Board of Directors


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Stan Cockerton

Term: Four Years (June 2012 – June 2016)
Birthplace: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Currently Residing: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

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Stan Cockerton was an instrumental leader in the 2008 merger of the International Lacrosse Federation (men’s international lacrosse organization) with the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse (IFWLA). Cockerton was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003 for his contributions as a record setting scorer. Cockerton was an outstanding box lacrosse athlete but achieved his greatest success in the field game. He toiled for the North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) from 1977 to 1980, scoring 193 goals and 280 points — both all-time Atlantic Coast Conference records. A First Team All-Star in each of his four NC State seasons and a two-time conference MVP, he also achieved First Team All American status three times. Cockerton joined the Canadian National team that captured gold in the 1978 world field championships in England — Stan scored six goals and three assists, including the overtime winning goal, in the 17-16 victory over the U.S. Cockerton also participated as a player in the 1982 and 1990 world championships and as an assistant coach in 1986. A graduate of the fabled Oshawa Green Gaels junior box lacrosse team during which time he was twice named the league MVP, Cockerton played in only 60 senior games with the Brooklin Redmen (Whitby, ONT) but racked up 282 points. He is currently Executive Director of the Ontario Lacrosse Association.

Vice President

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Steve Stenersen

Term: Four Years (August 2014 – July 2018)
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Currently Residing: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Steve Stenersen has been a guiding force behind the national and international development of lacrosse for thirty years. He has served as executive director and, now, president and CEO of US Lacrosse since 1998, and the organization continues to lead the sport through unprecedented growth.

In 1984, Stenersen became the executive director of the Lacrosse Foundation. He led the transformation of the organization, which dated to 1959, by increasing membership by 700 percent to over 17,000 members. He also led the creation of a national network of chapters to unify development efforts in areas throughout the country, and supervised fundraising and construction of the first national headquarters for the sport in 1991, as well as a subsequent facility expansion in 1997. In the mid-90s, he played a leading role in the merger of eight national lacrosse organizations to form the sport’s first national governing body. The result of those efforts was the creation of US Lacrosse, which began operations on Jan. 1, 1998. The organization has since invested more than $150 million into the sport’s national development. US Lacrosse has more than 430,000 members in 68 regional chapters throughout 45 states.

As the chief staff executive for US Lacrosse, Stenersen reports to the organization’s 25-member national Board of Directors, which sets organizational policy and strategic direction. He also serves as the chief staff liaison to the US Lacrosse Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization governed by a 27-member Board of Directors, the mission of which is to provide additional financial resources to support US Lacrosse operations.

US Lacrosse provides national structure and leadership for the sport and offers comprehensive resources focused on sustaining positive growth. The organization has a staff of 83 at its national headquarters in Baltimore and engages hundreds of leadership volunteers throughout the country at board, committee and subcommittee levels. Stenersen is now leading efforts to fund and construct a 45,000-square-foot National Lacrosse Center, which will serve as the organization’s new headquarters and the national training center for US Teams. The facility will also incorporate the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame.

Stenersen has traveling extensively throughout the United States and visited more than 20 nations on five continents to support lacrosse development efforts. From 1993 to 2003, he chaired the International Lacrosse Development Committee, a joint committee of the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) and the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA). In that role, he led initiatives focused on expanding the sport throughout the world. Stenersen also served on an eight-person committee that led the unification of these two international federations, which culminated in the formation of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) in 2008. The FIL has 50 member nations on six continents, and is coordinating and supporting lacrosse development efforts in a number of nations. Stenersen serves as the United States’ delegate to the FIL and was elected as the FIL’s Vice President in 2014.

A Baltimore native, Stenersen played college lacrosse at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of two national championship teams, including his senior season when he was a team captain. Stenersen continued his playing career after college with the Mt. Washington Club. Stenersen has a B.A. in Journalism from the University in North Carolina and also attended the University of Baltimore for graduate study in Publication Design.

Stenersen has received recognition for his contributions to the sport on a number of occasions, including the Mt. Washington Cup (1986), the Krongard Trophy (1990), the Vail Lacrosse Shootout 25th Anniversary Award (1997), the Bernie Ulman Award (1998), the International Lacrosse Development Award (2005) and the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Peter Kohn Award (2014). In 2008, he was recognized by Sports Events magazine as one of the top 25 innovators and influencers in the sports industry. Stenersen has been inducted into St. Paul’s Athletic Hall of Fame (2008), the Greater Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2009), and the North Carolina Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2014). He received the St. Paul’s School Outstanding Alumnus Award (2010) and a Smart CEO Magazine Future 50 Award (2014).

