An enthusiastic, positive, and knowledgeable staff that has the ability to inspire is what makes the difference between Cradle Lacrosse and the others. We employ lacrosse enthusiasts who have the ability to teach the fundamental skills of lacrosse as well as the ability to work with kids. All of our coaches have played high school and college lacrosse and enjoy giving back to the game that they love while making kids smile. Many of our staff members are actual teachers in different schools around the region. You will find our staff members extremely friendly and willing to talk lacrosse with any parent or player.
Peter Lawrence, Director, President Trashcan & Cradle Lacrosse, Head Coach University Of Hartford
Coach Lawrence has created and developed Trashcan and Cradle Lacrosse’s unique an innovative curriculum. The hallmark of both programs is giving players opportunities for success, creating an energizing environment, developing core skills through creative games, and hiring passionate and professional coaches. Coach Law oversees all programming, staff, and curriculum relating to Trashcan and Cradle.
Lawrence currently resides in West Hartford, CT with his wife Meghan and their children, Finn (6), Rowan (5) and baby Emery.
Andrew Hayes, Director, President & CEO of NXTsports, Head Coach Episcopal Academy
Coach Hayes is the co-founder and President of NXT Sports. He directs the Trashcan Summer Camp at Episcopal Academy, the Trashcan Winter Program at Episcopal, the Philly Showcase, and many other NXT events.
Andy was a standout lacrosse and soccer player at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, earning all-New England Small College Athletic Conference honors in both sports. He graduated from Trinity with a B.S. in Biology and currently teaches freshmen and sophomore biology at Episcopal. He resides in Bala Cynwyd, PA with his wife Tina.
Dylan Brown, Director, Director of Cradle Lacrosse
Dylan Brown is the Director of Programs for NXT Sports, where he directs and oversees the Cradle Lacrosse programs and Trashcan Lacrosse Programs. He also is the Head Coach for 2016 (8th Grade) Trashcan Lacrosse Club team.
He formerly served as assistant lacrosse coach at Westerville North H.S. (Westerville, OH). Dylan was a three-sport standout at Episcopal Academy and captained the Men’s Lacrosse team at Ohio Wesleyan University where he graduated in 2009 with a degree in anthropology and sociology. He resides in the Northern Liberties, Philadelphia.
Marty Kupprion, Director, Philadelphia Regional Director of NXTlacrosse
Coach Kupp is the coaching director of the Trashcan Lacrosse and Cradle Lacrosse winter programs. He also directs the NXT Lacrosse club program and is an assistant coach at the Episcopal Academy.
Marty was a star player at Episcopal Academy (class of 2003) and at the University of Delaware, where he was a member of the 2005 and 2007 Blue hen squads tat earned trips to the NCAA tournament. Coach Kupp holds a masters degree in education from Cabrini College and is certified to teach K-6. After teaching in the Lower Merion School District for two years, Marty is now in his second year as a teacher in the Lower School at Episcopal Academy. He currently teaches Second Grade and coaches middle school football in addition to varsity lacrosse.
Warren Danenza, Director, NXT Lacrosse Coach, Head Coach at Upper Darby HS
Warren is a full-time teacher and coach who has been an awesome addition to the NXT coaching staff at all levels. Currently a high school English Teacher and the Head Coach at Upper Darby High School, "Coach D" has enjoyed his Cradle experience and now serves as a Director during each season of Cradle.
Warren is a proud alum of Cardinal O'Hara, and went on to play college lacrosse at Neumann University. Since graduation, Warren has a great deal of coaching experience through time spent with the Brandywyine Youth Club, Garnet Valley Jags, and at Cardinal O'Hara. Coach D. is in his second year as the head coach at Upper Darby in the Central League.
Emily Bartlett, Director, Graduate of William & Mary
Emily Bartlett played Field Hockey and Lacrosse at Penn Charter, class of 2006. She went to the College of William & Mary, where she majored in English and Secondary Education. Since graduation, Emily worked in Learning Support and Alumni Relations at Penn Charter, where she coached Upper School Girls JV Lacrosse. She is involved in supporting girls sports, through the Penn Charter Women's Legacy Fund and is thrilled for the expanding girls programming with Nxt!
Heather Ferguson, Cradle Coach, Graduate of University of Notre Dame
Heather Ferguson is a 2004 graduate from Archbishop Carroll High School where she participated in both Varsity Lacrosse and Field Hockey all 4 years. She went on to play Division I Lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame. During her time there, her team was ranked in the top 10 in the nation multiple times and participated in the Final Four in her sophomore year.
Since graduating college in 2008, Heather has continued her lacrosse career by coaching year round. She was an assistant coach for two years at her Alma Mater, Carroll. From there, she went to Episcopal Academy and coached their JV team for one season and is currently the Assistant Varsity coach at Episcopal Academy. During the winter and spring, Heather is a clinician and coach for Phantastix Lacrosse, a club team, which participates in winter clinics and summer tournaments. Heather is very excited about joining Cradle Lacrosse as a coach this spring.
