Board of Directors
Richard Moran, President
Ithaca, NY USA
Richie Moran served as Ireland’s first Head Coach in a World Championship (Perth, Australia 2002). Under Mr. Moran’s leadership the Ireland National Team went undefeated 5-0 winning the Green Division title. As the Head Lacrosse Coach at Cornell University he took his 1995 squad on an exhibition tour of Ireland. In his 29 seasons as Head Coach at Cornell, Richie compiled a record of 257-121, winning three national championships in 1971, 1976, and 1977. His 1976 team went 16-0, the first perfect record by a NCAA championship team. He won the Morris Touchstone Award as National Coach of the Year in ’71, 77, and ‘87. He served as the USA World Team Head Coach in 1978.
Mr. Moran has been elected to the Sewanhaka High School, Manhasset High School, University of Maryland, Upstate New York, Long Island Chapter of US Lacrosse, and Cornell University Hall of Fames. In 1983 he was elected to the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame in Baltimore, MD.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Mr. Moran played midfield on the Terrapin’s 1959 National Championship Team. Richie began his coaching career at Manhasset High School in 1963. His 1963 and 1964 teams won league, county and Long Island championships. Before arriving at Cornell, he was Head Lacrosse Coach at Elmont High School from 1967-68.
John Cavanaugh, Senior Vice President
Hicksville, NY USA
John Cavanaugh began his association with Ireland Lacrosse in April 2002 upon being named the National Team’s head athletic trainer. Since that time, John has overseen all medical operations for the program to date including strength and conditioning programs, on-field injury management, rehabilitation programs, doping control and physician referral. He has been present for all Ireland Lacrosse training and competitions to date including the 2002 Training Camp in Brisbane, Australia, the 2002 World Lacrosse Championships in Perth, Australia, the 2003 Ireland Exhibition Tour (Dublin/Limerick), the 2004 Training Camp in Dublin and the 2004 European Championships in the Czech Republic.
Mr. Cavanaugh is certified as an athletic trainer (ATC) by the National Athletic Trainers Association and is a licensed physical therapist (PT). John has been involved in intercollegiate athletics as a player, coach and athletic trainer for the past 29 years. He is presently employed as a senior physical therapist in the Sports Medicine, Performance & Research Center at the Hospital For Special Surgery in New York City. For the past twenty-five years he has been an athletic trainer and/or team physical therapist at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. He is an adjunct professor in the Physical Education and Sports Sciences Department at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. Mr. Cavanaugh has completed training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO and is a member of the USOC Sports Medicine Society. He was selected and served as the United States National Team’s athletic trainer at the World Open Water Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emerites.
Mr. Cavanaugh has authored several book chapters and articles on sports medicine and has lectured nationally and internationally.
James Carroll, Treasurer
Boonton Township, NJ USA
Jim Carroll joined the Ireland Lacrosse program in 2002. At the 2002 World Championships in Perth, Australia, Mr. Carroll was Ireland’s head referee. Mr. Carroll has been a tremendous asset to the Ireland Lacrosse program both as a referee and supporter. During the program’s exhibition tour to Dublin and Limerick in 2003, Jim conducted clinics on lacrosse rules interpretation to the many interested men, women and youth that attended.
Mr. Carroll has been involved with lacrosse officiating for over 35 years. He has worked lacrosse games on every level: youth, high school, college and international. He has served as the President of the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials’ Association and also served the NJILOA as the Rules and Mechanics Interpreter. From 2000 to 2005, he served as a Governor of the US Lacrosse Men’s Division Officials’ Council. From 2001 to 2005, he served as the Officials’ Representative for District III of the College Officials’ Council. He was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1998. Mr. Carroll was inducted into the LaSalle Academy Hall of Fame in 1999. He was awarded the National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Official’s Association “Frenchy Julien Award” in 2000.
