STARS Leadership

Kathy Jenkins (Chairman of Lacrosse)

 

Coach Jenkins is one of the winningest coaches in women's lacrosse and has been a leader in girls’ sports for more than 43 years. Currently, she is the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School. In 2019, she reached a remarkable milestone, with her 800th career win.  According to national and local lacrosse records, only one other girl's lacrosse coach in the nation is believed to have surpassed 600 wins.
 
Kathy Jenkins joined the faculty at St. Agnes School in 1971 and co-founded the girl's lacrosse program with Alix Fellows in 1976. Over the past 41 seasons, she has developed one of the most successful girl's lacrosse programs in the country. Her teams have won 24 conference tournament championships, 21 league titles, six state titles, and have had eight undefeated seasons. She has sent hundreds of athletes on to play at the college level and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Potomac and Virginia chapters of US Lacrosse.

 

Coach Jenkins is recognized for her work with other schools and organizations to increase interest, participation, and support for girls lacrosse in the Virginia-Maryland-Washington, D.C. area, and nationally. She is the founder and current Director of STARS Lacrosse Club and also founded and helped grow Capital Lacrosse Club in 2005. She has served on numerous boards, while coaching and mentoring athletes through clinics, camps, and awards programs, including:

  • The US Lacrosse Coaches’ Council; the US Lacrosse-Potomac Chapter Hall of Fame Committee; and the Tewaaraton Trophy Award Foundation.

  • Committees for the National School Girls Lacrosse Tournament, All-American selections, Under Armour All-Star Game, and the HLA Foundation.

  • The Triple Threat summer lacrosse camp and has served on various US Lacrosse Boards.

 

Kathy and her husband Henry have four children, Ande, Brooke, Molly and Alec- all have played college lacrosse.

 

Stacey Williams  (Executive Director)

 

Stacey Williams attended Ohio State University where she played both field hockey and lacrosse. Some of her accomplishments include Academic Big Ten, OSU Scholar Athlete, Presidential Leadership Citation, OSU Outstanding Senior Award. She worked and coached field hockey and lacrosse at SSSAS. She is now the Director of the lacrosse program at The St. James. 

Kerry (Hausdorf) McBrearty  (Club Director)

 

Kerry McBrearty became the Club Director in September 2020 after joining the STARS Girls Lacrosse Club as a coach in the Fall of 2019.  

Prior to STARS, McBrearty was the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Bentley University from 2013 to 2018 where she lead the Falcons to four playoff berths in the highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.  While at Bentley, McBrearty was also an Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Bentley from 2016 to 2018. 

Under McBrearty's tutelage, the Falcons had a record setting 2016 season. The team reeled off a program record 11-game winning streak, tied a school record with 13 wins, and advanced to the NE10 semifinals for the first time since 2012. Bentley finished the season ranked 14th in the IWLCA's Division II Top 20 Poll.

 

In 2015, McBrearty led Bentley to a 10-win season overall and a 9-4 mark in the NE-10 as they reached the NE-10 Playoffs for the 2nd straight time to begin her tenure. The team was ranked in the IWCLA's Division II Top-20 Poll nearly the entire season.

In four seasons, McBrearty has a combined record of 39-30 and 33-18 in the NE-10.

McBrearty spent two seasons on the sidelines as the head coach at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  In her time there, McBrearty guided Roger Williams, which competes in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, to the conference playoffs in both seasons at the helm. In her first season (2012), she led RWU to a road playoff win while coaching three All-Conference performers.

Prior to arriving at Roger Williams, McBrearty spent two seasons as the head coach at Queens (N.Y.), which included coaching the Knights during their inaugural varsity season of 2010. She led Queens to a seven-win improvement during her second season in 2011.

Before becoming the head coach at Queens, McBrearty was an assistant coach at Northeast-10 rival American International for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

A 2004 graduate of Springfield College, McBrearty was a three-year member of the women's lacrosse team as a defenseman, and rose to team captain as a senior. She earned her Master's Degree in Athletic Administration from Springfield in 2009.

