Mike Gabel is founder and co-owner of True Lacrosse. From the time he first picked up the sport as a child in Massachusetts to his professional experience playing Major League Lacrosse, Gabel has dedicated himself to mastering the game. Gabel and his fellow MLL teammate Jake Deane founded True Lacrosse in 2008 to provide their vast experience and knowledge of the game to young players across the country. In that time, Gabel and Deane have helped countless young people improve their skills and continue playing the game at the collegiate level.
Gabel, a goalie, has played for the Chicago Machine, Rochester Rattlers, and the Chesapeake Bayhawks throughout his professional lacrosse career in the MLL. A 2005 graduate of the University of Vermont, Gabel was the 2003 NCAA Division I record holder for saves. He was also named the defensive MVP in 2003 and 2005 at the University of Vermont.
Jake Deane is founder and co-owner of True Lacrosse. Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Deane was introduced to the sport at a young age and dominated as an LSM and face-off specialist throughout his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts. The All-American holds the single season ground ball record at the Division I school. In 2008, Deane and his fellow MLL teammate and friend Mike Gabel founded True Lacrosse with the clear vision and mission to help young players in the Chicago area improve their skills and knowledge of the game, and continue playing the game at the collegiate level. Since that time, Deane and Gabel have brought True Lacrosse to young people across the US and Canada.
Deane has been playing professionally in the MLL since 2006. He has played for the Chicago Machine, Toronto Nationals, and the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
Tom Wood is the director of recruiting for True Lacrosse. Wood is responsible for ensuring all high school players within the True Lacrosse regional program are educated on the recruiting process. Wood meets with each player individually to identify schools that will meet the player’s needs in both academics and athletics.
A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Wood also played lacrosse for the Midshipmen and has since gone on to create opportunities for young people to play and grow as lacrosse players. Wood is deeply committed to the growth of lacrosse in Illinois and helped create the Fox Valley Lacrosse Club.
Dr. Jennifer Buckley is the director and an associate professor at the School of Health and Physical Education at Aurora University. Jennifer conducts presentations for each team of True Lacrosse Illinois focused on college academics, time management, and other keys to educational success at the collegiate level.
She earned her doctorate in Education while being a star basketball player and captain of the team at Aurora University. Dr. Buckley has also coached the women’s basketball team earning herself the title as coach of the year.
Director of Programs/Payroll Practitioner
Illinois West Director
IL North Director
State Team Junior Director
IL Northwest Director
IL Northwest Co-Director
IL Southside Co-Director
Phone: (815) 666-8537
IL Southside Co-Director
Phone: (630) 777-5562
IL North Co-Director
Phone: (480) 433-9290
Illinois Girls Director
Phone: 631 897 8763
Pittsburgh Boys Director
Phone: (847) 431-7886
Pittsburgh Girls Director
Phone: (724) 713-3292
Phone: (651) 269-4137