Dick Pepper, Vice President
Camillus, NY USA
Dick Pepper has been actively involved in the sport of lacrosse since 1971. He played lacrosse in high school at Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse, New York from 1971 to 1974 and played at Siena College, Albany, New York from 1975 to 1978 He also played for the Mohawk Lacrosse Club which is the oldest lacrosse club in the United States in Troy, New York in 1978.
Mr. Pepper’s coaching experience is as follows: coached from 1979 to 1987 at three high schools in New York State: Baldwinsville, East Syracuse-Minoa, and Christian Brothers Academy. Served as Head Coach at Christian Brothers Academy in 1986 and 1987. He is the current Director of the East-Meets-West Lacrosse Camp at the University of California, San Diego in Lajolla, California
Mr. Pepper has officiated lacrosse as a referee since 1988 at the High School, Collegiate, and International Levels. He refereed as a World Games Official in the Green Division in Perth, Australia in 2002. The Green Division was the division that Ireland was undefeated in that summer. He refereed representing Ireland in exhibition games held at Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Limerick, Limerick in July 2003. Dick refereed representing Ireland at the E-Lacrosse Tournament in Amsterdam, Netherlands in July 2003. He also refereed representing Ireland at the European Lacrosse Championship in Prague, Czech Republic in July 2004.
Thomas Prior, Vice President
West Nyack, NY USA
Tom Prior joined the Ireland lacrosse program in 2002, serving as goalie coach and defensive assistant for the Ireland National Team in the 2002 Lacrosse World Games in Perth, Australia. In 2003, he was acting Head Coach for the National Team’s exhibition tour in Dublin and Limerick, and instructed at youth clinics in those cities. He was also Ireland’s Head Coach at the 2004 European Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, leading the team to a 6-1 record, winning the Cyan Division, and ranking 7th out of 12 competing nations.
In 2012 Coach Prior led Ireland to a second place finish in the European Championships capturing the Silver Medal, the best that Team Ireland has done in that tournament.
Mr. Prior earned a B.S. in Physical Education at Springfield College, graduating in 1992. He was the starting goalie for the Pride, which ranked 8th nationally in Division III and lost to Washington College in the 1992 NCAA Championship Tournament. After receiving his Master’s in Special Education from Long Island University, he served as an assistant varsity coach at Clarkstown South and Nyack High Schools before going to Yorktown High School assistant varsity coach for five years. During that time, the Huskers’ lacrosse program was ranked among the top 20 high school lacrosse programs in the United States, won five section finals, four New York State regional finals and four New York State semi-final games. After that he served as goalie coach and defensive assistant at Manhattan College and then Dominican College, and started the lacrosse program at Tappan Zee High School as head coach there.
Tom Prior has been teaching Physical Education and coaching Lacrosse and other sports for over 16 years, and created and instructed the first youth lacrosse clinics offered by his town’s Department of Recreation. He now teaches Physical Education at the Yonkers Middle and High Schools, and is Varsity Assistant Coach at Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey. He lives in West Nyack, New York with his wife PeggyAnn, and daughters Reagan, Erin and Maeve.
Timothy Weir, Director Coaching Development
Yorktown Heights, NY USA
Tim Weir, head coach for Ireland’s National Men’s Team competing in the 2008 European Championships, has held several coaching positions for Irish teams since 2003.
Mr. Weir started as an assistant coach for the national team’s 2003 exhibition tour of Dublin and Limerick, coordinating and instructing at youth clinics at Trinity College and the University of Limerick. He also served as Team Ireland’s assistant coach/offensive coordinator at the 2004 European Championships and 2006 World Championships where Ireland’s high scoring National Teams won their division, and at the inaugural Celtic Cup Tournament in 2005 which Ireland won.
A graduate of St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY (BS in Physical Education, minor in Biology) Mr. Weir started the club lacrosse program there. He also served as the team captain for two years. While earning his masters degree in Adapted Physical Education at the University of Connecticut Tim played on the varsity lacrosse squad.
