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.

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.

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

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