Whitaker “Whit” Willocks holds an undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia, where she was a member of the women’s lacrosse team from 2005-2010 and captained the team in 2010. US Lacrosse High School All American, ’03, ’04, and ’05 and three time ACC Champion and NCAA Runner up. After receiving her master’s degree in education at UVA, Whit worked in a technology firm before moving to the Admissions Office and coaching varsity field hockey & lacrosse at Choate Rosemary Hall. She then became the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse coach at Dartmouth College and also served as the Assistant Coach at Hanover High School in 2015 and 2016 and this past 2017 spring was Co-Head Coach for the State College, PA girl’s varsity high school team. For the past five years, Whit has been the Director of Events for a Non-Profit Global Association, AISAP and starting this January will become the Assistant Director of College Advising at KUA and coach the girls Varsity Lacrosse Team. Whit, her husband, James, and their daughter, Charlie, have recently returned to the Upper Valley, as James is the Head Coach for the Dartmouth Men’s Rugby Team. Whit is excited for this new adventure leading ECHO to become the top girls lacrosse program in NH & VT.
Christine Anneberg is a 2004 graduate of Brown University where she was co-captain of the Women’s Lacrosse team. She is currently the varsity assistant coach for the Hanover High Girls Lacrosse program. Christine comes to ECHO and Hanover High by way of the Dartmouth College Women’s Lacrosse program, where she served on the coaching staff in many forms since in 2004. During her time in Hanover, Christine graduated from Dartmouth with a master’s degree in Globalization, as well as oversaw all facets of the Big Green program, working with goalies, defense and attack. During her time at Brown, she was named All-Ivy, North-South Senior All-Star as well as Regional All-American. Christine hails from Denver, Colorado.
Kelsey grew up in Norwich, VT, and played lacrosse at Hanover High School where she captained the team her junior and senior years and earned Honorable Mention All-America status. She then went on to play lacrosse at St. Lawrence University, class of 2011, where she also captained the team her junior and senior years, earned all-conference honors and was named 2nd Team All American by USA College Lacrosse for defense in Division III. After college, Kelsey volunteered in Kenya for the Education For All Children organization, traveled on her own in South America and then moved out to Park City, Utah. She was head coach of the JV Girls Lacrosse Team at Park City High School for 2 years and coached for Utah Mamaci, the top girls’ club lacrosse program in the state for one season. Kelsey now works at the Ray School in Hanover, NH, and coaches lacrosse at Hanover High School.
Hannah Lyons, a Norwich, VT native, played lacrosse at Hanover High School and captained the team her senior year in 2012. Hannah went on to play lacrosse (middie) at Colorado College and majored in Elementary Education. In her four years, the Colorado College Tigers had two NCAA tournament appearances, the first in nine years for the program. In her final season, Hannah was a captain for the Tigers. Hannah is excited to join Empower to share her passion for lacrosse.
As a mid-fielder, Marianne played on the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team and was named captain her senior year, All-American and Academic All-American. She also played for the US Lacrosse Squad for four years. She joined the Dartmouth Women’s Lacrosse coaching staff in 1993 and coached at The College for four years while earning a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies. After a stint coaching and teaching high school English at The Wheeler School in Providence, RI, Marianne taught at Hanover High School and then went on to coach the Hanover High School girls’ lacrosse team for twelve years, winning two New Hampshire Division Two State Titles. She now coaches the 7th/8th grade Hanover girls lacrosse team and has served as Empower’s Director for the last several years.
Chrissy Lushefski played Division I lacrosse at Dartmouth College for four years. Throughout her time there, her team won an Ivy tournament and participated in two NCAA tournaments. Coach Lushefski was awarded the most improved player award her freshman and sophomore year and the Don and Margaret Radasch Award her senior year for extraordinary dedication, true coachability, and an unselfish attitude. She is eager to instill these values in her players.
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