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COACHES

CATHY SAMARAS

Head Honcho

Towson University ('65) - Physical Education

samaras@synapsesports.com

LAX: Cathy taught in Baltimore County before turning her passion for sport to coaching girls in the sport of lacrosse. Elected as President of the US Women’s Lacrosse Association (now the Women’s Division of USL) and VP of Marketing & Promotions of the International Federation (now the FIL), she has traveled the world promoting lacrosse. A trailblazer for the sport, Cathy has created opportunities for athletes of all levels to promote their growth & development  . . . from the grassroots of Quickstix to laying the foundation for the club scene & the accompanying tournaments to the formation of the Galaxy HS conference to several World Cups and always in the spirit of the game. An inaugural inductee into the Chesapeake Lacrosse Chapter Hall of Fame, Cathy has been recognized by Sports Business Journal as one of the top 10 US executives influencing the future of women’s sports. She serves on the National Advisory Board of Connect Sports, the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, chaired the Annapolis HS Alumni: Maryland Hall Capital Campaign and was just appointed to the Anne Arundel Recreation Advisory Board.

LIFE: Synapse Sports CEO (Head Honcho), Zachary’s Jewelry (owner), Quickstix founder & field liner and mom to Staci, Dean, Cory, Crista, Stephy, and Drew. Married to the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Anne Arundel Medical Center, she and Dr. George are now grandparents of 12: 2 in San Francisco, 3 in Boston, 3 in NYC and 5 right around the corner!

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COORDINATORS

KAREN TENGWALL

Club Coordinator  •  2027 Coach

Towson University

karentengwall@gmail.com

Karen was team captain and All County in both field hockey and lacrosse at Broadneck ’93. After playing at AACC for 2 years and earning 2 JUCO titles, she transferred to Towson.  As a senior she was named the Lacrosse Student Athlete of the Year and earned her BS in Sports Communications.  Following graduation, she returned to her Alma Mater and retired after the 2013 season after 16 years as Head Coach.  A 6-time Coach of the Year, she compiled 4 Regional Titles, several County Championships and earned 3 State titles on her way to an overall record of 224-54. Fellow CCLax coach Katy Kelley coached alongside 12 years of those years!  Karen has a passion for teaching kids the game of lacrosse but mostly for the impact she has on the overall lives of those kids.  Nowadays, you will find her on the fields coaching or on the sidelines cheering for her kids. While at home on the Eastern Shore, Karen enjoys life with her husband Matt and 3 kids Riley '20, Evan '22, and Parker'27.  

 

STEPHY SAMARAS

Director of Lacrosse & Recruiting
2022 Coach

University of Virginia

stephy@synapsesports.com

Stephy was a three sport athlete at Annapolis '96, playing soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She was all county in both basketball and lacrosse and won a state championship in lacrosse in 1996. Recruited to play for UVA '00, she was twice named a DI first team All American and 2-time National Championship Finalist. She was a member of the US National team from 1999-2001 and 2005. Her coaching career began right after graduation as the assistant at Yale (2001-2002) before becoming the first full time Head Coach at Quinnipiac University (DI). After 3 years at  Quinnipiac she was tapped as the coach of the Wales National team coach from 2005-2008. In 2009 Stephy returned to college coaching as the Head Coach at the University of Richmond and spent 3 years as the head of their program before returning to Annapolis to start a family.  She has three young athletes (Lia '30, Rena '31 and Lexa '32) who can't wait to wear the CCLax uniform.  Stephy was just named Head Coach of her Alma Mater, Annapolis.

