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SHANTA LOECKER | CAMP COACH

Shanta Loecker just completed her first season at Colorado Mesa, Division II, taking the program to the second round of the NCAA tournament.  Prior to Colorado Mesa she spent six seasons at Albion College in Michigan, a NCAA Division III program. She led the program to new highs after taking over the program that was winless in 2012 and guiding them to a program record 15-3 mark and a spot in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

During her tenure, the Brits had four Michigan Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association MVP honors, 31 all-MIAA awards and three all-region selections.

In 2014, she was named the offensive coordinator of the Scotland Senior National Team as they prepared for the 2017 FIL Senior Women's World Cup.

Loecker studied mass communications at UCLA, where she started at attack for the Bruins 'A' team from 2003-2006 and was a first team all-league selection.

 

TAYLOR TVEDT | CAMP COACH

Taylor Tvedt (Lehigh '17) enters her first season on the Augsburg University women's lacrosse coaching staff in the 2017-18 school year, serving as a graduate fellow while pursuing her master's degree in Leadership at Augsburg.

Tvedt competed collegiately at Division I Lehigh (Pa.), where she was a three-year starting goalie. A three-time Patriot League Defender of the Week, Tvedt finished her career with an 8.43 goals-against-average, 90 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers, and helped her team improve from a 9-7 record her sophomore year to a 12-5 record her junior year and 12-6 record her senior year. Lehigh reached the Patriot League tournament each of her four seasons, eventually reaching the No. 3 seed her senior year, when she ranked 11th nationally in save percentage (.494).

She has served as a coach for youth and high school lacrosse players for the past four years, most recently serving as the Minnesota Lakers Select co-head coach for elite high school players. She has also coached at several camps, and was an assistant coach for the Cretin-Derham Hall High School girls' lacrosse team in 2015.

 

EMAA CLAIRE FONTENOT | CAMP COACH

Emma Claire Fontenot an Eden Prairie 2013 graduate, Fontenot went on to play for the University of Notre Dame and majored in Pre-Health and Spanish.  A 4 year defensive contributor to the Notre Dame program, in the 2017 season the team went 4-3 in the competitive ACC and gained an at-large bid to the NCAA DI National Tournament.  Fontenot was also the 3rd recipient of the Ms. Lacrosse Award, for her senior season in 2013.  This upcoming spring she will serve as an Assistant Coach at Hamline University. 

 

KAREN HEGGERNES | HEAD COACH AT HAMLINE UNIVESITY

Karen Heggernes just finished her second season as the Head coach for the Hamline University Women’s Lacrosse Team. The team finished the season 15-5, earning the title of Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference champions and earning the conference AQ to the NCAA DIII National Tournament.

Heggernes was one of the founders of Cretin-Derham Hall's program, captaining the team in her junior and senior seasons. She went on to play and serve in an administrative role with the University of Minnesota club team.  In 2009-10, her senior season, she served as team captain and vice president. She was the MVP of the league championship game, an honor she also won her freshman season. She received a Bachelor's Degree there in 2010 and a Masters of Science in 2013 in Kinesiology.

Prior to coming to Hamline, Heggernes coached three seasons as a co-head coach Holy Angels High School varsity team. Moved to Michigan to coach a DIII program and worked with the Detroit Lacrosse Club, coaching girls ranging in age from 10-17. Now co-owner of the Minnesota Lakers Select team and coaching various Camps and Clinics for players and coaches around the Midwest, Heggernes is thrilled to chair an elite camp in the Midwest.

 

KATHRYN KNIPPENBERG | HEAD COACH AT AUGSBURG COLLEGE

Kathryn Knippenberg has served as the head coach for the Augsburg University women's lacrosse team for 4 years.  They finished the 2017 season 12-6, earning a bid the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference playoffs.

Knippenberg was the girls' lacrosse head coach at the Academy of Holy Angels from 2009-2013, and previously was president and team captain (2005-08) for the University of Minnesota's women's lacrosse club team. Knippenberg has also served as a coach for the MN Lakers Select club team and Lacrosse Connections, LLC.

Knippenberg is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she earned her bachelor's in Biology with minors in chemistry and art, and completed her Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology. She is excited to head up this opportunity for players to expand their game and experience phenomenal coaching from outside the Midwest.

 

HILARY DUDA | ASSISTANT COACH AT NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Hilary Duda enters her 2nd season as the Women's Lacrosse Assistant Coach at Northern Michigan University. The Minnetonka, Minn., native is a 2015 graduate of Regis University in Denver, Colo. While at Regis she helped the team to many successful seasons and had a very decorated career as an attacker. Below are a list of her accomplishments.

• 2016 All- Tournament Team
• 2016 All Region Division II second team
• 2016 All RMAC First team
• 2014 All RMAC First Team
• 2014 All RMAC All Tournament Team
• 2013 All- WILCA Second Team
• 2011- First Minnesota Miss Lacrosse

After graduation, Duda joined the Regis coaching staff as a graduate assistant, while completing her masters in Coaching Leadership. This past season she helped Regis capture their second RMAC Tournament Championship in program history with the last one coming in 2014, which Duda was apart of as a player. Regis also made program history by making it to their first NCAA tournament appearance.

In addition, she also spent time coaching with the Summit Lacrosse Club in Denver, Colo

 

PAST CAMP COACHES

KELLY GALLAGHER
FROM UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA

HILLARY DUDA
FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN

CAITLIN FIFIELD
FROM MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY