Dobbie Named Speaker At 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention

Nov. 1, 2013

BALTIMORE - US Lacrosse has named Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse assistant coach and Canadian national team midfielder Dana Dobbie a speaker at the US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by Champion. Dobbie will join roughly 200 of the sport’s best coaches and officials as presenters at the largest professional development event in the world for lacrosse coaches, officials and administrators Jan. 10-12, 2014, in Philadelphia.

Dobbie will host “Draw-thority” for girls’ lacrosse coaches at 3 p.m. Jan. 10 on the Demo Field in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

“Dana Dobbie is one of the most respected players and coaches in the game when it comes to the draw,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. “There may not be a more qualified individual to teach coaches how to teach their players to excel in the circle. We’re glad to have her on board as a speaker.”

“It’s an honor to be selected as a presenter at the US Lacrosse National Convention,” Dobbie said. “The convention is a terrific event to help coaches at all levels prepare for the upcoming season. I’m looking forward to being a part of it." 

Dobbie, entering her sixth season at Loyola in 2014, has helped the Greyhounds to three straight NCAA tournament appearances and two Big East Conference championships. She also guided midfielder Taryn VanThof to All-America honors in 2013, as the the redshirt sophomore led the BIG EAST with 75 draw controls, a mark that was just one shy of Loyola’s 29-year-old program record.

A two-time All-World player, Dobbie led Team Canada to its first-ever silver medal in the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup and to the bronze in 2009. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Dobbie was a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and two-time All-American in college. She also set the NCAA records for career (334) and single-season (126) draw controls.

Lacrosse coaches, officials and administrators can purchase convention tickets online at convention for just $95 before Nov. 30 (a savings of 30 percent vs. walk-up pricing). The convention ticket includes free post-event access to audio/video recordings and PowerPoints of all convention presentations.

The US Lacrosse National Convention has drawn approximately of 7,000 participants in each of the last two years, and it includes four live demonstration areas, 150 educational sessions, business meetings for leadership groups within the sport and the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.

The convention also includes the US Lacrosse Fan Fest, presented by TeamZila, which opens the convention center to the public Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lacrosse fans can check out gear and apparel from some 160 exhibitors in the sport’s largest expo hall, watch live demonstrations, and get autographs from members of Team USA and other top players.