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. In 2017, Whit and her family moved to State College, PA and Whit was the Co-Head Coach for the State College Girl’s Varsity high school team. During her time coaching in 2015 through 2017, Whit was the Director of Events for a Non-Profit Global Association, AISAP. In January 2018, Whit and her family moved to Meriden, NH, where she now works and serves as the Assistant Director of College Advising at Kimball Union Academy and Head Coach of the Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team. Whit’s husband, James, is the Men’s Rugby Head Coach at Dartmouth College. Whit, James and their two children, Charlie and Bo, live at Kimball Union Academy, in Meriden, NH.
Nick joined Kimball Union Academy in 2015 as an Associate Director of Admission and the Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Coach. Before moving to Meriden, NH, Nick spent eleven years working in the Admission Office at Portsmouth Abbey School. During his time in Rhode Island Nick coached varsity lacrosse and hockey, in addition to being a dorm head for ninth grade boys.
Nick is from Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Loyola Blakefield where he was the captain of the hockey and lacrosse teams during his senior year. Nick continued his lacrosse career at the University of Notre Dame where he was an accounting major and a goalie on the 1st Notre Dame team to reach the Final Four. After graduating in College in 2003 Nick helped coach Cape Henry Collegiate School to their first ever state championship. While an assistant at Portsmouth Abbey, the lacrosse team won nine league championships in eleven years and three goaltenders were named U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans. In 2014, Nick earned his Masters’ in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.
Nick’s wife, Polly, works in the Advancement Office at Kimball Union Academy. Nick and Polly live on campus in Rowe House where they are co-dorm heads; along with their two daughters Carter and Gracie.
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.
McKeanna Teevens grew up in Idaho where lacrosse wasn't an option until the end of high school, and was only available for boys. She started college in upstate New York where she walked onto the team and started every game for the next two years. She then moved down south to finish her education at the University of North Florida. She has lived in the Upper Valley for almost six years with her husband and two kids. In 2019 she finished her first year coaching for the Lebanon High School girls JV lacrosse team, they went 8-2.
Layne graduated from Northeastern University in 2015, where she studied International Business and Finance. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Layne played for Northeastern Women’s Club Lacrosse team. Upon graduating, Layne lived in Boston and worked in Investment Banking Operations, while also coaching at Northeastern. In 2017 Layne returned to Northeastern and received a Master of Education while working as a coordinator at Harvard Medical School. Layne recently moved back to the U.S. in September and is the Volunteer Assistant Coach at Dartmouth College. She is also a women’s lacrosse NCAA official. Layne lives in Hanover and spends her free time triathlon training, hiking, camping and getting outdoors with friends.
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