The only head coach in Duke women’s lacrosse history, Kerstin Kimel has led the program from its inception in 1996, molding the Blue Devils into one of the nation’s elite teams.
In Kimel’s 23 seasons at the helm of Duke women’s lacrosse, she has guided the Blue Devils to seven national semifinals, four ACC regular season titles, an ACC Tournament Championship and 19 NCAA Tournament appearances.
A five-time ACC Coach of the Year, Kimel has overseen 59 All-America selections, 83 all- region honorees and 74 All-ACC picks. Seven of her former players have represented their countries on the world's stage, competing at the 2009, 2013 and 2017 World Cups. The Blue Devils have achieved equal success in the classroom during Kimel’s tenure, collecting 67 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll accolades since 1997.
Kimel registered her 250th career victory Feb. 22, 2015 in a win over William & Mary. She is one of just eight active Division I coaches with 280 or more wins.
Bria Irizarry joined the Duke women’s lacrosse program in August, 2017 as an assistant coach.
Sophomore defender Callie Humphrey earned second team All-ACC recognition during Irizarry's first season at Duke. Humphrey was also tabbed the IWLCA National Defensive and ACC Defensive Player of the Week in March for her performance in a victory at No. 11 Syracuse. The Blue Devils' defensive unit ranked fourth in the ACC in caused turnovers per game (8.41) and goalkeepers Gabbe Cadoux, Jamie Lockwood and Chase Henriquez combined for a .423 saves percentage.
Irizarry came to Durham after helping Army West Point head coach Kristen Waagbo, a former Blue Devil assistant and Duke alumna, transition the Black Knights' program to the varsity level beginning in 2015-16.
A 2011 graduate of Richmond, Irizarry was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection for the Spiders. She helped lead the program to appearances in the conference’s championship contest during the 2008, 2010 and 2011 campaigns. Irizarry also served as a team captain during her junior and senior seasons and was selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team in 2008.
Brooke Griffin joined the Duke women's lacrosse program in July, 2018 as an assistant coach.
Griffin came to Durham from Towson, where she spent the 2018 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach during the Tigers’ run to the NCAA second round. Griffin began her coaching career at Boston College, where she was an assistant coach with the Eagles for the 2016 and 2017 campaigns. With her guidance, Boston College made trips to the NCAA Tournament both seasons, including a historic run to the championship contest in 2017.
Griffin completed an outstanding collegiate career at Maryland in 2015 and has been a member of the U.S. national team since then. She helped Team USA capture its third consecutive World Cup title in 2017. She has also taken the field as a member of the Baltimore Brave of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League.
Morgan Heisman joined the Blue Devil program as a volunteer assistant coach in September, 2016.
Heisman helped to oversee Duke's goalkeeping unit in 2017, her first season in Durham. She saw Jamie Lockwood total 70 saves in 12 appearances in the net and Gabbe Cadoux earn ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors in April following an 11-save performance at Boston College. In 2018, Cadoux, Lockwood and freshman Chase Henriquez combined for a .423 saves percentage. Cadoux again received ACC Defensive Player of the Week recognition following a double-digit save performance in a February win over No. 11 Northwestern.
Prior to joining the Duke staff, Heisman spent one season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Dartmouth in 2013. Heisman also previously spent two seasons as an assistant coach at George Mason in 2011 and 2012.
Formerly Morgan Kelly, Heisman was a standout goalkeeper at James Madison, earning third team All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) as a senior in 2010. She graduated from the university in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management.