Brine All-America Games Directors
Our directors have been hand-picked in different areas of the country to ensure that the very best players are chosen through competitive and fair tryouts. If you have any questions about anything related to the Brine All-America Games, please contact your area director.
Director of Coaching: Joe Spallina
Florida: To be determined
Long Island: Alyssa Guido (email) and Greg Antolini (Email)
Mid-Atlantic: To be determined
Midwest: To be determined
New England: To be determined
New Jersey: Rob Grella (email)
Philadelphia: To be determined
South: Nick Holota (email)
Texas: To be determined
Tri-State: Michael Bocklet (email)
West: To be determined
Long Island: Joe Spallina
Joe Spallina has coached at almost every level, and he's been successful wherever he's gone. Spallina has developed the Stony Brook women's program into a perennial top-5 team in the nation, and the Seawolves are coming off of a 20-1 season with a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals. He has been named America East Coach of the Year five times and has mentored 12 IWLCA All-Americans, 10 Tewaaraton nominees and three Tewaaraton finalists. Stony Brook has won six conference titles under Spallina's leadership.
Prior to Stony Brook, he was a three-time IWLCA National Coach of the Year at Adelphi, where he coached 21 IWLCA All-Americans and won a pair of national championships in consecutive years. He is also the head coach of Major League Lacrosse's New York Lizards, as well as Team 91 boys' 2020 Crush and 2023 Bandits teams. Spallina guided the Lizards to an MLL championship in 2015, and he's won the World Series of Youth Lacrosse with both Crush and Bandits. Under his leadership, Crush has garnered a reputation as the country's top 2020 team, and the same goes for the 2023 Bandits.
Long Island: Greg Antolini
Long Island: Alyssa Guido
Rob Grella’s dedication to the lacrosse community has made him one of the most well-known girls' lacrosse coaches in the Tri-State area. Starting at Summit High School, Grella was a coach for both the boys' and girls' varsity programs from 2004-2010.
In that time, Grella was named Union County Coach of the Year twice and led the girls' team to three straight Union County championships, while also earning appearances in three New Jersey State Sectional Finals.
In 2011, Rob Grella was appointed Head Coach for the Adelphi women's team. During his time at Adelphi, Grella led the team to an impressive 56 wins and only six losses, three NCAA tournament appearances, two NE-10 Conference Championships and a NCAA DII National Championship title. Over three years, Grella coached 20 All-Conference players, 11 IWCLA All Americans, two NE-10 Conference Player of the Year, and NCAA Defensive Player of the Year. Grella was awarded NCAA National Coach of the Year honors.
A 1997 and 2004 graduate of Adelphi University, Grella was a two-time First-Team All-American for the Panthers, helping the team to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II National Final. He was also named the NCAA Division II Attackman and Player of the Year in 1996 and played in the Division I USILA North/South All-Star game in 1997. Grella also left his mark on the Adelphi record books, where he currently sits second on the Division II list in single season goals with 59 and third on the career goals list with 140. He was also honored with induction into the Adelphi Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.
Coach Holota's high school lacrosse accolades also include all-conference and all-state recognition. At NC State, Coach Holota was not only a four year starter but also a team leader, serving as the team captain his junior and senior year. He named to the SELC All-Conference team his senior year, leading the Wolfpack in scoring with 49 points on the year.
Coach Holota is currently the head varsity coach at Middle Creek High School and has coached travel and recreation teams from K-12th grade. Prior to coaching at Middle Creek High School, he was the Head Assistant Coach at Holly Springs High School from 2008-2015. He also coached at Southeast Raleigh High School as the Head JV coach and then later as the Head Varsity coach between 2003-2007. After graduating from N.C. State, Holota ran the area's first dedicated lacrosse store, Battle Lacrosse helping to grow the sport and promote lacrosse, while outfitting area kids with the gear needed to be successful on the field.
Coach Bocklet is the first head men's lacrosse coach at Purchase College. Prior to Purchase, Bocklet spent two years as the offensive coordinator at Dartmouth and two years before that as the assitant coach/offensive coordinator at Cortland State. While at Cortland, Bocklet helped lead the team to its first undefeated regular season. Before entering the college coaching ranks, Coach Bocklet joined his alma mater in 2010 as an assistant coach at John Jay HS, where he helped guide the team to a section title and an 18-2 record. Bocklet also coached abroad for one year after college where served as the local development officer in Manchester, England and was the head of recruiting and coaching for two highly competitive U-16 and U-19 club teams.
Coach Bocklet is a current member of the New York Lizards, with whom he won a Major League Lacrosse championship. Bocklet was the top scorer for the Denver Outlaws for two seasons. Additionally, Bocklet held the highest shooting percentage amongst the top 20 league scorers and was runner-up for MLL "Breakout Player of the Year" award. Bocklet was previously drafted by the Long Island Lizards in 2008. Coach Bocklet played collegiately at Fairfield University where he was a four-year starter, captain, and Tewaaraton Watchlist Player in his Senior year. Bocklet also received All-League and All-New England honors twice and competed in the prestigous USILA North-South game. Coach Bocklet left Fairfield as the 4th All-Time leader in points. At John Jay HS, Bocklet was an All-Section football and 3X All-Section lacrosse player.