Staff & Coaches

Meet the staff and coaches of Detroit United Lacrosse.

Summer Aldred

Girls Program Director

Summer Aldred co-founded Detroit United Lacrosse, and currently serves as the Girls Program Director and Media Director. ​During the day, Summer works as the a farmer and agriculture educator at Bowers School Farm.

Growing up, lacrosse was not a sport that Summer had access to due to regional and financial constrictions. Due to this experience, she believes in providing as many opportunities for success to youth as possible, especially to young women.  After attending Denison University, where she learned the sport and was employed as a student-coach, ​she returned to Detroit. Summer is currently using up her eligibility and is playing WLCA lacrosse at Oakland University. Summer was the Head Coach for Athens High School JV Women's lacrosse and is the Varsity Head Coach at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Summer is a US Lacrosse Level 1 Certified Coach.

Have questions about Detroit United's Girls Program or about the sport of women's lacrosse? You can reach Coach Summer at summer@detroitunitedlacrosse.org.

Christianne Malone

Youth Program Director

Christianne Malone is a leader in Detroit’s renaissance through her work on and off the field. By day she serves as the deputy director of Build Institute where she assists local entrepreneurs with their ideas and small business development. After work she is a Program Director for Detroit United Lacrosse.

Christianne began playing lacrosse in 6th grade and has been involved with the sport ever since. Playing in middle school, high school and two years club in college, lacrosse has been a part of her life. After graduating from Xavier University (OH), she returned back to Michigan and began coaching high school lacrosse at Grosse Pointe North High School, where she coached at the JV and varsity level for 10 seasons.

Guided by a bigger calling to grow the game and diversify the sport, Christianne founded Detroit City Lacrosse, the city’s first lacrosse program. Detroit City Lacrosse later combined with Detroit United Lacrosse in the spring of 2019 to create a citywide youth organization dedicated to developing student athletes of character and integrity who will serve as positive members of the community. Chris is a US Lacrosse Level 3 Certified Coach.

An active professional, she sits on the US Lacrosse Board of Directors, the Michigan Chapter of US Lacrosse, is a member of the Detroit Recreation Advisory Commission and is on the board Metro Museum of Design Detroit. She also sits on the Detroit Police Athletic League Women’s Committee, a group dedicated to getting more girls involved with sports. You can contact Chris at chris@detroitunitedlacrosse.org.

Liam McIlroy

Boys Program Director

Liam McIlroy, or “Coach Mac” as we like to call him, is a fellow Co-founder and acting Boys Program Director at Detroit United. Aside from his work with Detroit United Lacrosse, Coach Mac is the Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Cass Technical High School. After his first season with Cass Tech, Coach Mac received the 2019 “Man of the Year” award, an honor voted on by the Michigan High School Lacrosse Coaches Association.

 

A life-long football player, Coach Mac was first introduced to lacrosse in 7th grade and has developed a growing passion for the game ever since. Although receiving all-state lacrosse honors in high school and the opportunity to play collegiate lacrosse, Coach Mac inevitably chose to play collegiate football (Division III, Denison University) as a running back. His love for the game of lacrosse, however, never wavered as he privately trained youth lacrosse players in Metro Detroit.

In 2018, Coach Mac co-founded Detroit Youth Lacrosse, a small community program that assembled the first ever team of youth players (ages 7-13) from the city to compete in lacrosse games and tournaments across Metro Detroit. Pursuing a greater vision of youth lacrosse in city, Coach Mac was excited to team up with Ophelia Epps, Summer Aldred, and Christianne Malone to form Detroit United Lacrosse, which will achieve that vision by first building the necessary foundation for sustainable growth of lacrosse in the schools, communities, and neighborhoods of Detroit. Coach Mac takes pride in the belief that the “United” in Detroit United Lacrosse embodies the ability of this spiritual game to unify the diverse neighborhoods and communities that represent Detroit. Liam is a US Lacrosse Level 1 Certified Coach.

He can be contacted at coachmac@detroitunitedlacrosse.org

Christina Arens

Assistant Program Director

Christina started playing lacrosse in the 3rd grade, and has since had a 15 year career in the sport. Graduating from Bloomfield High School, she went onto play for the University of Michigan Club Lacrosse team my freshman year of college where she won 2 National Championships (2015, 2018) Her involvement with Bloomfield Lacrosse came full circle last year when she became the Bloomfield Hills High School Varsity Assistant Coach. She started a Master’s program at Wayne State University in the fall of 2018, which led me to lacrosse in the city of Detroit. She is so excited to help coach students of all ages in the city, and as her grandpa graduated from Cass Tech in the early 1950s she is thrilled to give back. There is no greater feeling as a coach than seeing a sport that means so much to her also have a positive impact on her players. She can’t wait to see where this sport goes in the city! Christina is currently a medical student at MSU COM and is a Level 2 Certified Coach.

She can be reached at christina@detroitunitedlacrosse.org.

Ashlee Brown

Assistant Coach & Fundraising Coordinator

Coach Ashlee was introduced to lacrosse at Howard University where she found the love, passion and beauty of the sport. She went on to play four years of Division 1 Lacrosse for Howard and graduated with a degree in Biology. Coach Ashlee currently works for the State of Michigan & owns her own home-based bakery, The Sweet Life. Ashlee has been involved in the Detroit lacrosse scene since 2018, being instrumental in both the growth and development of Detroit Youth Lacrosse and Detroit United Lacrosse.

