GIRLS Field: Coaches
Our coaches are widely recognized as leaders and accomplished athletes/coaches in the lacrosse world!
Our coaches create a positive learning environment for all our players. The most essential component of the program is to aide in the overall fundamental development of every player. Each coach will focus on age appropriate themes while delivering on the necessary skills to allow players to further develop both on and off the field. As a result of allowing players to develop in the required skills, vertical alignment is created throughout the program. Meaning a gradual growth of skills and components will be added to each team/player as individuals learn and Evolve in their overall development.
Womens Lacrosse Director and Practice Coach
Ashley Rutz has over 19 years of playing experience in both male/female field and box lacrosse. She has played at every level: Provincial, National, NCAA Division 1, OUA and OWL. Ashley has many years of experience coaching in the Ontario Women’s Lacrosse leagues for the U19 Burlington Chiefs who are now the Oakville Lady Hawks at the U19 level as well as with the U15 and U19 Team Ontario Program. Ashley was the founder and former Head Coach at Everest Academy from 2013-2018. Summer 2016, Ashley was named the Women’s Lacrosse Director for Evolve Lacrosse. “I like to coach because of my love and passion for the game”. Her coaching philosophy is centered around work ethic and heart. Ashley has a bachelor of Contemporary Studies degree and a Master of Science in Education. Ashley is an elementary school teacher with the Peel District School Board.
COACH Hanna Burnett
Hanna has spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons as the Coach of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, earning an OUA Silver medal in 2017 and six seasons with Team Ontario U15 and U19, Hanna brings a wealth of knowledge around Women’s Field Lacrosse and Field Lacrosse Goaltending. She has just completed her first season as the Head Coach at Everest Academy. As an athlete, she was a member of Team Ontario and the starting goaltender at Wilfrid Laurier University through her undergraduate and Masters degrees. While at Laurier she was named the Team’s Rookie of the Year 2008 and Team MVP in 2010 and was a two-time OUA MVP and four-time OUA All-Star. With the Golden Hawks, she won two OUA Gold medals and one OUA Silver medal. Hanna is an internationally rated Women’s Lacrosse Official, having participating in the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup and Asia Pacific Championships in 2017. This is Hanna’s 5thseason with Evolve!
COACH ANNABEL CHILD
Annabel has been playing lacrosse for 10 years, and was a midfielder for the U19 Team Canada that won the Silver Medal at the 2019 World Championships. Annabel is currently in her grade 12 year at the Hill Academy and is a memeber of the Oakville Lady Hawks Club team. She was also a member of Team Ontario at the u17 and u19 levels and won a National Championship with them in 2108. Annabel is verball committed to play Division I lacrosse at Harvard University. This will be her first year coaching Evolve. She was a member of the Evolve U15 team back in 2015
COACH BRITTANY FENNEY
Brittany graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2017 where she played 4 years of NCAA Division 1 lacrosse. She has coached the U19 girl's lacrosse team for the Mississauga Trilliums during the summer of 2013. She has also helped coach the Mississauga Secondary School girls lacrosse team in the spring 2014. Brittany played U19 lacrosse with the Mississauga Trilliums and Mimico Mountaineers. Played senior with the Brampton Excelsiors for the past 3 seasons. Brittany is registered nurse. This is Brittany’s second season with Evolve.
COACH LEXI DOHERTY
Lexi graduated for Everest Academy in 2014 as Varsity Female Athlete of the Year. She was recruited to play Division II NCAA at Mercyhurst University. Lexi has been coaching for the Oakville Lady Hawks for the last 5 years at different age levels. The last 3 seasons as the Head Coach for the U19 program and has medaled in A division. In 2018 she received the Coach of the Year award voted on by the OWFL board of directors. Lexi has also coached Holy Trinity’s High School Lacrosse and has been a convenor for the Lady Hawks house league program. Last Fall season Lexi coached our grade 9 team. This will be her second season coaching with Evolve.
COACH AMELIA PEDWELL
Amelia just finished her senior year at NCAA Division 1 Jacksonville University where she was a student assistant coach for the women’s lacrosse team and athlete for three years prior. Amelia is from St Catharines, Ontario, Canada and began playing at the age of 8. She decided to pursue an education in Florida, USA while playing D1 lacrosse. She has been involved in coaching for Oakville Lady Hawks, Team Ontario, and St. Catharines Athletics. Amelia was a captain for Team Ontario in 2013 and 2014, while being on the U19 Team Canada training roster in 2014. With quite a bit of experience from coaching and playing, she is excited to spread her love of lacrosse with others through the evolve program. This will be Amelia’s first season coaching with Evolve.
COACH KATELYN GARDNER
Katelyn has played both at the OUA level with the University of Toronto and at the provincial level with Team Ontario. She has many years of experience coaching with Team Ontario and the Toronto Beaches club with all age groups. This is Katelyn’s first season with Evolve.
COACH REAGAN WILSON
Raegan has over 11 years of playing experience. She is a proud member of the U19 Canadian Team that will complete at the 2019 World Championships in Peterborough August 2019. Raegan attended high school at The Hill Academy. Her club team is The Oakville Lady Hawks. She was a member of Team Ontario both at the U15 and U19 level winning a National Championship in 2017. This is Raegan’s first season with Evolve.
COACH CASSIDY ECKERT
Cassidy has over 9 years of playing experience. She is a proud member of U19 Team Canada as goalie that will complete at the 2019 World Championships in Peterborough of August 2019. Cassidy attended high school at The Hill Academy Her club team is The Oakville Lady Hawks. She was a member of Team Ontario both at the U15 and U19 level winning a National Championship in 2017. This is Raegan’s first season with Evolve.
CASSIDY ECKERT AND HANNA BURNETT