HIGH SCHOOL COACHES

2021 COACHES

JULIE NORTON

2021 Coach
Asst. Recruiting Director

mjnorton1@verizon.net

A native Annapolitan, Julie started her lacrosse career as one of Mrs. Samaras’ original “twits” on the Germantown fields. A graduate of St. Mary’s (’94), she took her game to the University of Delaware. While pursuing a Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Towson University, Julie coached at Dulaney HS. Returning to her roots, she coached  for 7 yrs at South River and was named Coach of the Year in 2004. Currently the Girls Commissioner for South River Youth, Julie also coaches her three young daughters’ teams in the Spring and is returning to CC Lax after a short 10 year maternity leave!  Julie stays busy as mom to four children: Mylie (CCL ’21), Calen (CCL '23), Adella (CCL '25), and Marick (2027), and wife to Michael. And although she is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Annapolis Children’s Therapy Center, the role of MOM comes first in their Edgewater home.

CHELSEA HAUSWIRTH

2021 Coach

 chauswirth24@gmail.com

Chelsea is an alumni of Old Mill High School where she played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. While in high school she earned many honors including First-Team All County and Academic All American for lacrosse. Chelsea played club ball with Skywalkers which led her to spending four years at the University of Connecticut. She played lacrosse for UCONN as an attacker and majored in Kinesiology. Chelsea now finds herself back at Old Mill High as a Physical Education teacher, Cross Country and Girls JV Lacrosse coach. She loves being able to pass down her knowledge to younger players and watch them grow.

 


 

HS ASST. COACHES

EVA KLAUS

2021 Coach

eva.m.e.klaus@gmail.com

Eva Klaus is the daughter of Gina and Kurt Klaus.  At Severna Park HS, Eva scored 172 goals in four years and led team to back-to-back county and state championships as a sophomore and junior.  She was a three-time first team all-county, two-time first team Baltimore Sun All-Metro, two-time Washington Post All-Met.  Eva was named Baltimore Sun Top 10 Athletes of the Year and Severna Park Athlete of the Year as a senior.  Eva can now be found on the field at John Hopkins, where she is back - after suffering a season ending injury last year. She is a Dean's list student majoring in Economic and Mathematics, with a minor in French!

MAURA CISSEL

2022 Coach 

mauracissel@gmail.com

LAX:   Maura captained the Varsity Lacrosse team at Annapolis and was awarded MVP and All County Team honors. She underwent reconstructive ACL surgery midway through her final season. Recruited to play at Arizona State, she was sidelined by a deep knee bruise for the final half of her freshman season - she can’t wait to take the field for ASU! A three-sport athlete at Annapolis, Maura also played hockey and served as Swim Team Captain. 
LIFE: A Biomedical science major at ASU, Maura has boundless energy. That energy spills onto the field and surrounds the athletes she is teaching to follow her lead and share their individual athleticism as team members.

JUSTYN MYERS

2024 Coach  

justynm@g.clemson.edu

LAX:   A 2015 graduate of Annapolis HS who took her Varsity playing experiences to the field at Clemson University. She is now President, Coach & Player of the student run Clemson Women’s Club Lacrosse Team. This past spring, Justyn was the volunteer assistant at Rolesville HS in Raleigh, NC.

LIFE: Mechanical Engineering drew her to Clemson where Justyn will graduate with a BS in Engineering. She loves sharing her passion for the sport while actively developing young athletes. Her added bonus is watching the impact the sport has on the lives of these young players

 

2023 COACHES

KATY KELLEY

2023 Coach

 kkemerer2003@yahoo.com

A graduate of Broadneck, Katy earned all-county honors in soccer, basketball & lacrosse, All-State honors in soccer and high school All-American in lacrosse.  She was a 4-year CAA scholar athlete and an Academic All-American at William and Mar and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in both Kinesiology and Psychology.  After graduate school, Katy returned home and coached with Karen Tengwall at her alma mater. During her tenure as the defensive coach, the Broadneck team won 3 State Championships. Katy stepped into the head coach role when Karen retired in 2013 for lacrosse and is the assistant coach for the Soccer team who won their first ever state title in 2015.  Katy slipped into these roles to continue coaching players at a high level, but to enjoy the rewards involved in influencing high school athletes to take life lessons from the game of lacrosse.
She realizes the importance of the right approach and healthy focus on athletics and sees CC Lax cultivating the well-rounded, team-oriented and confident athlete with its approach to the club environment.  
When not on a field, Katy enjoys time with her husband, Matt, and 3 kids, Sam (2021), Lilly (2023), and Bennett (2027), working as a part-time real estate agent with Long & Foster, and teaching the Sciences at Broadneck High School.

