Lucky Lax takes pride in our coaching staff. All Lucky Lax offerings are coached by current and former collegiate lacrosse players, or coaches. All Lucky Lax staff members have a passion for the game with the vision to grow, and develop the players. We focus on providing elite instruction, with knowledgeable coaches, eager to work with today’s youth.

TEAM COACHES

Caroline Eldridge – 2023 Head Coach

Caroline is a Cincinnati Ohio native and played at Anderson High School where she led her team to win three consecutive State Championships. She was a 2-time 1st Team All-State, 3-time 1st Team All-League and 2-time voted MVP. Caroline went on to play for Wittenberg University and graduated in 2014. From there she began coaching at Thomas Worthington High School in 2015, where she is currently the Varsity Assistant Coach. Caroline stated as an Assistant Coach with the Lucky Lax Program in Summer 2016 and moved to Head Coach in the Summer of 2018 with the 2023 Team. Caroline enjoys to give back to the sport that has given her so much, including some of the greatest friendships. She enjoys watching players grow to be the best they can be on and off the field!

Margaret Wolford – 2023 Assistant Coach

Margaret is a Columbus, OH native where she attended Worthington Kilbourne High School. Margaret furthered her career, playing Division 1 Lacrosse at Fresno State University, being named the Offensive MVP in 2010. She began her coaching career at Otterbein University, and at Smith College in Massachusetts. Margaret is currently the Head Coach at Wittenberg University where under her guidance, 5 Tigers have claimed All-NCAC honors. We are so LUCKY to have Margaret as part of our staff, coaching and developing our 2023 Team!

Allie Level – 2024 Head Coach

Allie Level started playing lacrosse in elementary school, and has continued to grow her love and passion for the sport to this day. Growing up in California, she attended Novato High School in Marin County, CA where they worked to be the top 10 Team in the US! Throughout her playing experience, she played on various club teams, including National Team, Stick With It Lacrosse and BAE Lacrosse. Following High School she attended UC Berkeley where she focused on her education, and played club lacrosse. During her time as a captain on the club team, she was able to see how strong her passion for the sport truly was and began coaching. Allie has coached at 101 Lacrosse club, Marin Catholic Varsity HS, and the BAE Lacrosse club. She is currently the 2024 Head Coach, and enjoys sharing her passion for developing lacrosse players with the Columbus community!

Brittney Fauss-Johnson – 2024 Assistant Coach

As a Baltimore, Maryland native, Brittney attended Century High School playing varsity for 4 years. In 2006, Brittney committed to The Ohio State University, playing attack for the Buckeyes. At OSU, she was a 2x Regional All-American, and holds two school records (Most Goals in a Half, and Most Points in a half. Brittney has worked for Lucky Lax since 2011, where she started coaching indoor. She has also worked with the 2014 and 2017 Teams. Since 2016 when her previous team graduated from the club program, Brittney has coached our 2022 Club Team. She has a great passion for the games, and loves to watch players develop as players and people!

Amanda Shimp – 2025 Head Coach

Amanda Shimp is an Endwell, New York native, and a 2009 graduate from The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, Shimp earned her BA degree in Middle Childhood Education, with minors in Education and African & African American Studies. Athletically, she was a three-year starter of the Women’s Lacrosse team. Shimp earned American Lacrosse Conference All-Conference honors in 2007 and All-Tournament honors in 2007 and 2008 as a midfielder. After graduation, Shimp went on to earn her Masters in Sports Administration from the University of Louisville. In 2011, Shimp joined the Winthrop University Coaching Staff as an Assistant Coach. At Winthrop, she led the team to multiple Big South Tournament titles, and NCAA tournament appearances within the first 3 years of competition. In 2016, Shimp was hired as the Assistant Coach at Virginia Tech. In 2017, she helped them to engineer the most successful season in 18 years, followed by a NCAA bid in 2018. In 2020, she was promoted to Associate Head Coach for Virginia Tech. Most recently, Shimp has returned to Columbus and is working as a Fiscal Associate at The Ohio State University Athletic Department, where she is responsible for assistance related to fiscal transactions within the department. She is looking forward to continuing her passion in coaching with our 2025 Team. She brings a wealth of knowledge in various capacities as a successful player, recruiter, and college coach.

 

Meredith Schram – 2025 Assistant Coach

Meredith Schram is a Columbus, OH native and was a varsity starter for four years at Worthington Kilbourne High School. During her time at Kilbourne, she received honors as All-Conference, All-District, All-State and Academic All-American. She was voted Most Valuable Player as a junior and Best Offensive Player as a senior when the Wolves went to the State Final Four for the first time in school history. She attended The Ohio State University where she served as President and two-time Captain of the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team. The Bucks made the WCLA National Tournament and finished fourth in the nation in 2014. Meredith moved up to Cleveland after graduation for an Administrative Fellowship. In Cleveland, she led the Rocky River Girls Lacrosse Junior Varsity team to an undefeated season and assisted the Varsity squad in making their first ever appearance at the State Championship in school history. She recently moved back to Columbus to develop and write Health Policy for the Ohio Department of Medicaid. Meredith is excited to be back home and have an opportunity to empower young players and give back to the game that’s given her so much!

