COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, USA – World Lacrosse today announced the appointment of Laura Hebert, Ed.D., as the chair of its Rules Committee. Hebert – the former chair of USA Lacrosse – brings three decades of experience as both an on-field official and administrator to the position for an initial four-year term concluding in 2026.
The World Lacrosse Rules Committee is responsible for rules activities in support of the organization’s Continental Federations and 73 National Federations. In addition to chairing the committee, Hebert will have oversight and serve as an ex-officio member of subcommittees in four categories: men’s field, women’s field, box and sixes.
Hebert’s extensive experience includes serving on the USA Lacrosse board of directors for six years (2010-16) – including two years as chair (2012-14) – following stints as both president and vice president of the former USA Lacrosse Women’s Division board of governors. She has also served USA Lacrosse as a Rules Committee member and rules interpreter, and a National Umpiring Committee member.
In addition, Hebert spent two years as the NCAA national coordinator for women’s lacrosse officiating (2019-21), directing the officiating program across three divisions of play. She officiated for 25 years, including in finals of the NCAA Division I and Division III tournaments.
Don Blacklock, World Lacrosse technical director and the board member responsible for oversight of the Rules Committee, said: “Laura’s experience as a both an official and administrator made her the ideal candidate for this important role. Her exceptional knowledge of the sport coupled with her proven leadership abilities will be great assets for World Lacrosse and our members around the world.”
Hebert said: “World Lacrosse has a strong vision of being recognized and played by all countries in the world, and I’m excited to now be part of that journey. I look forward to leveraging my experience in support of lacrosse on the global stage alongside the sport’s top athletes and administrators.”
Currently the superintendent of the Ravenna School District in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Hebert spent 10 years serving as a high school principal in Virginia and Ohio, as well as three years as an adjunct professor at Longwood University.
Hebert holds a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University, a master’s in education from Ashland University and a doctorate in education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She has been honored with USA Lacrosse’s Distinguished National Service Award and Nancy Chance Service Award.