Founder & Board Chair: Doug Appleton
Doug is the Founder and President of the Firehawks Lacrosse Club. He started the Firehawks in 2005, and it has quickly grown to over 400 players, 60 coaches and 22 teams, and is considered one of the premier youth lacrosse clubs in Northern California.
Doug has been involved with lacrosse for over 45 years, either as a player, coach, equipment manufacturer. lacrosse entrepreneur or club administrator, starting in his hometown of Severna Park, Maryland, where he played organized lacrosse from the age of six.
Doug played defensive midfield at Brown University where he won the Ivy League championship in 1985 and was named All Ivy. After college, he played for the Maryland Lacrosse Club for eight years where he won two national championships and was selected to try out for the US National Team in 1994. Doug also played professional lacrosse for the Washington Wave in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. Doug currently plays on several post-collegiate club teams and competes in national and international tournaments at the masters and grand masters levels.
In 2008 Doug was selected as the US Lacrosse National Double-Goal Lacrosse Coach of the Year. In 2009 and 2010 he was selected as a finalist for Positive Coaching Alliance’s Youth Coach of the Year for all sports, one of fifty coaches chosen nationally out of four million youth coaches. In 2017, Doug was inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Northern California Chapter.
Executive Director: Brian T Silcott
Brian has been playing and coaching lacrosse for over 35 years. He has been successful at every level from youth through to the pros and has used the knowledge gained in that success to formulate unique systems for developing players and fostering a love of the game in kids across the country.
Brian was a 2X All American, National Midfielder of the Year and National Champion in college. He went on to play professionally in the MLL and NLL serving as the Captain of the Boston Cannons for four years and lead teams in both the MLL and NLL their respective Championship Games.
When he retired from professional play he quickly became a head coach in the MLL and soon after the Executive Vice President and Governor for the NLL's Portland Lumberjax. He has been a college head coach, operated club teams, directed camps, launched youth leagues and provided coaches education to countless programs over the past 25 years. He also spent time working for US Lacrosse serving as the national men's game director. He is currently the Head Coach of the Scottish National Team.
Outside of lacrosse Brian has started several successful companies, worked in market research, managed athletic facilities/organizations and served as the CEO of the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center.
Brian has been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Fox Lane High School and the US Lacrosse Hudson Valley Chapter. He lives in Redwood City with his wife Karen and their son Cameron James.
Girls Program Director: Karen Healy-Silcott
Originally from Freeport, New York Karen spent 8 years as the Head Coach of Division 1 Bryant University before moving south to start her family and begin working in youth lacrosse.
At Bryant she led the programs successful transition from D2 to D1 and while they were not eligible for the conference tournament during her tenure, she finished the regular season in 2nd place in just their third year of division 1 play.
Prior to taking the reigns at Bryant, Karen served as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts and as a program director for Metro Lacrosse in Boston, MA.
Karen played college lacrosse at Syracuse University. She was a top recruit on the inaugural Women's Lacrosse team at Syracuse. Karen earned Regional All American honors as a midfielder in both her freshman and sophomore years. Three knee surgeries were a major blow to her career but Karen fought back and after a brief stint as a goalie, moved back on to the field earning 2nd Team All Big East Honors as a defender in her senior season.
Karen has been an outstanding athlete her entire life. In High School she was a three sport star earning honors in lacrosse, basketball and cross country. Lacrosse however was her best sport. She was a 2X US Lacrosse All American, Empire State Games MVP, 3X All County, 3X Team MVP and 2X Team Captain.
Director of Operations: Myles Somerville
Myles grew up playing lacrosse in Rhode Island where he became an All-State defensemen. Helping spread lacrosse out of the typical North East 'hot-spots' has always been a pursuit of his, which is what led him to play at Florida State University. In Tallahassee, he became a three time, first team All SELC defender, two time SELC Champion, and was awarded the Cheif Osceola Award (defensive MVP) in three of his four seasons there.
Myles now, along with Coach Silcott, coaches the Woodside Priory lacrosse team. He also runs the Priory's Dorm program, and leads Outdoor Ed trips for the student body. He lives on campus with his wife, Korinn, and three kids, Kaitlynn, Westy, and Mickey.
Assistant Director: Ryan Sage
Ryan was born and raised in Kelowna BC Canada. Like most Canadians Ryan learned the game of lacrosse as a Box player on later transitioned to field lacrosse to play in college. He attended college in the United States at Division 2 Mars Hills where he was a Dean's List student and Academic All American.
Ryan currently competes internationally with the Scottish National Team most recently at the 2018 World Championships in Israel. He has participated in two World Chanpionships and two European Championships with the Scotland side and remains active on their roster preparing for the 2020 Euros in Poland.
Ryan is the Head Coach at Woodside High School and he lives in Redwood City with his wife Cheyenne and their dog Linkin.