Staff & Coaches

Meet the staff and coaches of Detroit United Lacrosse.

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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 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 and Assistant Varsity Coach at Cranbrook Kingswood. Summer is a US Lacrosse Certified Coach. Summer is the Head Coach for the Girls Panthers program in the summer and a site coordinator for Detroit City Recreational Lacrosse

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.

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Christianne Malone

Youth Program Director

Christianne Malone is a leader in Detroit’s renaissance through her work on and off the field. 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.

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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. Christina is the Head Coach of the girls Panthers program in Fall-Spring.

She can be reached at christina@detroitunitedlacrosse.org.

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Nick Pietras

Interim Boys Program Director &

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

Coaching Staff

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Adrienne Anderson

Girls Panthers Coach

Adrienne started playing lacrosse her freshman year of high school in Southern California. She went on to play Division I at Stanford University, where she was named IWLCA All-America Third Team (2015), IWLCA All West/Midwest Region First Team (2015), All Conference First Team (MPSF 2014-2016), MPSF All-Tournament Team (2014-2016), MPSF All-Academic Team (2014-2016), and HEADstrong Foundation Nick Collelouri Memorial Award Winner (2015). Throughout college, Adrienne coached for XTEAM and Team OC Lacrosse, teams focused on increasing playing opportunities for girls from “non-traditional” lacrosse areas.

 

After graduating from Stanford, Adrienne moved to Detroit where she now works at Rock Central as a Project Manager for their legal team.  She is thrilled to get back to coaching and join the Detroit United team, excited to share her love for the sport and bring new players to the game in Detroit.

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Tyra Saverson

Girls Panthers Coach

Tyra Saverson grew up in Houston, TX where she played lacrosse through middle school and high school before she moved to Washington, D.C. for college and continued to play through rec leagues. Tyra attended Howard University and graduated in May 2019 with a degree in Supply Chain Management. Currently, Tyra works for General Motors as part of their Global Purchasing and Supply Chain TRACK rotational program. She’s super excited to coach for Detroit United, and says “there’s no better way to spend a summer than being in community with others while coaching/playing lacrosse!

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Thomas McMaster

Boys Panthers Coach

I have been playing lacrosse since I was in the fourth grade and played throughout my four years of college at Denison University. I have coached at the club level for a number of years and am currently the defensive coordinator for Perrysburg Mens' lacrosse. I currently attend medical school at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and will be beginning my M3 year in May. I am excited to help coach with Detroit United to keep on growing the game in Southeastern Michigan where I am originally from! I can't wait to share my passion for the game with the Detroit United family.

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Thomas Burns

Boys Goalie Coach

I have been playing lacrosse since I was little, including at U of D Jesuit and now at Alma College as a freshman. Currently I’m studying psychology and political science in college. I coach at Detroit United because I want to help others receive the same amazing experiences I have had while playing lacrosse.

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Deshaun Ormond

Boys Panthers Coach

DeShaun Ormond began started playing lacrosse in middle school in Northern Virginia. He continued playing lacrosse at Coker College a Division II School. There he helped propel his team to a regular season championship and went on to break the school record for the most caused turnovers in a season. After graduating he traveled overseas to obtain his Masters and helped develop the University of Essex’s Men’s and Women’s lacrosse team. 

 

DeShaun recently moved to Detroit where he now works at Plante Moran as a Sr. Cybersecurity Consultant. He joined the Detroit United team shortly after and is eager to share his knowledge and passion for the game! 

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Lauren Karmo

Girls Panthers Coach

Lauren Karmo is a volunteer coach for Detroit United Lacrosse Panthers Girls and youth programs. An athletic kid, Lauren picked up the sport in high school and has continued to play through college at Oakland University, where she currently attends. She has been coaching lacrosse since she was 18, when she was employed by her alma mater Rochester High School. She currently serves as their JV head coach. Her other coaching experiences include running clinics through All American and assistant coaching the Michigan Motion high school girls club team.

In addition to Lauren’s love of lacrosse, she is a journalism and writing major and plans to pursue a career in that field after graduation. Through her work at Detroit United, she hopes to grow the game and provide the accessibility to lacrosse that she didn’t have growing up

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Damien Butler

Girls Panthers Coach

Coach Damien L. Butler is a retired Army Finance Officer who began mentoring and coaching over two decades ago while in the US Air Force, continuing later as he transferred to the Army Reserve. While in reserve status he taught and coached in the Washington DC area.  He has coached athletes at all levels, including time with the University of Maryland Strength and Conditioning Staff. In 2018 Coach Damien led the Arlington Falcons Lacrosse Club to the Illinois JV Club State Championship. He has organized and run youth lacrosse clinics and continues to play and learn the game in new ways from top players and coaches. Coach Damien believes his playing time combined with my years of coaching and leading young people will help get the necessary skills and effort out of our team. 

 

Coach Damien is currently a JROTC Instructor in Taylor, Michigan and is the Head Coach of the Girls Lacrosse program at Salem High School in Canton. Besides the love of the game he is looking forward to growing the game of lacrosse with the next generation of leaders and athletes. Take a look at what Coach Damien is up to, visit themanifestone.org and follow him all over social media @damienlbutler.

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Caley Bogolawski

Girls Panthers Coach

Caley grew up in Danbury, CT and began playing lacrosse in 6th grade. Caley went on to play lacrosse at The Taft School and continued at the college level as a member of the George Washington University Women’s Club team, for which she served as captain her junior and senior year. 

Caley graduated from George Washington University in 2020 with a degree in Neuroscience and is currently a first year student at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is excited to share her passion and love for lacrosse as a coach for Detroit United and believes there’s nothing better than being a part of a team!

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History

Detroit United Lacrosse was started in spring of 2019 by co-founders Christianne Malone, Summer Aldred, Liam McIlroy, Ophelia Epps, and Ashlee Brown. To learn more, go to the history page!