Coaching Staff

Melissa Pearsall Gyllenborg

Owner, Program Director, Head Coach

Kate Haffenreffer

Youth Program Director, Youth Coach

Parrisa Sakinejad

 High School Coach

Coaching Experience:

  • McKendree University (DII), Head Coach, 2014-present

    • 2017 GLIAC Coach Of The Year​

    • 2017 GLIAC Conference Champions

  • Siena College (DI), Head Coach, 2013-2014

  • Colgate University (DI), Assistant Coach, 2010-2013

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (DIII), Assistant Coach 2007-2010

    • IWLCA Assistant Coach Of The Year

Playing Experience:

  • Syracuse University, 2003-2007

    • 2007 Big East Champions​

Education:

  • Roberts Wesleyan, M.S. School Psychology

  • Syracuse University, B.A. Psychology

Coaching Experience:

  • Red Skirts Lacrosse Club (K-8th grade), Owner, and Director, 2015-2020

  •  Mary Institute Saint Louis Country Day School, Varsity Head Coach, 2016- present

    • MO State Champions- 2017, 2018

    • 2017 MO HS Coach of the Year

  • Villa Duchesne, Varsity Head Coach, 14-15

  • Mary Institute Saint Louis Country Day School, Middle School Lacrosse Coordinator & Coach, 2013

  • Dana Hall School (Wellesley, MA), Varsity Assistant & JV Head Coach, 2004-05

 

Playing Experience:

  • Dartmouth College, 2001- 2004

    • Ivy League Champions- 2001, 2003

    • 2nd Team All-Ivy, 2003

    • 1st Team Regional All-American, 2004

Education:

  • Lesley University, M.Ed.

  • Dartmouth College, A.B., Sociology 

Coaching Experience:

  • McKendree University (DII), Graduate Assistant Coach, 2017-2019

  • Tampa Elite Club High School Head Coach, 2015-2017

  • Lakeland High School Volunteer Coach, 2016-2017

  • Reber Lacrosse Coach, 2014-2017

Playing Experience:

  • Florida Southern College (DII), 2013-2017

  • 2016 Division II National Champion & Runner-Up 2017

  • 3X Sunshine State Conference Champion

  • IWLCA All-South Second Team

  • All-Independent First Team

  • Sunshine State Conference All-Tournament Team

Education:

  • McKendree University, M.B.A

  • Florida Southern College, B.S. Healthcare Administration

Taylor Hartwick

Middle School Coach

Coaching Experience:

  •  NWA Black Diamonds Assistant Coach, 2017

  • Lou Fusz Youth Coach, 2017-2018

Playing Experience:

  • McKendree University (DII), 2014-2018

  • 2018 GLIAC 2nd Team All-League, Defense

  • GLIAC All Academic Team

  • 2017 GLIAC Conference Champion 

Education:

  • McKendree University, B.A. Psychology, Leadership Minor

 

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Abby Kushina

Middle School Coach

Coaching Experience:

  • Kirkwood High School Head JV and Varsity Assistant Coach, 2020-Current

  • Visitation Academy Head JV and Varsity Assistant, 2019

Playing Experience:​

  • Illinois Wesleyan University (DIII), 2014-2018

  • Offensive MVP, 2015

  • 2x CCIW Tournament Champion

  • 2017 DIII NCAA Tournament 2nd Round

  • 2018 DIII NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen

  • 4th in career pts and 3rd in career goals for IWU

Education:

  • Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A. English Writing, minor in Women and Gender Studies

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Carly Shisler

High School Coach

Coaching Experience:

  • McKendree University (DII), Graduate Assistant Coach, 2019-Present

  • New Wave Club Coach U15 & U11, 2016-2017

  • Players 360 Club Coach, 2019

  • True Lacrosse Club Youth Assistant, 2015

Playing Experience:

  • Grand Valley State University, 2015-2019

  • 2019 GLIAC Midfielder of the year

  • 82x GLIAC Player of the week

  • First Team All-GLIAC Midfielder

  • First Team All-Region Midfielder

  • GLIAC All-Tournament Team

  • 2019 IWLCA Senior All-Star Game

  • Laker Legacy Award Winner

Education:

  • Grand Valley State University, BA, Business Administration

Ellis Chalfant

Goalie Coach

Lauren Neighbors

Fall League Coach

Coaching Experience:

  • Belleville West High School Assistant Coach, 2017-2018

Playing Experience:

  • McKendree University (DII), 2013-2017

  • 2017 GLIAC Conference Champion

  • Neighbors Award Recipient, 2017-2018

Education:

  • McKendree University, MBA

  • McKendree University, B.A.  Organizational Communication, Emphasis in Marketing and Minor in Leadership