Westport PAL Girls Lacrosse strives to find coaches with a combination of good lacrosse knowledge, the ability to teach skills and the talent to positively relate to young athletes. We hope to shape the skills and enthusiasm of our players so that they develop a love for the game of lacrosse. Paid coaches, high school varsity athletes and parent volunteers are each utilized in various parts of our program. Each team at each level of the travel program will have two paid coaches leading the team.
All PAL coaches are required to hold several certifications including: CPR/AED/First Aid, National Youth Sports Coaching Alliance (NYSCA), Heads Up Concussion Training and second year coaches must also pass the US Lacrosse Level I or Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Double Goal Coach Certification. In addition, each coach must pass the Connecticut New York Youth Lacrosse Association (CONNY) rules test, pass a criminal background check and be a US Lacrosse member.
Our Coaching Director is Amy Alvord. Amy started her lacrosse career in Simsbury, CT where she broke school records for career and season goals scored. A 3x All-American midfielder at William Smith College, she helped bring the Herons to four NCAA finals. In 2003 Amy moved to Hamburg, Germany to direct a new Women's lacrosse program. Before leaving in '09, she lead the Hamburg Warriors to three back to back National Championship titles, and are now the largest program in continental Europe. Upon her return to the US, she coached Fairfield Ludlowe High School to the Division II State Championship, including coaching three All-state players and started her career with Westport PAL. Amy has devoted her coaching skills to youth programs and enters her 3rd year as Coaching Director for Westport PAL Girls Lacrosse. In the off season, Amy coaches with the CT Grizzlies club program, runs camps at Staples High School through Gamebreaker Lacrosse and head coaches at Sono Fieldhouse in Norwalk.
Westport PAL Lacrosse is a feeder program to the Staples High School Lacrosse Teams. We are supported by their coaching staff in our curriculum and through several coaching guest appearances:
The Staples High School Varsity Coach is Steph Calabrese. Steph is a three time letter winner in both field hockey and lacrosse. She graduated from Darien High School in 2000, where she was co-captain of Darien’s 5th consecutive state championship title team and 6th FCIAC title team. A high school All-American, Steph continued her lacrosse career at Roanoke College in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. After graduating from Roanoke College with a BA in English in 2005, Steph finished her collegiate lacrosse career holding Rookie of the Year, All- ODAC, and All-East honors and was awarded “Player of the Week” recognition a handful of times with the Maroons. Steph has coached with Westport PAL Girls Lacrosse and CT Grizzlies and is currently the Director of Operations and Co-Founder of CT Grizzlies.
The Staples High School Varsity Assistant Coach is Nicole Gerosa. Nicole graduated in 2006 from Branford High School in Branford, CT. During her 4 years at Branford, Nicole helped the team to capture a league championship and also participated in the CT Futures club program. Nicole went on to attend Sacred Heart University where she played DI lacrosse for the Pioneers and graduated in 2010. During these years at SHU, the Pioneers claimed 3 NEC Championship titles and in 2010 Nicole was awarded as an All-Conference 2nd team Defender. Nicole has continued to pursue her coaching career in multiple towns. Nicole has worked for the Brookfield, New Canaan, and Westport PAL youth leagues, North County Sports, club coach, and is currently a coach with CT Grizzlies. Nicole is a police officer for the Fairfield Police Department.