Mr. Weir has taught physical education and coached lacrosse for more than 20 years, and is defensive coordinator for the Manhattanville College Men’s Team after two seasons as offensive coordinator. Prior to that, as head coach at Lakeland/Panas High School, his teams played in eight championship games and won twice, won seven league and one regional title and played in one New York State Final Four. The program produced nine High School All-Americans, and seven College All-Americans. Tim also coached in the North-South High School All-American game in 1997 and 2005. Tim was head coach of the Hudson Valley Region Empire State Games Team in 1994 and 1997, and became the regional coordinator of lacrosse for the games in 2003.
He is a founder of the Hudson Valley Chapter of US Lacrosse, and served as chapter treasurer from 1995-1999, and High School representative from 1998-2002. Tim has been President of the Section 1 Coaches Association since 2000, and from 1998-2000 served as Vice President. In his community he is the assistant director of a youth lacrosse camp and serves in the SOAC youth lacrosse program. Tim resides in Yorktown Heights, NY with his wife Mary and their two children Elisabeth and Brian.
Tony Devine, Director
Tony Devine got his first stick in 1988 and played high school lacrosse for the Smithsburg, MD Leopards. He was a two time all conference goalie, and team MVP in 1992, and continued playing through college and post grad leagues in Maryland and Delaware before moving to Ireland in 2002.
Devine got involved with Irish Lacrosse in 2003, and played goalie, midfield and attack for Team Ireland at the 2004 European Championships. After starting the Dublin Lacrosse Club with teammate Michael Kennedy, he played with Team Ireland in the 2005 Celtic Cup tournament, the 2006 World Championships, and in the 2007 World Indoor Championships.
He was also very involved in recruiting the first Republic of Ireland Women’s Team which won the European Newcomers Tournament in 2005, and in 2007 he setup instructional clinics to help start a new girl’s team in Annascaul, Kerry.
As chairman of the Foundation’s Lacrosse Development Committee, Devine continues to setup events to introduce and grow lacrosse participation in Ireland. He also owns a small construction company www.thehandyman.ie.
Larry Griswold, Director
Asheville, NC USA
Larry Griswold became involved with lacrosse when his son’s high school, Watchung Hills, in Warren, New Jersey, started boys and girls teams in 2001. He helped introduce the high school’s newest sport with local newspaper stories and photographs, and with his wife, Barbara, organized a parents booster
club for the boys’ team. Their son went on to play at Hamilton College and to play for and help coach the Dublin Lacrosse Club team while studying at University College, Cork, Ireland, and then taught and coached lacrosse at The Gow School before returning to Watchung Hills as freshman coach in 2010.
Griswold has supported the Irish Lacrosse Foundation with fundraising and communications since 2007 by writing news stories for and managing the ILF web site, and creating media guides for the 2010 and 2011 Men’s National Teams. Previously he had worked in consumer magazine and digital advertising sales for 30 years including 19 with Sports Illustrated where he was the first winner of the Sports Illustrated New York Office Salesman of the Year Award.
In 2007, Griswold completed the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials cadet training program, and in his first five seasons was a referee for more than 300 games including men’s club, college, high school varsity, youth leagues and off season tournaments. He also wrote two feature articles for the U.S. Lacrosse publication, Stripes, and completed United States Soccer Federation referee training and is now a high school and youth referee in North Carolina.
Larry Griswold retired from the United States Air Force with 25 years of active and reserve service and was an admissions counselor in New Jersey for the United States Air Force Academy for 27 years. In 2008 – 2009 he served on the National Committee for the annual High School Heisman Awards sponsored by his former Sports Illustrated client, Wendy’s, and he is currently a volunteer at the Manna Food Bank serving 16 western NC counties.
