Board of Directors

President

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Stan Cockerton

Email: stan.cockerton@filacrosse.com
Term: Four Years (June 2012 – June 2016)
Birthplace: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Currently Residing: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Biography

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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Feffie Barnhill

Email: feffie.barnhill@filacrosse.com
Term: Two Years (June 2012 – June 2014)
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Currently Residing: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Biography

Feffie Barnhill has been involved at all levels of lacrosse in her 40 plus years of coaching and administrating. Feffie has served as the President of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association and, in 1993, she served as Vice President of the US Women’s Lacrosse Association. Feffie led this group into a merger with US Lacrosse in 1998 and then served as Chair of US Lacrosse, Inc. Internationally, she was a Vice President of the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse (IFWLA) from 1998. When the IFWLA merged in 2008 with the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF- the men’s international lacrosse counterpart organization) to form the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL), Barnhill served as President until 2010. After two years, as per the merger agreement, Barnhill took on the role of Vice-President of the FIL.

Barnhill’s 14-year lacrosse playing career, included helping Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA) to a record of 42-2-1 during four years of varsity lacrosse. She was awarded 18 varsity letters at Ursinus in a combination of 5 women’s sports. This was followed by achieving great success as a coach. Feffie began her coaching career at St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, Va. (1975-81) and then moved to the collegiate ranks at the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA) from 1981 to 1999. Feffie led William & Mary to a record of 151-81-1 in her 18 years at the College, including six NCAA tournament appearances and four conference championships. The highlight of her international coaching career was her appointment as the Assistant Coach for the gold-medal winning U.S. World Cup team in 1989. Later, Barnhill served as the National Coach for Lacrosse Scotland Women’s Squad.

Barnhill was inducted into the United States National Lacrosse Hall of Fame for contributions in the fields of coaching, development and service in 2006. She has also been inducted into the Ursinus and William & Mary Athletic Halls of Fame, as well as the Charlottesville, VA. Chapter and the Delaware Chapter Halls. Feffie has been recognized for her leadership. She has been awarded: the USWLA Nancy Chance Award, the IWLCA Exceptional Coaching Award and, in 2009, was made an IFWLA Honorary Life Member.

Director of Finance

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Ron Balls

Email: ron.balls@filacrosse.com
Term: Four Years (June 2010 – June 2014)
Birthplace: Suffolk, England
Currently Residing: Essex, England

Biography

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

Email: tom.hayes@filacrosse.com
Term: Four Years (June 2012 – June 2016)
Birthplace: Floral Park, New York, United States
Currently Residing: Carbondale, Pennsylvania, United States

Biography

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

Email: shelley.maher@filacrosse.com
Term: Four Years (June 2012 – June 2016)
Birthplace: Kerang, Victoria, Australia
Currently Residing: Delmar, New York, United States

Biography

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 more recently has commenced some coaching duties, and is currently the Assistant Women’s Coach for Sage College, a division 3 school in the Skyline Conference. To round off her on field involvement, Shelley also is a national umpire (Australia) and has officiated several State League finals in Melbourne, as well as Australian Women’s Senior National Championships.

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 looks forward to overseeing the largest ever Women’s World Cup in Canada in July, 2013.

Director of Men’s Lacrosse

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Jack Emmer

Email: jack.emmer@filacrosse.com
Term: Four Years (June 2010 – June 2014)
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Currently Residing: Skaneateles, New York, United States

Biography

Jack Emmer recently retired from Army as the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach with 326 career victories. He is one of only two coaches to have guided three teams (Cortland, Washington and Lee, Army) to the NCAA tournament, and he coached the 2002 U.S. Men’s Team to the International Lacrosse Federation World Championship. Three times the USILA named him a divisional coach of the year and in 2003 that organization honored him with the Howdy Meyers Man of the Year Award. Emmer was a second-team All-American defenseman at Rutgers, where he also enjoyed a stellar football career. His lacrosse peers voted him team MVP in 1967, which he concluded with an appearance in the USILA’s North-South All-Star Game. He was inducted into the United States National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005. Three US Lacrosse chapters – Charlottesville (Virginia), Hudson Valley (New York) and Long Island Metro (New York) – have also inducted him into their respective halls of fame.

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