DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

John Christmas | JC@EncoreBrand.com


Biography | Coach Christmas grew up in Philadelphia PA. He attended Lower Merion high school where he was one of the greatest players in Pennsylvania prep lacrosse history. From there he went to play for at the University of Virginia for the great Dom Starsia. From day one Coach Christmas started and helped lead his team to a NCAA National Championship in 2003. After being named an All American twice in college, John went on to play for the Boston Cannons and Chesapeake Bayhawks (MLL) as well as his hometown Philadelphia Wings (NLL), and is currently playing for LXM Pro. He has vast coaching experience, tutoring dozens of All Americans. He was a co-founder of Dukes Lacrosse, an east coast club powerhouse, helped to start lacrosse programs all over the globe and has coached at the NCAA Division 1 level at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2018 John was the co-offensive coordinator for Uganda National team. John is a founder of Encore lacrosse and lives in San Francisco with his wife Ellie and his son Sky. A true student of the game, John loves to watch lacrosse at all levels in his spare time. Currently, John coaches at De La Salle High School in Concord California.

COACHES & STAFF

Jimmy Sherrer

Jimmy is the head JV coach at De La Salle. All-American honors at Bishop O'Dowd and at UC Davis.

GIO RICO

Gio is our Faceoff specialist coach. A graduate from De La Salle HS, Gio brings intensity, mentorship and a world of knowledge with him. 

Liam Reaume

Liam is an assistant Varsity coach at De La Salle. All-American honors at Brother Rice in Michigan and played division 1 lacrosse at Binghamton in NY. 

NEIL BUTTERFIELD

Neil was an MCLA All-American at Gonzaga University and is the current asst varsity coach at Redwood HS.

Alex Cole

 Alex was a stand at LSM at De La Salle and took his playing experience to George Washington (MCLA). Alex now coaches several club and rec programs around the bay area while being an assistant JV coach at De La Salle.

STEVE FLANAGAN

Steve has been serving the east bay lacrosse community and wider for more than 15 years. His ability to develop players, hold players accountable and keep them motivated is second to none in youth lacrosse.