 

 

 

MICHAEL DELP

2023 Coach

 michaeldelp@gmail.com

Mike attended High Point High School where he wrestled and played soccer until an ACL tear slowed his athletic career. Mike then took his entrepreneurial spirit and joined his family’s business, which he help grow from a small contracting company to a now more diversified company. Dad to Parker ('21), Reese ('23), and Van (lacrosse, baseball and soccer), and husband to Julie, Mike was able to continue his passion for sports as he began coaching for the Kent Island rec program and later transitioning to club.  Mike has stayed involved in coaching because he likes sharing his life experience. He likes teaching the importance of goal setting and the value of hard work to achieve success on and off the field.

 

MARGARET MOORE

2023 Coach

 margaretmoore9@gmail.com

Margaret Moore grew up in Annapolis and attended St. Mary's High School playing for their girls field hockey & lacrosse teams for 4 years ('90).  She went on to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Richmond 1990-1994.  Margaret was Captain of the Richmond team her senior year.  She coached field hockey & lacrosse at Severn School in 2001-2002.  Since then she has coached for the Broadneck Area Youth Sports Girls Lacrosse program for the last 7 years.  Margaret lives in the Annapolis area with her husband, Roberts, & their 3 children Simon (2021), Mary (2023) & Susanna (2024).

2024 COACHES

KATIE CORCORAN

2024 Coach

kmcorcoran@verizon.net

Katie played both field hockey and lacrosse for St. Mary's ('96). She continued her field hockey career at Frostburg State and earned her BS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. Following graduation ('00), she began coaching Varsity Field Hockey at South River and retired after the 2012 season. She coached  JV lacrosse at the beginning of her South River career. Katie was named the 2013 AA County Coach of the Year and coached the Capital Gazette HS Showcase. Her South River teams won 4 State Field Hockey Titles  (2012, 2005, 2004, 2000) and she named Coach of the Year five times!
Katie enjoys teaching players the love of the game and watching them grow and improve every week throughout the season. Currently, Katie teaches a 3 year old preschool class and coaches her daughter in both field hockey and lacrosse. She lives in Crofton with her husband Bill and 2 kids, Kylie (2024) and Caden (2027). 

DANA mathews

2024 Coach

danarussell@comcast.net

A  '96 graduate of St. Mary's , Dana played lacrosse and field hockey.  She continued her field hockey career at Roanoke College and was named a South Regional All American her senior year. She earned a BS in Science and minor in Early Education and became a Physical Education teacher at Spalding. Named Varsity lacrosse, she lead the Cavaliers to their very first IAAM B conference championship named Coach of the year in 2004. Unable to stay away off the field after staying at home with her girls, she joined the coaching staff at South River as Asst. Varsity Field Hockey and head JV coach. 
Dana is a firm believer in the foundation of team work and loves helping girls of all ages find their love of the game!  Currently the AVID coordinator  at Bates, she spends any free time left with her  daughters Autumn (2024) and Addyson (2026) and two dogs Zoey and Salty. 

JEN TROUT

2024 Coach

jrtrout@aacps.org

Jen played both soccer and lacrosse for Broadneck High School (95').  After graduating high school Jen attended AACC where she played lax for 2 years and served as a team captain. After transferring to Frostburg State University to play her final 2 years of lacrosse, she suffered a shoulder injury that would end her lacrosse career early. However, due to her love for the sport she began coaching her oldest daughter, Lily, as soon as she could hold a stick. Jen has been coaching for BAYS since 2012 and now coaches both of her girls. She coahces the JV team for Broadneck where she is also teaching.  Jen has been a teacher in Anne Arundel County for 17 years.  When she is not working, she is busy enjoying life with her husband, Casey, and 3 kids, twins Lily and Griffin (2024's) and Ella (2027). They reside in Arnold.

