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 Administrative Director for 313 Lacrosse.
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 was the Head Coach for Athens High School JV Women's lacrosse and will be the Varsity Head Coach for the inaugural season at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Summer is a US Lacrosse Level 1 Certified Coach.
Summer is an avid environmental advocate and currently is the Director of Intersect Environmental Community Organizing, a community organization working to make the environmental movement more accessible through civic engagement primarily among students in Ohio. She additionally is a freelance marketing designer and builds brand management plans and websites in her free time.
Have questions about Detroit United's Girls Program or about the sport of women's lacrosse? You can reach Coach Summer at email@example.com.
Ophelia Epps is a co-founder for Detroit United Lacrosse. Ophelia was born and raised in Detroit on the city’s Eastside. She attended Detroit School of Arts. After graduating with honors, she matriculated to Davenport University where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Marketing Management.
Currently, Ophelia works for Chrysler Corporations as a People Development Facilitator. Over the years, Ophelia has had the opportunity to own and operate different business ventures. While doing all of this, she has been raising two sons, Amir and Aiden, to be advocates for their community. Community means a lot to Ophelia. This non-profit is Ophelia’s way of giving back to her community; providing opportunities that are scarce in the inner city youth. In addition to being a community leader, Ophelia is a Co-Chair member of the UAW Local 7 Community Service Community, a member of the election committee for UAW, as well as Title-One Coordinator for at Cass Tech High School.
You can contact Ophelia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 and a Fitness & Nutrition Educator in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.