Karin Pierson Brower
Chatham High School '88
The College of William and Mary '92
Head Coach, University of Pennsylvania
Karin Pierson Brower became the head coach of women's lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Taking over a team that won only one game the previous year, she has led her teams to more wins (36) than in any five-year span since the 1985 season, currently mentoring with a 36-42 record. Highlighting her tenure with the Quakers was guiding the squad to their first-ever berth in the ECAC Championship game in 2001, eventually falling to Johns Hopkins, following a then- career-best eight-win campaign.
Brower began her career at Chatham High School, playing at center for three years. In addition to serving as team captain, she was named all-league in her senior season (1988), the first year the honor was designated.
Brower went on to play at The College of William and Mary, where she was a dual-sport athlete in field hockey and lacrosse and a four-year varsity starter for both squads. As an undergraduate at William & Mary, Brower captained both the field hockey and lacrosse teams as a senior in 1992. She earned first-team All-America honors and was named Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year in lacrosse as a senior and was a Regional All-American in field hockey in the fall of 1991. In the summer of 1991, Brower was a member of the Under-23 National Lacrosse team which faced Great Britain. Following her college career, Brower was a member of the United States Women's Lacrosse team from 1993-96.
She began her coaching career as an assistant lacrosse coach at Rutgers University before serving as an assistant lacrosse coach at Villanova University for a year. She then moved on to her alma mater, where she was an assistant field hockey coach. After a successful year at William & Mary, Brower took the head lacrosse job at Drew University. She led Drew to a pair of conference championships in only two years and was active in organizing clinics and winter leagues. Prior to her arrival at Penn, she was an assistant coach at Princeton University from 1996-98 where she was instrumental in all aspects of the nationally-ranked lacrosse program, with a particular emphasis on recruiting. She organized clinics for high school student-athletes and was the assistant director of both the Princeton Tiger Camp and the Princeton Elite Camp.
In addition to her coaching duties, Brower has served as a board member of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association and has also been the director for the Lawrenceville Girls Lacrosse Camp, the USA Lacrosse Camp and the "Shoot to Score" Lacrosse Camp. She has served as a chairperson of the Mid-Atlantic All-America committee since 2000 and was a member of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Ranking Committee from 2001-2003. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.
Columbia High School '83
Towson University '87
Mark DeCicco enjoyed a three-year career on defense at Columbia High School before graduating in 1983. He was chosen as the Columbia High School "Player of the Game" 16 times during his three-year career and was named to the first team All-State squad in 1983 after having been previously selected as a second-team All-Stater in 1981 and 1982. In addition to serving as team captain, he helped Columbia to the 1982 New Jersey State hampionship. DeCicco was selected as a high school All-America in 1983, and was one of only two players from New Jersey selected to the U.S. all-star high school lacrosse team that same year.He played in the 1983 North/South All-Star game and served as captain of the North squad, and then went on to become the first recruit and first full scholarship player at Loyola College in 1983. He played for two years at Loyola before transferring to and graduating from Towson University.
In 1987, he began playing in the Maryland Lacrosse Club, guiding the squad to the Maryland club championships in 1987, 1988, and 1991. He served as captain of MLC in 1991, and again 1995-1997.
He was drafted by the Philadelphia Wings as a forward in 1987. In addition to serving as captain for three years, he helped the Wings to the lacrosse World Championships in 1989 and 1990.
DeCicco is presently an official for Maryland and New Jersey high schools, serving since 1996, and colleges, since 2001, and has also been a member of the Southern Lacrosse Officials Association since 1996 and the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials Association since 2003.
He currently resides in Elkton, Md, and has a 10-year old son, Connor.
Mark D. Hellenack
Matawan Regional High School '78
Kean University '83
A 1978 graduate of Matawan Regional HS, Mark Hellenack played for two years as a member of Kean University's crease attack before his graduation in 1983. He also played for 10 years in various New Jersey lacrosse club teams, serving as a head coach in the Jersey Shore Lacrosse Club from 1985-1987. Hellenack became a member of the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials Association in 1984, serving until 1989 and earning a special recognition award in 1993. He was one of the founding members of the New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation in 1984, serving as the executive director of the organization from 1984-1994. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Garden State Games and the War of the Shore tournament, earning recognition as the New Jersey Man of the Year in 1989.
After moving to Minnesota Hellenack coached the Minnesota Chill Under-15 and Under-17 developmental squads from 1989-1990 before becoming head coach of the Hopkins High School boys team, coaching from 1997-2001. In five seasons, he guided the team to a 28-20 record, earning two state championships in 1997 and 1998. Hellenack was instrumental in the founding of the Minnesota Lacrosse Foundation chapter in 1995 and served as president from 1995-2001.
