Club Staff & Administration

Development & Recruiting, Executive Director & Coach, Jenna Ries

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.  Jenna 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 300 athletes play lacrosse at the collegiate level. 

High School Program Director, Katie Bitonti

Katie Bitonti will 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, Katie 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.

Operational Strategy Director, Lauren Burke

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.

Recruiting Directors, Jenna Ries & Kristen Coleman McDaniel

Jenna Ries & Kristen Coleman McDaniel will continue to lead recruiting efforts for our eligible athletes. Our recruiting team works in tandem with our high school coaches to ensure all recruiting-age athletes are aware of their options, actively engaged in the necessary personal recruiting activities, and understand the developmental benchmarks that must be met. 

Goalie Specialist, Karoline Miller

Karoline will be MC Elite’s dedicated goalie trainer for the 2019-20 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      admin@mcelitelacrosse.com

Advisors

Jennifer Palmiere and Mary McCormick. As co-founders of the club, they were instrumental in expanding the scope of lacrosse in Montgomery County. They are not going far, Mary will be overseeing MC Lacrosse and Jennifer is working with the new MCE administrator and is gearing up to watch her daughter Ellen play D1 lacrosse at James Madison University!

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Coaching Staff:

2021 – Karly O’Brien & Jenna Ries

2022 – Kristen Coleman McDaniel & Alex Franck

2023 – Katie Bitonti & Ria Peralta

2024 – Nicole Caffrey

2025 – Logan Smet & Sam Hopkins

2026 – Lynne McTague, Jenna Ries & Pete Kenny

2027 – Christine Thexton

 

Goalie Coach – Karoline Miller

Approaches to team and individual development will map up to the club’s player development model. Our coaches are sophisticated athletes who plain and simple, love the game of lacrosse and want to be a positive role models for the girls.