Dan Lannon - Varsity Head Coach
Dan Lannon, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., played lacrosse at a young age, having two older brothers that played. In high school (Fayetteville-Manlius HS, NY), he played defense, was captain of the varsity team and an "All County" selection. Dan was selected to the Central Region of the Empire State Games and helped his team to a Silver Medal in 1986. In college he played at Syracuse University as a long stick middie and defenseman from 1988 to 1991 where he won three NCAA National Championship rings.
Dan has refereed and coached in various youth leagues in NY, PA, and AZ for the last 30 years. He is a certified high school and college official, and has played and officiated at numerous post-collegiate tournaments all over the country. Dan manages and plays in competitive men’s tournaments in Las Vegas, San Diego and Vail each year. His Cactus Master’s (age 35+) Team won the San Diego Jam by the Sea and the Lax Vegas Master’s division Tournaments in 2010.
Dan is currently in his 12th year of coaching at Desert Vista High School. He was named the AYLL Coach of the Year by his peers for the 2009 season. In 2014, Dan was also named Coach of the Year by the Arizona Lacrosse League. Dan has coached with the Az Starz/Burn/Force Lacrosse Club and is the Director of Az Hot Sauce, taking teams to numerous tournaments in San Diego, Irvine, Sonoma, Vegas, Vail and Denver. Dan worked with at-risk youth and disabled children for 20 years in an experiential learning program. Currently Dan works at ITConvergence managing projects in Brazil while also doing consulting work in corporate team building for Adventure Associates.
Geoff Coon - Varsity Assistant Coach
Starting as a Defensive Assistant in 2010, he helped lead the JV program to its first-ever undefeated season. In 2011 Geoff took over as Head Coach for the JV program, where the team again finished with a record of 10-0. In 2012, Geoff had the opportunity to lead the Division II Varsity program as its first Head Coach, where the team finished with a regular season record of 13-1(10-0 vs. Division II opponents, 3-1 vs. Division I), including beating rival Mountain Pointe's Division I varsity squad twice. The team was awarded entry as the No.11 seed in the Division 1 playoff bracket, where it ultimately lost to the No.6 seed by a score of just 6-2 in a hard fought game.
As a player, Geoff started playing lacrosse in 1996 and was one of the founding members of the DV Lacrosse program during the 1999-2000 season. During his time at Desert Vista, Geoff was a four-year varsity starter and helped lead the team to one trip to the State Semi-Finals, in addition to one State Championship title. He attended the University of Arizona where he received his undergraduate degree in English, before attending DePaul University in Chicago, where he received his Master's degree in New Media Studies with a concentration in Usability Engineering and Interaction Design. Geoff currently lives in Ahwatukee with his wife Crystal and daughter Zoey, and works in the executive career services industry.
-Arizona State Champion, 2000
-Varsity Starter: 2000,2001,2002,2003 (Captain)
-Defensive Player of the Year, 2002
-Will Nolan Leadership Award, 2002
-Gold Medal: Grand Canyon State Games, 2000
-All-Star Selection: Top Gun Lacrosse Camp, Vermont, 2002
-All-Star Selection: Arizona Youth Lacrosse League 2003
Cody Wood - Varsity Assistant Coach
Cody grew up in Ahwatukee and attended Desert Vista from 2000-2004. He began playing lacrosse as a freshman in high school. While at DV Cody played both midfield and attack. As a sophomore Cody recieved the Will Nolan Leadership Award. As a junior he was named the team's Offensive MVP and as a senior he was Team MVP. Cody was selected for the Arizona All Star Team his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He was First Team All State his senior year. Cody went to ASU for his undergrad where he was a two year starter for the Devils. As a freshman he was named Offensive MVP and Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore Cody returned and was switched back to midfield where he helped the Devils to another winning record.
After graduating he realized how much he missed the game of lacrosse and began coaching at Desert Vista. In his first year as a coach he led the JV team to an undefeated season.
Cody currently works for the Phoenix Fire Department. He is in the process of obtaining his paramedic certification and hopes to have a long career helping the community that he grew up in.
Frank Ferrantelli - JV Varsity Head Coach
Frank joined the DV Coaching Staff in 2019 and brings with him over 20 years of lacrosse experience. A five year coaching veteran within the Arizona Lacrosse League, Coach Ferrantelli is excited to join the Desert Vista organization as Head Coach of the JV Varsity team. Coach Ferrantelli's coaching philosophy combines knowledge of the game of lacrosse with life lessons in order to help young men of our community develop on, and off, the field.
A New York native, Coach Frank and his wife of nearly 25 years, Kate, reside in Ahwatukee.