He took over the head coaching job at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN in 2003, with the team garnering a 15-12 record during his tenure and capturing the 2004 Upper Midwest Lacrosse League "B" Championship.
He currently resides in Hopkins, Minnesota with wife Zoe and two dogs, Greta and Fudge.
Deanna Beuerle Knobloch
Moorestown High School '86
Trenton State College '91
Head Coach, Moorestown High School
A four-year competitor at Moorestown High School from 1983 to 1986, Deanna Beuerle Knobloch was a standout on defense. In 1986 was named first team all-South Jersey, and went on to play with Trenton State College from 1987 to 1990. Beuerle Knobloch was instrumental in the Lions bid for two consecutive Division III national championships in 1987 and 1988. She was selected as a collegiate All-America as well as all-conference in 1989 and 1990.
After graduating from TSC, Beuerle Knobloch took over the head coaching reigns at her scholastic alma mater, Moorestown, in 1992. In her 13-year career at Moorestown she has guided her squads to an overall 238-15-4 record. In 2001 and 2002, Lacrosse Magazine ranked her teams #1 in the nation.Moorestown captured state titles in 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, and Beuerle Knobloch was named New Jersey Coach of the Year in 1995 and again from 2000 to 2003 by various local southern NJ papers. In 2002, the Philadelphia Inquirer crowned her the New Jersey "All-Sports" Coach of the Year, and the Newark Star-Ledger named her state Coach of the Year in 2003.
Beuerle Knobloch is a member of the Women's Lacrosse Club of South Jersey, and has served as the vice president of the club from 2000 to 2004. She also runs the annual Moorestown Lacrosse Festival, and organizes the annual South Jersey Senior All-Star game. For three years, (2000-2003) Beuerle Knobloch coached the South squad at the NJ Jamboree.
A life-long resident of Moorestown, NJ, Beuerle Knobloch teaches physical education at Moorestown. Married to K.C., who has been her assistant coach for the past 5 years, they have a daughter Kacey and son Shane.
Anne Allen Nicholson
Moorestown High School '83
Loyola College '87
Anne Allen Nicholson competed with Moorestown High School for three years as a member of the attack, helping the squad to the 1983 New Jersey state championship. Allen Nicholson was selected first team all-county in 1981, 1982, and 1983, and was named the 1983 Attack Player of the Year. She went onto play at Loyola College for four years, where she was named all-conference in 1984, 1985, and in 1986. An All-America selection in 1985, 1986, and 1987, she was selected to play on the North South All-Star game in 1987. Allen Nicholson played with the U.S. squad in 1984 and 1985, and continued to play competitively after college with the West Jersey Women's Lacrosse Association for nine years. She was later named, in 2000, one of the Newark Star-Ledger's "Top 10 Lacrosse Players of the Century."
Presently the director of Girls and Youth Lacrosse Development for Tri-State Lacrosse, she also coached for five years in the Moorestown recreational program and served as director of the program from 2000-2003. In addition, she coached for the tri-state team in 2003-2004.
Allen Nicholson served as president of the West Jersey Women's Lacrosse Association from 1999-2001. She is currently coaching for the new South Jersey Select lacrosse program, and is a member of the Moorestown Lacrosse Club board of Directors.
She currently resides in Moorestown, NJ with her husband Peter and sons Pete and Chris.
Robert R. Ott
Montclair High School '74
University of Maryland '79
A 1974 graduate of Montclair High School, where he played for four years as a member of the midfield, Robert Ott helped his team win the Gibbs Division championship in 1972, 1973, and 1974. A first team all-state selection in 1973 and 1974, Ott was also a first team high school All-America selection 1973 and 1974 and was named the New Jersey High School Outstanding Player in 1974.
Ott went on to play at the University of Maryland from 1975-1979, with the Terps winning the national championship in his red-shirt freshman year. He was named all-Atlantic Coast Conference three straight years, 1977-1979, and was also a four-time All-America selection-named third team in 1976 and 1977, honorable mention in 1978, and second team in 1979. The Terps competed in the NCAA tournament each of his four playing seasons, appearing twice in the finals and twice in the semi-finals. In addition to serving as a co-captain for the squad from 1978-1979, Ott competed on the South squad in the collegiate North-South All-Star game and was awarded the Outstanding Midfielder Award in 1977, 1978, and 1979.
