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Lizards Coach Joe Spallina Named Speaker at USL National Convention

March 17, 2016
Lizards Coach Joe Spallina Named Speaker at USL National Convention

Coach of MLL’s Long Island Lizards and Stony Brook University women to host two clinics Jan. 12 in Philadelphia

BALTIMORE, Dec. 5, 2012 —US Lacrosse has named Joe Spallina, head coach of Major League Lacrosse’s Long Island Lizards and of the Stony Brook University women’s team, a speaker at the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion. Spallina will join roughly 150 of the sport’s best coaches, officials and administrators as presenters at the lacrosse world’s largest professional development event Jan. 11-13, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.


Spallina will host a clinic for boys’ lacrosse coaches entitled “Creating the Complete Player” at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 on the Maverik/Cascade Demo Field. He’ll follow that up with a session for girls’ lacrosse coaches entitled “Transition Offense” at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 on the STX Live Field.


“Joe ranks among the more talented young coaches in lacrosse with the knowledge and skills to coach in the men’s game and in the women’s game, and we’re excited to have him speak at our convention,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. “US Lacrosse is very much focused on improving the lacrosse experience for young players by providing training and certification for coaches, and Joe will be a big part of that knowledge base at the convention. We’re looking forward to hearing his ideas and tips.”


“Helping to grow the game is a big goal of mine, and speaking at the US Lacrosse National Convention is a tremendous opportunity to do so,” Spallina said. “The convention is a great way for lacrosse coaches of all levels of play to kick off the season. It’s an honor for me to join an impressive lineup of speakers. I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends and making some new ones.”


Spallina will enter his second season with the Lizards in 2013 after guiding them to the MLL playoffs last summer, a season that earned him the league’s Brine Coach of the Year award. He’ll also enter his second season at Stony Brook, where he guided the Seawolves to a program-record 14 wins as one of the nation’s best turnarounds in 2012. Before moving to Stony Brook, Spallina coached Adelphi University to three straight NCAA Division II women’s championships in his four-year tenure (his first year ended in the NCAA semifinals), which included three IWLCA National Coach of the Year awards. The Long Island, N.Y., native previously coached Rocky Point (N.Y.) High School to three consecutive Suffolk County girls’ championships following his four-year career as a midfielder at Adelphi.


Lacrosse coaches, officials and administrators can purchase convention tickets online at Jan. 2 for just $105 (a savings of 30 percent on the walk-up price). The convention ticket includes advance access to speaker handouts and post-event access to audio/video recordings of all convention presentations, as well as free admission to the MLL Collegiate Draft at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the adjacent Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Dick Vermeil, who coached the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl XV and who guided the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV, will kick off the convention with a keynote address at 7 p.m. Jan. 11.


The US Lacrosse National Convention annually draws upwards of 5,000 participants, and it includes four live demonstration areas, approximately 150 educational sessions, and business meetings for numerous leadership groups within the sport. Hotel discounts are available for attendees. For information on schedules, speakers and hotels, and to purchase a convention ticket, visit


The US Lacrosse Fan Fest opens the convention center to the public Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fan Fest includes roughly 150 exhibitors inside the sport’s largest expo hall, demonstrations and autographs from the U.S. National Teams and the Philadelphia Wings, the Champion Shooting Tunnel, and other interactive displays and prizes. Fan Fest tickets will be sold on site at the convention center’s Grand Hall entrance Jan. 12. Info at


About US Lacrosse


US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport. US Lacrosse has more than 400,000 members in 64 regional chapters across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport. Bookmark, like and follow US Lacrosse at, @uslacrosse, respectively.


About Major League Lacrosse

Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in June of 2001 and will enter its thirteenth season in 2013.  MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of eight teams: Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Denver Outlaws, Hamilton Nationals, Long Island Lizards, Ohio Machine and Rochester Rattlers.  The Major League Lacrosse 2013 Collegiate Draft takes place on Friday, January 11, 2013 in the Liberty Ballroom of the Philadelphia Marriot Downtown at 8:30 PM.   For more information visit follow the draft with Major League Lacrosse on twitter at @mll_draft , hashtags  #MLL and #laxcon.