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Mike Gabel, Founder and Co-Owner

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, Co-Owner and Founder

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. 

Ingrid Burchfield Latham

Ingrid has been tutoring students for over fifteen years in math, chemistry, and standardized testing.  She also helps with course selection, college applications, and résumés.  Ingrid has an engineering degree from Northwestern University and worked in environmental remediation and information technology before becoming a full-time tutor.  Originally from Ohio, Ingrid was the captain of her varsity swim team, a newspaper editor, and a baton twirler, which is how her son George got his stick skills.  George has been playing lacrosse since third grade and is on True Illinois State 2020.  Ingrid’s hobbies include reading, walking her dog, floating on a raft, giving test prep books as gifts, and being a soccer/football/basketball/lacrosse mom.  

Tom Wood

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.