Nick Pietras

Assistant Creative Director

Nick Pietras has been coaching lacrosse in the city of Detroit since 2019. He currently serves as the assistant creative director creating content and helping  manage the image of Detroit United. Nick is currently attending Lourdes University pursuing a double major in marketing and business administration.
His lacrosse career began his freshman year of high school back in 2014, where he was a midfielder on the varsity program for Paul K. Cousino High School. By the end of his high school career, Nick was a three time Patriot Spirit Award winner, one time Most Improved Player, two time Most Valuable Player, and First-Team All-County accolades. Over the course of his senior year, Nick would tear both of his ACL’s  leaving him to miss his senior season. He would play for the Lourdes University Gray Wolves for one year before his lingering knee injuries would abruptly end his college career. This is where his coaching career officially began as he became the offensive coordinator for his alma mater, Cousino High School. He would be one of the main influencers in the creation of Warren Consolidated Schools joint high school program and would oversee fundraising, marketing, and design endeavors. Six months later, Nick would be brought to Detroit to join the Cass Tech High School men’s lacrosse coaching staff as the defensive coordinator.
Nick can be contacted at

nick@detroitunitedlacrosse.org

Gabi Larkin

Volunteer Coach 

Gabi has been an assistant coach with us since 2019. Gabi played lacrosse at Lawrence Tech University, and has been a great asset to our youth programming.

Alyssa Melotik

Volunteer Coach

Through coaching Alyssa wants to provide a positive environment for players to look forward to coming to everyday. Through experiences in playing and coaching she grew to learn playing sports provides so much more than just physical and health benefits. She believes athletics build confidence, creativity, and leadership skills that stick with you forever. She graduated from Lawrence Tech in 2018 where she played lacrosse and earned a B.S. of Industrial Design and currently works at Ford as a designer. She is currently a Varsity Assistant Coach at Cass Technical High School.

Paige Holcomb

Volunteer Coach

Paige is from Portage Michigan, started playing lacrosse in 7th grade. She went to Lawerence Tech to study Architecture, and  joined their inaugural woman’s lacrosse team in 2013, she  played for 4 years and in that time we went from a band new team to playing in the NAIA national championship game! (Sadly they lost to SCAAD). She currently lives in Detroit and works full time at SmithGroup which is an Architecture Engineering firm downtown, and she is going to Grad school part time. 

Lacrosse has brought her some of my best friends, so many great memories, and a way to help pay for school. She hopes she can help give the same opportunities to the girls we coach!

Steve Szostak

Volunteer Coach

Coach Steve is from Austin, TX and he got involved in Detroit lacrosse through our adult men's league, Detroit MLL in 2018 by helping out with Detroit Youth Lacrosse. Steve studies business at UM-Dearborn, where he also plays lacrosse. ​

He has played for 10 years now, from high school to semi pro box with the Detroit Hooligans. He looks forward to be a part of Detroit United for the rest of his life.

David Elam

Volunteer Coach

The Baltimore, MD native went to Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA in high school and led his team in scoring for all four years. He went on to play at The United States Military Academy at West Point prep, Drew University, and as the president of the Harvard Club lacrosse team. He scored 18 goals in 10 starts as a Freshman and earned 1st team All-NECLL twice. He finished his career with 43 goals and 18 assists (68 points) in 26 career games. David has previously coached at The Lovett School and with Team Georgia. He currently serves as Managing Director at Amphion Advisors and resides in Detroit.

Latrell Louie

Volunteer Coach

Coach Louie began playing organized lacrosse in high school (L’Anse Creuse HS, MI) and continued his career at the Division 3 level playing for Olivet College. Carrying a deep of love the game Coach Louie has been volunteer coaching in Detroit for the past 3 years, most recently assisting with Detroit Cass Tech and our Detroit Panthers lacrosse club. A LSM (Long-Stick Midfielder) by trade, Latrell looks forward to continuing to volunteer and coach in Detroit for years to come.

Max Peyton

Volunteer Coach 

Coach Max played 4years of varsity lacrosse as an Attackman for Grosse Pointe North HS, graduating in 2018. Currently, Max is a junior accounting major at the University of Detroit Mercy where he plays Attack for their NCAA Division 1 lacrosse team. Coach Max began volunteering with Detroit United in the summer of 2020, specifically working with the offensive players. Coach Max’s favorite part of coaching with United is being around coaching young men and getting to compete and teach every session.

Joe Williams

Volunteer Coach

Joe Williams is an assistant coach for Detroit United Lacrosse as well as for the Cass Technical High School lacrosse program.

 

He is very passionate about the sport of lacrosse as well as the city of Detroit. He started playing lacrosse at age 11, and played defensive middie until high school. At Detroit Catholic Central High School, he played goalie for all four years and earned All-Region honors his senior year.Coach Joe went on to attend Hope College, where he was a four-year letterwinner with the Flying Dutchmen. During his senior year, he was part of the first Hope lacrosse team to win a regular season conference championship

 

.Coach Joe is currently pursuing a dual Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and works as an analyst for Global Health Services Network. In addition to lacrosse, Joe is also passionate about the sport of team handball, and is the president and owner of the Detroit Handball Club

Darius Bowling

Volunteer Coach

Darius graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA degree in International Studies and a minor in General Business. He was an LSM/Close Defensemen for the Buckeyes and in 2013 became ECAC Conference champion advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals that year. Darius earned ECAC Specialist of the Week honors in win over Penn St (3/5/13) and in 2014 was honored as a Pre-season Honorable Mention All-American for the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook. Darius has previously coached at Cambridge High School in Milton, GA for 4 years, prior to moving to Detroit in 2019.

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