Founder Ray Schulmeyer, with his son Raymond, getting ready for the inaugural Lax Splash Tournament. In 1999, Aloha Tournaments started in a garage!
Aloha Tournaments is the oldest, most-established national lacrosse tournament company in the United States. It was founded in 1999 by Ray Schulmeyer and Chris Hutchins, who ultimately went on to found and co-own the Baltimore Bayhawks MLL franchise, which they have since sold. After successful playing careers at Cornell University and UNC-Chapel Hill, Ray and Chris, respectively, went on to have successful business careers in a variety of industries, but always stayed heavily involved in youth lacrosse as coaches, parents and administrators. By 1999, Ray was the chairman and coach of a Baltimore area recreational lacrosse program and Chris was running a national lacrosse retailer, Bacharach Rasin. They teamed up to create the Warrior Lax Splash Lacrosse Tournament. Lax Splash quickly became the largest competitive lacrosse tournament in the world. Since then, Aloha Tournaments has developed over 30 different lacrosse events all over the country for players 6 years old through High School. Aloha Tournaments now annually hosts over 50,000 players and 125,000 fans at its events every year, drawing players and families from dozens of states and internationally.
From the beginning, Aloha Tournaments was dedicated to making the tournament experience more than a few games and a trophy. Our goal is to provide the ultimate youth sports tournament experience to every player, coach, parent, or fan that participates in our events. We provide a safe, fun, competitive, and family friendly atmosphere for athletes of all skill levels. Our goal is to have you leave our events happy, positive about the value you received, and feeling as if you have participated in a celebration of the sport.
Ray Schulmeyer, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Ray is one of the original founders of Aloha Tournaments and currently serves as its CEO. While much of his focus is on partnership development and the continued growth of the Company, he is still very much involved in the day to day operations of the business. Ray and his Aloha co-founder Chris Hutchins have been among the most influential people in the lacrosse world over the past two decades, having been involved at the highest levels of youth and professional lacrosse over that time. In addition to his Aloha duties, Ray currently serves as the President and founding partner of the Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse. In 2000, Ray co-founded the Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse and continued to manage the franchise until it was eventually sold to a new ownership group in 2005. Ray has also coached boys and girls youth lacrosse in the Carroll Manor Recreation program for 17 years. He was also the Chairman of the Carrol Manor Boys and Girls lacrosse programs. He served as Chairman of the Harford County Lacrosse League for four years. In 2004, Ray co-founded the Baltimore Breakers Lacrosse Club, which he continues to run today as one of the nation’s premier club programs. Ray played lacrosse at Cornell University under Hall of Fame coach Richie Moran. Ray graduated from Cornell University with Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees and still is a practicing veterinarian today.
Chris Hutchins, Founder & Chief Business Development Officer
Chris co-founded Aloha Tournaments with Ray Schulmeyer in 1999 and currently serves as its Chief Business Development Officer. Chris oversees all business development activities and is actively involved with the procurement of athletic facilities. Chris is also a Partner in the World Series of Youth Lacrosse. Chris has been a driving influence in the lacrosse world for the past 30+ years. After years working in the hospitality industry, Chris began his involvement in the lacrosse business through his ownership and operation of national lacrosse retailer, Bacharach Raisin, until its eventual sale in 2004. In 2000, Chris co-founded the Baltimore Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse and continued to manage the franchise until it was sold to a new ownership group in 2005. Chris has also coached boy’s and girl’s youth lacrosse in the Towsontowne Recreation program for 15 years, as well as served as its Commissioner for nine years. Chris co-founded the Baltimore Breakers Lacrosse Club, which he continues to run and coach today as one of the nation’s premier club programs. Chris played lacrosse at the Gilman School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Chris is also a founding partner of The Finney Search Group, working with independent schools and teachers and coaches throughout the country. Chris’s joy is watching coaches and players developing their skills, personalities, and character traits through youth sports and mentoring.
Michael Cooke, Vice President of Operations
Michael re-joined Aloha Tournaments in 2015 and currently serves as the Vice President of Operations, where he oversees day-to-day operations, develops new partnerships and leads the Company through various corporate development initiatives. Prior to that, Michael spent several years working in the private equity industry in New York City, for American Capital and Hudson Capital Management. At American Capital, Michael worked on the Operations team, which provided in-house consulting services to its portfolio companies to advise and execute turnarounds, restructurings, growth initiatives and other operational improvements. While at Hudson Capital Management, Michael served as a Board Member for Powermat Technologies and SoloPower Systems. Prior to that, Michael worked as an investment banking analyst for Barclays Capital and Signal Hill Capital. Michael played collegiate lacrosse for Bucknell University, where he was a four year starter on the team's defensive midfield unit. Michael graduated with magna cum laude honors from Bucknell with a major in Business Management and minor in Economics.
Terri Schulmeyer, Director of Finance & Human Resources
Terri has been an integral part of Aloha Tournaments since its inception and done just about everything in the company at one time or another. She currently serves as the Director of Finance and Human Resources. Prior to her position with Aloha Tournaments, Terri served as a Compliance Officer at the investment bank Alex. Brown & Sons (later acquired by Deutsche Bank) and as an Assistant Vice President of the Bank of Baltimore (later acquired by SunTrust). Terri was the founder and the first Commissioner of the Maryland Youth Field Hockey League and the founder and program Chairperson of the Carroll Manor Recreation Council Field Hockey Program. Terri is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Marketing and Management and a minor in Mathematics.
Conner Mannion, Event Operations Coordinator
Conner currently serves as Event Operations Coordinator with the Aloha team and is responsible for all aspects of tournament planning and execution. Conner handles scheduling, logistics, preparation and on-site management of Aloha events. Conner joined Aloha full-time after interning with the company in 2016, gaining a grasp on the industry and experience handling various duties in event management. Prior to working at Aloha, Conner worked in the University of South Carolina Athletic Marketing Department where he was integral in handling promotions and grassroot efforts to boost attendance and create the best gameday atmosphere possible. Conner has also held various event management positions for Augusta National Golf Club (The Masters Tournament) and the Baltimore Redbirds of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. Conner graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina majoring in Sport and Entertainment management with a minor in Business Administration.
Kathy Welsh, Customer Service Coordinator
Kathy joined Aloha Tournaments in 2016 and currently serves as a Customer Service Coordinator where she is responsible for a variety of activities related to customer service, communication, sales and marketing for Aloha Tournaments and its portfolio of youth and high school events. Prior to joining Aloha, Kathy spent 17 years with Health Fitness Corporation working as a Program Director and later Regional Director for clients including Air Products and Chemicals and Becton Dickinson. After leaving HFC to start a family she launched Tails of Love, which uses the Japanese braiding method of Kumihimo to provide special horse hair mementos for equestrians and horse lovers. Kathy graduated Magna Cum Laude from West Chester University with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education and holds a M.Ed. from Penn State University in Health Education. She played field hockey, swam on the swim team and ran track and field during her collegiate career. Kathy is a lacrosse, soccer, and theater mom with three children and her a daughter currently plays lacrosse at University of Maryland.