Taylor Fleming, Cradle Coach, Graduate of Duke University
Taylor attended Merion Mercy Academy in Merion PA, where she was a stand out student-athlete and was selected first-team All-Main Line in lacrosse three years in a row. In addition to being a two-time captain in both soccer and lacrosse, Taylor was a National Latin Honor Society member and AP scholar.
Coach Taylor went on to play at Duke University, where she starred as a defender known for her ability to win groundballs. She comes from a lacrosse family, with two brothers currently playing college lacrosse and a third brother that will play at St. Joe's Prep this year.
Lindsey Ferguson, Cradle Coach, Graduate of University of Notre Dame
Coach Lindsey started playing lacrosse her freshman year at Archbishop John Carroll High School. She quickly picked up a love for the sport and became a member of the Phantastix Club team. Lindsey played Division 1 lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame and graduated in 2008 from the Mendoza School of Business with a Marketing degree. Her 2006 team competed in the NCAA Women’s Division One Final Four at Boston University. She currently resides in Conshohocken and works as an Events Coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles. Lindsey is very excited to join Cradle Lacrosse since it is hard to find a coaching schedule that fits well with her busy work schedule.
Christine Readinger, Cradle Coach, Graduate of St. Joseph's University
Christine started playing lacrosse in elementary school. At Archbishop Carroll, Christine played varsity defense for 3 years where the girls lacrosse team reigned as Catholic League Champs for four straight years.
In both her sophomore and junior years, Christine played on the first team for PASLA at the National tournament. In her junior and senior years, Christine was named honorable mention All-American.
She played Division 1 lacrosse at St. Joseph's University. She was a 4 year starter and served as co-captain for two years. Christine currently works in Commercial Lending at The Bryn Mawr Trust Company.
Christine is grateful to be a part of Cradle Lacrosse and hopes all Cradle kids will aspire to make the most of their athletic skills.
Joanna Johnson, Cradle Coach, Graduate of Drexel University
Joanna started her lacrosse career in Suffern, New York at the age of 12. She was captain of her high school's varsity team, earned All-Section honors her senior year and competed in the Empire State Games. She went on to play Division 1 lacrosse at Drexel University in Philadelphia from 2009-2012. As a defender on Drexel's squad she received the Commissioner's Academic Award and the Best of Blue and Gold Award in 2011 and 2012. She graduated from Drexel University in March 2013 with a major in Corporate and Public Relations and Political Science. She loves coaching and introducing kids to the game of lacrosse.
Tim Muir, Cradle Coach, Graduate of Johns Hopkins University
As a player, Coach Tim was a 4 year letter winner, State Champion, and All-American at the Episcopal Academy. He then attended Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a degree in Public Health. He enjoyed a stellar career as a two-way midfielder. During his time at Hopkins, the Blue Jays enjoyed a resurgence under Coach Dave Pietramala and reached the Final Four three times.
Tim formerly served as an assistant coach at the Episcopal Academy. He lives in Philadelphia, where he operates a jewelry store, and a direct sales company.
Kelsey McGoldrick, Cradle Coach, Graduate of West Chester University
After graduating from Haverford High School in 2007, she moved on to play attack for the West Chester University Women's Lacrosse Team. In 2008, The Golden Rams captured the Division II National Championship Title in Houston Texas. In the 2010 and 2011 seasons, the team competed in the Final Four tournament amongst the most elite teams in Division II. After ending a successful lacrosse career, Kelsey graduated in 2011 with a degree in Health and Physical Education. She currently works as a substitute teacher in various districts around the area, coaching both lacrosse and tennis at Haverford High School.
Henry Bartlett, Cradle Coach, Graduate of Cornell University
Henry grew up playing for the Abington Lacrosse Club. He then played for Penn Charter, graduating in 2003. While at Penn Charter, he was a 2 time captain, 3 time all Inter-Ac League selection, All State, All American, and recipient of the George Kruse Inter-Ac Sportsmanship Award. Henry then went on to play for Cornell University. In Henry's years, Cornell was 4 time Ivy League champions, 4 time NCAA Division I playoff participants, and was a 2007 NCAA Division I Semi-Finalist.
Henry works with Trashcan Lacrosse, where he has been the head coach of the 2018 team and also assists with our fall and winter programs. We are thrilled to have Henry and his sister Emily involved with Cradle for their second year!
Emma Hamm, Cradle Coach, Graduate of Duke University
Emma graduated from Duke in 2012 where she played for the BLUE DEVILS for 4 years. In her senior season she started all 19 games, she lead the team in draw controls with 89 and caused turnovers with 19. Emma also ranked third on the team in points with 20 goals and 20 assists on the season. Emma finished her career as Duke’s all-time leader in draw controls with 265 and ranks 6th on NCAA career charts. Emma was also a Tewaaraton Award nominee as well as All-ACC honors. Prior to Duke, Emma was a member of the World Championship U19-National Team. She was a four year varsity player at Baldwin School and a three-time First-Team All American choice.
