David Barry, Assistant Program Manager, Coach Across America
As an alumnus of MetroLacrosse, I have personally experienced the great opportunities offered through MetroLacrosse. The program is unrivaled in its ability to provide under-priviledged kids the resources to get outside and get active while promoting the healthy relationships and development that come from a team sport. I am glad to be working for the program that did so much for me as a participant
David came to MetroLacrosse through the AmeriCorps Coach Across America (CAA) program. An alumnus of the program, David has been involved as a participant since 2006, and as a staff member since 2013. Growing up in Dorchester, sports had always been a priority for David, and when he was introduced to MetroLacrosse, through his older brother, he hopped right on board. A graduate of Boston Latin School, David currently attends the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Eileen Barrer, Senior High School Program Manager
I love the depth of the organization; it is not just about playing lacrosse but about being on a team and growing as a person and student.
Eileen came to MetroLacrosse through the AmeriCorps Coach Across America (CAA) program. She attended The College of Wooster where she earned a dual-degree in Sociology and Africana Studies. Eileen was a four year member of the varsity women’s field hockey team as well as the women’s lacrosse team at Wooster; serving as the captain for each team in 2010 and 2011 respectively. She has volunteered as a coach to many youth sports teams and was a Big Brother Big Sister of America Mentor from 2008-2011.
Kevin Blackmur, Assistant Program Manager, Coach Across America
I have participated in sport my whole life and it has had a huge influence on it and not just in a time sense. It has helped shape me into who I am today through the lessons that I learned on and off the field and this is due to the great coaches I have had in the past. I now want to be able to help give kids the same positive experience I gained through playing sports.
Kevin came to MetroLacrosse through the AmeriCorp Coach Across America (CAA) program. He recently graduated from Lynchburg College in May 2013 where he earned a degree in Sport Management and a minor in Coaching. Kevin was a member of the varsity men’s lacrosse team and finished up his career at Lynchburg on the club team as the defensive captain. He has had an extensive coaching career with Boston Laxachusetts, Cape Cod Lacrosse and Lincoln Maritime Center. Kevin is a lifelong player growing up in Hingham, MA and then later playing at Xaverian Brothers High School.
Pat Cronin, Youth & Junior Program Manager
I played for MetroLacrosse throughout high school and the lessons I learned through lacrosse helped me mature as an athlete, and more importantly, as a young adult.
Pat first joined MetroLacrosse as a participant at the age of 12. He participated in MetroLacrosse through high school before attending the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he earned a degree in Business Management. While at UMass, Pat was the captain of their club lacrosse team. In May 2013, Pat re-joined MetroLacrosse as our Youth & Junior Program Manager, where he assists in running our programs.
Katy Fitzgerald, Senior Youth & Junior Program Manager
MetroLacrosse has a great philosophy for helping Boston youth grow into healthy participants in society through the sport of lacrosse.
Katy came to MetroLacrosse through the AmeriCorps Coach Across America (CAA) program. She attended University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she earned a dual-degree in Exercise and Sport Science and German Studies. Katy was a member of the UNC Women’s Lacrosse Team as well as the US Women’s National Team; winning many honors including Under Armor All-American (2007) and IWLCA All-Regional 2nd Team (2011).
Adam Hazen, Assistant Program Manager, Coach Across America
Sport can be one of the most powerful factors in a child’s growth. As an alumnus of MetroLacrosse, I learned how to become a better lacrosse player and a better person. I had many opportunities available to me because of what I learned there. I am excited to have the opportunity to help the youth currently participating in MetroLacrosse better their lives through sport by using my love for the sport and unwavering belief in the mission of MetroLacrosse.
Adam came to MetroLacrosse through the AmeriCorps Coach Across America (CAA) program. He graduated from Curry College where he earned a degree in Business Management. He is an alumnus of the program, having played for the Seabridge (Cambridge) Storm and the Allston/Brighton Achieve and has also been an active volunteer for MetroLacrosse.
Adam has been involved with the sport of lacrosse since he was 11 years old. He worked for the Boston Cannons professional outdoor lacrosse team as the team’s Assistant Equipment Manager for the past 13 seasons.. He also has experience managing lacrosse programs at the collegiate level for the Men’s Lacrosse teams at Southern New Hampshire University and at Curry College.
Kim Herrig, Managing Director
MetroLacrosse gives students the tools and opportunities to do excellent things. Yes, they learn how to play lacrosse but they also learn how to make good choices, how to be a quality teammate and how to strive for success…all things that will translate well to their personal and professional lives.