Steve was the past president (2013 – 2014) of the Board of The Baltimore Station, a residential addiction recovery program that serves veterans transitioning from the cycle of poverty, substance abuse and homelessness to self-sufficiency. He is a member of the National Sports Concussion Coalition (NSCA) Board, the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) National Advisory Board, the Association of Chief Executives of Sport (ACES) Board, and the Tewaaraton Foundation Board. He has represented US Lacrosse on numerous task forces and working groups across sport, including the United States Olympic Committee Working Group for Safe Training Environments (2010). Steve is also a member of St. Paul’s School Board of Trustees and a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program (2012).

Steve and his wife, Garvey, have two children, Audrey and Cole. The family resides in Butler, MD.

Director of Finance

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Ron Balls

Term: Four Years (June 2014 – June 2016)
Birthplace: Suffolk, England
Currently Residing: Essex, England

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Born and educated in England, Ron started to play lacrosse at the age of 20 being introduced to the game by a school friend. He played for the Buckhurst Hill (Essex) club and at County and South of England level.

He organised the competitive league structure in the South of England over the period 1969 -2004. He has served on the English Lacrosse Association board since its inception in 1997. Prior to that he was on the board of the Men’s organisation in England (English Lacrosse Union) and was a prime mover of the amalgamation of the Men’s and Women’s organisation into a single National Governing Body.

During his time as a senior officer of firstly the English Lacrosse Union and then the English Lacrosse Association he served on a team of volunteers and professional staff which has overseen significant increases in lacrosse participation in England particularly in the university and college area. There are now over 25,000 members of English Lacrosse and nearly 200 teams in over 80 Universities playing lacrosse.

Over his career English Lacrosse has successfully hosted the 1978,1994 and 2010 Men’s World Championships , the 2001 Women’s World Cup and the 1999 Men’s and women’s European Championships and is planning to host the both the 2017 Women’s World Cup and the 2018 Men’s World Championship.

In the pre-FIL days he was the Secretary / Treasurer on the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) over the periods 1975-78 and 1990-94. In those days the role rotated around the ILF members depending on who was hosting the next Championship. Following a change in the structure of the ILF he took on the Competitions role.

In 2006 he was asked to join the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) / ILF Unification Board which late became the Transition Board leading to the formation of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). In 2008 he was elected as the FIL Board member responsible for Finance and has also continued with the Men’s Competition role.

In his professional life he spent 40 years in the telecommunications corporate sector with the last role, prior to retirement, being a responsibility for the planning of and financial investment in the UK telecommunications network.

During the latter part of his career he sat on Government and NATO committees to assist in the planning of civil communications networks.

In 1998 he was “loaned” to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU – the telecommunications part of the United Nations, based in Geneva) to lead the Y2K telecommunications task force which necessitated considerable world- wide travel.

On a personal note Ron is married, his wife is a trained teacher and has recently retired from a second career as Wardrobe Mistress to the Royal Ballet School in London. He has two daughters, the eldest a Dance teacher and the younger one currently living in Australia is in marketing in the cosmetics industry.

Director of Development

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Tom Hayes

Term: Four Years (June 2012 – June 2016)
Birthplace: Floral Park, New York, United States
Currently Residing: Carbondale, Pennsylvania, United States

