Meet Our Team
Aaron Jones, CEO; email@example.com
MetroLacrosse CEO Aaron Jones joins the organization with more than two decades of sports management expertise. As the CEO of MetroLacrosse, he is responsible for the daily operations and delivery of lacrosse programs to more than 700 urban kids throughout the city of Boston. He is also charged with the responsibility of expanding the nonprofit’s annual seven figure budget. MetroLacrosse, which launched in 2000, is the largest most successful lacrosse program servicing the urban market in the US.
Aaron’s previous experience illustrates a distinguished record of success in generating sustainable revenue streams through partnership building, fund raising, strategic event management, and sponsorship & licensing expertise. Those experiences were cultivated through a professional background of entrepreneurial leadership and executive tenures with the NFL, NBA, emerging sports leagues and within the Internet/entertainment industry.
Jones began playing lacrosse at a young age in Hempstead, NY, a community very similar to the environment that MetroLacrosse participants encounter in their daily lives. Jones leveraged his urban lacrosse roots into years of on & off the field accomplishments. He was a standout member of Cornell University lacrosse team highlighted by selections as the school’s “Athlete of the Year” in 1985, All-Ivy team recognition from 1985 – 1987, and All-American team honors in 1987; the same year that the team finished as NCAA Champion runner ups. Jones received his BS from Cornell, and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts. He credits his lacrosse participation as the catalyst that positively changed the trajectory of his life’s focus and direction.
Jones’ sports management experience includes leading his own sports marketing firm, Jones Marketing & Management, Inc. (JMM) to represent a stable of nationally recognized brands and celebrities. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, he served as President of the National Lacrosse League’s New York Titans and the NBA Development League’s Greenville Groove. Jones also served senior executive tenures leading Urban Box Office Network, a sports/entertainment focused internet start-up, as well as managing local marketing efforts for the NFL and overseeing licensing programs for NFL Players, Inc. at the NFL Players Association.
Pat Cronin, Program Director; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat first joined MetroLacrosse as a 6th grader in 2001 in Roxbury. He participated in MetroLacrosse through high school and served as a team captain sophomore, junior, and senior year. He attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he earned his BA in business management and stayed involved with Metro by coaching at our overnight camps during summer break. While at Umass he was the captain of the club lacrosse team (NCLL, D-1) and led the Minutemen to a top 15 ranking in 2012. After graduating in 2013 Pat joined MetroLacrosse full-time as an Assistant Program Manager and has since evolved into his current role as our Program Director. In addition to managing year round programming Pat also coaches Metro youth teams in Dorchester and Chelsea and competes in men’s leagues around Boston.
Rodrigo Henriques, High School Program Director; email@example.com
Rod’s first encounter with MetroLacrosse was as a participant for the East Boston Flyers in the spring of 2003. He participated year round until moving onto varsity lacrosse at Saugus High School. After earning 1st team all-conference (2009) and Eastern Mass all-star honors (2009) he moved onto his collegiate career at Anna Maria College where he was nationally ranked in the faceoff circle and went on to set numerous school records. He graduated from Anna Maria in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelors in Sport Management.
Lucas Stralka, Program Manager; Lstralka@metrolacrosse.com
Born and raised in East Greenwich Rhode Island, won a state title in high school, was named MVP for the state tournament. After graduating EGHS in 2011, went to Wilbraham and monsoon academy for a PG year. After graduating from WMA, attended Anna Maria college where I studied Sport management and played on the Men’s Lacrosse team. Was team MVP and captain sophomore year, I hold many records there after two years Transferred after my sophomore year to Mount Ida College. As a junior Lucas started on the men’s lacrosse team where they went 15-4 losing in the conference championship, junior and senior year Lucas led his team and conference in points and was back to back team MVP. Over his college career Lucas had over 200 career points. Lucas became part of Metro lacrosse while he did a year CAA term. Lucas graduated Mount Ida college with a bachelors degree in sports management.
