Coaches

Our Coaches

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

Keith Perry

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

Kim Burghardt

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.

Courtney Burghardt

Courtney Burghardt

Courtney Burghardt grew up in New Jersey and played soccer and lacrosse in high school and continued playing competitive soccer through college. After moving to Wilmington in 2013 she got a job teaching Health & Physical Education at Topsail High School. She has been the head varsity lacrosse coach at THS for 6 years. She has coached for various travel programs and is excited to continue growing the love for lacrosse in our area.

Danielle Devonport

Danielle Devonport

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

Kira Eldridge

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!

Lauren Armellino

Lauren Armellino

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.