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 both the head varsity women’s lacrosse coach and swimming coach at Laney and has been selected as the MEC Conference swimming coach of the year in 2018, 2020-2021 (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. Alexis is available for private and small group sessions

Ashley Eamma

Ashley Eamma

Ashley Eamma, was born and raised in Wilmington, grew up swimming, dancing and playing lacrosse. She played lacrosse at Laney HS all four years and graduated from Laney in 2016. She attends UNCW and is majoring in International Studies. Fall of 2019, Ashley studied abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece and helped coach lacrosse to elementary and middle school students at Anatolia while abroad. In 2019, Ashley began coaching at Laney HS with her high school coaches. She hopes to help the girls develop skills on and off the field and continue to grow their love for lacrosse. Ashley is available for private and small group sessions

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 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

Grace Delahanty

​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

Kelsey Greene

Kelsey Greene

Kelsey Greene is from Loudoun county in Northern Virginia. She played three years at Loudoun Valley high school where her team made it to the state finals. After high school Kelsey went on to play Division II lacrosse at the university of Virginia’s college at Wise where she played defense for two years, then transferred to another Division II school- The University of the District of Columbia where she finished her lacrosse career. She currently works at Snipes Elementary and is the varsity assistant coach at New Hanover high school.

Casey Gover

Casey Gover

Casey is originally from Bel Air, Maryland, but has lived in Wilmington since 2015. She has a lengthy lacrosse background, including playing attack for D2 University of Mount Olive Women’s Lacrosse, where she earned her BS in Elementary Education. Continuing her passion for education and coaching she earned her Master of Education, M.Ed. at King’s College and was the Women’s Lacrosse Assistant Coach in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania D3 from 2019-2020. Mostly recently she enjoys being the Topsail High School JV Women’s Lacrosse Coach 2021. Casey is available for private and small group sessions; check her ig out: LaxwGo
Jillian Summers

Jillian Summers

Jillian began playing lacrosse in middle school for her modified team in Hamburg, NY.  She continued to play through all 4 years of high school on the Varsity team as an offensive and mid-field player, where she won three sectional titles.  

After graduating high school Jillian continued her education with a degree in wealth management ,pre law with a minor in financial planning at Campbell University.  At Campbell, she played all four years as a starter at defense.  During her Junior Year, she played with the U.S team and went on to win the Prauge International Cup.  

Jillian’s coaching career began in college where she coached her hometown modified team. She continued coaching for over 8 years with clinics and private lessons.  She loves the game of lacrosse and the opportunities it provides women.  She is excited to pursue coaching with the Coastal Rays and help grow ladies lacrosse in Wilmington.  Jillian is available for private and small group sessions

Katrina Martinelli

Katrina Martinelli

Katrina began her lacrosse career in High School at Moorestown High where she was a 2 time all American and the Quakers’ leading goal-scorer.  She continued her lacrosse passion in college where she graduated Rutgers University with a major in Sports Management and minor in Labor Studies in 2014. From here, she continued her education to obtain an MBA with concentration in Marketing at Wagner college, this is where she changed roles on the field to be Assistant Coach of Wagner College Women’s Lacrosse as well as recruiter for the team.

As she has moved across the US, Katrina has coached all levels of ladies’ lacrosse from grades 4-12, ranging from Club, school, and rec.  She has recently moved to Wilmington with her husband Andres, and her son Koa.  She is a full-time employee for BAYADA Home Health Care, a certified yoga and barre instructor, as well as a program co-director with her sister for lacrosse trips to Costa Rica that brings boys and girls lacrosse players to volunteer for those less fortunate and grow the game.

 Continuing with her love of lacrosse, she is excited to be a part of the coaching staff of Coastal Rays Lacrosse to continue to grow the sport for our Wilmington ladies!  Her spare time is spent running, fishing, spending time with family and she also is available for private and small group lessons in lacrosse.