Club Staff, Administration and Coaches

Jenna Ries, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Coach Ries has more than 20 years of coaching and athlete development experience that has ignited change and impacted girls’ lacrosse in Montgomery County. In 2003, she founded the first travel lacrosse club in the county and is the co-founder of MC Elite.  Both were created to develop and mentor female youth athletes by raising the quality of performance and opportunities for female athletes.  She has tenured success in both Montgomery County Public Schools and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Ries has been recognized three times as a Washington Post All-Met selection, is the first person to be named All-Met as both a player (1988) and a coach (2001, 2012).  Through her relentless focus on guiding players to achieve athletic benchmarks and involvement in the coaching community, Ries has helped more than 200 athletes play lacrosse at the collegiate level. 

Greg Danto, Director of High School Development, Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Holy Cross

This position has been created to facilitate the skills progression, technical benchmarks, and game knowledge of every player in MC’s high school program. In addition to monitoring practice plans, and supporting coaches, Danto will work closely with the Middle School Program Director to transition our 8th grade players through their final year of MS play, preparing them for the transition to high school.

Director of Youth and Middle School Development, Shelby Samperton – Varsity Lacrosse Coach and Middle School Coach at Holy Child
The foundation of our middle school development model is based on players mastering skill set benchmarks as they progress through the 3-8th grade years. This position has been created to support consistent implementation of MC’s development model during the course of the year. This includes practice planning, monitoring player development, supporting elementary and middle school team coaches, and overseeing scheduling.

Lauren Burke, Operational Strategy Director, Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Langley High School

Lauren Burke will oversee all club operations including coaching/staff contracts, certification and training of coaches, development and management of MC’s player recruiting database, etc.

Director of Recruiting Team, Kristen Coleman McDaniel, Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Stone Ridge

McDaniel will continue to lead recruiting efforts for our eligible athletes. She works in tandem with our high school coaches and Development Director, Jenna Ries, to ensure all recruitingage athletes are aware of their options, actively engaged in the necessary personal recruiting activities, and understand the developmental benchmarks that must be met.

Associate Director of Recruiting and Logistics, Casey McTague
Played for Denison University (2018-2022). Recognized as one of Denison’s Top 50 Student-Athletes in 2020 and 2021. Named 2022 Preseason All-American by US Lacrosse Magazine. Named First-Team All-Region, Midfielder of the Year, 2nd Team All American, and Academic All-American as a junior (2021). Named First-Team All-Region, Midfielder of the Year, 2nd Team All American, and Academic All-District as a senior (2022). Named Team Captain for the 2021-2022 season. Named First-Team All-Region and Newcomer of the Year as a freshman (2019). Graduated from Stone Ridge School, 2018. 4 year Varsity player.

Goalie Specialist & Trainer, Jackie Branthover, Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Holy Child

Branthover will be MC Elite’s dedicated goalie trainer for the 2022-2023 season. She will implement a year round training program for all MC Elite goalies, rotating thru team practices to conduct individual and group sessions, and will attend select tournament games to provide in-game instruction.

Club Administrator, Claire Slabaugh    

2022-2023 COACHING TEAM
2023 – Katie Bitonti, Lauren Burke
2024 – Nicole Caffrey, Lindsey DiAntonio
2025 – Greg Danto, Jill Marks, Shannon Holliday
2026 – Shelby Samperton, Lauren Burke, Lynne McTague
2027 – Jenna Ries
2028 – Jill Marks
2029 – Olivia Boudreau, Rob Silverman, Ally Hall
2030 – Shelby Samperton, Jenna Ries, Beira Ho
2031 – Katie Bitonti, Lauren Burke
2032 – Lauren Burke
Goalie Coach – Jackie Branthover

 

Nicole Caffrey (Lacey) (2024 Coach)

  • Played for George Washington University (2009-2013) Attacker & Draw Control Specialist
  • Ranked 15th in NCAA Division 1 for 3 years
  • Led her team to the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament (2012, 2013) Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team Selection
  • Named Lacrosse.com Rookie of the Week
  • Set records for GW’s single season, single game and career Draw Controls Graduated from Marriotts Ridge High School
  • 2009 US Lacrosse Honorable Mention All-American 2009 US Lacrosse Academic All-American
  • Two-time first team All-Howard County
  • 2009 Honorable Mention All-Met Washington Post Digital Sports Second Team All-Baltimore Metro
  • Led Marriotts Ridge in goals and points for 2 seasons Previously coached for Pride Lacrosse Club
  • Played for Hero’s Lacrosse

 

Greg Danto (Director of Player Development & 2025 Coach)

  • Varsity Lacrosse Coach Holy Cross
  • Former Women’s Offensive Lacrosse Coach & Recruiting Coordinator at George Mason University
  • Former Head Lacrosse Coach at M&D Lacrosse Played Club Lacrosse at University of Michigan
  • Former Asst Coach, Offensive Strategist & Scouting Coordinator at Mt. Hebron High School Graduated from The Bullis School
  • Top men’s lacrosse Midfielder

 

Lynne McTague (2026 Coach)

  • Stone Ridge Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach (Current)
  • Stone Ridge Assistant Varsity Field Hockey Coach (Current)
  • Stone Ridge Middle School Lacrosse Coach (Current)
  • Stone Ridge Middle School Field Hockey Coach (Current)

Jill Marks (2028 Coach)

  • Former Stone Ridge Lacrosse Coach
  • 10 years as Varsity Coach and 2 years as JV Coach
  •  Former Stone Ridge Athletic Director
  • Former Coach at Rockville Girls Lacrosse Club
  • Former player for the Washington Women’s Club Team Played Club Lacrosse for Siena College

 

Olivia Boudreau (2029 Head Coach)

  • Played Division 1 lacrosse at George Washington University and graduated in 2016 Ranks fifth all-time at GW with 51 career assists
  • Selected All-Rookie Team Freshman year after helping GW to second straight conference championship appearance
  • 2x captain (Junior & Senior Year)
  • Marketing & Sports Management Major at GW and now works for Deloitte in Project Management

 

Rob Silverman (2029 Coach)

  • MC Elite 2029 Coach (2019- current)
  • Over 20 years experience as coach for youth sports Johns Hopkins University graduate
  • Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton

 

 

Ally Hall (2029 Coach)

  • Played Division 1 lacrosse at University of Louisville, graduating in 2021 11th player on U of L history to achieve a career-high 100 goals
  • 4-year Varsity starter at Severn School, scoring 132 goals and 35 assists Named Capital Gazette 2nd Team All-County 2015, 2016 and 2017 Selected to Washington DC Brine All- American Team 2014
  • Played club lacrosse for MD United East
  • Currently works as a Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton

Katie Bitonti (2031 Coach)

  • Whitman Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach (2012-2020) 2 Regional Championships
  • 2 State Semi-Final Championships
  • MCPS Head Coach of the Year 2019
  •  MCPS Head Coach of the Year 2018
  •  Played for Catholic University (2006-2009) Starting Midfielder
  • Team Captain
  • Second Team All-Landmark Conference
  • Played Club Lacrosse for Georgetown University (2004-2006) Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • 3-time Team MVP Team Captain
  • Honorable Mention All-Met Academic All-American
  • 1st team All-Gazette Played for M&D Lacrosse

 

Lauren Burke (2032 Coach)

  • Varsity Lacrosse Coach Langley High School
  • Washington Liberty HS Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach (Current) MC Elite Head Coach since 2015
  • Played for Johns Hopkins University Graduated from Oakton High School
  • Team MVP
  • First Team All-District