Dan Lannon, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., played lacrosse at a young age, having two older brothers that played. In high school (Fayetteville-Manlius HS, NY), he played defense, was captain of the varsity team and an "All County" selection. Dan was selected to the Central Region of the Empire State Games and helped his team to a Silver Medal in 1986. In college he played at Syracuse University as a long stick middie and defenseman from 1988 to 1991 where he won three NCAA National Championship rings.
Dan has refereed and coached in various youth leagues in NY, PA, and AZ for the last 20 years. He is a certified high school and college official, and has played and officiated at numerous post-collegiate tournaments all over the country. In 2008, he was hired as a “tech ref” for the National Lacrosse League. Dan also runs the Desert Men's Lacrosse League and takes competitive men’s teams to play in tournaments in Las Vegas, San Diego and Vail each year. His Cactus Master’s (age 35 ) Team won the San Diego Jam by the Sea and the Lax Vegas Master’s division Tournaments in 2010.
Dan is currently in his sixth year of coaching at Desert Vista High School. He was named the AYLL Coach of the Year by his peers for the 2009 season. Dan has coached with the Az Starz/Burn and most recently Force Lacrosse Club while taking teams to numerous tournaments in San Diego, Sonoma, Vegas, Vail and Denver. Dan’s career has been spent working with at-risk youth and disabled children for the last 20 years. Currently Dan works at University of Phoenix while he is getting his Master’s Degree in Special Education.
HARRISON CRAWFORD - Asst. Coach (Varsity)
Harrison grew up primarily in Ahwatukee and attended Desert Vista from 1999-2003. Harrison first began playing lacrosse prior to his sophomore year in high school, the year after the team was first formed by Will Nolan. He credits Will for helping teach him how to shoot. Harrison played 3 seasons for Desert Vista and was named Team MVP each of those 3 years, along with being named to the Arizona All-Star Team each of the 3 years. He was named 1st Team All-State during his junior and senior years at DV as well.
Harrison went to the University of Arizona for his undergrad, where he was a 4-year starter for the Laxcats at midfield. During Harrison's time at U of A, the Laxcats had a 75% win percentage and made the National Championship Tournament all 4 years. He was named the Team Rookie of the Year his freshman year, and Team Offensive MVP for his junior and senior seasons. Harrison was also named to the 2nd and 1st Team All-Conference in his junior and senior years respectively, and was a league All-American Honorable Mention.
Since graduating from the University of Arizona, Harrison moved back up to the Phoenix area and began coaching at Desert Vista. He is currently entering his 5th year of coaching the Thunder, and has helped out with both Varsity and JV teams each season. Since returning to DV to coach, Harrison has seen the Thunder Varsity reach the playoffs for 4 of his 5 years coaching.
Harrison attended graduate school after returning to the valley, obtaining a Master's degree in Sport-Exercise Psychology and a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling. He currently works with children, families and adults in Pinal County as a counselor and behavioral consultant. Harrison also continues to play lacrosse in the local men's league and has participated in men's league tournaments in San Diego and Durango, winning the Durango tournament in 2011.
John Braase - Asst. Coach (Varsity)
Jon joined DV in the fall of 2012. Previously he was the Head Coach of the Ahwatukee Lightening where he helped guide the team to a 60-0 record over four years, including JHS State Championship seasons in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Jon grew up playing lacrosse in Baltimore, MD. He played lacrosse through high school at St. Pauls School in Baltimore, traditionally one of the top HS lacrosse programs in the country. Joh also played varsity basketball and varsity football while at St. Pauls. Jon went on to play college lacrosse at Roanoke College in VA.
