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

GUNNER GARN

Goalie University of Michigan 2019.

Founder of big gun goalie lacrosse training as well as an associate goaliesmith coach. Gunner was also an assistant at De La Salle HS.

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. 

EDWARD HILL

Head coach of the boys Varsity Lacrosse team at Monte Vista High School in Danville, Ca. 15+ years coaching youth,HS, College(Club MCLA)

ANDREW ERTOLA

Head coach at Cal HS.

15+ years coaching youth,HS, College(Club MCLA)


JIMMY SHERRER

Jimmy is currently the U14 Head Coach with the Walnut Creek Warriors Lacrosse Club. All-American honors at Bishop O'Dowd and at UC Davis.

LIAM REUME

Head coach of the boys Varsity Lacrosse team at Monte Vista High School in Danville, Ca. 15+ years coaching youth,HS, College(Club MCLA)

DJ SHELTON

TOM LEDIN

BLAKE ATKINS

KARL THOMPSON

NEIL BUTTERFIELD

STEVE FLANAGAN