 

2025 COACHES

JEN CAVANAUGH

2025 Coach

 jencav99@gmail.com

Jen played goalkeeper in both soccer and lacrosse for St. Mary's High School('97). At St. Mary's she was a 2x All American, 3x All County and All Met for the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and also The Capital Player of the Year as a senior when the Saints were the top ranked team in the country and won the IAAM championship.  She went on to be the goalkeeper at James Madison University, where she helped lead the Dukes to 4 NCAA tournament appearances including a Final Four appearance in 2000 and two CAA Championships. She was named All CAA (2nd team)her three years as a starter and the CAA tournament MVP her senior year when the Dukes won the championship. After college, she was an assistant coach at St. Mary's for 4 years.  She has coached at SRYA the last 3 years with fellow CC LAX coach Julie Norton.   When coaching, Jen strives to bring a positive and encouraging team environment while being competitive, pushing the girls to do their best and having fun so they can succeed and grow on and off the field.  She loves spending time with her husband Kevin and her four biggest accomplishments: Casey(2022), Maeve(2025), Conor(9) and Maura (6) and supporting and watching them in all that they do!

AMY DONOVAN

2025 Coach

 littlebrew@gmail.com

Born and raised in Annapolis, Amy captained the 1996 Annapolis High School State Championship team. She was named All-American & 1st Team All County.  For her prowess on the field, Brew was named The Capital, The Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun Lacrosse Player of the Year in 1996.  At James Madison University, midfielder Amy Brew helped lead the Dukes to a Final Four appearance in 2000 and two CAA Championships.  Brew was named to the prestigious IWLCA All-American team in 1998, 1999, and 2000.  In addition, Brew was awarded the 1997 CAA rookie of the Year, and she received First Team All-CAA and First Team All-South honors. Now, Amy Donovan, married mother of four, hopes to share her love for the game.   Donovan believes sports should bring enjoyment to each kid while teaching sportsmanship, hard work and the reward of winning.  Currently working for Cisco Systems as a Business Development Manager in Cyber Security, Amy stays very busy!

2026 COACHES

Denise Thompson

2026 Coach

Dpthompson2@yahoo.com

LIFE: Denise received as BS in Physical Education from Towson University in 1998 and has been teaching Health & PE at her alma mater – Chesapeake HS  ever since an initial 2 years at Broadneck! Married to Ryan and mom to Kasey (‘24) and Lizzy (CCL’26), Denise enjoys coaching, exercising & binge watching TV shows!
LAX: All County honors earned in soccer, basketball & lacrosse as a student at Chesapeake HS. Denise played at AACC before moving on and taking the field for Towson. Her post collegiate career has included the Hero’s Club team and taking the court as a league player in soccer. Her coaching career began right out of college at Broadneck HS but quickly transferred to Chesapeake when a position opened. She assisted the soccer program for 5 years and the lacrosse program for 2 before moving up to head coach and retiring in 2012 after 10 years to coach her own children! Denise is curently coaching basketball and lacrosse for Green Hornets.

 

Alison Elliott

2026 Coach

alisonbakerdds@yahoo.com

Alison's story is one of overcoming injury and breaking barriers for all women in the sport.  A 1992 Old Mill graduate, Alison played varsity soccer and lacrosse, and was captain of the lacrosse team her senior year.  Sidelined by an orbital blow-out fracture at the end of her senior year (pre-goggles!), she was initially unable to play lacrosse as planned at the University of Delaware.  However, she quickly transferred to the University of North Carolina where she joined the Carolina Club Lacrosse team and also joined a small but mighty group to petition UNC for a Division 1 lacrosse team under Title IX Women’s Rights. Alison tried out and earned a coveted walk-on spot on the inaugural UNC Women’s Lacrosse team!  She and her club teammates formed a lacrosse team at Chapel Hill High School and taught local students the sport, where girls’ lacrosse was not played locally in North Carolina.  Many girls today don’t remember when most colleges didn’t have women’s lacrosse teams, and Alison is so proud to have played a part in growing the sport.  After graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors, Alison continued on to Maryland Dental School, where she met her husband Jason and they both graduated in 2000.  She loves to give back to the sport that has given her so much! She has coached both her daughters’ rec teams and also the CCLAX 2026’s since the team was formed. Her most favorite role of all is Mom to Isabella (2026), Zephyr (2028) and Emerson (2031).

