Club Staff & Administration
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 Player Development
Coach Danto brings a wealth of experience to MC Elite, having served as an Asst Coach for the George Mason Women’s Lacrosse team, and as a former Head Coach with M&D Lacrosse Club. He also spent four seasons as the offensive strategist and scouting analyst at Mount Hebron High School in Maryland. Coach Danto will focus on player development curriculum, on-field coaching and player assessments.
Shelby Samperton, Director of Youth Development
Katie Bitonti, High School Program Director
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.
Lauren Burke, Operational Strategy Director
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.
Head of Recruiting Team, 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 Specialists & Trainers, Karoline Miller & Jackie Branthover
Club Administrator, Claire Slabaugh
Club Advisors, Jennifer Palmiere & Mary McCormick
As co-founders of the club, Jennifer and Mary were instrumental in expanding the scope of lacrosse in Montgomery County. They continue to advise both the Board and the Staff of MC Elite Lacrosse.