Jackie Wolford – 2025 Assistant Coach

Jackie is a Columbus, OH native who graduated from Worthington Kilbourne. During her time at Kilbourne, she was a Two-Time First Team All Conference, Two Time First Team All Region, and First Team All State! Jackie has also broken records for assists in a career, and points in a season! Jackie was a three sport captain her senior year, and was a two-time captain in lacrosse, under the direction of her father Bill Wolford, and 2026 Head Coach, Doug Troutner. Jackie is a 2020 Lucky Lax alum, and is currently playing at Kent State University where she was named the 2020-2021 MAC Freshman of the Year!

 

Doug Troutner – 2026 Head Coach | Director of Player and Coach Development

As a 2019 Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, Ohio native, Doug Troutner brings years of experience to the Lucky Lax family. Doug is approaching his 29th season as the Varsity Head Coach, and only coach of  Worthington Kilbourne High School. He has led his team to be 2014 State Champions, and was named Midwest Coach of the Year in 1991. In speaking of the valuable lessons learned as a coach, Doug says it best that – “Perhaps the greatest was impressing on players that they owe a debt to the future of the sport. If they enjoyed playing, they need to insure that the next generation has the opportunity to enjoy as well.” Doug has coached for Lucky Lax since 2011, coaching our 2015, and 2019 club teams. With his mindset and experience, Doug focuses on Player and Coach Development. He has a passion for sharing experiences, growing the game of lacrosse, and developing our players and coaches!

 

Hannah Hale – 2026 Assistant Coach

Hannah Hale is an attacker on the women’s lacrosse team at Florida Southern College. She graduated from Worthington Kilbourne high school in 2020. Hannah was an attacker/midfielder on the varsity lacrosse team for three years and was captain during her senior year. She was an All District, All State, and MVP gymnast for Kilbourne during her senior year as well. Hannah was a scholar athlete in high school and this past academic school year she made the Dean’s list at Florida Southern, truly modeling a scholar-athlete! Hannah has some of her best memories, playing club lacrosse every summer and is so excited to be apart of the Lucky Lax program coaching and seeing all of the great things the girls have to offer.

Ash Adams – 2027/2028 Head Coach

Ash Adams is a Columbus, OH native and was a varsity starter for 4 years at Pickerington Central High School. She continued her athletic career at Muskingum University, where she started every game in her 4 years. Since graduating in 2018, Ash still holds the records at Muskingum for most goals in a game, most points in a game and most goals in a season! Additionally, she made history by scoring the first goal for the program in its inaugural 2015 season. She coached at Bishop Watterson for a year in 2019, and is currently the varsity assistant coach at Hilliard Darby High School. She loves being able to bring her coaching and lacrosse experience to young groups of girls and can’t wait to watch the sport continue to grow!

Cecelia Capuano – 2027/2028 Associate Head Coach

Cecelia (Chich) was born in Annapolis, MD and moved to Columbus OH in 2007. Identifying as a Columbus native, Chich played at Thomas Worthington High School where she went to the Final Four in 2009. At Thomas Worthington, Chich was voted Best Offensive Player in 2010. She attended The Ohio State University, where she played club, reaching the 2014 WCLA Nationals and made it to the Final Four. Chich is the JV Coach at Thomas Worthington, and is also a teacher in the Columbus area.

 

POSITIONAL COACHES

Emily Kraker – Club Goalie Coach

A 2017 graduate from St. Francis DeSales, and Lucky Lax alumnus, Emily Kraker is a standout goalie and coach. In High School, Emily received honors as a First Team All-Ohio, First Team All-Region, First Team All CCL and CIL. Emily also contributed to her team being 2016 Division II State Champions. Emily is a 2017 Lucky Lax alumnus, and is currently continuing her playing career at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.

 

Gillian O’Rourke – Club Goalie Coach

Gillian is a Columbus, Ohio native who graduated from Olentangy Liberty High School, where she lettered three years and was named captain in her senior year. In 2019, Gillian earned second team All-OCC Capital Division honors and all-region honorable mention accolades, and as a junior she was named to the Under Armor Midwest All-American Team. Gillian is 2020 Lucky Alum, and she is currently continuing her playing career at Slippery Rock University in PA. As a Sophomore, Gillian was a Captain, and is currently 3rd in Program History for Save Percentage and Wins and 4th in Program History in GAA and Saves!