About FRIENDS of B/N Lacrosse

Our Commitment to Lacrosse

The Friends of Bloomington-Normal Lacrosse (FOBNL) is a not-for-profit, volunteer, action oriented organization who works to benefit of the Bloomington-Normal co-op Lacrosse Program.  Our goal is to enable the coaching staff to coach and the players to play.  We are dedicated to removing barriers and enhancing the high school lacrosse experience for all involved.  We seek creative solutions to identified problems and have open communication with the athletic department and administration at participating high schools.  We will be respectful and supportive of other organizations, and are committed to both the academic and athletic success of the lacrosse players in our community.

Our Mission

Establish

Bring IHSA sanctioned, varsity boys and girls high school lacrosse to the Bloomington/Normal community through cooperative team sponsorship, partnering with all interested athletes and administrations that would qualify under IHSA co-op rules

support

Support student athletes, coaches and school administrations that are jointly participating in the co-op lacrosse programs through logistic, communications and financial support

FOBNL Board Members

Ron Thein

At Large Board Member

Ron has been active in sports and coaching for a number of years.  Most recently coaching with the Bloomington/Normal Baseball Association, over the last 4 years with the Bloomington/Normal Warriors U12 and U14 boys lacrosse teams and the 2019 U14 Riversticks travel team.  He is also involved in the Town of Normal Grow the Game Lacrosse sessions for players of all skill levels and ages.  Although a lifelong basketball player, he has learned the various aspects of the lacrosse game over the past 4 years and its many similarities to basketball skills and strategies.  Ron has achieved a level 2 certified lacrosse coach designation through US Lacrosse.   He is passionate about growing the sport and the many life lessons that can be taught through the game and coaching it. Ron’s son Cam is a current JV player on the B/N Warriors and Titans Elite teams

Ron Thein

Mike Buelow

President

Mike has been involved with lacrosse for over 25 years as a player and coach. He has been with the B/N Warriors program as a coach since 2012 and has coached U9, U11, U13, U15, JV and Varsity Boys High School teams locally and in New York. Mike is passionate about the development and growth of the game and is committed to supporting high school lacrosse in our community.

Mike Buelow

Teresa Rogers

Vice President

Teresa Rogers has contributed to growth of lacrosse in Bloomington Normal since 2011. She is an active supporter and volunteer with BN Warriors Lacrosse holding numerous leadership roles within marketing, public relations, web development and league outreach. She is a Relationship Manager at State Farm Insurance accountable for the enterprise execution of vendor management activities (financial, risk, performance, contract).

Teresa Rogers

Jacy Grisinger

At-Large Board Member

Jacy is an Alumni of the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She was a classroom instructor for 8 years before becoming an assistant principal. Jacy has served terms as President, Vice-President,and Coordinator of Sponsorships, Fundraisers, Parent Volunteers and Community Involvement on the Board of Directors for Bloomington-Normal Warriors Lacrosse Club. Her husband, Andy Grisinger, has been a women’s lacrosse coach for the Warriors and Redbird Elite summer travel team. He is also the current head coach for the ISU Women’s Lacrosse Club team and is the US Lacrosse certified trainer for officials for Central Illinois. Her daughter, Makenna, is a freshman at Bloomington High School and has played lacrosse for 6 years.

Jacy Grisinger

Steve Rogers

Treasurer

Steve Rogers has served terms as President, Vice-President, Registrar, and Secretary on the Bloomington Normal Lacrosse Board of Directors. He is in his 9th season coaching the youth divisions and is a certified US Lacrosse referee. Steve is Scheduler for the Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity division arranging games across Central Illinois and Chicago. He is the liaison for the High School Physical Education curriculum and has worked closely with the parks & recreations departments bringing lacrosse to the community. Nick and Lauren play on the H.S. teams.

Steve Rogers

Kristen Buelow

Secretary

Kristen's club experiences with travel hockey and travel lacrosse spans 11 years. She has held Treasurer, Team Manager and scheduler duties forher sons (Grant and Parker) careers on the field and on the ice both in Illinois and New York. Professionally she is an IT Analyst with State Farm Insurance. In addition to her board duties, Kristen also works with our social media and website programs.

Kristen Buelow
Friends of Bloomington/Normal Lacrosse is a not-for-profit, parent-led action group focused on creating opportunities for high school athletes to play varsity lacrosse.