South Girls Coaches

91 NJ Girls Coaches

 

Rob Grella

Rob Grella’s dedication to the lacrosse community has made him one of the most well known girl’s lacrosse coaches in the Tri-State area. Starting at Summit High School, Grella was a coach for both the boys and girls Varsity programs from 2004-2010.

In that time, Grella was named Union County Coach of the Year twice and led the girl’s team to three straight Union County Championships while also earning appearances in three New Jersey State Sectional Finals.

In 2011, Rob Grella was appointed Head Coach for the Adelphi University Women’s Lacrosse Team. During his time at Adelphi, Grella led the team to an impressive 56 wins and only 6 losses, three NCAA tournament appearances, two NE-10 Conference Championships and a NCAA DII National Championship title. Over three years, Grella coached 20 All-Conference players, 11 IWCLA All Americans, two NE-10 Conference Player of the Year, and NCAA Defensive Player of the Year. Grella’s most prestigious award while coaching at the college level was when he was awarded NCAA National Coach of the Year.

A 1997 and 2004 graduate of Adelphi University, Grella was a two-time First-Team All-American for the Panthers, helping the team to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II National Final. He was also named the NCAA Division II Attackman and Player of the Year in 1996 and played in the Division I USILA North/South All-Star game in 1997. Grella also left his mark on the Adelphi record books, where he currently sits second on the Division II list in single season goals with 59 and third on the career goals list with 140. He was also honored with induction into the Adelphi Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

Grella currently is the Head Boy’s Varsity Coach at Middletown High School South. 


Devan Crimi

Devan Crimi was a four year starter for Adelphi University’s Women’s Lacrosse Team. During her time at Adelphi, she won 2 NCAA National Championships and 3 Northeast 10 Conference Championships. Crimi was a 2x IWLCA First Team All-American, 3x Northeast 10 First Team All Conference member and earned a spot on the NCAA National Championship Tournament Team in 2014.

Crimi shined on a national level. In 2014, Crimi earned a spot on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, which names the top 50 players in all of Division I, II and III. She was the statistical leader for assists and goals in Division II during the 2013 & 2014 season. Lacrosse Magazine also recognized Crimi in 2012 and 2013 as a Preseason Player of the Year Nominee.

During Devan’s senior season, she was chosen as the Northeast 10 Conference Lacrosse Player of the Year, ECAC Division II Player of the Year, ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, Senior All-Star Team selection and Adelphi University’s Female Athlete of the Year. A Northeast 10 Conference Woman of the Year and NCAA DII Woman of the Year finalist, Crimi was a force to be reckoned with in 2014.  Devan not only left a footprint nation and conference wide, but also in the Adelphi University record books. Crimi broke Adelphi’s record for goals in a single season (83) as well as tied the record for points in a career (380).  

A team MVP and 2 year Team Captain, Devan started her legacy early when Adelphi University honored her as the Sophomore Female Athlete of the Year.

Devan shined both on the field and in the classroom.  Devan was a CoSIDA Captial One Academic All American and a 2x CoSIDA Capital One Academic All District member. She was a four-year member of the Northeast 10 Conference Commissioner Honor Roll and a four-year member of the Northeast 10 Academic All Conference.  Crimi tops off her student-athlete accolades by being named ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2014 as well as receiving the Northeast 10 Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award.

Devan has spread her knowledge of the game to younger athletes across the Tri-State area over the past decade. She has coached numerous recreational programs such Garden City Youth Lax, Shore Regional Lacrosse, Middletown Griffins and Little Silver Lacrosse. Devan’s travel team experience ranges from coaching for the Long Island Yellow Jackets, as well as serving as the Director for United Lacrosse.

Devan currently is the Head Varsity Coach for the Middletown Girl’s lacrosse team. In 2016, Crimi brought the team to their first ever state playoff appearance and holds the program record for most wins in a season.


Sam Dowling

Sam attended Governor Livingston High School and her main sports were basketball and lacrosse. She went on to play basketball at McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) and graduated in 2016. Sam come from a family of coaches of all sports that have always had a love for lacrosse. She has been with the Emerald's club program since 2015 coaching anywhere from 5th through 8th grade. In 2017 Sam volunteered as the assistant varsity coach and goalie coach at Governor Livingston high school. Currently she is the head JV and assistant Varsity coach at Morristown Beard High school.


Meg Farrell

Meg Farrell is a junior at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She is in a 5-year accelerated master’s program for occupational therapy.

Meg played lacrosse her freshman year at Scranton. Unfortunately, due to injury she was forced to discontinue her college lacrosse career. Prior to college Meg attended Colts Neck High School and played lacrosse all 4 years and was a captain her senior year. Her junior year of high school she was named MVP.

Meg has been a lacrosse coach for the past 3 years. She have coached many different age groups from 3rd and 4th graders up through rising sophomores.


Kate Kinsella 

Kate Kinsella went to Wall High School and played lacrosse and soccer all four years. She was a four year starter and a captain her senior year for lacrosse. Kate was first team all state group 3 her junior and senior year, and first team all shore conference her junior and senior year. She  was coast star offensive player of the year 2014,15&16. Kate ended her High School  career with 275 goals, 124 assists, 399 points and 125 draw controls.
Kate now goes to Mount St Mary’s University in MD and studying for a dual major in Business and Sports Management. She plays attack and her freshman year she started in every game. Kate had 26 points, 19 goals and 7 assists as a freshman. As a sophomore Kate takes the draw and plays attack.  


Greer Novak

Greer Novak is currently in her sixth season as head coach for the Middletown South Girls Lacrosse Team. Novak also coaches field hockey in the Middletown school district and is a sixth and seventh grade teacher. Prior to working in Middletown, Novak coached under Lisa Caprioni at Red Bank Catholic for three years. During this time, Novak also dedicated her summers as a travel coach for Team United. Currently, Novak spends a portion of her summers running the Rumson Country Club Summer Camp as their director. 

Novak earned her Masters in the Art of Teaching English in 2012 from Monmouth University. Before this, she attended the University of South Carolina and graduated in 2009. There she also played club lacrosse and was named captain her senior year. Novak graduated from Red Bank Catholic in 2005, where she was a three year varsity starter. 

Now, as a mom to be, Greer Novak is thrilled to coach the 2025 team for Team 91. She looks forward to a successful summer with the girls and hopes to share her experience, passion, and love for the game of the lacrosse. 


Birdie Montes

Birdie Montes played Lacrosse and Basketball through all four years of High school. She was a Varsity Lacrosse starter for all four years and was a captain her Junior and Senior year. 


Birdie now attends the University of Hartford in CT and is studying for a major in Psychology and a minor in Business. As a Freshman she is playing defense and midfield and is helping create history by being apart of the 2018 Hartford Women’s Lacrosse Inaugural Season.


Lauren Greenwood

Lauren Greenwood is a Point Pleasant Borough graduate and was a 3 year starter on their Women's Lacrosse team. She also held the position of Captain and was named MVP. After high school Lauren played at Georgian Court University where she was named the 2011 USA College Lacrosse D2 2nd Team All American, 2010 and 2011 GCU Team Captain, and she also played on the 2009 and 2010 All- Tournament Team. Along with these accomplishments she also received the 2011 GCU NAGWS Woman of the Year Award. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Lauren was First Team All-Conference and in 2010 and 2011 she was on the CACC Champions Team. Lauren graduated with a Masters of Arts in Education- Autism in 2018. 

While in college Lauren was named B-South Champions for the 1st time ever for Point Pleasant Borough. This is currently her 3rd year coaching at Point Pleasant Borough and she is also teaching Special Education and Math at Middletown High School South.