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.

Alexis Brundage

Alexis Brundage

Alexis Brundage is a Wilmington native, who grew up playing basketball, tennis, and lacrosse. 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.

Finn McGrady

Finn McGrady

During his High School years, Finn McGrady was a First Team all conference midfielder for Laney. He then went on to become a four year starter and captain for William Peace University Men’s Lacrosse. In 2021, he graduated with a BS in Exercise and Sport Science. He is now the Head Coach for Trask Middle School Boy’s Lacrosse.

Beau McCaffray

Beau McCaffray

Baltimore, MD native Beau McCaffray, has an extensive background in lacrosse and working with area youth. He is Retired (27 years of service) as NHCS Dropout Prevention Coordinator. Here are some of his career highlights in lacrosse: -’06 – ‘15: Laney HS Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach-’08: U.S. Lacrosse Youth Excellence Award Recipient-’13: USL Diversity & Inclusion Task Force Member & Subcommittee Member-’14: Inducted into the NC Lacrosse Hall of Fame-’16-current: Laney HS JV Girls’ Lacrosse Coach and Rays Goalie Coach.

Mara McCaffray

Mara McCaffray

Mara McCaffray is a Wilmington native who played on Laney High School’s first varsity girls’ lacrosse team and has seen the sport grow tremendously in the area in her lifetime. She played club lacrosse at Wake Forest University and after graduating in 2013, moved out west to California and played with the Tricheck Women’s Lacrosse Club in Los Angeles. Mara has been coaching since 2011 with Wilmington area rec teams and summer programs, coached Laney High School’s JV team before moving to LA, and was an assistant coach for Culver City High School’s girls’ lacrosse team before moving back to NC. She enjoys officiating middle and high school lacrosse games when she’s not coaching, but has had the most fun coaching the Rising Rays since 2021. Go Rays!

Meghan Eamma

Meghan Eamma

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

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!

Anna Dennison

Anna Dennison

Maryland native, she grew up just outside of Baltimore and played field hockey, lacrosse, and ran indoor track. With years of lacrosse experience, she played for the North East Maryland
Select Club team. She played for Fallston High School, helping to lead her team to three State Championship appearances. After high school, she attended D2 Fort Lewis College in Durango,
Colorado where she played for one season and then redshirted her sophomore season due to injury. Anna then transferred from Fort Lewis to the D1 level at the University of Akron. She
spent three seasons at Akron, starting every game and being a 3x team captain. Anna graduated with a B.S in psychology and will be pursuing a Masters of Education at UNCW. She believes in helping her players become better athletes on and off the field.

Haley Dick

Haley Dick

Haley Dick is originally from Pinehurst North Carolina, and lacrosse called her name in middle school! She started playing lacrosse with the AC Sandhills club, and then played for the Pinecrest High School varsity team for 4 years, and was a captain her senior year. During her time at Pinecrest, she also helped coach the Rec league for her AC Sandhills club, and then graduated from Pinecrest in 2018. She was recruited to play at Meredith and sadly only played a year due to injury, and transferred schools. 

In her free time, she likes to go wake surfing, go on walks with her dog, and work at OrangeTheory. She is currently a marketing and graphic design major.  She is so excited to coach for the Coastal Rays and cannot wait to grow the game in the community!

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!

Kristen Kapusta

Kristen Kapusta

Kristen Kapusta was fortunate to grow up in the Annapolis, MD area where the game of lacrosse is highly competitive. As a member of the Annapolis Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Team for three years, they won the 3A/4A State Championship going 20-0 on the season her Junior year. Upon winning the state title in 1996, their team was also rated the #1 High School Lacrosse Team in the Nation by Lacrosse Magazine. She was selected to the All-County team her Junior and Senior years and nominated by her coach for All-American status her Senior year. She furthered her lacrosse career on the Division 1 collegiate level at Old Dominion University for one year before transferring schools, giving up the game, and picking up ultra-running instead. After many years away from the sport, in the Fall of 2017, she was able to come back as a coach for her youngest daughter, as she got her first taste for the game at 6 years old. She coached five rec 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. She was fortunate to join forces with TEAM Lacrosse Academy and TEAM Pride in the Spring of 2020. These last two years have afforded her the opportunity to learn and grow from phenomenal coaches and players, with, one of the highlights being, that they were named tournament champs at the Music City Lacrosse Festival in Nashville, TN the summer of 2021. Within that same period of time, she also took on the role as the Wilmington Coaching Director for TEAM Lacrosse Academy and TEAM Pride. 
Coaching her first season in the Summer of 2022 with the Rays was extremely rewarding for Kristen. More than just the hard work she saw the Coastal Rays Orange Team devote on the field, she got to be a part of seeing unique bonds of friendship formed among the players and coaches. This was very rewarding as a coach, as she wants to be a part of creating positive memories of their travel lacrosse experiences that they can take with them through life. As well, each and every player developed their skillset, not only on the field, but off as well. She is truly excited to take the momentum they built from the last season, as they head into this Fall.
Kristen trusts that her coaching philosophy will continue to align well with the values of our organization. She looks forward to working with each player, parent, and fellow coach to bring greater awareness and opportunities to our community around this game we all have grown to love. She trusts that the Coastal Rays Lacrosse program is leaving its mark in Wilmington, NC and our state, and is honored to play a small part in seeing it grow and gain even more momentum!