Danielle Gallagher, a longtime presence in the lacrosse world, will serve as WPLL Futures Director for New York. Gallagher, who is a 3x World Cup Champion, and a team of WPLL players will hold a regional tryout on Sunday, April 29th at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade players interested in taking part in the New York branch of the WPLL Futures Program. A character and leadership intensive program, Futures is not intended to replace or interfere with a player’s high school or club commitments. Players selected to a Futures team will not be required to attended any practices prior to the championship weekend July 10th-12th, but rather will be required to take part in a series of online courses and workshops.
“New York has a long history of producing quality lacrosse players, and we are excited to expose these young players to our Futures curriculum,” explained WPLL Commissioner Jen Adams. “Danielle is a legend in the lacrosse world with deep ties to New York, and we are thrilled to have her leading the way and helping develop the next generation of talent.”
Central to the WPLL’s mission is helping the next generation of female lacrosse talent grow into strong, confident leaders. With the help of partners Victory Academy and Brave Enterprises, the WPLL’s Futures Program is designed to expose high school players across the country to lacrosse and leadership experiences that will prepare them for any challenges they may face. Players selected for the Futures Program will receive a mix of lacrosse and life skills that will help them for life. Futures players will also have the opportunity to play in a national tournament this summer, competing against top-talent from across the country. Whether you make the Futures team or not, all players that tryout will be given access to a year’s worth of online leadership training.
The tryout consists of a variety of lacrosse and fitness drills that will be run by Gallagher and a team of evaluators including several WPLL players. In addition to meeting and learning from WPLL pros, all players that attend the April 29th tryout will be given access to curriculum designed to test and improve their leadership and bravery skills. After the evaluations are completed, 60 players will be named to the three New York Futures teams, 20 players from each grade.
Gallagher, who also serves as the General Manager for the New York Fight, graduated from The College of William and Mary, where was a two-time first team All-American. A two year captain, she landed herself in the school’s record books, ending her tremendous career as W&M’s third all-time leading points scorer and third in all-time assists. After graduation Gallagher served as a member of the U.S. Elite Women’s Lacrosse team, participating in four World Cup events, three of which resulted in World Cup Championships and one of which the U.S. took home the Silver. An active member of the lacrosse community, Gallagher has dedicated her time to camps and clinics all over the country, helping spread her knowledge and skill to people all over the United States. Gallagher’s lacrosse successes also include coaching at the collegiate level, with stints at Colorado College and Notre Dame, leading both programs to the NCAA Tournament. She continues to share her knowledge and love of lacrosse with the world, as she is the founder, President, and Director of Liberty Lacrosse and Black Diamond Lacrosse.
“I have dedicated much of my life to the sport of lacrosse. I have had the honor of playing with and against some of the best female athletes in the world. In addition, I have had the privilege of coaching over the years some of the top lacrosse players in the country. I feel very passionate about growing the game, as well as the young women who play it. When thinking about where the sport has been and where it is going, along with the young women who play it, I am truly excited to be a part of WPLL Futures. It is not only helping to grow the game, but this program is dedicated to developing our future leaders on and off the lacrosse field.“
Players interested in the Futures tryout can register here.