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Coaches' Bios

 
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Andrea Ervay

TEAM Co-Founder, National Coaching Director

Originally from Upstate New York, Andrea moved to San Diego from the East Coast in May of 2008, making her way back to Charlotte, NC in October 2016. Playing every sport growing up kept Andrea well-rounded; however, it was lacrosse where she excelled. A starter her freshman year on Varsity lacrosse, Andrea aided her team to the State Championship for four consecutive years. Being involved with many extracurricular activities, Andrea was president of Key Club for three years, treasurer of her senior class, and parliamentarian of the student council. She also coached younger kids at the local YMCA in gymnastics, was an ice skating instructor, and worked summers for Parks and Recreation. Growing up, Andrea also played volleyball, basketball, ran track, and was on the swim & dive team. Ultimately, it was lacrosse where she found her passion. 

 

In college, Andrea not only continued her love for athletics by playing lacrosse, but also wrote for various publications, was on several committees, secretary of Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, and started substitute teaching when she was 19. Ready to start her life, Andrea graduated a year early from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional & Technical Communication. In 2004, she moved south where she started her entrepreneurial journey, working with the first of four start-up companies. 

 

Over the next few years Andrea lived in Baltimore, MD and Charlotte, NC where she coached girls' lacrosse for middle school, youth leagues, and high school camps. She also helped student-athletes who were interested in playing at the collegiate level by helping them with the recruiting process. Andrea's ability to help kids get excited about what they can accomplish is where she feels the most fulfilled. 

 

Andrea moved to San Diego in 2008, and was the Head Varsity lacrosse coach at both public and private high schools, helped coach a competitive club program, and ran numerous clinics and lessons. Andrea coached for four seasons as a middle school girls' coach for the Scripps Ranch Lacrosse Association, and was the Executive Director of SRLax overseeing the boys' and girls' pee-wee and middle school programs for two years. She completed her fifth season as Head Coach at UC San Diego in 2016. In 2014, the Tritons were coined the WWLL Division II Champions in Santa Barbara. Andrea was also named Coach of the Year during the league championship. In 2013, Andrea left her six-figure job in medical sales to pursue her dream and go full-time lacrosse. In February 2016, TEAM Lacrosse Academy was officially born, with the help of co-founder, Katie Williams. 

Andrea continues her love of the sport year round by playing post-collegiate lacrosse with San Diego Lacrosse Club, traveling to tournaments in Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas annually. In addition to coaching, Andrea has been  involved in several non-profits, charities and served on the board for the San Diego Chapter of USLacrosse, Secretary of Be REAL Students, Secretary of the WWLL (Western Women's Lacrosse League), and Committee Chair for Tackle ALZ (SD Alzheimer's Association).

 

In October 2016, Andrea moved to Charlotte, NC expanding TEAM Lacrosse Academy, helping spread the love of lacrosse from Southern California to the East Coast! The past four years she was the head varsity lacrosse coach at Providence High School, and was named Coach of the Year for the 2016-2017 season.

 

Currently Andrea resides in Huntersville, NC where she is the head varsity coach for Lake Norman Charter as well as a tutor for students in the area. Andrea's true passion is to coach, teach and mentor student-athletes on the lacrosse field as well as prepare students for educational excellence.

 
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Katie Williams

TEAM Recruiting Director

Katie is originally from central Virginia and started playing lacrosse at the age of nine. Her parents strived to keep her well-rounded throughout her childhood, so she also participated in multiple sports, choirs, bands, various community service projects and mission trips, in addition to her rigorous academic schedule. After making varsity as an 8th grader, Katie discovered that her true passion was lacrosse. 

 

She ended her high school career as a 5-year varsity member and starter, was selected as an All-Conference and All-State 1st team member, and in her junior year was selected to be a member of the 2009 Virginia chapter of the National Team. In her senior year, Katie signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division 1 lacrosse at Long Island University Brooklyn on a full scholarship. Upon the conclusion of her freshman season, she was selected as a member of the Rookie of the Year Conference Team. 

After her sophomore year, Katie transferred to the University of Mary Washington where she finished out her college lacrosse career. She was selected as an All-Conference and All-Region player as Mary Washington finished in the top 20 for Division III. After graduating in 2014, Katie moved to San Diego and became the Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach at UCSD, under Head Coach Andrea Ervay, in 2015 were she has discovered a true love for coaching. In 2016 Katie took over as the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at UCSD.

In addition to TEAM Lacrosse Academy, Katie also works closely with Andrea as the Women's College Lacrosse Recruiting Advisor at Sportsforce, helping to advise high school athletes who have the desire to play at the collegiate lacrosse. Officially partnering together, Katie and Andrea launched TEAM Lacrosse Academy in February of 2016, to aid in the development of female lacrosse players of any age and skill set. Their mission was, and still is, to mentor female student-athletes to help them become the best overall versions of themselves both on and off the field. 

In 2017, Katie earned Coach of the Year for the WWLL while at UCSD. She helped the team achieve a #7 ranking, as well as make it to the regional play-offs. 5 of her players were also named to the All- Conference team. She also took on the Head Varsity Coach Position with Santa Fe Christian Academy, where she shared her passion and love of the sport with the girls. The team made it to the first round of CIF play-offs and she graduated 7 seniors who gained great leadership skills on and off the field. 

