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Coaches' Bios

 

Andrea Ervay

TEAM Co-Founder, Charlotte 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 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.

 

Katie Williams

TEAM Co-Founder, National Recruiting & Operations 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. 

Coach Katie has also served as a collegiate coach at both Methodist University and Montclair State University.

 
 

Kristen Kapusta

Wilmington Director

I was fortunate to grow up in an area where the game of lacrosse is highly competitive. I was a three years as a member of the Annapolis Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Team located in Annapolis, MD. 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.

Starting in the Fall of 2021 I will be taking over as the Wilmington Director.

 
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Laura Diamond-Williams

Charlotte Head Coach

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!