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, recently 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 started off as 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, and helping spread the love of lacrosse from Southern California to the East Coast! She is currently the head varsity lacrosse coach at Providence High School, and was named Coach of the Year for the 2016-2017 season. Andrea's true passion is to coach, teach and mentor young women to become the best version of themselves as student-athletes on the lacrosse field as well as community leaders. 

 

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.

 

Peyton Lindsay

Charlotte Head Coach

Coach Peyton was born and raised in Charlotte, NC - Mint Hill to be exact. She started playing lacrosse in 9th grade on her high school's inaugural team. Everyone was a beginner her first year of playing and by their third year her team made it to 2nd round of state playoffs!  Peyton played all four years starting on Varsity at Independence High School, and then went on to play on the UNCC's club team for the 2015-16 season. Peyton has played all positions, but excels as a midfielder. Peyton likes to play by the rules; she began officiating for all levels in 2015 and is looking to become a District Official in the near future. Coach Peyton is finishing her third year as the Head JV Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach at Providence High School. In addition to teaching at Providence High School, she also is one of our TEAM Head Coaches for our Summer Club, Team Pride!

 

Kristen Kapusta

Wilmington Head Coach

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.

 

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!

 

Charley Orner

Wilmington Coach

A native of NJ, Charley was a four-year letter winner at Mountain Lakes High School. She helped lead Mountain Lakes to a 2014 Group 1 State Championship title and was named an Academic All- American in 2015. She also played travel lacrosse for eight years with STEPS Lacrosse. Charley went on to play Division 1 lacrosse at Davidson College. She played midfield and defense at Davidson, while battling though many injuries throughout her career. She was also active off the field as an Atlantic 10 Conference Representative through the Davidson College Student Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Committee. Charley graduated from Davidson in 2019 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies. After graduating, Charley began her coaching career in Charlotte, coaching various high school aged teams with Queen City Stars and Charlotte Country Day School. After recently moving to Wilmington, Charley is excited to join the TEAM Lacrosse Academy coaching staff and give back to the game that helped her learn so much and create lifelong friendships!

 

Hillary Gutherie

Wilmington Head Coach

Hillary was born and lived her youth years in Southern Maryland until her nursing career took her all over the country. After graduating from Robert Morris University with a BSN in Nursing she lived in Pittsburgh for 2 years. Then she decided to become a travel nurse where she took short term hospital contracts all over the country for 2 years. She recently moved from Denver, CO. to Wilmington, NC. this past summer. 


She started her lacrosse career at a later age of 14 where she quickly excelled at her high school in Maryland. After spending the majority of her life dedicated to competitive soccer, she decided to hang up her soccer cleats and focus full time on her love of lacrosse. She was awarded an all-conference recognition as a defender her Junior and Senior Year and also played for CC Lax travel team based out of Annapolis, MD. 


Hillary went on to play Division 1 lacrosse at Robert Morris University. She was a defenseman for 2.5 years until making the tough choice of having to devote more time to her difficult nursing major. Despite having her college career cut short she enjoyed all the lessons and memories her competitive collegiate program gave her. Her teammates still remain some of her best friends. 


Coach Hill is excited to have the opportunity to get back to coaching girl's lacrosse after taking a few years hiatus. You will find her passion for strong defense and teamwork to be contagious! 

 

Kendall Goldblum

Wilmington Head Coach

Kendall grew up here in Wilmington, NC and attended Hoggard High School where she was a standout midfielder on their highly competitive girl's varsity lacrosse team.

Kendall is now a captain and midfield starter for the American University Women's Lacrosse team (Division 1). 

"I decided to join the TEAM Lacrosse Academy Coaching Staff because I love lacrosse and it is an opportunity to grow the game with some great people. I'm so excited to coach again and to watch our players evolve throughout the season!"

 

Sarah Kautter

Intern

My name is Sarah Kautter and I'm an intern for TEAM Lacrosse Academy. I’m currently a junior at Providence High School and I’ve been playing lacrosse since 3rd grade. I first discovered it when I was living in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and I've loved it ever since and went on to make the Varsity team my freshman year. I’ve also played every position. But,defense is my favorite and what I'm best at. I’m so happy to help coach the sport I love again this year!

 

Emily Kessler

Charlotte Head Coach

Emily was born and raised in Syracuse, NY and was competitive at an early age. From swimming to basketball, she has always been a big sports fan, but lacrosse was her favorite since fourth grade, which happened to be the first time a stick was placed in her hand. A graduate of Westhill High School in 2014, Emily quickly found herself in Hickory, NC playing Division II lacrosse at Lenoir-Rhyne University.


A four year defensive starter and three year captain, Emily helped lead her team to their first ever perfect conference record in school history. Throughout her four years of playing collegiately Emily was awarded Second Team All South Atlantic Conference accolades three times in a row and was a All SAC tournament team player her senior year. Although lacrosse was extremely important to her, so were her academics. She was a member of Mortar Board National Honor Society and graduated with her B.A. in Multimedia Communications. You can now find Emily working in ticket sales at the Spectrum Center for the Charlotte Hornets!


Throughout the summers, Emily mostly found herself lifeguarding and coaching. As for her, the love of the game never has stopped and she often finds herself longing for summer, where she can coach Blue Wave Youth lacrosse back home in Syracuse. Being down in Charlotte now, she knew the first thing she would be doing over the summer was getting a stick back in her hand and helping youth grow the game of lacrosse one team at a time. 

 

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