2020 - 2021 STARS Coaches

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Meagh GrahamVirginia Tech, 2-time captain, first team All-ACC member, ACC All-Academic team, coaches at SSSAS 

Bea Cope: Bea is a 1997 graduate of Randolph-Macon College where she played both lacrosse and field hockey. She has coached for twenty-four years at the youth, middle and high school levels.  She is a former Assistant Director of Stars Lacrosse 2016-2018 and has coached with Stars since 2016, serving as a coach for the 2021 Blue team and the 2024 Blue and Black teams. She also is an assistant Varsity Lacrosse coach at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC (2018-2020). She has coached high school since 1997 (St. Anne’ Belfield School-Charlottesville), started lacrosse program at University School of Nashville (1998-2000), coached at St. Catherine’s School and Collegiate School in Richmond. She holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in both reading and educational policy from Vanderbilt University (2000). While living in Richmond, Virginia, she was extremely involved in the growth of lacrosse.  She also served as the Vice-President of the Richmond Chapter of US Lacrosse from 2015-2016.  She founded two travel lacrosse clubs while in Richmond - Richmond Rapids Lacrosse (3rd-7th grade travel program) in 2013, which morphed into Richmond Strikers Lacrosse (3rd-12th grade travel program) in the fall of 2014. She served as Richmond Strikers first Director of Lacrosse (2014-2015) and Lacrosse Development Director (2015-2016).  She started a sister-exchange program with the Harlem Lacrosse BCLL team in 2014. She helped to start an indoor box league in 2014 with the Richmond Police Athletic League and the Randolph-Macon College and VCU lacrosse teams, which offered league play for second grade to eighth-grade players. She is also US Lacrosse level three certified and positive coaching alliance certified. 

 

 

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Josie Owen:

Claire Banta:

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Sarah Aschenbach: Played at W&L, Potomac Chapter US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, current Executive Director of the Tewaaraton Foundation, has been involved with Schoolgirls National Tournament and All-American lacrosse, has coached Capital Lacrosse Club, and coached with STARS for several years

Kim Kolarik:

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Jess Lowrance:  Is the Co-Head Coach of 2026 Navy, a current NCAA lacrosse official, and Chair of the Washington Lacrosse Umpire Association (WLUA). She previously served as the JV Coach at St Stephens St Agnes and Varsity Coach at The Potomac School, as well as Program Director and Head Coach of Ultimate PlayHer Sports Travel Lacrosse Team. Jessica, as WLUA Chair sits on the US Lacrosse Potomac Chapter and coaches for Fort Hunt Rec Lacrosse. She is happily married with 3 kids (2 Stars players and one Madlax player) and works as a lobbyist for UPS. 

Megan Curley:

Kat Zempolich:  Kat grew up in Northern Virginia, playing lacrosse at Centreville High School and for the Capital Girl's Lacrosse Club Team. She went on to play defense at Duke University where she was a member of the 2015 Final Four Team. During her time at Duke, she suffered a hip injury and made the switch to attack. Kat received her BA from Duke in Public Policy and went on to get her Masters from Duke's Fuqua School of Business. She currently works as an Associate Buyer and has a passion for retail. In her free time, Kat teaches yoga and just recently adopted a puppy named Bronco. This is Kat's 8th year coaching for a club team and her 1st year with STARS. 

