Westport PAL Girls Lacrosse strives to find coaches with a combination of good lacrosse knowledge, the ability to teach skills and the talent to positively relate to young athletes. We hope to shape the skills and enthusiasm of our players so that they develop a love for the game of lacrosse. Paid coaches, high school varsity athletes and parent volunteers are each utilized in various parts of our program. Each team at each level of the travel program will have two paid coaches leading the team.
All PAL coaches are required to hold several certifications including: CPR/AED/First Aid, National Youth Sports Coaching Alliance (NYSCA), Heads Up Concussion Training and second year coaches must also pass the US Lacrosse Level I or Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Double Goal Coach Certification. In addition, each coach must pass the Connecticut New York Youth Lacrosse Association (CONNY) rules test, pass a criminal background check and be a US Lacrosse member.
Our Coaching Director is Amy Alvord. Amy started her lacrosse career in Simsbury, CT and played in college at Div III William Smith College. Amy was a 3x All-American, senior captain and helped bring the team to four NCAA Championship games. In 2003 Amy moved to Hamburg, Germany to direct a new Women's lacrosse program. Before leaving in '09, she lead the Hamburg Warriors to three back to back National Championship titles, and grew them to be the largest program in continental Europe. Upon her return to the US, she coached Fairfield Ludlowe High School to the Division II State Championship and started her career with Westport PAL. Amy has devoted her coaching skills to youth programs and enters her 6th year as Coaching Director for Westport PAL Girls Lacrosse. In the off season, Amy coaches with the CT Grizzlies club program, runs camps at Staples High School through Gamebreaker Lacrosse and is the Girls Lacrosse Supervisor and Head Coach at Sono Fieldhouse in Norwalk. She's served on the CONNY lacrosse Rules Committee for 2 years and is always happy to help parents navigate the lacrosse world.