Longtime Coach Kristan Ash Named Manager of 3d Mid-Atlantic
Annapolis, Md. — 3d Lacrosse has named longtime coach Kristan Ash the new manager of the Annapolis-based 3d Mid-Atlantic region.
A coach with 3d Lacrosse since 2014, Ash in that time worked as a part-time manager with 3d Mid-Atlantic, assisting in all elements of regional operations, from club registrations, organizing practices and tournament travel to program development and building relationships.
A standout midfielder at Gettysburg College, a four-year starter and eventual team captain, Ash has been involved in coaching and officiating girls lacrosse for many years.
Prior to joining 3d Lacrosse, Ash worked with Lakeshore Lacrosse in the Chicago area as the National Travel Director, building programming and teams that continue to compete on the national stage.
For the past two decades, Ash has been active as a women’s official at the youth, high school and college level, a US Lacrosse youth lacrosse commissioner and coach, a high school coach, and as a lacrosse-specific nutrition coach and recruiting resource.
She earned degrees in biochemical and performance nutrition and she continues to be called on as a speaker and resource on the subjects.
“It’s great to finally welcome Kristan aboard in a full-time capacity,” said 3d Mid-Atlantic Director Spencer Ford.
“She’s a dedicated, hard-working coach and professional who loves the game and is excellent with young players and has been instrumental in the growth of our region so far. We’re excited for what she can do moving forward.”
Most recently, “KAsh”, as she’s called by her fellow coaches, was named head coach of the Riverside High School girls varsity program in Northern Virginia. A new team in 2016, the Rams finished their inaugural season with a 10-5 record.
“Being a part of 3d Lacrosse and the 3d Mid-Atlantic region has been an amazing ride over the last few years as we launched the market, built the girls program from the ground up and are now sharing the game with motivated athletes that want to get better at every training,” Ash said.
“We are very blessed for the support of our Mid-Atlantic families and the trust they have placed in Spencer and me to develop their players and I am most excited about the next steps that we’ll take together as a region.”
Ash will help lead the charge both in the Mid-Atlantic and nationally as 3d Lacrosse looks to increase opportunities for girls lacrosse players to train, compete and be seen by college coaches.
“We are looking forward to expanding 3d Mid-Atlantic girls programming this spring/summer season with additional teams, opportunities to play on multi regional and national teams and building on what is already an incredible coaching team.”
“KAsh,” lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Will, also a coach with 3d Lacrosse, and their three children, Sophie, Sydney and Carter – all of whom play lacrosse. Sophie also coaches for 3d Lacrosse.