Meet Our Coaches

Sarah Walsh Kotkowski, Founder

Sarah founded LACROSSOVER, LLC to help female student-athletes reach their full potential as outstanding players, teammates, and leaders. LACROSSOVER works with clients to develop fundamental lacrosse skills, build self-confidence, and build leadership capability. 

Sarah played lacrosse under two of the best coaches in the country: Kelly Amonte-Hiller at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and Kathy Jenkins at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes High School in Alexandria, VA. From high school, she was recruited to Northwestern’s inaugural Division I team. She earned three-time Academic All-Big Ten honors and was on the American Lacrosse Conference Academic Honor Roll. In 2005, her senior year, the Northwestern team won its first NCAA National Championship, where she was the selected speaker at the Final Four banquet. Since then, they have won six National Championships. In 2007, Sarah became the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst under Head Coach Alexis Venechanos, now the Head Coach at Ohio State. They took the UMass team to the A-10 championships in 2008 for the first time since 2003. In 2008, Sarah helped run the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a start-up national foundation that pairs children with pediatric brain tumors with athletic teams. 

In early 2011, Sarah founded LACROSSOVER, LLC to create a professional framework for her passion for working directly with young adults and her belief in the importance of team sports. In addition to working with individual clients, Sarah was named the Head Coach for the Ireland Women's National Lacrosse Team set to compete for the 2015 European Championships in Nymburk, Czech Republic. Ireland placed 5th in the tournament and will compete for the World Cup in 2017 in London. She played for the 2012 Ireland National Women's Lacrosse Team and was the assistant coach for the 2013 World Cup team in Canada. Sarah also coaches lacrosse for St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes varsity and middle school teams.

 

Nicole Lacey, Draw Specialist

Nicole graduated from George Washington University in 2013 after a stellar four years of attack for the Division I program. She specialized in the draw all four years, setting records for GW’s single season, single game, and career draw controls. Her school record is for ten draw controls in two separate contests.

Nicole was ranked in the top 15 in NCAA for three years as a draw specialist. She had 108 career goals and well over 200 draw controls. After being selected for the All-Rookie team her freshman year, the honors kept coming in. She was on A-10 All-Academic Team, had the highest free-position conversion rate, and led her team to the A-10 conference tournament during her junior and senior years.  

Nicole coaches for 2021 Pride Lacrosse Club Red team. She brings energy, draw expertise, and a positive coaching perspective to Lacrossover. As Nicole enters her third year coaching with Lacrossover, she continues to make a major difference to girls all over the DC metro area, as both a mentor and a coach.