Our coaches have solid background both playing lacrosse and coaching at the middle school and high school level. To read more about our awesome Coastal Rays Lacrosse coaching staff please see the individual bios below.
Keith Perry is originally from Albany, NY where he played lacrosse and participated in competitive swimming. In 1994 he graduated from Siena College with a BS in Chemistry and worked as a Research Chemist until relocating to Wilmington, NC in 2000. He has taught Chemistry at Laney HS since 2003 and helped establish a Women’s Lacrosse program at Laney in 2005 with Beau McCaffray.
He is currently the head swimming coach at Laney and has been selected as the MEC Conference swimming coach of the year in 2018, 2020-2021, 2022 (Women’s) and 2019 (Men’s). He believes in fostering an environment which shares his love for lacrosse while promoting the growth of the sport in a positive and respectful manner within the community.
Kim Burghardt grew up in Northern New Jersey playing soccer, softball and basketball. After graduating East Stroudsburg University in 2012, she relocated to Wilmington. She has been coaching since 2009. Over the course of her coaching career she has coached soccer, basketball and lacrosse at various levels. Kim is currently the Athletic Director and Physical Education teacher at Trask Middle School.
Meghan Eamma was born and raised in Wilmington and grew up playing basketball, lacrosse, and competitive swimming. Meghan started playing lacrosse in middle school at Holly Shelter following in her sister, Ashley Eamma’s, footsteps and was a four year Varsity lacrosse player at Laney high school. Throughout her middle and high school athletic years, Meghan faced many knee injuries and surgeries. Instead of letting her injuries end her athletic career, Meghan overcame her injuries and furthered her lacrosse career and played Division 3 College Lacrosse at Averett University in Danville Virginia where she just graduated from in May 2022 with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Medicine. Meghan plans to attend Grad School to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist next year.
As a former lacrosse player, she is overjoyed at the growth of the sport of lacrosse in her hometown. Her goal as a coach is to share her love of lacrosse, inspire, teach, and also be a role model to young female athletes to never give up on their dream and overcome any obstacles they may face because, in the end, good things come to those who never give up!
Danielle Devonport is from Los Gatos, California, and started playing lacrosse as a freshman in high school. She grew up playing every sport possible – soccer, volleyball, cross country, swimming, and water polo but never heard of lacrosse until 9th grade. As soon as she picked up a lacrosse stick, she immediately felt a passion for the sport. After being a starter all four years, she began playing at Loyola University Chicago. Once she transferred to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she began her coaching career aiming to provide young women a safe and inclusive environment to gain self-confidence, leadership skills, and a sense of purpose. She started out as an assistant coach for Cape Fear Academy and later John T. Hoggard High School. Throughout these experiences, she knew she wanted to be a head coach and seized the opportunity to start and coach the first women’s lacrosse team at North Brunswick High School in Leland, North Carolina. She is excited to coach for Coastal Rays and grow the sport even further in the area!
Kira Eldridge was born and raised in Wilmington and started playing lacrosse in middle school. She just recently graduated in 2022 from Laney High School as the Varsity captain. She got selected for The Mideastern 3A/4A All Conference first team as well as chosen to play in a Bull City All Stars game for North Carolina. She was also the captain for 2 out of her 4 seasons on the Teal Team for Coastal Rays Lacrosse. She is now attending UNCW for a major in Creative Writing and a minor in journalism. She also plans to play club lacrosse at UNCW as well. She is blessed to have the opportunity to share the love she has for lacrosse and build the confidence of these players on and off the field. She wants to show these girls that they are never too young to make a difference and that they all have the mindset to be the best versions of themselves. She is so excited to help coach and get more girls involved in lacrosse!
Alexis Brundage is a Wilmington native, who grew up playing basketball, tennis, and lacrosse. She played lacrosse for App State and UNCW DII club teams. In 2015, she earned her B.A. in History and in 2017 earned her MAT in Secondary Education concentrating in Social Studies. Most recently she has coached girls lacrosse at Laney High School. She enjoys sharing her love of lacrosse to all the girls she coaches and believes in developing hardworking, respectful, and well-rounded athletes who are able to compete at a higher level.
Is originally from New Jersey and participated in basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse growing up and through high school. She went on to play both basketball and lacrosse in college. After graduating in 2021 from Ramapo College of NJ with her bachelors of science in nursing, she moved down to Wilmington to start her career. She has experience coaching JV girl’s lacrosse at Watchung Hills Regional HS in NJ, as well as coaching for the WH rec program. She was an assistant coach at Cape Fear Academy in spring of 2023 as well. She is excited to bring her love for the game of lacrosse to Wilmington.
Erin McConnell was born in Wilmington North Carolina and has played lacrosse since 6th grade at Trask Middle School. She participated in travel lacrosse and also played varsity level lacrosse. While in high school she was also on the swim team. She is a recent graduate from Laney and is currently at CFCC to be a certified EMT and then continue her career to become a licensed Paramedic. She loves helping others learn and develop their lacrosse skills.