Coaches

 Cory Walts, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Haverford College

f9wc24o1zpvegys2Coach Cory Walts as been Haverford College’s Strength and Conditioning Coach since 2007. He has worked in both the collegiate and professional ranks and has a wealth of experience and a strong background in the strength and conditioning field. Since Walts’ arrival a number of Haverford teams have reached unprecedented heights, in both Centennial Conference and NCAA play. He has also coached five National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) All-Americans. Walts is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA as well as a NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach. In 2013, Walts was recognized as a finalist for the NSCA College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award. He is also a USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach and an American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Specialist. Walts graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca (N.Y.) College in 2005 with a major in clinical exercise science and a general business minor. Following internships with the strength and conditioning departments at Cornell University and the Buffalo Bills, he earned his masters degree in kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 2007. During his two years at College Park, Walts also worked with the Terps’ strength and conditioning department. He served as the strength and conditioning coach for men’s tennis and assisted with football, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s swimming.

Dr. Ken Clark, Professor of Biomechanics & Motor Learning, West Chester University

Dr. Ken Clark is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches classes in Biomechanics and Motor Learning. His research is focused on running performance and speed development. Ken received his PhD in Biomechanics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Ken has over a decade of strength & conditioning coaching experience, having worked in the private sector (Summit Sports in West Chester PA), at the high school level (Jesuit Prep in Dallas TX), and in the collegiate setting (Dickinson College, Haverford College, Villanova University). Ken has certifications from the NSCA, USA-Weightlifting, and USA Track & Field. Ken’s interest in coaching comes from his own athletic background, as he was an All-Conference running back from 1999-2000 at Swarthmore College.

 

Nicole Flego, Assistant Coach, Villanova University

Flego is familiar to the area after receiving her undergrad from the University of Delaware in 2011 where she enjoyed a strong career with the Blue Hens.

Flego spent the 2013 season as the assistant coach of the Adelphi University where the responsibilities included coaching the offense, recruiting, film breakdown and managing the program budget.

Adelphi went 22-0 during the 2013 season with a second team All-American forward who scored over 100 points in one season.

Flego also spent a year at Division III Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) as an assistant coach. Along with serving as the team’s offensive coordinator, she helped with all facets of the program’s success.

Oberlin was 11-5 in 2012, matching its most wins since 1998. Under Flego’s guidance, OC had four players earn All-Conference status, including junior Ilyssa Meyer, who led the OC offense with 44 goals.

Flego has also had extensive experience with coaching lacrosse combines and camps.

 

Katie Hagan, Head Coach, Ursinus College

Katie Hagan is in her fourth year as head women’s lacrosse coach at Ursinus College.

During her first year at the helm, Coach Hagan guided the Bears to a 9-8 record and a berth in the Centennial Conference playoffs.

While at Gettysburg, Hagan also served as assistant strength and conditioning coach. In her role as assistant coach, she was responsible for helping with the day-to-day operations of the program, including practice planning, evaluation of student athletes, game day prep as well as charting academic progress. The program made three appearances in the NCAA Division III Semifinals, including a national championship in 2011.

As a player, Hagan was a two-time captain as the Bullets won three Centennial Conference Championships from 2004 to 2006. She was the Centennial Conference Player of the Year in 2007, as the team advanced to the NCAA Semifinals after appearing in the title game the year before. In 2007, she as a first-team All-Centennial selection in addition to being a first-team All-American at midfield by the IWLCA.

Away from the field, she has been heavily involved in the Snell-Shillingford Symposium, which is designed to encourage female student-athletes from all 11 Centennial schools to find creative ways to pursue their passion for athletics after graduation.

Hagan is a 2007 graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in business management with a minor in religion. She recently earned her master’s degree in exercise science and physical education with a concentration in sports administration from McDaniel in 2011.

 

April Pollock, Head Coach, Arcadia University

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April_Pollock_editApril Pollock is entering her second season as head women’s lacrosse coach at Arcadia University for the 2016 campaign. Pollock arrives at Arcadia after eight seasons as the head women’s lacrosse coach at NCAA Division II American International College, where she amassed the most wins in program history. She guided the Yellow Jackets to a program record for wins in 2010, and coached the program’s first-ever IWLCA All-Region selection this past season. Pollock served as the assistant coach at NCAA Division III Springfield College in 2007, where she worked primarily with the goalies and defensive players, and oversaw the program’s recruiting and fundraising efforts. Pollock also organized and coached at the Pride’s Peak Performance Lacrosse Camp. Before her arrival at Springfield, Pollock was the assistant coach at Smith College from 2003-06. She coached the goalies and attack players and assisted in all other aspects of the Pioneers’ program. Pollock was a four-year starter in goal at the University of Connecticut, where she still holds the Huskies’ records for career goals against average (8.97), career save percentage (.558), career wins (26), saves in a season (195) and saves in a single game (20). She was named the team’s Defensive MVP in 2000 and 2003 and was selected to play in the Division I North-South Senior All-Star game in 2003. Pollock graduated from Connecticut in 2003 with bachelor degrees in political science and women’s studies. She completed her master’s degree in physical education at Springfield in May 2008 with a concentration in advanced-level coaching.