Larry Carroll, Director
Bellmore, NY USA
Second generation Irish American Larry Carroll has served Ireland’s National lacrosse teams
and the Irish Lacrosse Foundation repeatedly since marching with the Foundation in New York
City’s 2006 St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Shortly after that, Carroll assisted the Foundation’s fund-raising sales of Ireland Lacrosse
apparel at the 2006 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, and then served as Equipment
Manager for the Irish Men’s National team at the 2006 World Championships in London,
After a trip to Ireland in 2007, he started 2008 by helping with sales or Ireland Lacrosse
apparel at the US Lacrosse National Convention, and then expanding his equipment manager
responsibilities to both of Ireland’s 2008 National Teams. This included working women’s and
men’s exhibition games in Westchester, NY and Fairfield, CT, and all games for both teams
at the 2008 European Championships in Lahti, Finland. He also assisted with the selection
camp for US based players trying out for Ireland’s 2009 Women’s National team, and at the
2009 US Lacrosse National Convention.
Jack Mcgettigan, Director
Sparks, MD USA
Jack McGettigan is a native of Washington, DC and is a graduate of St. John’s College and St. Leo University and a recently retired insurance executive. He is the founder of the Baltimore Prep Lacrosse Club who have won National Lacrosse Championships and whose members have gone on to attend and play for top colleges and universities.
Jack and his family have been members of the Irish Lacrosse Foundation since 2002 and have traveled, in support of the team, to the Australia and Canada games. Jack, his wife Lois and son Brian live in Sparks, Maryland. Brian attends Gettysburg College and was a member of the 2002 and 2006 World Lacrosse Champsionship teams and also played in the 2005 Celtic Cup Championship in Wales.
Kevin Carrol, Director
Mason, OH USA
Kevin Carroll joined the Irish Lacrosse Foundation in the fall of 2008 as a player for the exhibition squad. In 2009, Kevin took on the responsibility of Exhibition Game Coordinator for Team Ireland. In this capacity, he helped to recruit players for the exhibition games scheduled for the spring, summer, and fall seasons. During this time, Kevin organized and managed the Connecticut Cup Exhibition game at Yale University for Team Ireland that played against the Connecticut New York Youth Association Alumni Team that included four players in the MLL and two current US World Team players. Kevin also assisted at the selection camps for the 2009 Women’s National Team and the 2010 Men’s National Team. In addition to his on-field contributions, Kevin has managed the Foundation’s information and apparel booth at the 2009, 2010, and 2012 US Lacrosse National Convention.
Kevin earned a B.A. in Communications at SUNY at Albany, graduating in 1994. Kevin played one year for the Great Danes as a goalie and defensemen before having major knee surgery to repair cartilage and ligament damage. Prior to enrolling at SUNY at Albany, Kevin spent one year at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School where he was the starting goalie for the Black Knights. Since graduating from SUNY at Albany, Kevin has been active in the world of lacrosse as a Nassau County Lacrosse Official, Youth and High School Assistant Coach, Town Program Administrator, as well as a player for Open, Masters, and now Super Masters teams. Kevin also has a Masters in Business Administration from the University Of New Haven.
Kevin is currently a finance professional for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio where he relocated with his family in 2010 from Connecticut. Kevin is a US Lacrosse level 2 certified women’s coach and currently the Goalie/Assistant Coach and Southern Ohio US Lacrosse program representative for the Mason Lacrosse Club girls program in Mason, Ohio where he lives with his wife, Bonnie, and his two daughters, Hailey and Megan.
Dan Leidl, Secretary
Westover, WV USA
Dan Leidl has extensive experience as both a coach and player for Ireland’s National Teams.
He played for Ireland at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Lacrosse Championships, was Head Coach for the Women’s National Teams at the 2008 European Championships and 2009 World Championships, and assistant coach at the 2007 and 2011 World Indoor Championships.
He was one of two Ireland players selected for the President’s Team at the 2010 FIL World Championships, and Ireland’s recipient of the FIL Spirit of Lacrosse Award at the 2011 World Indoor Championships in Prague.
Leidl, who has an MA in child development and a PhD in sports and exercise psychology, is a managing partner at Meno Consulting and frequent contributor of articles about leadership, lacrosse, and other sports topics for Inside Lacrosse and the Washington Post. He played college lacrosse for Drew University and was an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at C.W. Post for four seasons.