David Gross | Commissioner
David Gross joined Major League Lacrosse’s front office as its Chief Operating Officer in December of 2003. Prior to that, Gross was named Vice President & General Manager of the Boston Cannons before their inaugural season in 2001. After leading that organization for three years, Gross transitioned to the League office as COO, and was subsequently named the League’s first ever Commissioner in 2004.
As Commissioner, Gross is responsible for the League’s strategic planning, growth and overall operations. Gross handles all budgeting, forecasting, television rights negotiations, and business development. Gross is committed to a steady and calculated expansion plan for the League which involves bringing MLL to a total of 16 teams within the next ten years.
As part of the overall growth of Major League Lacrosse and the sport of lacrosse itself, Gross has been instrumental in bringing the major endemic suppliers of lacrosse equipment together to share a stake in providing goods to the best players in the world. With industry leaders such as Warrior, Brine, STX, Maverik, and Cascade joining MLL as sponsor suppliers, MLL has built a reputation for working with the best in the business and continuing to set the highest of standards both on and off the field.
Along with securing partnerships with the industry’s leaders in lacrosse equipment, Gross has brought the sport of lacrosse to many powerhouse non-endemic partners who have successfully added MLL to their stable of sports related properties. Brands such as Coca-Cola, PowerAde, Anheuser-Busch, Gatorade, New Balance, Dicks Sporting Goods and Sports Authority have all been part of the League’s strategy to bring lacrosse into mainstream major media marketing.
Broadcasting is a major component to growing the following of the sport of lacrosse. During his tenure with the League, Commissioner Gross has negotiated many agreements to expand the overall visibility and coverage of lacrosse on television, radio and the internet. ESPN, Universal Sports Network, CBS Sports Network, You Tube and countless regional cable partners have all partnered since the inception of the League to carry a steady stream of MLL broadcasting ranging from live game coverage to a weekly dedicated magazine show created specifically for Major League Lacrosse.
Commissioner Gross also maintains an active schedule outside of Major League Lacrosse volunteering his time with local youth sports programs, conducting speaking engagements at collegiate business and marketing seminars, and was recently named to the Boston Chapter Board of the National Sports Marketing Network.
Amy Saulen | League Accountant
Amy joined Major League Lacrosse in February of 2011. She manages the day-to-day accounting functions for the league, benefits management, cash flow management, budget analysis, financial statement preparation and human resources. Amy is also in charge of the league office and player payroll.
Prior to joining MLL, Amy was a Senior Accountant at GRKB, a public accounting firm, for three years. There, she gained great experience in auditing small businesses, employee benefit plans, and various taxes. She received her Bachelor’s and MBA from Assumption College in Accounting and Human Resources.
John O'Leary | Director of Sponsorship Sales
John joined Major League Lacrosse in January of 2017. His duties include all sales for the league, including league sponsorship, special event sales and lacrosse youth events. He is responsible for aligning league assets and creating partnership opportunities nationwide. John works with league license holders for merchandise and equipment retail sales and interacts with MLL clubs to drive sales.
Prior to MLL, John launched Sports Network Associates, a sales and consulting firm that worked with clients such as Fox-owned regional sports networks in the U.S. and CWC, a British cable network. He was the VP of Sales at NESN for 14 years, overseeing all aspects of sales for the network owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. He was a member of a senior leadership team that took a "pay television" regional network and made it the eighth-best brand in sports according to Forbes Magazine.
A native of Carteret, NJ, John graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Business Administration. He currently resides in Southborough, MA with his wife, Amy, and their three children.
Colin Keane | Lacrosse Operations Manager
Colin joined Major League Lacrosse in March of 2014. As Lacrosse Operations Manager, Colin maintains year round player relations on behalf of the League office and is in charge of various Player & Team related logistics such as preparation and execution of player employment contracts, upkeep of player personnel files and reports, maintenance and upkeep of the League player pool database, management of international player applications, communication with and management of League officials, facilitation of team equipment in-season, on-field game operations, and management of the League manuals relating to all game activity and rules of play. Colin also heads up the League’s worker’s compensation policy management and enforces League-wide insurance compliance.
In addition to his lacrosse operational day to day duties, Colin works with the League’s Special Events Manager to facilitate successful execution of the League player draft process, Collegiate and Supplemental, as well as many operational tasks for the League’s All-Star Game and post-season playoff games.
Prior to joining Major League Lacrosse Colin was a Premier Account Analyst in Quincy, MA. Colin, a native of Ellington, CT, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Coastal Carolina University.
Dan Ventresca | Content Marketing Specialist
Dan joined Major League Lacrosse in November of 2016. In his role, Dan oversees all content production across the Major League Lacrosse website, social media accounts and publications. His goal is to connect MLL fans to the players through blog posts, newsletters and multimedia content.
Prior to joining MLL, Dan was the Public Relations Manager for the Los Angeles Kings' AHL affiliate in Manchester, NH. He also spent three years in Media Relations with the Boston Red Sox and interned for the Baltimore Orioles.
A Hingham, MA native, Dan earned a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University.
Sean Corliss | Assistant Accountant and Travel Coordinator
Sean joined Major League Lacrosse in July of 2016. Sean assists with the league and team accounting and bookkeeping needs, while also managing all travel for the league office and individual MLL teams as needed.
Before joining MLL, Sean was an accounting intern at Chamilia, LLC, a subsidiary of the Swarovski Group, headquartered in Cranston, Rhode Island.
In May of 2016 Sean graduated from the University of South Carolina with his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Sports Management.
Bill Beach | Sponsorship Sales and Fulfillment Manager
Bill joined Major League Lacrosse in February of 2017. In his role, Bill oversees Major League Lacrosse licensing agreements, fulfillment of MLL sponsorships and assisting with the development of new MLL sponsorships. Prior to joining MLL, Bill was the New England Region Manager for Alliance Sport Marketing, operating a satellite office based in Beverly, MA. Bill also worked in ticket sales for the Dayton Dragons, a Single-A affiliate of MLB’s Cincinnati Reds.
Bill is a Springfield, OH native and earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH, as well as his MBA and Masters in Sports Administration from Ohio University in Athens, OH.
_______________________________________________________________________________________Dan joined Major League Lacrosse in May of 2016. As Special Events Manager, he oversees all logistics for the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, All-Star Game, Semifinals, and Championship. Dan’s goal is to create exciting and memorable experiences at the MLL’s tentpole events for fans and players alike.
Dan Pellicano | Special Events Manager
Dan Pellicano | Special Events Manager
Prior to joining MLL, Dan spent three years as the Director of Events and Operations at the Pattison Sports Group in West Chester, PA. He also was an Administrative Fellow for New Media & External Relations at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
A native of Colonia, NJ, Dan earned a B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Rutgers University.