2027 COACHES

MEGHAN FRYE

2027 Coach

frye.meghan@gene.com

Meghan was a 3 sport (Soccer, Indoor Track & Lacrosse) athlete at Broadneck. She captained the lacrosse team her Senior year (’95)  and was named to the Anne Arundel County 2ndteam, All Metro Baltimore and All Metro Washington in soccer and lacrosse. She competed with WAGS soccer team all throughout HS and was a member of the Chesapeake National Lacrosse Team and competed for the USWLA National championship. Interesting fact – that Quickstix team was the pre-curser to CCLax.
Off to James Madison where she played all four years for the Dukes and earned a BA in Business with a minor in advertising along the way. Meghan has been in the medical field since college and is currently working for Genentech, a biotech company.
Married to Mark Frye (Severna Park '95) who played for Loyola and played for the MLL• Chesapeake Bayhawks and also played for the NLL• NY Saints & the Philadelphia Wings.
They reside in Arnold and have 2 daughters: Harper (2027) and Sarah (2029).

 

Wes sims

2027 Coach

wessims@icloud.com

KAREN TENGWALL

 2027 Coach

karentengwall@gmail.com

Karen was team captain and All County in both field hockey and lacrosse at Broadneck ’93. After playing at AACC for 2 years and earning 2 JUCO titles, she transferred to Towson.  As a senior she was named the Lacrosse Student Athlete of the Year and earned her BS in Sports Communications.  Following graduation, she returned to her Alma Mater and retired after the 2013 season after 16 years as Head Coach.  A 6-time Coach of the Year, she compiled 4 Regional Titles, several County Championships and earned 3 State titles on her way to an overall record of 224-54. Fellow CCLax coach Katy Kelley coached alongside 12 years of those years!  Karen has a passion for teaching kids the game of lacrosse but mostly for the impact she has on the overall lives of those kids.  Nowadays, you will find her on the fields coaching or on the sidelines cheering for her kids. While at home on the Eastern Shore, Karen enjoys life with her husband Matt and 3 kids Riley '20, Evan '22, and Parker'27.  

 

2028 COACHES

MAggie McNulty

2028 Coach

maggiemcnulty08@yahoo.com

University of Lynchburg, Class of 2019 • Graduated Cum Laude with an Elementary Education Major and History Minor.  Maggie recently accepted a 3rd Grade position at Lake Shore Elementary School. 
She played defense at Lynchburg, where she was the President of the her Club team. During her time there, her team was the first to successfully enter the team into the WCLA (Women’s Club Lacrosse Association).  That was great strides for the University and it continues to grow with success.  Prior to her collegiate play, she attended Broadneck High School. (Class of 2015), and played for CClax 2015’s. . .  With Alex. . . AND, yes, Coach Nutty is her dad!!!! 

alex delgado

2028 Coach

add57664@marymount.edu

Marymount University, Class of 2019 • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, with Honors. As a starting defender, she was a leader and the vocal backbone of the defense allowing the team to appear in the ECAC tournament all four years including, winning the tournament in 2017. Her senior season the team had their longest playoff run in school history during the inaugural year of the Atlantic East Conference. Delgado finished  her career with just under 100 ground balls and fourth highest for caused turnovers. Prior to her collegiate career, she attended Broadneck High School, Class of 2015 and played for CCLAX 2015’s.

CCLittles • 2029 & 2030

kaitlyn hines

We are super excited to announce that the
2019 state championship Coach Kaitlyn Hines (Severna Park HS)
is taking the lead of our CCLittles program. 