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Tom Hayes, a 1989 United States National Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, led Sewanhaka High School to consecutive championships in 1956, 1957, and 1958 as a midfielder and earned first-team All-County honors in his senior year. He went on to Penn State University where he earned All-American honors twice and led the Nittany Lions to the conference championship in 1962. Hayes began his coaching career at Penn State as the Freshman Team coach in 1967 and became the assistant varsity coach in 1968. He then moved to Drexel University, serving as head coach from 1969–1974. His teams made two USILA Tournament appearances, and he produced three All-Americans. After five years at Drexel, Hayes became the head coach at Rutgers University and remained in that capacity from 1975–2000. His teams were ranked in the Top 20 from 1975 to 1998. Rutgers made five NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure and produced 57 All-Americans. His overall coaching record was 243-162 over 32 seasons. Hayes has also been involved with the International Lacrosse Federation throughout his career. He served as the organization’s president from 1994-2002, vice-president from 1974-1978, secretary-treasurer from 1978-1982, general delegate from 1974-1994, Marketing Committee Chair from 2001 to present, and Development Committee Chair from 2003 to present. In recognition for his contributions to international lacrosse, the ILF’s U-19 championship trophy is named in his honor. Hayes was on the US Lacrosse Foundation Board of Directors from 1985-1987. He was President of the US Lacrosse Coaches Association from 1990-1994. He was USILA Rules Committee Chairman from 1975-1979 and USILA International Games Committee Chairman from 1973-1994. Hayes was US General Manager of Team USA in 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, and 1990. He was a Pre-Olympic Tournament Committee member in 1984. His many honors include: Head Coach of North-South College All-Star game in 1977 and 1998; USILA Man of the Year 1974 and 1987; Assistant Coach in the North-South All-Star Game in 1975; Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee in 1989; Sewanhaka High School Hall of Fame inductee in 1996; New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee in 1997; USILA Frenchy Julien Service Award recipient in 2000; and New Jersey Lacrosse Man of the Year winner in 2000. He was inducted into the United States National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1989.

Director of Women’s Lacrosse

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Shelley Maher

Term: Four Years (June 2012 – June 2016)
Birthplace: Kerang, Victoria, Australia
Currently Residing: Delmar, New York, United States

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Shelley was introduced to lacrosse as a physical education student at college in the late 1980’s. She decided that lacrosse offered her a combination of several sports she had played during primary and high school (tennis, netball, softball and hockey) and starting playing for Williamstown Women’s Lacrosse Club, a western suburb club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1990. She was fortunate to have represented Victoria as a senior player on several occasions, as well as a Senior Team Manager a handful of times.

Shelley is currently the Director of Wellness (Athletics, Counseling and Health Services and Residential Life) at Emma Willard School, a private girls boarding school in Troy, New York. As part of her role, she is the Assistant Coach for the Varsity Lacrosse team.

Shelley has held many administrative positions including President of Women’s Lacrosse Victoria, Lacrosse Victoria and Women’s Lacrosse Australia. She was appointed the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s Director in 2008, and has recently been reappointed to the FIL Board for another further 4 years, with her term expiring in June 2016. Shelley is very pleased to witness the expansion of women’s lacrosse globally and was extremely privileged to oversee the largest ever Women’s World Cup in Canada in July, 2013. The 2015 U19 Women’s World Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland will also be the largest U19 event ever held, and Shelley is excited to be returning to the birthplace of women’s lacrosse.

Director of Men’s Lacrosse

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Terry Harding

Term: Four Years (July 2014 – July 2018)
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
Currently Residing: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Terry was introduced to lacrosse in elementary school and was part of the group of youth in his hometown that formed the inaugural local club team. He instantly developed a passion for the sport and played indoor (box) lacrosse for his hometown team up to and including junior. He continued to play box at the senior level and it was at this time that he was introduced to the field game. Starting a family and building his engineering career left little time for lacrosse and he was not involved in the game for 17 years. It was actually his younger son, Ross, who pulled Terry back into lacrosse. Ross was an avid lacrosse fan, especially for Johns Hopkins.

Terry returned to lacrosse as a referee and coach. He coached a local high school team and the provincial senior men’s team. He took the senior men’s team to five national championship tournaments, winning silver in the first year followed by four gold medals. During those five years, the team lost only one game at national championship tournaments.

As a referee, Terry has participated at 17 national championships. Terry’s introduction to international lacrosse goes back to 1986 when he was a volunteer at the ILF Men’s World Championship in Toronto, Canada. He has served as part of the officiating team at 6 ILF/FIL world championship events, including as an assessor.

Terry first joined the Men’s Rules Committee in 2009 and was appointed chair of the committee in 2010. Terry and the Rules Committee have worked very closely with the men’s Officiating Committee and their counterparts in the women’s sector. During this time, men’s lacrosse has grown significantly around the globe. With that, there has been significant development and growth of the men’s officiating program around the world, increasing both the number of international referees and the quality of their on-field performance.

Terry and his wife, Sheila, are now empty nesters. They reside in Saskatoon, Canada and are avid sailors.

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