Lyle Thompson, Guest Speaker and Coach, PLL Player
Lyle Thompson is an Iroquois professional lacrosse player at the attack position for the Cannons Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League and the Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League. He shared the 2014 men’s Tewaaraton Trophy with his brother Miles while winning it again in 2015 alone. He is the only male player in history to win the award twice consecutively.
Lyle grew up in the Onondaga Nation, NY. He began playing lacrosse from a very early age as lacrosse carries spiritual and cultural significance with the Onondaga nation. He attended LaFayette High School for his Sophomore and Junior years and Salmon River High School where he was an All-American and scored 66 goals and 54 assists in his senior season.
Lyle attended college at the University at Albany where he was recruited to play for the school’s Division I lacrosse team under head coach Scott Marr. Initially, he started at midfield in his freshman season in 2012, scoring 22 goals and 16 assists along with 32 face-off draws. That was his last collegiate season scoring less than 100 points. Moving to attack in his sophomore year, Thompson had 113 points in 2013, 128 in 2014, and 121 in 2015. Lyle, along with his brother Miles were the first Native American players to win the Tewaaraton Trophy; tewaaraton being the Mohawk term for the precursor of modern lacrosse.
Lyle Thompson was drafted as the top overall pick in the 2015 Collegiate Draft by the Florida Launch; his brother Miles was drafted by the Launch the previous year. Lyle’s first game was played against the Ohio Machine, and he played a total of eight games for the Launch during the 2015 season. He had 22 goals and 16 assists in his first season in Major League Lacrosse. Lyle Thompson and his brother Jeremy Thompson were then traded from the Florida Launch to the Chesapeake Bayhawks. In 2018 Lyle appeared in 6 games for the Bayhawks netting 20 goals, 1-2pt goal, 8 assists, and 17 ground balls.
Lyle Thompson is an attackman for Cannons Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League.
Thompson opted to take a sabbatical from the PLL for the 2023 season, with the intent to return to Cannons in 2024.
Brian Farrell, NY Boys
Lacrosse Camp Director
Camp Director, Brian Farrell, is the current head lacrosse coach at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, where he is also the assistant director of admissions. He has been the head coach at Boy’s Latin since 2014.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Boy’s Latin School, as a coach, he also spent time as an assistant coach primarily working as a defensive specialist at the University of Maryland.
As a player, Brian was a 3-time All-American Defenseman at the University of Maryland. After ending his collegiate career, Brian played professionally in the MLL with Ohio Machine and the Boston Cannons.
Bill Rexford, NY & OR Boys
Bill Rexford is a member of the Oregon Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and started the first boys team in the state of Oregon. He coached Glencoe High School to a state championship within 3 years. Bill started a lacrosse program at Century High School in 1997, and coached the team to state playoffs within 2 years.
From 1999 to 2002 Coach Rexford was the head coach at Rye Country Day School where he was named Fairchester Coach of the Year by his peers. Following Rye Country Day School, Bill returned to his home state to launch a lacrosse program in Sisters, Oregon. He also oversaw a K-12 program with 200+ participants, capturing 100+ wins.
In 2014, Bill earned the US Lacrosse Oregon Man of the Year award for the positive impact he had on countless athletes through the state. Additional accolades include the National Spirit of Sport Award, Coach of the Year award for the High Desert Lacrosse League, and the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame for the Oregon Chapter.
Bill resides in Ridgefield, CT where he heads the Wooster School boy’s lacrosse program — 2016 Western New England Division III Champions. When Bill is not coaching, he is often found on the field at men’s lacrosse league games or tournaments. He’s always playing the sport he loves: lacrosse!
Kim Williams, CT Girls
Kim Williams is the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Wesleyan University. In 2015, she became the eighth head coach for the Cardinals over their 40-year varsity history. Williams also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of physical education at the university, and holds the position of Club Sports Coordinator.
Williams took over a program that was coming off eight consecutive losing seasons and just four conference wins from 2010-2015. In her first season, Wesleyan finished 5-9 overall and 2-8 in the NESCAC–the two conference wins were the most in seven years. One year later, Williams led the Cardinals to their best season in program history as Wesleyan set program records in overall wins (11) and NESCAC victories (7) as they finished 11-6 and 7-3. Additionally, the Cardinals ranked in the top-20 in the country for the majority of the season, qualified for the NESCAC Tournament for the first time in eight years, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships for the first time ever. Williams was named the 2017 NESCAC Coach of the Year and the 2017 IWLCA Berkshire Region Coach of the Year for her efforts in turning the program around.
