2018 PPLC COACHING STAFF
Sam Struss- Assistant Coach Seton Hill; Division I Student-Athlete Liberty University.
Sam is a Pittsburgh native who went on to play lacrosse at Liberty University for the entirety of her college career. She was a starter on the attacking end. In her time at Liberty she earned he BS in Exercise Science - Pre-Professional. Upon graduation she accepted an Assistant Coaching position at Division I, Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. After serving the team for a season, she accepted the assistant position at Seton Hill University in an effort to return to and help grow the Pittsburgh lacrosse community. She is currently working towards her MBA in Business Entrepreneurship.
Laura Kleiber - Head Coach, Mt. Lebanon Youth/MS; Division I Student-Athlete Lafayette College
Four-year starter at Lafayette where she played midfield. Graduated in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Art History now pursuing her masters in Nutrition. At Lafayette, Kleiber was tri-captain her senior year and had 116 career goals. She was selected for the All-Patriot League First Team junior year and senior year was selected for All-Patriot League Second Team, All Academic Patriot League Team and was tied for leading scorer in the Patriot League. She attended Newark Academy High School in Livingston, NJ where she played soccer, basketball and lacrosse.
Alison Valerio - Head Coach Washington & Jefferson College; Division I Student-Athlete Niagara University.
Current head women's lacrosse coach at Washington & Jefferson College and PPLC since 2013. Valerio led the Presidents to back-to-back ORLC Championships in 2016 and 2017, and their first NCAA tournament appearance in program history. Several of her players have received All-ORLC accolades, including Defensive Player of the Year (2016,2017), Newcomer of the Year (2015, 2017), as well as ECAC DIII South Defensive Player of the Year (2017) and Rookie of the Year (2017). Valerio was a four-year letter winner on the Division I Niagara women's lacrosse team. She graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in education and earned a master's degree in sthe same field from Niagara in 2012. During her time with the Purple Eagles, Valerio was a four-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team Selection. Valerio spend the 2013 academic year as W&J's assistant coach and 2011-12 as an assistant coach with the Niagara lacrosse staff.
Katrina Silva - Assistant Coach Robert Morris University; Division I Student-Athlete (Field Hockey & Lacrosse) Towson University.
*** see more under the directors tab***
Chelsea Cameron - JV Head Coach, Sewickley Academy; Club Student Athlete Penn State University
She played for Penn State’s Club lacrosse program serving as the team’s co-captain in her final year. She also worked along-side Penn State’s D-1 coaching staff serving as the team manager for four years. She graduated with a degree in secondary education and honors in educational psychology from the Schreyer Honors College. Chelsea is also a North Allegheny alumnae where lettered all four years in lacrosse and served as a team captain earning the Most Outstanding Player award 2-years in a row. Chelsea also earned the honors of Academic All-American in 2006 and 2007, Section 1 All Star, and Team 2 All WPIAL. Chelsea returned to North Allegheny’s program to coach with Shannon Rossi in 2011 and 2012. She assisted in the formation of NA’s first girls youth program. From 2012-2016, Chelsea served as an assistant coach at State College High School advancing the team to its first state quarter finals in team history. During her tenure at State High, the program produced 2 All Americans, 14 Mid-Penn All-Star Selections, 9 Mid-Penn First Team All-Star Selections, and 8 collegiate level players. Chelsea is currently a graduate student at Penn State University where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in educational psychology.
Maggie McClain - Division III Student-Athlete Gettysburg College
Maggie McClain is a rising senior attacker at Gettysburg College. She is majoring in Health Science with a religious studies minor She graduated from Sewickley Academy in 2014 earning multiple accolades including honorable mention All American, All WPIAL and all section and in her junior year she played on Western Pennsylvania National Team. Over the summer of her sophomore year of college, Maggie had the opportunity to play abroad in England and Scotland and earned the MVP in one of the tournaments. Recently her and her team won the national championship for division 3.
Lori Banky - Assistant Coach, Trinity High School; Division I Student-Athlete University of Cincinnati
Previously served as the Women's Lacrosse Director of Operations for Robert Morris University as well as coaching youth lacrosse for her alma mater Mt. Lebanon. In high school she lead her lacrosse team to two Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League championships (freshman and sophomore) and two WPIAL runner-up finishes ... earned all-WPIAL and all-section honors in final three seasons of high school ... tabbed as an all-America honorable mention honoree in her sophomore and junior seasons ... earned all-Midwest honors as a junior and senior ... named All-American and academic all-American as a senior ... also played soccer, advancing as far as the Pennsylvania state semifinals as a junior and twice finishing as WPIAL runner-up ... named Mt. Lebanon's Female Athlete of the Year as a senior ... finished high school lacrosse career with 229 career goals.
Kat Herzog - Division I Student-Athlete, Duquesne University.
GOAL KEEPER COACHES:
Lead Coach Katrina Silva
Formerly, the head coach of Virginia Tech, Katrina Silva served four seasons with the Hokies. During her time at Tech, Silva garnered the only ACC win in the program's history, a 16-15 win in Blacksburg over Boston College in 2009. Prior to Tech, Silva spent seven seasons at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. Silva compiled a 67-57 overall record while at the helm of the Raider program, with her teams winning Patriot League Tournament titles in 2004 and 2005 and finishing second in 2006. Silva was the 2006 Howard Hartman Award winner as Colgate's Coach of the Year and was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 while leading Colgate to the NCAA Tournament in both of those seasons. *** see more under the directors tab***
Intern Coach Aubrie Tarris
Tarris is from Sewickley Pennsylvania and a graduate from Quaker Valley class of 2015. While in the net for QV, she led her team to a 2nd place finish in 2014 as well as a WPIAL Championship and PA State Semi Final appearance in 2015. Tarris also represented Pittsburgh in the US Lacrosse National Tournament for 3 years. Aubrie was a 4 year member of Premier in the 2015 class and participated in the C.I.T program as a graduating senior. She just completed a successful freshman year at Liberty University, where the flames made it to post season!