Bill Derrick, Cradle Coach, Graduate of Salisbury University
Bill aka "Coach Knuckles" graduated with honors from Penncrest High School in Media, Pa in 2002, attended Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana and Graduated from Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland in 2006.
Bill is an Assistant Coach at Trashcan Lacrosse Club, working with the 2017 team as well as our fall and winter programs. "Coach Knuckles" is a favorite of many Cradle kids, and is a veteran on the Cradle curcuit.
He is an all around lacrosse enthusiast who has held a variety of coaching positions ranging from the scholastic to club ranks. Stops included are Penncrest High School (PA), Greenwich High School (CT), The Salisbury School (MD), Dukes Lacrosse Club (PA), and Rose Tree Media Optimist (PA). He is also experienced in coaching basketball at all levels and up for any pickup games.
Kara Geiman, Cradle Coach, Graduate of Messiah College
Coach Kara is the Director of Operations for NXTsports, where she is responsible for managing all day-to-day issues facing the company, and she also directs the NXTsports Summer Internship Program.
Kara is a 2011 graduate of Messiah College, where she was a member of the women’s lacrosse team. During her time at Messiah, she was an All-American and MAC Conference Rookie of the Year. Kara graduated with a degree in Sports Management.
Kim Wenger, Cradle Coach, Graduate of Duke University
Kim Wenger attended Great Valley High School (2008) and has recently graduated from Duke University (2012), where she played and was captain of the varsity lacrosse team. During her time as a Blue Devil, Kim played as a midfielder in every game and was a two-time All American (2011-12). While in college Kim helped to coach youth lacrosse in the Durham area. Since moving back to the area, she is working with a financial firm in Conshohocken and helping coach Great Valley High School’s girls’ lacrosse program. Kim hopes to create a fun and energetic atmosphere for young players who strive to learn and better their game.
John Bodnar, Cradle Coach, Graduate of Cabrini College
John was an excellent player at Madison High School (NJ) and at Division III power Cabrini College, where he earned all-conference honors as a face-off midfielder.
John currently teaches special education at Pennwood High School in Yeadon , PA. He says his favorite thing about coaching lacrosse is “giving kids the advice I wish I knew when I was in school.”
John is an assistant coach at Episcopal Academy, where he is regarded as a face-off guru and has been coaching since 2008. John also assists with the Trashcan and Cradle Lacrosse winter programs. He has coached Cradle for 2 years.
Rachel Dirksen, Cradle Coach, Graduate of Messiah College
Coach Rachel has played lacrosse since age 10 where she fell in love with the sport. She played for Abington Senior High School and as a Senior was named captain and received the award of First team-all Suburban One League. Rachel continued her lacrosse career at Messiah College (in Central PA) where they made it to the national tournament 3 out of the 4 years. She was named conference Rookie of the Year her freshman year (2009) and grew to her senior year as a First-Team All American, MAC School Athlete, was named one of the captains for her team in the 2012 season. Rachel graduated with a bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
Rachel currently works as an office manager for a couple of small businesses and resides in Glenside, PA. She says, "Doing cradle is such a fun part of my week and I enjoy the kids SO much. Teaching them this sport is a dream and I'm so thankful for it."
Katelyn Kinney, Cradle Coach, Graduate of St. Joseph's University
After graduating from Cherokee High School in 2003, she moved on to play defense for the Saint Joseph's University Women's Lacrosse Team. Katelyn graduated in 2007 with a degree in Marketing Communications. After graduation, she stayed at SJU to obtain a Masters in Marketing and serve as assistant coach to the Women's Lacrosse Program. Since graduating with her MBA in 2010, Katelyn has held a variety of coaching positions ranging from the collegiate to club ranks. Stops included are Drexel University Women's Lacrosse Club, Junior Renegades Lacrosse Club (NJ) and Ultimate Goal Lacrosse (PA/NJ). Katelyn currently works in internal communications for Comcast Business Class.
Casey Dunn, Cradle Coach, Graduate of University of Delaware
Casey played for coach John Nostrant at the Haverford School where he was named most improved player on the 2005 state championship team, and went on to play at the University of Delaware where he graduated in 2009 with a BS in Leadership. Casey Currently works as a sales consultant.
Casey has served as an assistant coach in the Trashcan and Cradle winter and spring programs.
Cara Giordano, Cradle Coach, Graduate of Vanderbilt University
Coach Cara was a star lacrosse player at Moorestown (N.J.) High School and went on to Vanderbilt University where she was a four-year starter in midfield for the Commodores. She graduated in 2009.
Cara lives and works in Philadelphia and is in her second year as a member of the Cradle Lacrosse coaching team.