Our event is organized by a group of local lacrosse enthusiasts comprised of local high school coaches, and local college lacrosse alumni, who all share a passion for helping grow the game of lacrosse in NC, and have unique connections to Tony Cullen.


Jeff Spear – Assistant Varsity Coach, Leesville Road High School. 757 Pilot, FEDEX Express. Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force (retired). Duke Lacrosse Alumni/Team Co-Captain (’82-’85). Played 4 years for Coach Cullen.

Franklin Zirkle – Head Varsity Coach, Leesville Road High School. President, Hilltoppers Lacrosse Foundation. Guilford College Lacrosse Alumni (’79-’83). Guilford College Assistant Men’s Coach and Head Women’s Coach ’84-‘85. Local high school & NCAA official. Played, Coached against and officiated with Tony Cullen.

Tom Brawner – Founder, Triad Blackhawks. Founding director, Triad Blackhawks (2008-present). Youth Lacrosse Coach, Triad Youth Lacrosse Association (2003-2011). Assistant Lacrosse Coach, Western Guilford HS (2009), West Stokes HS (2016). Organizing chairman, Stick it to Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic (2010-present).

Women’s Game Director:

Kimberly Eastman Zirkle – Kimberly is in charge of the women’s game and has been charged with outreach amongst the Women’s Lacrosse Community. She is also one of the creative minds behind the game and serves on the Board of the Hilltopper Lacrosse Foundation. Kimberly played collegiately at Guilford College.

Operations Manager:

Chandler Zirkle – Assistant Men’s Coach, Guilford College. Guilford Lacrosse Alumni (‘12-’15). Chandler recently graduated from the University of South Carolina where he received his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Student Affairs.

Social Media Director and Marketing Director:

Hartford Zirkle – Hartford is a Junior at the University of North Carolina, a coach in the Carolina Hilltopper Program, and the Offensive Coordinator at Leesville Road High School. If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact Hartford directly at


Mike Fidgeon – CEO, Pathways by Molina. Founder, Duke Gray Devils Alumni Lacrosse Network. Duke Lacrosse Alumni (’85-’88). Played 4 years for Coach Cullen

Chris Maxmin – Director, Duetsche Bank Private Bank. Duke Lacrosse Alumni (’83-’86). Played 4 years for Coach Cullen.

Rod Santomassimo – Founder & President, The Massimo Group. Assistant Coach, Duke Lacrosse (’86-’87). Coached 2 years under Coach Cullen, and worked with Tony in private industry for over 10 years.

Chris Sussingham – Head Varsity Coach Lakeland High School (FL). A320 Pilot, Jet Blue Airways. Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force (Retired). Duke Lacrosse/Team Co-Captain (’80-’83). Played 2 years for Coach Cullen.

Peter Rubin – Partner, Atlantic Capital Group and VP, Mile One Automotive. Duke Lacrosse Alumni/Team Co-Captain (’85-’88). Played 4 years for Coach Cullen.

Greg Schraff – Director of Marketing at Spreedly. Duke Lacrosse Alumni (’85-’88). Played 4 years for Coach Cullen