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 looking forward to her move to Columbus, where she will be closer to her sister Jamie, who currently plays at Ohio State. She is looking forward to bringing her passion and knowledge of the sport to our 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!

Bill Wolford – 2025 Head Coach

Bill Wolford, a 2015 inductee of the Ohio Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, graduated from The Ohio State University in ’80 has years of experience, and knowledge in the lacrosse community. Bill is currently the Girls’ Assistant Varsity Coach at Worthington Kilbourne HS, leading his team to be Division II State Champions. Bill was also an assistant coach with the Ohio Machine of the MLL. Bill teaches in the Worthington School district, and has two daughters that are lacrosse players – Jackie Wolford, and Margaret Wolford.

 

Jaclyn Gilmore – 2025 Assistant Coach

Jaclyn Gilmore is from Westerville, OH. She is a graduate from St. Francis DeSales High School, where she played lacrosse and soccer. She is also a Lucky Lax 2017 alum. As a Junior at DeSales, her high school team won the Division II OHSAA State Championship finishing the season at 19-2 with the most wins in school history. Jaclyn was selected to the Columbus Central League team in 2015 and 2016 before continuing her playing career at Ursuline College, where she played Midfield. At Ursuline, Jaclyn was twice named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, and recognized on the Academic Honor Roll. Jaclyn is looking forward to bringing her knowledge and passion for the game to the players. Having been through the process, she is looking forward to being a resource and role model for the young women following in her footsteps.

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.

Jackie Wolford – 2027/2028 Assistant Coach

Jackie is a Columbus, OH native who graduated from Worthington Kilbourne . Over the 3 years in high school, Jackie has been a Two-Time First Team All Conference, Two-Time First Team All Region and First Team All State. Jackie has also broken many records at Kilbourne including assists in a career and points in a season. Jackie was a three sport captain her senior year and also being a two-time captain in lacrosse.  Jackie is a 2020 Lucky Lax Alum and is currently playing lacrosse at Kent State University.  She is very excited to share her knowledge and love of the game with the Local Lucks team in the summer.

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. She has a deep passion for helping young players learn as much as they can about the sport.