Winners Camp Championship teams, is the 2022 Rising Winners Director. A native of London, Ontario, Canada, White has played in four IFWLA World Cups for her native country. After her playing career at The Ohio State University, she has coached at the collegiate level for Stanford, Loyola, and her alma mater, before starting the NCAA Division 1 program at San Diego State in 2012. As a player and coach, White (formerly Kylee Reade) has made an impact across age groups and levels in the United States, and Internationally. Her leadership positions and accolades include: World Cup Silver and Bronze medals, a Hall of Fame induction, Captainships, caused turnover stats leader, and coaching Conference Championship teams, and dozens of All Conference and All American individuals. The former Kylee Reade earned her bachelor of science degree in education in 2002. She and her husband Todd White have two sons, Lincoln and London.
University of Marquette Head Coach
Meredith Black completed her ninth season and tenth year at Marquette in 2020-21. She was named the first head coach in Marquette women’s lacrosse history on Feb. 4, 2011, taking over the program prior to the 2012 season, after which time she oversaw its transformation into an NCAA Division I varsity team before leading it into its first season in 2013.
The former Meredith Simon arrived at Marquette after spending the previous seven years as an assistant coach at Towson, Notre Dame and the University of California-Berkeley. She helped Towson and Notre Dame to a combined four NCAA Championship appearances and coached one season at Cal where she worked with the Golden Bears’ attack and goaltenders.
During her playing career at Notre Dame, Black helped the Fighting Irish to the first two NCAA Championship appearances in school history in 2002 and 2004. She was also the school’s first student-athlete to be named an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) First Team All-American in 2004, while setting the then-Notre Dame single-season scoring mark with 74 points on 46 goals and 28 assists. Black led ND to the NCAA Tournament that season and became the first ND player nominated for the Tewaaraton Award, honoring the nation’s top player.
She was also a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection (2003 and 2004) and was named the BIG EAST Attack co-Player of the Year in 2004.
Black graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in American studies in 2004 and was a four-time dean’s list selection. She prepped at Hunterdon Central High School in New Jersey, where she was a three-sport standout in soccer, basketball and lacrosse.
University of Hartford Head Coach
Meg Decker was hired as the first head coach in Hartford Women’s Lacrosse history in August 2016. Decker joined the Hawks after helping to build the Virginia Commonwealth women’s lacrosse program from scratch as an assistant coach and being a player on the inaugural women’s lacrosse team at the United States Naval Academy.
The Hawks announced the addition of women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport in October 2015 with the program set to begin competition during the 2017-18 school year. The Hawks will be the eighth of the nine America East schools to sponsor women’s lacrosse, with Maine the only conference member without the sport.
Decker spent two years as an assistant to VCU Head Coach Jen O’Brien, assisting with the building of the program from her hiring in 2014 and helping to coach the team in its first season as a varsity program in 2016. In this role, she simultaneously recruited three different recruiting classes, blended recruited student-athletes with existing club team players, and fundraised and marketed for the newly-founded program.
The Rams were ranked highest among the five first-year Division I programs in 2016 and team members earned two Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors and one A-10 Player of the Week laurel. The program won its inaugural game, 21-9 over Gardner-Webb and later earned a conference victory over St. Bonaventure.
Decker has also amassed coaching experience by serving as the head coach of Flash Club Women’s Lacrosse in Tustin, Calif., and as the director of the Whirlwind Lacrosse Tournament in Newport Beach, Calif. She has also been an individual instructor, coaching midfielders and draw specialists nationally.
The native of Catonsville, Md., had a standout playing career, spending two years at Navy (2008-09) and two at Loyola (2010-11). At the college level, she was an All-American in her debut season, finishing sixth in the nation in goals per game and 10th in the nation in draw controls. She was named LaxPower.com National Rookie of the Year that campaign. In total, Decker scored 113 goals and collected 154 draw controls as a collegian. She helped lead Loyola to a Big East championship in her final season and to a school-record 17 wins and an NCAA Quarterfinal appearance.
A two-time All-Big East selection, Decker was invited to the U.S. Lacrosse National Pool Tryouts in 2015. In May of 2016 she was selected in the inaugural United Women’s Lacrosse League Draft by the Philadelphia Force.
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
“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)
“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