91 NJ Girls Coaches
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 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.
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 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.
Amber Neumann started playing lacrosse as a freshman at Brick Memorial High School. By her senior year, her team won their first division championship in school history for A-South. Neumann ended up continuing her lacrosse and academic career at Georgian Court University. Amber is approaching her senior season as the starting goalie for GCU. So far Amber is a two time all conference player and the 2017 CACC tournament MVP. GCU is currently back-to-back CACC champions and going for our third straight undefeated conference season this 2019 season.
Kelly Booth, a Westminster Maryland native, started his lacrosse career with the Gamber Lacrosse Club in Carroll County. In moving to New Jersey in 2001, Kelly followed his passion for lacrosse playing for the RFH Peninsula Lacrosse Program. He was instrumental in establishing the inaugural boy's lacrosse program at Red Bank Catholic High School, receiving the MVP award. Booth continued to play lacrosse at the collegiate level for Misericordia University Cougars.
Kelly has shared his expertise of the game to younger athletes around the Monmouth County area over the past decade. He has coached numerous recreational programs affiliated with the Middletown Griffins, Holmdel Youth, RFH Peninsula, and United Lacrosse.
Starting his coaching career, Kelly worked at Ranny High School as the Head Girls Varsity Coach. He continued coaching at the high school level for Saint John Vianney, Rumson Fair Haven, where he contributed to their success of winning First NJISAA Group Title in 2015. From there, Booth joined the Middletown North program as the Girls JV Lacrosse Coach and is currently the Head Girls Varsity Coach.