Molly Wolf, Girls Program Manager; firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly Wolf first joined MetroLacrosse in the fall of 2017. The Baltimore native graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a BA in Marketing. At Loyola, she was a four year starter in goal, Division I Third Team All American and Patriot League Tournament MVP her senior year. After graduating in 2016, Molly traveled to Adelaide, Australia where she played for the Brighton Bombers and was awarded Team MVP as well as Tournament MVP. Returning back to the US, Molly then volunteer assistant coached at her alma mater and helped train goalies for SEVEN Lacrosse Training. She was drafted in summer of 2017 to play in the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League for the Upstate Pride. Molly is especially looking forward to sharing her love of the sport of lacrosse with the next generation of lacrosse players in Boston.
Maryanna Leonard, Program Manager; email@example.com
Originally from Connecticut, Maryanna joined the MetroLacrosse team in January of 2018 and has been playing lacrosse for 7 years. After leading her high school team as captain she went on to play at Franciscan University in Ohio. The lacrosse program at the University was young but the underdog story for the growing program ended with a success when her team took home the AMCC championship title her senior year. She graduated with a BA degree in legal studies and had been serving as an intern for the Department of Youth Services in Boston since graduation. She looks forward to applying her past work experiences with her love for the sport to lead and grow our girl’s youth programs.
Christian Stratter, Assistant Program Manager; firstname.lastname@example.org
Born and raised in Brighton, MA, Christian’s first encounter with MetroLacrosse was when he was a participant for the Brighton Sol in the Fall of 2007. He participated year-round until moving on to play high school lacrosse at Arlington Catholic. He continued his lacrosse career at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where he where he double majored in Sports Studies and Business Administration. Christian joined the MetroLacrosse team in January of 2018.
Denise Hunt, Assistant Program Manager; email@example.com
Denise graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a BS in Sports and Recreation Management and a minor in Marketing and played four years in goal for the Women’s Lacrosse team. Finishing her collegiate career with a total of 52 games played, 448 saves, and 57 ground balls, Denise holds many record at Pierce including wins, goals against average, and saves. Denise was a three-time Fall/Spring Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. After graduating she traveled to Europe where she played lacrosse in England, Ireland, and Scotland. Denise is excited to share her passion and knowledge of the sport with the youth lacrosse players of Boston.
Connor Johnson, Assistant Program Manager; firstname.lastname@example.org
Connor joined the MetroLacrosse family in January of 2018. Although originally born in Methuen Massachusetts, Connor grew up in Hampstead New Hampshire where he began playing lacrosse in the 3rd grade and played throughout his high school years at Pinkerton Academy in Derry New Hampshire until graduating in 2013. Connor continued his lacrosse career at the collegiate level at Lasell College in Newton Massachusetts. As a 4-year starter he was named to GNAC all-conference teams twice, was the 2nd all-time groundball leader, and helped lead the Men’s lacrosse program to their first ever conference championship and first national tournament appearance. After graduating in 2017 Connor moved to Denver, Colorado to try out for the inaugural season of the CCBLL (Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League), and was selected 19th overall in the draft by the Gold Miners where he lead the team in caused turnovers. Having previously coached with organizations such as 4Leaf Lacrosse New England and Denver Elite, Connor is now bringing his knowledge and passion for the game back to Boston with MetroLacrosse.
Brigid Hurley, Head Coach - Girls High School Team
Brigid Hurley joined the MetroLacrosse team in the fall of 2016. Brigid played lacrosse at St. Lawrence University, where she was a First Team All-Liberty League selection in 2013 and a Second Team All-Liberty League selection in 2012. Hurley was an IWLCA Regional All American, as well as a co-captain her senior season. She graduated was a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. After graduating from St. Lawrence, she was a Local Development Officer for the English Lacrosse Association in Manchester, England. Hurley then went on to Mercyhurst University as a Graduate Assistant to earn her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and served as the Head Coach for the 2016 season. As the Interim Head Coach, Hurley lead the team to 11-1 in conference, 17-3 overall and finished the season ranked 8th in the country for Division II Women’s Lacrosse. As well as winning the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for the first time in program history.
Kendell Johnson, Development Manager; email@example.com
Kendell Johnson joined the team in early 2016. He is a Business Marketing graduate from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Prior to joining Metro, Kendell gained experience in Sport and Entertainment Marketing serving time at the Charlotte Hornets, Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena, and Turner Broadcasting Systems. Coming from a diverse and competitive industry, he is looking forward to assisting in the growth and development of the organization and helping it reach a larger scope.