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.
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 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. Alexis is available for private and small group sessions
During his High School years, Finn 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.
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 are: -’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.
Grace Delahanty was born in Jacksonville, moved around a bit because of the Marine Corps, but ultimately grew up in Northern Virginia. She spent most of her youth playing Ice hockey, roller hockey, and lacrosse. After high school, she furthered her education and athletic career at a Division III school in Massachusetts, playing both ice hockey and lacrosse. After graduating from Nichols College, she remained a part of the lacrosse program through an assistant coaching position at her Alma mater for two years, played professional Ice hockey in the CWHL for a year, and continued working a full time job. After a few years in Boston, moved to Wilmington in 2017 and joined the THS coaching staff. Grace has had great joy in watching this sport grow so much and to be able to help shape athletes into great people, leaders, and student-athletes. Grace is available for private and small group sessions
I grew up playing lacrosse in the Hampstead/Wilmington area. I graduated from Topsail High School in 2019. I then attended Penn State University for 2 years while also playing club lacrosse. After 2 years I transferred to Endicott College where I currently major in Exercise Science and am a defender on the Division III Women’s Lacrosse team. I am excited to begin this coaching journey and help spread the knowledge and love of the game that has been shared with me.
I am Yaminah Lewis, also known as Coach Texas. I am a recent Fall 2021 graduate from Virginia Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Music. I am a Wilmington native and began my lacrosse journey at the E.A. Laney high school my freshman year. I continued to play Division III lacrosse and I became USA lacrosse certified in 2018. I am also a USA Lacrosse Sankofa Clinician and I’ve traveled through the United States coaching lacrosse to inner-city children. I coached for a Virginia Beach club team for two seasons, Coastal Crush, and now I am excited to coach for the Wilmington Coastal Rays.
Remy Hoelen was born and raised in Wilmington and grew up playing nearly every sport under the sun, but found the most love towards lacrosse, soccer, and surfing. She is also fond of the theatrical world, while juggling with sports she also has a love for acting! She began her lacrosse career in middle school, continuing on to play attack on the Varsity team at Laney HS all four years, serving as a Captain during her last two years. She graduated from Laney in 2016.
She currently attends UNCW and is majoring in Communication Studies. While totally new to the coaching field, Remy is excited to be able to look at lacrosse in a brand new light and help the girls learn and love the sport. Not only does she want to teach the skills needed, she hopes to teach the girls to always respect one another and have fun along the way.
I 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, we won the 3A/4A State Championship going 20-0 on the season my Junior year. I furthered my 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. 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 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. I was fortunate to join forces with TEAM Lacrosse Academy and TEAM Pride in the Spring of 2020. These last two years have afforded me the opportunity to learn and grow from phenomenal coaches and players.
I am excited to have the opportunity to coach for the Coastal Rays Lacrosse program and trust my coaching philosophy will align well with the values of our organization. I look 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.
Mara 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!