Kaitlyn took a break from CCLax to start her family :: William (2 years old) and Charlotte (1yr in August), and is ready to get back to the CCLax fields.
Our CCLittles could not be more priviledged to have her as their coach.  AWESOME!

** Coach Mackie (HPU bound) will also be returning to the Little's field with a new addition Collin Meerholz (TU Grad)**
Just Awesome

Goalie Coaches

PATRICK MCNULTY

Goalie Coach

 patleomcnulty@yahoo.com

Involved in athletics through high school (Catonsville), Pat played many positions before finishing as a goalie for Salisbury. Pat coached a very successful Arundel HS boys team from 1992-98 and switched to BAYS Rec league girls once his daughters could take the field. Dad to Maggie (2015- Lynchburg) & Morgan and married to Kim, Pat teaches Art Education to Anne Arundel County Public School students. Pat uses his never-ending energy to get the most out of every player regardless of the position they play!  The athletes love to have coach Pat around for his motivational one liners and smile.

ED BILDERBACK

Goalie Coach

 eddibilderback@yahoo.com

Ed played Goalie for Broadneck ('90) and transitioned to Attack in college.  Freshman year at Virginia Wesleyan he set a freshman record for goals in a game (10).   He played his final 3 years at Lynchburg College and was a starting attack men during which time Lynchburg was a top 20 team.  He earned a B.A. in Communication Studies and played several years of post-collegiate club lacrosse for various teams in the Annapolis area after graduation.  Ed has been coaching in the Bays organization since 2010 and is currently a Global Account Manager for Tyco Security.  He enjoys playing lacrosse in the Maryland Masters Lacrosse League for Severn River, golfing at the Naval Academy Golf Club, boating, coaching soccer, basketball and lacrosse and spending time with his wife Tanya and daughters Ellie and Delaney (24). 

RICK DAVIS

Goalie Coach

rmdjld2@verizon.net

Rick’s youth athletic consisted of baseball, football, soccer and lacrosse.  Lacrosse was his main focus while attending South River High ('98) where close defense was his specialty. Rick has coached both youth boys and girls lacrosse at rec and club levels for past 8 years.  Rick loves watching the individual and team grow as well as that moment in time where you see the look on their face that they GOT IT!  In his spare time he loves decompressing in his woodworking shop, hunting, and home improvement projects.  Rick is father to Amelia (CCL ‘20) and Ricky (2022), and husband to Jennifer. 

 

 

KEITH GREEN

Goalie Coach

keith1991@verizon.net

Keith mainly played baseball and football in his youth, but then found lacrosse when getting to high school (Kenwood '87). He fell in love with lacrosse and specialized in defense, but was also the backup goalie.  He excelled at goalie, but his coach couldn't afford to lose him at defense.  Keith also played lacrosse in college (Navy '91) until an injury forced him to play intramural sports.  Keith has three children, Colin (13), Corynn (2023), and Colby (7), and has helped coach many of their rec sports teams, including baseball, soccer, and lacrosse over the past 8 years. He jumped on the chance to coach his daughter when she wanted to be a goalie in fall of 2015 and has committed to helping her and rest of the CCLax goalies grow.

CONSULTANTS

CARIN PETERSON

Clinician / Consultant

cplax123@yahoo.com 

Carin played lacrosse and field hockey at Severna Park HS and University of Maryland.  In both sports, she was a two-time 1st team All American, competed on NCAA national championship teams and the US National team. A member of the Terp Hall of Fame, Carin was an inaugurall inductee into the Chesapeake Chaper of US Lacrosse and was inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.  Peterson then coached the Severna Park Falcons to 14 region titles and 12 state championships and compiled a 366-55-1 record (.868 winning percentage).  Carin has retired from coaching HS but will remain a teacher of physical education at Severna Park Middle School as well as a skills coach/consultant for CCLax. She is staying busy officiating field hockey and lacrosse in her spare time!