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GEOFF COON - Head Coach, Division II Varsity
Geoff is entering his fourth year as a coach at Desert Vista. Starting as a Defensive Assistant in 2010, he helped lead the JV program to its first-ever undefeated season. In 2011 Geoff took over as Head Coach for the JV program, where the team again finished with a record of 10-0. In 2012, Geoff had the opportunity to lead the Division II Varsity program as its first Head Coach, where the team finished with a regular season record of 13-1(10-0 vs. Division II opponents, 3-1 vs. Division I), including beating rival Mountain Pointe's Division I varsity squad twice. The team was awarded entry as the No.11 seed in the Division 1 playoff bracket, where it ultimately lost to the No.6 seed by a score of just 6-2 in a hard fought game.
As a player, Geoff started playing lacrosse in 1996 and was one of the founding members of the DV Lacrosse program during the 1999-2000 season. During his time at Desert Vista, Geoff was a four-year varsity starter and helped lead the team to one trip to the State Semi-Finals, in addition to one State Championship title. He attended the University of Arizona where he received his undergraduate degree in English, before attending DePaul University in Chicago, where he received his Master's degree in New Media Studies with a concentration in Usability Engineering and Interaction Design. Geoff currently lives in Ahwatukee with his wife Crystal and daughter Zoey, and works in the executive career services industry.
-Arizona State Champion, 2000
-Varsity Starter: 2000,2001,2002,2003 (Captain)
-Defensive Player of the Year, 2002
-Will Nolan Leadership Award, 2002
-Gold Medal: Grand Canyon State Games, 2000
-All-Star Selection: Top Gun Lacrosse Camp, Vermont, 2002
-All-Star Selection: Arizona Youth Lacrosse League 2003
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Eric was first introduced to lacrosse in a summer recreational league in Fairport, New York.Shortly after moving to western Pennsylvania in 1981, Eric shifted his focus to football and basketball as organized lacrosse was not an available option.As a 3 year starter in high school, Eric was named a Pennsylvania all-state defensive back in football and off guard in basketball.Eric played football at Valparaiso University as a strong safety and spent 3 years during this time as an Indiana high school basketball referee. After serving as a combat engineer in the United States Marine Corps, Eric’s professional career has included several years in the airline industry and as a consulting director in the IT industry.Eric became involved in lacrosse again after 30 years when his son began playing in 2008.
Cody Wood (480)262-5146
Cody grew up in Ahwatukee and attended Desert Vista from 2000-2004. He began playing lacrosse as a freshman in high school. While at DV Cody played both midfield and attack. As a sophomore Cody recieved the Will Nolan Leadership Award. As a junior he was named the team's Offensive MVP and as a senior he was Team MVP. Cody was selected for the Arizona All Star Team his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He was First Team All State his senior year. Cody went to ASU for his undergrad where he was a two year starter for the Devils. As a freshman he was named Offensive MVP and Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore Cody returned and was switched back to midfield where he helped the Devils to another winning record.
After graduating he realized how much he missed the game of lacrosse and began coaching at Desert Vista. In his first year as a coach he led the JV team to an undefeated season. He is entering his fourth full season as a coach where he has helped the DII Varsity program to grow and compete at a very high level.
Cody currently works for the Phoenix Fire Department. He is in the process of obtaining his paramedic certification and hopes to have a long career helping the community that he grew up in.
JV-Head coach Mike Neumyer Mvn023@gmail.com (480) 277-3413
Mike is an Arizona native. He graduated from Desert Vista High School in 2008. Mike was introduced to lacrosse his freshman year at DV. He was a member of the Arizona All State Team from 2006-2008 along with being an active member of team Arizona, leading the team in points his junior and senior year.
Mike received a scholarship to play NCAA division 3 lacrosse in Los Angeles at Whittier College. He was a 4 year starter at Whittier playing both midfield and attack for the Poets.
Mike graduated from Whittier College in 2012 with a double major in Kinesiology and Sports Management.
Today, Mike is the local franchise partner of College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving. He credits lacrosse and the lacrosse community for his work ethic and individual growth as a leader and team player. From coaching, participating in men's leagues and volunteering his time for Fields of Growth, lacrosse will always be a large part of his life.