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 & Advisor
Ray is one of the original founders of Aloha Tournaments and focuses on partnership development and the continued growth of the Company. 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 & Advisor
Chris co-founded Aloha Tournaments with Ray Schulmeyer in 1999 and currently serves as an Advisor. Chris is involved with 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, Chief Operating Officer
Michael re-joined Aloha Tournaments in 2015 and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer, 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.
Kathy Welsh, Communications Coordinator
Kathy joined Aloha Tournaments in 2016 and currently serves as a Communications 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 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 has three children her a daughter currently plays lacrosse at University of Maryland, her son swims at Stevenson University and her youngest son is a Breaker 2023 player.
Sandra Kempske, Communications Coordinator
Sandra joined Aloha Tournaments in 2019 and currently serves as a Communications Coordinator where she is responsible for a variety of activities related to customer service, communication, sales and marketing for the World Series of Youth Lacrosse and for Aloha Tournaments. Prior to joining Aloha, Sandra spent time at home raising her three sons and volunteered with several lacrosse programs including the Lutherville-Timonium Rec Council as a treasurer for Ridgely M.S. Lacrosse and assisting with the Greene Turtle and FCA Club lacrosse programs. Sandra graduated from University of Delaware with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and from Loyola University with an MBA and concentration in Finance. She worked for 15 years with Grace Davison in Baltimore as a Product Development Engineer and as a Technical Service Manager in the Silica product line working in Personal Care, Food, Pharmaceutical and Coatings applications. She also worked as a consultant with Grace on various R&D, Manufacturing, Six Sigma and ISO9000 projects. Sandra spends her free time watching her sons play lacrosse with Calvert Hall and Washington and Lee University.
Ali Pitruzzella, Event Planning Coordinator
Ali joined Aloha Tournaments in early 2018 as a Customer Service Coordinator. Since then, she has also been working as the Program Coordinator for Diamond Showcase Lacrosse and also with procurement, vendors and facilities for Aloha’s tournaments. Before coming to Aloha, Ali was a stay-at-home mom, raising her two children. Prior to that, she worked 15 years as an account manager in the tradeshow exhibit industry. She is a graduate of Salisbury University, where her daughter is now attends. In her free time, you can catch her walking her three dogs, attending sporting events, or around the firepit with friends and neighbors. She is also currently serving as the Co-President of the Gilman Parents Association. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and son (and daughter when she is home from college).
Rob Miller, Event Operations Coordinator
Rob started with Aloha in 2017 and is responsible for tournament setup operations and on-site game day management. He has a strong love for the game of lacrosse and is very involved in the lacrosse community. He currently is the Offensive Coordinator at Friends School of Baltimore and 2024 Head Coach for Breakers Lacrosse Club. Additionally he spent six years coaching for Dulaney High School where he his teams participated in 5 Baltimore County Championships, winning two, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and Laxworld Lacrosse Club. Prior to Aloha, he was the General Manager for 4 years at the Stonebridge Grille in Parkton, MD. Rob graduated from Towson University will a Bachelor’s in Sports Management.