 

Kate Higgins, Assistant Coach, Arcadia University

Kate_Higgins_editKate Higgins is entering her second season as an assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Arcadia University in 2016 after completing her four-year collegiate career at perennial national championship contender Gettysburg College. Higgins made the transition from midfield to defense as a senior, starting in all but one of her 19 games played and helping lead a defense that allowed 6.93 goals per game. She finished as the team leader with 38 ground balls and 21 caused turnovers, while also grabbing 15 draw controls. Higgins helped lead the Bullets to a berth in the 2015 Centennial Conference title game and a berth in the NCAA Division III regional final. Gettysburg won three consecutive Centennial championships from 2012-14, and advanced as far as the national quarterfinals in 2014. Higgins earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Gettysburg in 2015, and was a two-time IWLCA Academic Honor Roll honoree.

 

Allie Mongan, Head Coach, Villa Maria Academy

Allie Mongan returns to Philly Blast Lacrosse for her fourth season of coaching! In 2014 and 2015, Allie served as the varsity assistant at Villa Maria Academy.

Allie graduated from Bucknell University where she played Division I lacrosse and majored in elementary education.

 

 

 

Caroline Dodds, Assistant Coach, The Episcopal Academy

Caroline Dodds currently teaches second grade at the Gesu School in Philadelphia. Previously, Caroline was the varsity assistant at The Episcopal Academy. She is in her sixth year coaching with Philly Blast!

Caroline graduated from Drexel University where she played defense for the Dragons. She finished a five year program majoring in secondary education for English and is earning a Masters in International Education.

High School: Attended Great Valley High School and graduated in 2011… 2011 State Semi-Finalist… Name to the Daily Local First Team All-Area and Second Team All-League in 2011… Selected to the 2010 Philly Under Armour Team.

 

Ally Heavens, Assistant Coach, La Salle University

Heavens graduated from Penn State in May 2016 with a degree in kinesiology where she was a four year starter for the Nittany Lions and part of one of the most successful classes in the programs recent history.  As a senior captain, she helped to lead her team to an NCAA Final Four, while also earning a Big Ten Championship in 2015 as a junior.  Heavens further established her leadership role as a member of the Penn State Athletic Directors Leadership Institute. At La Salle, Heavens is the defensive coordinator, manages the midfield lines and draws units.  She is also the social media coordinator and a recruiting coordinator.

Ally is entering her fourth year coaching with Philly Blast.

 

 

Heather Van Thuyne, Assistant Coach, The Episcopal Academy

Heather Van Thuyne (Ferguson) played lacrosse at Archbishop Carroll High School where she was an All-American and went on to play Division I lacrosse the University of Notre Dame for four years. At Notre Dame, Heather played in a school record 70 games, making 39 starts. She finished her career with 57 goals, 35 assists, grabbed 65 ground balls, had 37 draw controls and forced 54 caused turnovers. She graduated in 2008 and went back to coach at Carroll, her alma mater, for two seasons. In 2010, Heather joined the Episcopal Academy program and is current the Assistant Varsity Lacrosse coach there. Prior to Philly Blast, Heather was a head coach for Phantastix lacrosse club. She loves coaching for Cradle Lacrosse through the year and is very active in the youth lacrosse community.

 

Erica Roebuck, Head Coach, Bayard Rustin

Erica Roebuck completed her first season as the Head Girls Lacrosse Coach at Bayard Rustin High School in 2015. Previously, she served head women’s lacrosse coach at Centenary College in 2014.

During her first season in Hackettstown, Roebuck led Centenary to its fifth consecutive appearance in the CSAC Tournament after placing sixth in the regular-season standings. Three Cyclones earned all-CSAC honors, including first team defender Kristen Rabenstein, while eight student-athletes earned CSAC All-Academic Team recognition.

Roebuck took over the Cyclone women’s lacrosse program after working as an assistant coach at Eastern University where she completed her master’s degree in education and earned a health and physical education certificate in spring of 2013.

In addition to her coaching experience at Eastern, Roebuck spent three years as an assistant lacrosse coach at Archbishop Carroll High School where she guided the team to the quarterfinal round of the Pennsylvania state playoffs each season. Roebuck has also coached for numerous elite club teams.

Roebuck is a certified teacher and a graduate of Villanova University where she was a walk-on for the Wildcats’ women’s lacrosse team. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and education in 2009. During that time, Roebuck also coached middle school soccer and lacrosse and became the head coach of the U-15 Philadelphia Lacrosse summer team.

During her sophomore year at Villanova, Roebuck co-founded the Marple Newtown Girl’s Lacrosse League and founded the Marple Newtown Girl’s Lacrosse Camp. She ran each program for six years.

 

Marisa Lozano, Head Coach, The Baldwin School

Marisa Lozano finished her second season as the Head Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach at The Baldwin School this spring (2015). Prior to coaching at Baldwin, she was the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at George Washington University (D1) and is presently the Lacrosse Manager at Longstreth Sporting Goods.

After redshirting as a freshman, Lozano played three seasons for the Nittany Lions from 2007-09, totaling 48 goals and 36 assists in 47 career games.