Following his collegiate career, he played for the New Jersey Lacrosse Club and the Long Island Lacrosse Club for an additional four years, and was chosen as an alternate for the 1982 USA National Team. He enjoyed a brief coaching stint for three years at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, Calif, and also coached in the Weston, Mass. Youth Lacrosse Program for five years.
Currently residing in Weston, Mass, Ott is a portfolio manager at Tudor Investments. He is married to Shelly, and they have two children, Courtney and Lauren, both of whom are participants in the Weston lacrosse program.
Charles E. Simpson
Mt. Hermon School '66
Lafayette College '70
After playing for two years as a defenseman at Mt. Hermon School (now Northfield Mt. Hermon) in Northfield, Mass. where he was an all-section honoree in 1966, Charles Simpson went on to play at Lafayette College for four years as a swingman. Immediately following his collegiate career, he became the head coach at Princeton Day School from 1971-1976, garnering a career record of 51-19. He guided his team to the B-Division championships in 1975 and 1976 and was named the B-Division Coach of the Year in 1975. Simpson began coaching in the Ridgewood Youth Lacrosse program in 1984, and in his 20-year career has compiled an approximate record of 210-110; he also enjoyed a three-year term as president of the Ridgewood Lacrosse Association from 1991-1994. He was a charter member of the National Junior Lacrosse Association, the predecessor of U.S. Lacrosse for youth, and has been a member of the U.S Lacrosse Youth Council since it's inception. Simpson served as vice president of the USLYC from 2001-2002 and went on to become president in 2003-2004.
Currently president of the New Jersey Junior Lacrosse League, a position he has held since 1989, Simpson is also an executive board member of NJJLL and has been a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Men's Division Board of Governors since 2003.
Simpson and his wife, Jill, have been married for 33 years and have three children, Brad, Holly and Emily. Currently residing in Ridgewood, NJ, Simpson is the vice president of property management, development, and real estate professionals for New Vistas Corporation.
The Peddie School '70
Washington and Lee College '74
An all-state honoree during his four year career at The Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ, Robert Turco went on to become a member of the defense Washington and Lee College in 1971 and 1972. He began coaching at Kinnelon High School and compiled a record of 90-87 over a seven-season career, and then took over the coaching duties at The Peddie School and compiled a 93-81 record over an eight-year span. Turco helped Peddie to the NJ state championship in 1990 as well as several Prep "A" Division titles. He was selected as a Newark Star-Ledger Coach of the Year as well as the New Jersey Man of the Year.
In addition to having been an assistant coach at Ridgewood, Shawnee, and Ramapo high schools, Turco is credited with bringing the first professional outdoor lacrosse team to New Jersey by founding the New Jersey Pride, which began play in 2001.
Currently residing in Hightstown, NJ, he runs numerous indoor leagues, summer leagues, and summer camps around the state for youth lacrosse.
Robert A. Villanova
Vailsburg High School '66
Monmouth College '70, Official
A 24-year official for the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials Association, serving from 1976-1999, Robert Villanova is also a 27-year veteran official for the U.S. Lacrosse at the collegiate level, serving from 1979-2003. He has worked as a state rules interpreter for the NJILOA, and was a member of the NJILOA executive board in 1995. Villanova served as president of NJILOA from 1996 to 1998. He received a 10-year distinguished service award in 1990 from the U.S. Lacrosse Coaches Association, in 1997 received the state Distinguished Service Award for Boys Lacrosse from the National Federation Interscholastic Officials Association.
He currently resides in West Orange, NJ with wife Patricia; they have a daughter, Courtney.
Mountain Lakes High School '88
U.S. Military Academy '93
A member of the Mountain Lakes squad that captured the 1988 New Jersey state championship, Eric Waltz played with Mountain Lakes for four years. He was named all-district in 1988 and was also an All-America selection as a senior while serving as team captain. After being chosen as the 1988 New Jersey Player of the Year he went on to play for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was named the squad's Most Valuable Player in 1990 and again in 1993, serving as team co-captain in 1993. Waltz was selected as an honorable mention collegiate All-American in 1993. In his four-year career with the Black Knights, he recorded 109 career points, which is still 20th all-time. He also contributed 64 career assists, which is still tied for ninth all-time. Waltz helped the squad to the 1991, 1992, and 1993 Patriot League championships and in 1993, also helped the team to the second round of the NCAA tournament and played in the 1993 North-South all-star game.
He currently resides in Gig Harbor, Washington with wife Julie and son Jake, where he is the terminal manager of Maersk Supply Co.