Kim joined MetroLacrosse in April 2011. As a lifelong athlete, Kim was drawn to MetroLacrosse by the prospect of blending her love of sports with her passion for business.
Before joining the team at MetroLacrosse, Kim was a business and operations manager in the construction industry and a volunteer basketball coach in Brookline, MA. Kim earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Hamilton College and a Master of Business Administration at Simmons College. Kim was a four year Varsity basketball player at Hamilton and a semi-pro tackle football player with the New England Intensity; serving as captain of the Intensity for three seasons and earning all-pro honors as well as being inducted into the New England Intensity Hall of Fame. Originally from Upstate New York, Kim currently resides in Roslindale, MA.
Mary Laughna, Assistant Program Manager, Coach Across America
Sports have improved the quality of my life greatly not just by adding order to my life but by taking me places and countries that I would have never gone to otherwise. I think that these opportunities should not be limited by a child’s economic status. MetroLacrosse gives kids opportunities that they might not have been able to do before. It helps kids bring structure to their lives through a program filled with caring individuals.
Mary joins MetroLacrosse through AmeriCorps Coach Across America (CAA) program. She recently graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in Sociology. Mary was drawn to MetroLacrosse as it combines her passions of sports and working with children. She brings a great amount of sports experience to MetroLacrosse, having played soccer, lacrosse, and basketball, then coached soccer at the high school level.
Mike Levin, President and CEO
I know that lacrosse can be a driving force for achievement in a young person’s life and I love coming to work everyday trying to create experiences that will change a child’s life. The lessons learned through the sport are critical and I believe that all children deserve access to these lessons in the same way that they deserve access to top notch academic instruction.
Having been away for a short time, Mike re-joined the MetroLacrosse team as President and CEO in March of 2012. Previously, Mike served in a number of roles at the organization including as Director of National Summer Programs and as the head coach of the MetroLacrosse high school boy’s team, the Boston Bulldogs. Mike has coached at Boston College, Holy Cross and Harvard University as well.
Mike is a graduate of Brown University, holds a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, and is a certified teacher. Mike grew up in Rochester, NY, played football and lacrosse, and was a High School All-American in Lacrosse. At Brown, Mike earned All-American honors in 2002 and 2004, was an All-Ivy League performer from 2002-2004, and was recognized as the New England Player of the Year in 2004. Mike played in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) from 2004-2010 and was selected as an MLL All-Star in 2006 and 2009. Mike won two MLL Championships, one with the Rochester Rattlers in 2008 and another with the Chesapeake Bayhawks in 2010.
Alex Maeder, Development & Volunteer Manager
MetroLacrosse realizes that it’s important to serve kids for numerous years. Their program works with children from elementary school through high school, meaning they can instill positive values over the course of a child’s entire youth.
Alex joined our team at MetroLacrosse in July 2012. As Development & Volunteer Manager he leads day to day operations and implementation of all development and marketing programs. In addition, he manages our team of volunteers and ensures that they have a positive experience volunteering at MetroLacrosse.
Alex brings great experience to MetroLacrosse. For the last five years he served as the Events Manager at America SCORES New England a local non-profit that provides after-school soccer and writing programs for inner-city youth. An avid soccer player, Alex is a firm believer in the positive role athletics play in the upbringing of children. He has earned many awards and honors in athletics since he was a kid and continues to be active in sports as an adult. Alex earned an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Tufts University.
Gloria Ramos, Community Program Manager
As a former participant, MetroLacrosse helped me excel on and off the field. The program helps the youth of Boston in many different ways. Not only does the organization help a child learn how to be active and healthy through a sport like lacrosse but it also teaches him or her how to be a positive and responsible young adult.
Gloria joined the MetroLacrosse team in February 2014 and is currently the Community Program Manager. In this position, she is the primary staff member responsible for continuing to strengthen relationships with key community partners, and identifying new individuals who can serve as advocates for our programs, in order to continue the growth and efforts of recruiting participants for the spring you and junior teams. Some other responsibilities Gloria manages are, job shadowing and the Coaches In Training program for our high school students, our eight week winter recruitment process; where sixty minute introductory lacrosse clinics are scheduled at different schools in the Boston and Chelsea community, and seasonal lacrosse enrichments with several schools in the area.
Gloria was a MetroLacrosse participant from 2001-2007, worked as a counselor at SummerBounce, and was also a Coach Across America. A native of East Boston, Gloria received both her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and MBA from Bentley University.