Girls Coaches Socal Express
The SoCal Express Girls have a wonderful coaching staff with years of experience to help grow and develop these lacrosse players on and off the field.
2023 Elite Team Coach
Jackie Gilbert - USC (NCAA DI) 2019 Captain
Dan Kirkpatrick - Current Chapman University (NCAA D III) Head Coach
Caitlyn Derry - Denver University Captain 2018
Olivia Smart- Current Edison Co-Head Coach
Olivia Smart graduated in 2015 from Foothill High School. She just finished her
final semester at Cal State Fullerton and has graduated with a degree in Child
and Adolescent Development. Olivia began coaching when she was 17 years
old and coaching has been her passion ever since. Currently, she is the head
coach at Edison High School. In her free time, Olivia enjoys spending time with
her dog, Piper, and going camping with her Dad.
Sam Quilter - Coach Sam Quilter is a Maryland native. Born and raised
in Ocean City, Md, she has been playing since she could walk and
started on a team at age 4! She played four years of varsity at Stephen
Decatur High, winning regional championships and advancing to state
semis 2/4 years and competing for regionals all four years after winning
their conference. She played for the Greene Turtle Travel Team from
age 11-13 and then for Eastern Shore Lacrosse Club all of high school.
She was invited to try-out and selected to play for the Mid-Atlantic
team in the National Tournament summer before her senior year.
She went on to study Math with a specialty in Education and minor in
Athletic Coaching at Salisbury University where she also played under
Coach Nestor for 2.5 years before a back injury forced her early
retirement. At Salisbury, in addition to playing, she was a young life
leader and on leadership for FCA all four years - two organizations
near and dear to her heart. All throughout high school and college she coached youth rec and travel teams and refereed. During her senior year she coached middle and high school at the local private school. After graduation, she moved out to SoCal where she is now the head coach at Northwood High in Irvine, helps coach youth, and is heavily involved at Hillsong OC Church.
Megan Armes - Mission Viejo HS Head Coach / St. Mary's NCAA D I Player
Gaby Fukumura - Pomona College NCAA DIII Player (All American Goalie)
Bob Mezeul - Former Santa Margarita Head Coach and Current UCI
Makenna Pietras - Former SoCal Express Player/Graduate
Ashley Stokes - Colorado University
Alison Cho - Current Canyon Head Coach
Courtney Novak - Current Los Al Head Coach, Chapman University (NCAA D III) Assistant Coach.
Growing up and playing lacrosse in New Jersey from an early age, Courtney
Novak learned the game through playing defense for Watchung Hills
Regional High School (Warren, NJ) and then for Ursinus College
(Collegeville, PA). After suffering a career-ending injury at the end of her
freshman season, she dove into coaching at Spring-Ford High School
(Royersford, PA) as the Head JV/Assistant Varsity Coach for two seasons.
Each summer, Courtney coached for T3 Lacrosse (Basking Ridge, NJ) and fell
in love with coaching. Upon graduation from Ursinus with a degree in
Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Coaching, she moved to Long
Beach, CA to pursue her Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology. While in
Southern California, she became the assistant coach at Los Alamitos High
School for the 2018 season and the following season became the head
coach. After graduating from Long Beach State University in 2019, she
maintained her coaching positions at Los Alamitos and SoCal Express as a
head coach and the College Lacrosse Adviser for the club. She also became
the Girl’s Coordinator for Beach Cities Youth Lacrosse (Los Alamitos, CA) in 2019 and was named the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Chapman University (Orange, CA).
Emily Cabuling -
Coach Cabuling played lacrosse for 14 years and has been coaching at
various levels for over 10. During her time as a player at Concordia
University Irvine, she was a two time All American and captain all four
years while working towards her degree in psychology. Coach Cabuling
has helped athletes with skill development, game knowledge, and
maintaining a positive mentality. Her other passions in life consist of
teaching at the preschool level, going to the beach, and loving her
family and friends.