Below is a press release from USA Lacrosse:
SPARKS, MD — Head coach Ginny Capicchioni has announced the staff for the 2024 U.S. Women’s Box National Team.
The U.S. men’s and women’s box teams will compete in the 2024 World Lacrosse Box Championships at a date and location to be announced. This is the first time a world championship will be contested for women’s box lacrosse.
Hunter Francis is the team manager for the U.S. women’s box team, the assistant coaches are Crysti Foote, Tony Sorci and Ryan Wheeler and the equipment manager is Dan Sullivan.
The player selection process for the inaugural 2024 U.S. box women’s box team will begin with a series of three Player ID Camps, the first of which will be held on May 21 in Utica, N.Y.
Francis, a former North Carolina player, has a long connection to the sport. A director of the respected Toyota lacrosse programs in the United States Club Lacrosse Association, Francis helped with the startup launch of the MLL in the early 2000s. For nearly 20 years he managed and directed the Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League, helping to prepare college players for professional box lacrosse.
Foote was a star player and Tewaaraton finalist at Notre Dame who went on to play for Canada in the World Cup four times, helping the team win two silver and two bronze medals. Currently a high school coach in Colorado at Regis Jesuit, she has coached at all levels of the sport and played in the United Women’s Lacrosse League. Foote is currently a facilitator with the Athletes Unlimited professional women’s lacrosse league.
Sorci is currently the coach of the Utica Yeti of the North American Box Lacrosse League and has coached box lacrosse with multiple organizations. A former Colorado College player, Sorci played with the Buffalo Bandits in the NLL and has been a teacher and coach at the high school level.
Wheeler was a member of the 2007 U.S. box team that won a bronze medal in Nova Scotia. A collegiate player at Adelphi and Manhattan, he was on the rosters with the Chicago and Los Angeles teams in the MLL. In box lacrosse, he spent seven seasons playing Major & Senior-B indoor lacrosse in the Canadian professional ranks.
Sullivan is the founder and owner of Lacrosse Loft, a lacrosse specialty brick and mortar store in Wilmington, Mass. He manages the supply and maintenance of athletic equipment for multiple intercollegiate, high school and club programs in the both the U.S. and Canada.
The U.S. box teams train and play using best-in-class products from Nike Lacrosse (apparel and footwear), DJO (sports bracing) and game-changing, high-performance equipment from Warrior.
In addition to these partners, Gatorade, MedStar Health, National Center for Safety Initiatives and Stryker are official sponsors of the U.S. national team program. Team training is also aided by products from Athletic Republic.
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