OUR COMMITMENT

Inspire - Develop - Succeed

Thrive Lacrosse Academy (TLA) was founded in order to provide outstanding coaching and opportunities for girls that want to be their best! We will offer annual fundraising events to keep costs affordable. We are committed to inspiring our athletes to work hard to get to the next level, developing them to reach their full potential, and providing them the tools to succeed. TLA is a family that will empower and encourage each other. Together we will THRIVE. 

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KARA KOOLAGE

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Kara was born and raised in Maryland. She played at Salisbury University where she helped lead her team to 2 NCAA National Championships. After graduating Kara served as an Assistant Coach at Salisbury University and helped lead the Sea Gulls to another National Championship. She also coached at Florida Southern College where she helped lead the Mocs to the National Championship game. She is the previous Head Coach at Fletcher High School and currently serves as an Assistant Coach for the Puerto Rico Senior National Team playing in the World Cup 2022. Kara founded Beach Lacrosse in the Jax Beaches area in 2018.

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JENNA NIEDZWIEDZKI

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Jenna is a South Florida Native that played lacrosse at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and graduated in 2020. She was All an All Conference player in 2018, 2019, & 2020! Jenna currently serves at the Head Coach at Providence High School. She brings outstanding knowledge, passion, and energy to THRIVE!

SARAH ELMS

HIGH SCHOOL COACH

Jacksonville University Player of the Year 2021
ASUN Tournament MVP 2021
Tewaarton Watch List 2022
Inside Lacrosse Mid Season All American 2022
From Severna Park Maryland

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KACY KOOLAGE

MIDDLE SCHOOL COACH

Salisbury University 2015-2017

High Point University 2014

CAC All Conference 2016 & 17

NCAA DIII Semi finalist 2017

Assistant Coach Salisbury Univeristy 2017-2018

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MOLLY BROCK

HIGH SCHOOL COACH

Jacksonville University Midfielder
ASUN Midfielder of the year 2022
NCAA All American Honorable Mention 2022
ASUN Defender of the year 2021
From Rockville, Maryland

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SHELBY BARRETT

MIDDLE SCHOOL COACH

Former D3 athlete & captain - Huntingdon College
Captain UNF 
Assistant Coach Providence High School
From Jax Beach

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NICOLE KUDERSKI

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COACH

St. Mary's College of Maryland 2020

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JENNY KINSEY

OFFENSIVE COACH

Jacksonville University 2022
Jacksonville University 200 career point club
ASUN Preseason Player of the Year 2021
ASUN All Conference

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