Prior to her tenure at Wesleyan, Williams served two seasons as head coach at Stockton University in New Jersey, three seasons as an assistant coach at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and four seasons as a stellar competitor at C.W. Post University in Brookville, N.Y. Bringing the Ospreys at Stockton into their first varsity season in 2014, Williams met with immediate success behind a 16-4 victory over Notre Dame (Md.) in the team’s varsity opener. Stockton posted a 10-5 record in 2014 and featured the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Rookie of the Year. The Ospreys followed up with a 10-6 mark in 2015 while boasting the NJAC Goaltender of the Year.
Paige Messersmith, MD & VA
Girls Lacrosse Director
Paige Messersmith is in her fourth season as head women’s lacrosse coach at Ohio Wesleyan University.
The Battling Bishops compiled a 12-5 mark in 2022, tying the school record for victories in a season. Ohio Wesleyan went 2-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, finishing seventh in the final conference standings.
Messersmith made her head coaching debut in 2020, with Ohio Wesleyan winning 2 of its first 6 games before the remainder of the season was canceled.
Messersmith came to Ohio Wesleyan from Dickinson (Pa.) College, where she was an assistant coach for 4 seasons, working with the offense, draw team, and goalkeepers as well as assisting in practice planning, individual player development, recruiting, scouting, and strength and conditioning programming. She helped the Red Devils to a 40-31 record and 3 tournament semifinal appearances in the Centennial Conference, one of the most competitive leagues in NCAA Division III.
Off the field, she has been active in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, working with the organization’s all-region selection and convention planning committees.
She began her collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Catholic (D.C.) University, where in 2 seasons, she helped the Cardinals compile a 28-10 record, win a pair of Landmark Conference tournament championships, and make 2 NCAA Division III tournament appearances, including a run to the national quarterfinals.
Messersmith is a 2013 graduate of McDaniel (Md.) College, where she capped a stellar playing career by receiving Centennial Conference Woman of the Year honors. She was an All-America selection in lacrosse, won 5 all-region citations in lacrosse and field hockey, garnered all-conference laurels 7 times in lacrosse and field hockey, and was a 2-year team captain in both sports. She graduated with a degree in exercise science and continued her education with a master’s degree in psychology from Catholic.
Guest Speaker & Head Coach at Penn State University
Jeff Tambroni is the Head Coach at Penn State University and was Assistant Coach for Team USA for the 2014 World Games.
Before joining the Nittany Lions, Jeff was the Head Coach at Cornell University for 10 seasons, and led the squad to the NCAA Championship finals. He was named USILA Division I Coach of the Year following the 2009 season, and was tabbed the 2007 and 2009 Field Turf/NCAA Division I Coach of the Year. Tambroni was also the 2004 and 2009 Ithaca Journal Male Coach of the Year and a three-time National Coach of the Week.
Jeff played collegiately at Hobart College where he won two NCAA titles and was named All-American and was included in the Hobart Hall of Fame, Class of ’18.
Guest Speaker & Assistant Coach, Georgetown University
David Shriver returned to the Hilltop as an assistant coach on the men’s lacrosse staff in July of 2017. He previously spent 6 seasons at Penn State University, serving as Director of Lacrosse Operations for 4 years.
From 2018 to 2019, David was an integral part of Georgetown’s back-to-back BIG EAST Championships, and specialized in the development of Georgetown’s lacrosse goalies.
While working with Penn State’s Nittany Lions, Shriver was instrumental with the team’s offense by developing the extra-man unit and offensive personnel. As a result, Penn State’s lacrosse team reached the NCAA Tournament twice during his time in Happy Valley, while posting 12-win seasons in both 2013 and 2017.
As a captain for Georgetown’s Blue & Gray (class of 2011), Shriver played in 28 games, primarily with the extra-man offense. He also tallied 7 goals during his tenure, including 5 in man-up situations. Georgetown won 32 games during his 4 seasons on the Hilltop.
Coach Shriver completed a Master’s in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies in 2020, and resides in Annapolis with his wife, Brooke, and their son, Lane.