Lozano excelled as a junior in 2009, leading Penn State in assists (24) and points (44). She earned American Lacrosse Conference All-Tournament honors that season after scoring seven points (3g,4a) in a semifinal victory over Ohio State that propelled PSU to its first-ever ALC title game.

Lozano spent the 2010 season as team captain and undergraduate assistant coach after sustaining a season-ending injury. In May 2010, she was awarded PSU’s Diane Whipple Award given to the player who “displays a competitive passion for the game, and whose work ethic demonstrates the desire and determination to achieve success.”

Aside from her playing career at PSU, Lozano has served as assistant coach of Pittsburgh’s Intrepid Lacrosse club and as coach and counselor of PSU’s Lacrosse Camp. She graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and sciences and a minor in business in 2010.

 

Cassidy Luidens, Villanova ’17

11564447Cassidy returns to coach with Philly Blast for her fourth season! She is currently a defender at Villanova University and will graduate in 2017.

West Chester East (HS): Earned three varsity letters under head coach Marie Peppers, serving as a team captain during her senior season… Named a 2013 Third Team All Ches-Mont selection… Chosen as the 2013 MVP of West Chester East… Earned the 2012 Coaches Award… Played club lacrosse for PA Express from 2007-12… Also earned four varsity letters in field hockey where she was a two-time team captain… Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society… Member of the DECA from 2009-13.

 

Taryn Gallagher, Yale University ’18

Taryn is a midfielder at Yale University. At Episcopal Academy, Taryn played varsity field hockey, squash and lacrosse and was named 1st team All-America her senior year in lacrosse.

Episcopal Academy (High School): Co-captain senior year … Team was Inter-Ac Champions all four years … Episcopal Academy Champions Team of 1995 Girls’ Lacrosse Bowl award 2014 … First team All-American 2014 … … First team All-Delco 2014 … First team All-Inter-Ac 2014 … Led team in draw controls and assists 2014 … Second team All-Main Line 2012 and 2013 … Honorable Mention All-Delco 2012 and 2013 … Honorable Mention All-Inter-Ac 2013… Main Line Athlete of the Week 2013 … Delco Times Player of the Week 2013 … First team All-Inter-Ac 2012 … Also played three years of field hockey … Episcopal Academy Mind, Body, and Spirit Award in field hockey 2013 … First team All-Inter-Ac in field hockey 2013 … All-Delco honorable mention in field hockey 2013 … Second team All Main Line in field hockey 2013 … All Main Line honorable mention in field hockey 2012 … Field hockey team was 2012 PAISAA champions and Inter-Ac champions … Also played four years of squash … Co-captain of squash team senior year … Episcopal Academy Mind, Body, and Spirit Award in squash 2014 … Inter-Ac Athletic Director’s Award 2014.

 

Megan Santoleri, Delaware, ’18

Megan Santoleri is currently a midfielder at the University of Delaware. Prior to Delaware, Meg attended Archbishop Carroll where she was a 1st team All-American. She also played club lacrosse for Phantastix.

Archbishop Carroll (High School): US Lacrosse All-American from Archbishop Carroll • two-time All-Catholic and All-Delco honoree • three-time All-Main Line selection • posted 26 goals, 64 draw controls, 34 caused turnovers and 49 groundballs as a senior under head coach Lorraine Beers • led team to the Catholic League championship • also played two seasons of field hockey and one season of soccer • played for the Phantastix club team • Honor Roll student and member of the National Honors Society.

 

Franny Liberatoscioli, Ursinus ’18

1sqrcd704fe5f1kqFranny is in her second season coaching with Philly Blast. She will graduate from Ursinus College in 2018, where she plays midfield and defense under Head Coach Katie Hagan.

 

 

 

 

Margaret Fillipelli, Loyola University ’18

11399970Margaret Fillipelli is in her second year coaching for Philly Blast. She currently plays midfield for Loyola University (’18). In High School, Margaret played for Archbishop Carroll and won four-straight Catholic League Championships. Margaret earned All-Catholic League, All Main Line, All Delco and also played for Phantastix Lacrosse.

 

 

Mackenzie Cietek, Villanova ’16

Mackenzie is entering her second year of law school at Villanova University. She graduated from Villanova University where she played defense for the Wildcats.

 

 

 

Ryann Hogan, Rutgers ’17

Ryann just completed her fourth and final season as a defender on the Rutgers Women’s Lacrosse Team. Prior to Rutgers, she played four years of varsity lacrosse at Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey. Additionally, she played club lacrosse for Ultimate Goal NJ and coach their summer teams for four years. Ryann will be interning in Broomall, PA for the summer and will be attending graduate school at Rutgers University in September 2017 for a masters in Global Sports Business.

 

 

Alycia Hildebrand, Ursinus ’18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Dambly, Delaware ’20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Hondros, Brown ’20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meghan Manley, Wesleyan ’20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Gagnon, Virginia Tech ’20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kim McDonough, Villanova ’20

Taylor Lucey, Virginia Commonwealth ’21

Hayden Posencheg, Duquesne ’21

Hannah Posencheg, Dickinson ’21

 

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