In Summer 2017, Katie expanded TEAM Lax Academy to Wilmington, NC where she helped to grow the fastest game on two feet through providing opportunities for girls to play, no matter what level, in the area. 

In addition to coaching at UCSD, Coach Katie has also served as a collegiate coach at both Methodist University and Montclair State University. As TEAM's Recruiting Director, she now focuses her efforts on helping high school student-athletes achieve their dreams of playing at the next level.

 
 
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Laura Diamond-Williams

South Charlotte Director

Laura moved around quite a bit growing up and discovered lacrosse in 5th grade in North Haven, CT. She continued to play after moving to Chapel Hill, NC where she played in both middle and high school. She was on varsity for 2 years and a senior captain at East Chapel Hill High. After graduating and going to UNC Charlotte, Laura helped start up the UNCC club lacrosse team in 2014 where she helped with setting up team games, practices, and finances. In 2016, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she began coaching JV at Decatur High School where she found her love for coaching! After 10+ years of playing, she can’t decide what she loves more: offense or defense, so she plays in different positions whenever she gets the chance. Laura looks forward to continuing her coaching experience with TEAM!

 
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I was fortunate to grow up in an area where the game of lacrosse is highly competitive. I was a member of the Annapolis Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Team, located in Annapolis, MD, for three years. In 1996, we won the 3A/4A State Championship going 20-0 on the season. Upon winning the state title my Junior year, our team was also rated the #1 High School Lacrosse Team in the Nation by Lacrosse Magazine. I was selected to the All-County team my Junior and Senior years. I was nominated by my coach for All-American status my Senior year. I furthered my lacrosse career on the collegiate level at ODU for one year before transferring schools and giving up the game. In that year, I played in 13 games and contributed 2 goals. After many years away from the sport, in the Fall of 2017, I was able to come back as a coach for my youngest daughter, as she got her first taste for the game at 6 years old. I coached five seasons with the Cape Fear Lacrosse Association and loved being able to teach the fundamentals of the “fastest game on two feet” to young girls. Continuing my coaching career with TEAM Lacrosse Academy and TEAM Pride is such an honor and privilege. I hope to inspire and instill a passion in these athletes, not only in the game of lacrosse, but also in life.

 

In the Summer of 2021, I took on the role as the Wilmington Coaching Director.  One of the unique aspects of why I fell in love with working with TEAM is their approach to quality over quantity.  While other programs may pride themselves off of numbers, at TEAM we believe in each girl feeling seen and knowing THEY MATTER. We are here to give them the desired attention that they need to feel comfortable stepping into, what oftentimes, is a completely new experience.  And for those girls who have been around TEAM and the game of lacrosse, our backgrounds give us the ability to challenge them towards better, and to never stop growing in the game… and in life.  Our coaching philosophy puts us in a position to stand out among other coaches because we bring a level of CARE for each individual girl.  Taking time to invest in their lives on and off the field puts us in a category all our own!  This level of care goes far beyond just the surface, as we attempt to help instill value in each of these young ladies trying to navigate life.  And we just so happen to get to do it around this game we love! 

 

I trust that TEAM is leaving it’s mark in the state of North Carolina, and I’m honored to play a part in seeing it grow for my daughters and my community.

 

Kristen Kapusta

Wilmington Director

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Maddi Antor

Wilmington Coach

Growing up in Crofton, Maryland lacrosse was a popular and competitive sport. The main factor that influenced me to play lacrosse was having family members show me the passion behind the sport. As soon as I could hold the stick in my hand, I knew this was the sport for me. I remember learning about lacrosse from my parents and grandfather. Before my grandfather was a Captain in the Navy, he played lacrosse for the Navy team, which is such an amazing opportunity in itself. 

 

Where my lacrosse career took off was at Anne Arundel High School my freshmen year. During my time in Maryland I had an opportunity where I was picked out of many players to play in an All-Star game. Also, had the honor of being a part of the prestigious event called Bilderback in Maryland. Then I moved to North Carolina in 2010 and joined a summer league and continued playing at Eugene Ashley High School for my last three years. Continued lacrosse onto the collegiate level at MU for two years before transferring to another school. When I stopped playing, I knew I wanted to continue with the sport in any way I could. Having a lacrosse stick in my hand is something I wish I could explain, but I plan to express the passion behind the sport as I coach. 

 

Being away from the sport I love for just a little while was too much, so I wanted to focus more on coaching and encouraging other players. Now I have been given an opportunity to Coach with TEAM Lacrosse Academy, which is a huge honor to be a part of something bigger than any of us. I hope to show the passion behind the sport and help others find their way like the sport did for me.

Katie Riordan

Wilmington Coach

Growing up in Wake Forest, NC, Katie tried every sport she found interesting. On a trip to visit family when she was 10, her cousins introduced her to the game of lacrosse. On her 11th birthday, she got her first stick. Because lacrosse was not very big or popular in North Carolina at the time, she did not have many opportunities to play as a girl. Once her middle school social studies teacher saw she was interested she started a program for middle school girls. She finally got to play on a team when she tried out for her high school team. Katie played on varsity for Heritage High School all 4 years of high school. She helped her coaches over the summer coach the lacrosse camps for elementary and middle school students which started her passion for coaching. When she came to UNCW and Wilmington for college, she was undecided on her major at first, but she knew one thing she wanted to do: coach lacrosse. Katie is still at UNCW studying elementary education, graduating in the spring of 2022 and is excited to help coach with TEAM!

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