 

 

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Stacey Williams: Ohio State University where she played both field hockey and lacrosse, has coached Capital Lacrosse Club, and has been with STARS for several years. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Shaw: This is Sarah Shaw's third year coaching STARS lacrosse. As an Alexandria, VA native, Sarah grew up a STARS player herself, later moving onto Capital Lacrosse Club while playing at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School. Sarah attended college at the University of Georgia and is now living in Washington D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jordan Harrington: Born and raised in Fairport, NY, Jordan started to play lacrosse in 7th grade. She played Division I lacrosse at American University in Washington, DC and played attack from 2011-2015. Her first year out of college she was the assistant coach for the Varsity team at Holy Child. She is looking forward to the year ahead at STARS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Koestler: Is a native of Buffalo, New York and grew up playing field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse. Thus, Emily attended Mercyhurst University where she majored in Intelligence Studies and Minored in Chinese. Emily was one of the few students at Mercyhurst playing two Division II sports; field hockey and lacrosse. Emily was a four-year starter for field hockey (midfield) and a three-year starter (defense) for lacrosse. She was team captain of both teams and in lacrosse her senior year they won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships for the first time in history. During Emily's senior year, she was awarded Mercyhurst's Sole Senior Female Scholar-Athlete Award. In addition to athletics, Emily mentored through Mercyhurst's Autism Initiative Program (AIM) and received the program's top award for mentorship in her senior year. Furthermore, Emily interned with the Department of Defense (DOD) in her sophomore and junior years of school and accepted a job with the DOD immediately after graduation in 2016, where she is currently working today in DC. Emily began coaching with STARS lacrosse in August 2017, and is currently coaching the NAVY 2027 team. Lastly, Emily earned her Master's degree in National Security and Statecraft Affairs at the Institute of World Politics in May 2020.

 

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Christy Sutherland:  I grew up in the Bay Area, CA playing basketball, soccer, volleyball, and doing competitive show jumping. I did not pick up lacrosse until high school where I fell in love with the game and was named All Conference MVP in 2010 and 2011 and my high school's Senior Most Valuable Athlete in 2011. After high school I decided to play D3 for Claremont McKenna College (class of 2015), where I played Midfield and Attack and was team captain and an All-Conference player. Throughout high school and college, I coached middle school and high school club lacrosse for Stick With It under Coach Amy McCleary, former World Cup coach and 2015 US Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee. I have 7 years of lacrosse coaching experience and this is my third-year coaching for Stars Lacrosse. In addition to coaching I work as a Client Services Manager for Homesnap, a real estate technology company in Bethesda, MD. 

Reagan Newell: Grew up in Northern Virginia area and played crease attack. She played club lacrosse for M&D Black through high school. She then continued her lacrosse career at James Madison University (19’) where she played for 4 years, winning 3 CAA Conference Championships, along with a National Championship in 2018. This will be her third-year coaching club lacrosse. She is also an Assistant Coach at Centreville HS for the varsity lacrosse team. 

 

 

 

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Gracie Chevalier : Gracie played lacrosse at Monmouth University as a starting defender and captain where she coached youth clinics and camps on her off days. She has coached at Bishop Ireton High School, the University of Lynchburg, and has experience coaching numerous other clubs and camps in the DC area. This is Gracie’s third year coaching for Stars and she is excited to build foundational skills and grow the love of the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Wood: Graduated from American University in May of 2020 with a major in Public Policy. Defender on the AU women's lacrosse team. Served as team captain during senior year, helping lead the team to their first undefeated season in the seven-game start before the season was cancelled. Graduated from St. Stephen's St. Agnes in 2016 after winning both the VISAA state championship and ISL championship under coach Kathy Jenkins. Currently working on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant specializing in healthcare. 

 

 

 

 

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Alyssa Umberger: Has been a Stars Lacrosse coach for the past 2 years. She grew up playing lacrosse in Hershey, Pennsylvania and then played at the Division III level at Randolph College. She also has coached junior varsity field hockey and lacrosse at Connelly School of the Holy Child (2017-2018) and Saint Stephens Saint Agnes School (2018-present).  

 

 

 

 

Anne Monahan: Was an All-American, has coached lacrosse for over 40 years, has coached at Sidwell Friends School, coached with The Maderia School, and has been with STARS for several years.

 

Goalie Coaches

 

Meagh Graham

 

Stacey Williams 

Kim Kolarik

 

*Note: Each age group will have a goalie coach at all practices. We have additional part-time goalie coaches in addition to our two head coaches listed above.

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